Spanish company creates bladeless wind turbine

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  1. TigersofGeauxld

    TigersofGeauxld Freshman

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    Yeah I used to live in the Bay Area, and went walking up where the wind turbines are. You notice the smell of dead birds right away. Plus bird strikes do damage, there have been multiple cases of turbines having to be taken offline for repair due to bird strikes.
     
  2. COTiger

    COTiger 2010 Bowl Pick 'Em Champ

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    That article is 5 years old. I wonder how much of it is accurate today. It lists numerous pros & cons to both. I don't see either or both replacing our current sources for energy any time soon.
     
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    Bengal B Founding Member

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    There are a lot of places where turbines won't work. Not enough wind. Nuclear fusion is a problem solution if the technology can be developed. A glass of water can produce enough energy for a year for one person. And fusion is a lot safer than the current fission systems.

    Electric vehicles will never replace the internal combustion engine until better batteries can be developed and charging stations are as easy to find as gas stations
     
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    CajunlostinCali Booger Eatin Moron

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    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/feat...re-piling-up-in-landfills?utm_source=url_link

    A wind turbine’s blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they can’t just be hauled away. First, you need to saw through the lissome fiberglass using a diamond-encrusted industrial saw to create three pieces small enough to be strapped to a tractor-trailer.

    The municipal landfill in Casper, Wyoming, is the final resting place of 870 blades whose days making renewable energy have come to end. The severed fragments look like bleached whale bones nestled against one another.

    “That’s the end of it for this winter,” said waste technician Michael Bratvold, watching a bulldozer bury them forever in sand. “We’ll get the rest when the weather breaks this spring.”

    Tens of thousands of aging blades are coming down from steel towers around the world and most have nowhere to go but landfills. In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 will be removed in each of the next four years. Europe, which has been dealing with the problem longer, has about 3,800 coming down annually through at least 2022, according to BloombergNEF. It’s going to get worse: Most were built more than a decade ago, when installations were less than a fifth of what they are now.

    Built to withstand hurricane-force winds, the blades can’t easily be crushed, recycled or repurposed. That’s created an urgent search for alternatives in places that lack wide-open prairies. In the U.S., they go to the handful of landfills that accept them, in Lake Mills, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Casper, where they will be interred in stacks that reach 30 feet under.

    Wind turbine blade will be there, ultimately, forever,” said Bob Cappadona, chief operating officer for the North American unit of Paris-based Veolia Environnement SA, which is searching for better ways to deal with the massive waste. “Most landfills are considered a dry tomb.”

    “The last thing we want to do is create even more environmental challenges.”
     
  5. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Could they dump them in the gulf to rebuild the Louisiana coastline?
     
  6. Winston1

    Winston1 Founding Member

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    Wind on a per unit basis. I’m not sure about total installed output but expect wind to lead soon if not already
     
  7. LSUpride123

    LSUpride123 Let's have a drink.

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    The answer is the Sun. Name a single source of energy greater than the sun. This process is called Nuclear Fusion.

    I'll hang up and listen.
     
  8. Winston1

    Winston1 Founding Member

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    Absolutely correct. However there are still many technical and engineering challenges. It’s a sin that we haven’t supported more research and development into it.
     
  9. LSUpride123

    LSUpride123 Let's have a drink.

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    People hear "Nuclear" and freak out. Its the "cleanest" thing we could possible do. Besides, we will need it to leave this planet anyway.
     
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    shane0911 Helping lost idiots find their village

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    They need to stop making them. Altogether next to useless. They are literally everywhere in this state and you can't find a single person that can tell you where the "energy" is going.
     
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