Yesterday while cruising the information highway an article
about wind turbines grabbed my attention. It should be no big
secret that I don’t think much of these overglorified windmills
but the information in the article got me thinking.
This guy never bought into the hype that wind energy is clean
energy, the article mentioned was on a conservative site, and I
didn’t check the numbers or research data. That being said,
here’s what I took away from it.
If the article is correct, and I have no reason to doubt it,
you can’t build or operate an offshore wind turbine without
using a lot of oil. Up to 18,857 barrels each not including
lubrication oil. And some of these structures leak contaminating
the ground around them.
So besides killing birds of every shape and size said turbines
can also pollute. Cost has been an issue also and the article
claims a offshore wind farm costs $25,000 for every home it
powers! Coal and natural gas sound better now.
On our nations east coast it will cost $1 billion to build an
offshore windfarm that would produce 200 megawatts of
electricity, which would be enough to power up to 64,000 homes.
Perhaps our technology isn’t there yet to make these turbines
a real alternative to what we have. Through research and
development the technology could reach a point that such energy
sources are viable and cost competitive. We just haven’t reached
that point yet.
If you wish to read the article please go to the web page.
Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday as I have. At least if getting
constantly distracted counts.
Comments are always welcome.