Wind turbine payback period claimed to be within 8 months

From Inderscience Publishers , something sure to make greens go “See, I told you!”, except for that little fatal mistake at the end. Read on. Wind turbine payback US researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the US Pacific Northwest. Writing in the…

Newest target of copper thieves: wind turbines

From France24: A sophisticated network of metal thieves has targeted some 20 French wind turbines in a new looting trend, scaling the near 40-metre-high structures and stealing up to one tonne of metal from a single engine, Le Figaro reported Wednesday. Citing an anonymous police source, the daily newspaper said the ring stole metal from…

Of sangaku and wind farms

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The Edo period in Japanese history ran from 1603-1867. For most of that period, 1639-1854, the nation kept itself deliberately aloof from all Western influence. Japan was closed to foreigners. Meanwhile, the aristocratic samurai class developed an intriguing and elegant method of demonstrating piety in their Shinto temples. They would…

Simulation in the ‘Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy’ provides new insight into best arrangement of wind turbines on large installations

From the Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard WASHINGTON D.C., April 1, 2014 — As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical design — spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize their efficiency and minimize any “wake…