Posted by email@example.com on December 1, 2009, 6:55 pm
Dr. Howard Hayden (formerly Univ. of Conn.) is going around the radio,
and lecture circuits making this statement:
"Wind farms produce about 1.2 watts per sq. meter of land area."
Sounds pretty low to me.
There is a 950,000 watt wind-electric-generator near me in Traverse
City, Mi. It occupies about 3 acres (15,000 sq meters)
Divide 15,000 into 950,000= 63 watts/sq m
Is Dr. Hayden doing a service to the wind electric industry or not?
Posted by amdx on December 1, 2009, 7:14 pm
Don't know, but, can you put 10 wind-electric-generators in 150,000 sq.
Or do you need more space for them to operate properly?
Posted by Morris Dovey on December 1, 2009, 7:35 pm
It's an empty datum. In those locations where the land can be used for
other purposes, it still is. Putting wind generators in cornfields, for
example, doesn't much affect corn production - it just adds electrical
power production (and therefore increases the utility of that land).
Where the land isn't suitable for any other purpose, it's pointless to
discuss how much of it is used for power generation - only to note that
previously unusable land has been made productive.
NBD. Why do you feel a need to take this so seriously and waste other
peoples' time with it?
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Posted by Josepi on December 1, 2009, 7:42 pm
May have been cracked in the head by a low blade once and hates all air
machines now, at least until his hair grows back!
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 2, 2009, 3:28 pm
Who knows? Maybe you can answer this:
Would anyone considering installing a wind generator on their
property be convinced not to do so if an "EXPERT" with a Phd. tells
him that he will probably only get about ONE watt per sq. meter of
land that the generator will take up?