- Photos from the top of a wind turbine…
So why is it they appear to cut all the trees down to plant these things???Posted 6 years ago
We are apparently 10k acres short of the required number of trees because no-one thought about the consequences of chopping down trees to plant the iron monsters 🙄 this means the UK will have to import more wood or products in the future 😐 Friend in the forestry industry was telling me recently there is already a problem but the knock on effect is that the UK forest industry is getting good money for their trees, hence the increased felling you may have noticed in some areas.jimsterMember
The bottom photo shows (I think) quite clearly that we try to be as “keyhole” as possible when installing turbines. However the reality is that the installation cranes are huge and require a massive flat area to lift from.
If that’s keyhole I’d hate to have seen what would happen if you’d just chop it all down wily-nily!! 😯
Why not “lift” them in with a helicopter in sections or put them in the unforested section?Posted 6 years agoslugwashMember
They make a handy bivi spot if it’s raining.
Photo from inside an old wind turbine on the Welsh Ride Thing….
They don’t have much of a working life if they’re having to be replaced already. Are they economically viable or are they just so heavily subsidised that it makes sense for the companies to replace them after a few years 😕Posted 6 years ago
slugwash – they should have a 20 to 25 year life. I don’t know about your particular photo but it’s certainly old because (trust me on this) it’s tiny. There’s no denying however that the subsidies are very important to the industry.
jimster – The crane looks like this, a footprint of 16m x 16m, check out the JCB to the right of the photo. I assume that you were joking about a helicopter installation.Posted 6 years ago
those cooling towers represent a power output of a few hundred megawatts.
let’s say 400MW,
that’s the same as
manyabout 400 hundred wind turbines – the big ones.
where do we put hundreds of wind turbines? there’s a ‘farm’
getting builtplanned near my parents, it’s taken years to get permission to build 9. and they’re still haggling over the details.
9 wind turbines will look nice, i like them, but i’m not sure about hundreds.
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oh god, i’m agreeing with James Delingpole, someone, kill me now. 🙁Posted 6 years agoHerman ShakeMember
Sslowpace:Renewable sources vs nuclear is a (lead hat protected) no brainer. All of the depleted stuff has to go somewhere, it doesn’t just disappear. Wind, solar, tide and geothermal sources are constant and effectively wasted unless we harness them.
The visual impact of many turbines (not a problem to me and many others) compared to the very hazardous issue of nuclear waste is incomparable.
At least it’s not cooling towers going up next to your parents’ place!Posted 6 years ago
That’s ace! What’s your job?
My job title is “turbine engineer”. Practically this means that I write the specification for the turbines, then oversee the contract and finally do the inspections of the delivered turbines. At the moment I’m on site about 75% of my time which is great. Most of the year I’m predominantly desk bound.Posted 6 years agoahwilesSubscriber
At least it’s not cooling towers going up next to your parents’ place!
oh they’ve got those too.
i quite like them aswell (aswell as wind turbines).
gracefull curves, clouds of steam, etc.
yay for cooling towers!
wind power needs back up, and for the forseeable future that’ll be a mix of nuclear/coal/gas, cooling towers are here to stay, just as well that i like them.
and, if we use up all the wind, who’ll shake the leaves from the trees in autumn?
hmm?Posted 6 years agobigyinnMember
Theres quite a campaign against them where I live from some very vocal NIMBY’s. As it will spoil some large open farmland field views. Seems a rather short sighted view if you can get energy fairly easily.Posted 6 years ago
Also due to their attitudes in part, a large employer on the island (Vestas) closed their blade manufacturing facility on the Island, thus costing quite a few jobs over here.
Clearly the NIMBY’s are more interested in the perceived drop in value of their properties than any potential environmental benefits.PJM1974Member
I have to agree with the sentiment that they’re really quite graceful to look at. They’re more in keeping with the countryside than having a dirty great AT-AT or whatever towering over the place spreading it’s authoritarian vibes.
Maybe that should be put to local residents, the choice between a turbine or an AT-AT at the end of their garden?Posted 6 years agojimsterMember
jimster – The crane looks like this, a footprint of 16m x 16m, check out the JCB to the right of the photo. I assume that you were joking about a helicopter installation.
I did say install them in sections, or the unforrested section of the hill.
I am in favour of them, but looking at those pics there is alot of unforrested hillside that could have been used.
We have alot of NIMBY’s in this part of the world, the one complaint they have is they intend to instal “Super Turbine” within 1.6km of housing.Posted 6 years ago
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