After three years of hard work, the Cleveland Indians stadium just got a little bit more eco-friendly with a brand new wind turbine that was installed on top of Progressive Field Wednesday.
This isn’t your ordinary wind turbine, but is corkscrew-shaped. Designed by mechanical engineering professor Dr. Majid Rashidi at Cleveland State, the turbine magnifies airflow around a central cylinder powering four fans. This particular design is more advantageous for urban areas and smaller spaces compared to the normal turbine with blades.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the state of Ohio, the turbine weighs 3,000-pounds. The innovative technology will be used on April 5, opening day for the Indians.
According to the Associated Press, the Indians are making headway in the sporting world, as they are the first major league team to mount a wind turbine to their stadium. It can be seen on the southeast corner with colored LED lights.
The Cleveland baseball team is no stranger to benefiting the environment. In 2007, solar panels were also added. With the new energy-saver, the Indians “hope to not only benefit the environment by increasing [their] use of renewable energy, but also help an impressive new technology generate local jobs by taking advantage of Cleveland’s great manufacturing workforce and factories,” Brad Mohr, assistant director of ballpark operations said.
Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians, also got in on the excitement by tweeting a photo of the turbine being mounted.