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    Wind farms - good or bad?

    Can anyone honestly say that wind is a reliable source of energy and that the landscape looks better like this:



    As a sustainable form of energy I agree that an alternative needs to be found but sticking these monstrosities all over the landscape is not the way to go IMHO

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    I think they are lush.

    So nice and peaceful.

    What looks better? Some dirty manky power station blowing loads of crap into the air, or some nice looking clean wind farms? The answer is obvious!

    I think we all agree though that renewable enery is the way forward

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    The problem for me isn't actually their looks - it's that they take more energy to manufacture and maintain than they'll produce.

    Plus the wind is an unreliable source of energy, plus if the wind gets too high they turn them off!!
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    They're abominable. I also wonder what effect they may have on birds and bats. Do they steer clear of those things or do they get mauled?

    I suppose a field like in that picture might make paragliding a really exciting sport.
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    The technology is new... things may change. They may get more efficient.

    But as they exist today... No, I don't think they're that great.




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    I think they look ridiculous on land.

    I read that there were plans to put a tonne of wind machines in the north sea; but not normal wind turbines - these plans were for energy units each consisting of a wind turbine and a wave machine (generates electricity from waves).

    I also wonder what effect they may have on birds and bats. Do they steer clear of those things or do they get mauled?
    Well apparently the RSPB over here in the UK has been complaining about the effect these machines are having on birds, especially where wind turbines have been badly sited... There was a documentary I saw a couple of years ago covering it too.

    I honestly think we're on the brink of discovery when it comes to sustainable sources of energy. The current solutions are rarely economically feasible and, as evident from that photo, can be quite the eye sore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyP
    I honestly think we're on the brink of discovery when it comes to sustainable sources of energy. The current solutions are rarely economically feasible and, as evident from that photo, can be quite the eye sore.
    I agree.

    As oil starts running out, the pressure (hence the motivation!) is on to get something new that works.




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    First of all, poor photoshop work. Looks better here, although poorer perspective: http://www.richard-seaman.com/Wallpa...hWindmills.jpg

    Anyway, it is indeed too cumbersom considering the amount of energy it produces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by php_daemon View Post
    First of all, poor photoshop work.
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    Yes the above picture looks scary.
    Very interesting blog on wave power (and other alternative power sources):
    http://mendocoastcurrent.wordpress.com
    Also this year one of popular mechanics award went to:
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...y/4224763.html which is very cheap design and can be used in some situations much better.
    Also this looks really simple:
    http://www.swellfuel.com/

    Also windmill - is very old technology - it was used even by ancient Egyptians. If I recall correctly in Netherlands that are famous for their windmills there have long been laws regulating wind resources - i.e. my neighbor can not just build his windmill, not because it looks ugly, but because it blocks my access to wind resources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleksejs View Post
    i.e. my neighbor can not just build his windmill, not because it looks ugly, but because it blocks my access to wind resources.
    I didn't realise that the supply of wind was limited!
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    Wind Turbines are a bit of a red herring. They dont produce much energy, and need very high maintanance. However I voted for "No - They are a thing of beauty" because in the right place I think they can look really good... but at the end of the day, I'm more concerned about getting renewable energy than if it looks nice.
    There are much better ways to get renewable energy than wind turbines, particularly solar power, hydo electricity, and wave power.

    I sometimes think that all these wind turbines are more about making a statement than anything else, "Look we're a green government/organisation", especially considering that there are far more efficient wind turbines out there than the commonly seen designs... but they dont look like "wind turbines".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro0bear
    I sometimes think that all these wind turbines are more about making a statement than anything else, "Look we're a green government/organisation", especially considering that there are far more efficient wind turbines out there than the commonly seen designs... but they dont look like "wind turbines".





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    Probably off-shore windfarms are ok, but I agree sometimes they spoil the view, and not to mention the possible hazzard for wildlife.

    That hazzard would remain out at sea, but the point is that we do need renewable energy sources and until we come up with better ones it might be one solution.

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    is it orignal pic or edit by u

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    Nothing to do with me Handsome, jsut saw it and thought it would spark a lively debate
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    we have a handful of wind farms in Kansas. Personally, I like them and don't think they spoil the view necessarily (maybe because anything looks good on the flat plains of western Kansas). I've walked around them and certainly didn't see anything that makes me believe it was harming the wildlife. I saw plenty of birds and animals around them. They are amazingly quiet for how big they are.

    While I agree that they may not be the end all to our energy problems, they are a step in the right direction. And as others have said, it will only get better as more time and effort are put in to renewable resources. IMO, we can't wait, stuff needs to happen now and whether or not it's baby steps... at least it's a step.

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    That is advisable to WINDY place. There is nothing wrong in using nature's element for a good cause. =)

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    Noooo! They will slow down the rotation of the earth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimfraser View Post
    Noooo! They will slow down the rotation of the earth!
    Great! could do with longer days!

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    I like them, but find underwater turbines a much better concept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesepie2k7 View Post
    I think they are lush.
    What looks better? Some dirty manky power station blowing loads of crap into the air, or some nice looking clean wind farms?
    I opt for nuclear power plants blowing loads of— water vapor in the air.
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    I think they look ugly and with them not being very reliable (they get turned off if it's two windy) then there is probably still a non-renewable energy power station pumping out pollutants whilst in standby mode in case the wind turbines get shut down or don't produce enough power.

    They must be a menace to wildlife and I've heard you get a very annoying hum fro them if close by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeZ View Post
    ... but sticking these monstrosities all over the landscape is not the way to go IMHO
    Obviously you've never lived near a coal mine or the oil sands in Canada...

    Compared to the damage done to the surroundings to release those forms of energy that picture is actually quite idyllic.

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    I've seen some images of wind farms built out at sea, i think it was only concept art, but it didn't look nearly as bad as the one there in the desert.
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