Unique Wind Turbine Designs
Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:05 PM
Behold some very unique wind turbines:
I like the kite design, though I have no idea how it works. The street sign design would probably be very functional. The maglev levitation wind turbine is said to produce enough energy for 750,000 homes.
I wonder how birds would fare against many of these designs?
Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:28 AM
Looking at the unique designs in the link makes me wonder how they will really work or does they work the same compared to the traditional wind turbine designs. Will need to read more...
Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:51 PM
I like the idea of incorporating them into freeway signs. Since you expect to see something industrial on the freeway, it wouldn't detract from the view.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:32 AM
The freeway turbines are very cool, too. I think they could be a distraction the first time you see them but after you got used to them, you probably wouldn't even pay any attention to them.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:04 PM
There is probably a reason for it, but I've often wonder why they don't put a cover on them like stand up fans that we have in our house. I guess it would be impractical. Maybe it would block the wind and make the turbine useless.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:37 AM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 12:10 PM
I'd like to see the US puts its effort being the research much like we did with the Space Race. There is no reason we can't do it if we set out minds to it. Really, when things like wind turbines become more mainstream, it will benefit whole communities.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:54 PM
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:24 AM
They don't do residential turbines yet that I know of, but their design is efficient and I've even started looking at the materials I'd need to build my own.
Posted 17 June 2012 - 03:27 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:55 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:10 PM
For instance, we have something called Flex Alerts in California (maybe they are nationwide?). When there is a Flex Alert, it means there is high energy usage on the electrical grid usually due to high temperatures around the state. When one is called, everyone is supposed to turn off lights, unnecessary appliances, etc., so that the system doesn't get overloaded. If that happens they have to call rolling blackouts.
We just got out of a heat wave which was pretty much statewide. It lasted two weeks. Inland areas stayed between 95 and 110F.
They called Flex Alerts three days in a row, but something happened and we never hit the peak use for electricity. It wasn't because so many people turned off appliances. It was because of the amount of residential users who had solar installed and who weren't drawing on the system and/or they were selling energy back to the grid. They said that this year because of the rebates people receive to install solar that it is making a difference. This is the first year we've managed not to hit the red peak and were able to avoid rolling black outs. Those were not fun during the Enron years!
My point is if the electric company looks at how alternative energy users can contribute to the system and help them avoid things like rolling black outs, it can be seen as a beneficial partnership.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:17 AM
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