The despair Of The British nation.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The Enormous Cost Of Lunacy, Part 1.

Wind Turbines.


1. The average cost of a commercial wind turbine, installed today is $3.5 million. ref.

2. Massive concrete structures required to be produced. So much for "green" energy. ref.

3. At very high wind speeds, i.e. gale force winds, (25 metres/second, 50+ miles/hour) most wind turbines shut down to prevent the fan blades from over speeding. This is accomplished via a mechanical brake system.

4. Power output can be negligible for a wind turbine operating under extreme icing conditions. Furthermore, random shedding of ice from the rotating turbine blades can cause severe out-of-balance loads on the wind turbine. These added loads increase material fatigue, reducing the operational life of the turbine and causing non-productive down times for repair. Icing concerns regarding wind turbine operation are not limited to extreme icing conditions but start at the first sign of surface roughness on the blades. It has been shown that even the slightest amount of surface roughness has the potential of reducing energy output from a wind turbine by 20%.  As the icing process continues, aerodynamic performance degradation is similar to that experienced by aircraft wings  and helicopter rotors. ref.


5. When you need them most!













6. What kind of people benefit from this? Not hard, that question, was it!

7. Who doesn't benefit? Easy questions aren't they?. Of course the death of many thousands of pensioners                   
     will reduce the benefit bill for the Treasury!

8. Irrelevant consequences. 



9. A major driving force behind it all are our masters in Brussels. Who says The EU doesn't matter?

When all this lunacy is forgotten, people will be clawing coal from the ground with their bare hands to survive harsh winters. The names of those creating this bleak future, such as multi-millionaire speed freak and hoon among hoons, Huhne, will be long forgotten.


12 comments:

Bob said...

Yes it's a wicked scam OR. Dave's dad in law pockets £1,000 a day rent on his turbines and is planning to allow 6 more to make more money. Clegg's family are into the things as well. This site shows how much our 3,600 turbines are producing daily..

http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp.php

I followed it during the last winter and some days their output was 0.1% of our supply. They had to import electricity to drive the blades and stop them freezing up.

It basically takes money from poor people via higher energy bills and gives it to wealthy people via feed in tariffs, ROC's et al

Michael Fowke said...

"It basically takes money from poor people via higher energy bills and gives it to wealthy people via feed in tariffs, ROC's et al."

@Bob - Yes, exactly. Have you seen the Omen films with Thorn Industries? It's like something Damien would dream up!

zip codes by city said...

never thought it is that complicated......nice post

microdave said...

"As the icing process continues, aerodynamic performance degradation is similar to that experienced by aircraft wings"

@ OR - at least you had de-icing facilities available at the flick of a switch, and plenty of spare heat to power them!

nominedeus said...

Theyre a blight on all but the landowners who reap the profits...and they could have had 'free' tesla energy with no moving parts and no associated problems...bastards!

Oldrightie said...

Dear all, thank you for your supportive comments. I've been off line all day and unable to reply sooner.

Oldrightie said...

Microdave, indeed but this ludicrous technology can't handle any extra weight without substantial extra cost and performance degradation.

cosmic said...

The purpose of wind turbines is to reduce CO2 emissions. I think they probably increase CO2 emissions over their life compared to conventional power generation.

The carbon cost of manufacture, transport and installation including a huge concrete base, access roads and extra grid connections. Cement production has a huge carbon footprint.

The cost of maintenance. The MTBF I gather is less than a year.

The cost of spinning fossil fuel backup for when the wind doesn't blow. Again including installation and maintenance.

The cost of dismantling and disposal after their life of less than 20 years.

Complete madness from any point of view.

Oldrightie said...

Exactly, Cosmic.

microdave said...

"The cost of dismantling and disposal after their life of less than 20 years."

The problem with that is WHO pays - numerous instances already exist (particularly in the US) of windfarms falling into disrepair, and simply being left to rot, because the original developers have gone bust. Once more the taxpayer picks up the bill...

If there had been a requirement for disposal costs to be written into the original contracts, I doubt that the countryside would have been disfigured anywhere near as badly.

cosmic said...

I'd say that most of the other measures to tackle climate change by reducing emissions, electric cars, bio fuels, solar cells, do no such thing looked at end to end. If they worked they wouldn't need enormous hidden subsidies.

It's like a Soviet five year plan, simple minded and completely inflexible. The directive comes from on high where the thinking was utterly simplistic and misinformed, along the lines of "the wind is free". Various boxes have to be ticked. It doesn't matter whether the measures reduce emissions as long as the boxes can be ticked.

It's all completely mechanical and boneheaded as well as dishonest and counter-productive.

Oldrightie said...

"If there had been a requirement for disposal costs to be written into the original contracts, I doubt that the countryside would have been disfigured anywhere near as badly."

"It's all completely mechanical and boneheaded as well as dishonest and counter-productive."

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