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Energy (September 21–25, 2005)

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Piotr Popik

Wind-Power Station in Gaj

Gaj, near Krakow, Poland

September 21, 2005, afternoon

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Caption

This is probably the only wind-power station near Krakow, Poland. It is located in a small village, and more precisely, in the gardening company called Gartex. The owner of the company, Mr. Gargul, has built it by himself. Its tower was made of 3 elements of a construction crane, and the big blades were taken from a helicopter (!). Inside the tower, there is a shaft that transmits rotations into the little building at the ground, containing the engine. This wind-power station can be seen on the trip from Krakow to the Southern Poland, like the city of Zakopane in Tatra mountains.

The gardener encountered a number of non-technical problems with accomplishing his idea, and was unable to finish this wind-power station. Thus, what makes this story beautiful and unique is... that the amount of electrical power this wind-power station produces... is much less compared to the energy it has been put into its construction...

Equipment

The panorama was taken with Peleng MC f 3.5/8 mm lens (set at f 8, ~ 2 m) on Canon EOS 20D camera, (set at 1/500s, ISO 200). The panorama was stitched with 5 images (4 around plus nadir) using Professor’s Helmut Dersch Panorama Tools (PTGui 4.1 graphical interface). Autopano, Enblend and Erik's Krause "Contrast Optimization 16 bit v1.3" PS action, as well as Gimp ability to create Text Circle Logo were all of great help. I used 16bit source images. Equi-rectangular image was converted to QT with Pano2QTVR.

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