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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my opinion, wind will simply never be a viable power generation technology. When you think about it, what causes the wind to blow is the energy of the sun; wind is indirect solar power. Some fraction of the solar energy that strikes the earth is converted into wind. Solar goes after the primary, and larger power source; all wind can ever hope to harvest, even at 100% efficiency, is a small fraction of what is available to solar.

Solar actually has a future as a large scale industrial power source. Solar generation actually matches demand, whereas wind is basically random; you could have a gale blowing in the middle of the night. Solar is more dependable, more predictable, and doesn't send equipment frying spikes into your grid. If you build 1 megawatt of solar, you actually get a megawatt of output, on a daily basis, unlike wind where you are getting 20 to 30%. Also, solar farms take up less physical space than wind farms, and there is no one saying that solar causes adverse health effects.


Failed technology.
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Wind power: failed technology.

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