February 14, 2012

WIND TURBINE PROBLEMS: Hurricanes deliver fatal blows to wind turbines. “Stephen Rose and colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, modelled the risk hurricanes might pose to turbines at four proposed wind farm sites. They found that nearly half of the planned turbines are likely to be destroyed over the 20-year life of the farms. Turbines shut down in high winds, but hurricane-force winds can topple them.”

UPDATE: Reader Richard Giovanelli writes: “Sure, a hurricane may topple a turbine or 12, but think of the energy output right before failure!” Heh.

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