Thursday, June 01, 2017

Wind Farm, Rizal

 This is not my first time experiencing wind turbines, although Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal is a way different from Bangui Wind Mill because of its location preference. Bangui Wind Mill is located near by the sea and free from any trees and vegetation while Pililla Wind Farm is oppositely surrounded by elevated trees, Wind Farm in Rizal is open for tourist but the Wind turbines are not fully operational yet.  

I am not sure what’s with the wind turbines that leave my mouth-wide-opened. There is a certain spell in that huge electric fan that impresses me both by nature and by man. By man because of its impressive engineering invention to uphold an alternative energy through its people and by the nature primarily because of the wind that creates energy to it and makes it works, amazing isn’t it?

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

The pride and jewel of Ilocos, the unbelievably stunning rock formations that was amazingly formed over the period of time, thousands or even million years ago by gathering of particles deposited to the shore by the forces of sea waves and wind with the support of gravity and time, or as far as I remember this is the method in Science called Sedimentation. 

Kapurpurwan Rock Formation is indeed one of the most startling masterpieces of nature. It was adroitly formed through the art of nature, stunning yet totally flimsy. According to our groundskeeper during our brief orientation, we need to limit ourselves in touching or stepping into the stones mainly because majority of them is still alive or still forming into an extra ordinary contour.

FACT: Kapurpurawan derives from Ilocano word of “puraw” which means WHITE. Obviously because of its oddly stones color especially on far-reaching daylight when sun touches its stunning sculpture, it’s more like a stone pearl, really crystallizing.
You should never miss visiting Kapurpurawan or even neighboring amazing places in Ilocos. After all, you can spontaneously experience all of them in just a day. 

Wind Mill, Bagui Ilocos Norte

Our next destination would be at the famous Wind Mill Farm attraction in Bangui. Beforehand, we believed that the Wind Mill Farm is located in Pagudpud, but it is certainly not, it was in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. The site is free from any trees and shrubbery, and because of its location between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Province of Ilocos Norte tends to have more wind than many other provinces.

The turbines have three vertically oriented rotor blades on top of a 50 metre high tubular tower. Each wind turbines can impressively produce electricity up to a maximum capacity of 1.65MW

According to Wikipedia, the wind farm uses 20 units of 70-metre (230 ft) high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.
Phase I of the NorthWind power project in Bangui Bay consists of 15 wind turbines, each capable of producing electricity up to a maximum capacity of 1.65 MW, for a total of 24.75 MW. 

The 15 on-shore turbines are spaced 326 metres (1,070 ft) apart, each 70 metres (230 ft) high, with 41 metres (135 ft) long blades, with a rotor diameter of 82 metres (269 ft) and a wind swept area of 5,281 square metres (56,840 sq ft).
Phase II, was completed on August 2008, and added 5 more wind turbines with the same capacity, and brought the total capacity to 33 MW. All 20 turbines describes a graceful arc reflecting the shoreline of Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.

So much to brag about Ilocos Norte, the place is lavishly amazing by both its nature and its culture, upheld by proud Ilocanos to make sure that it will be remarkable to the visitors.
I will be blogging next about Kapurpurwan Rock Formation, hope you can read that too. See you ^_^
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