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Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
4/24/2013

An artist's impression of how the wind turbines could be installed on city buildings.   (Source: University of Wollongong)
An artist’s impression of how the wind turbines could be installed on city buildings.
(Source: University of Wollongong)

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Wind keeps developing
Rob Spiegel   5/1/2013 4:28:40 PM
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I can see that the solar/wind combo could be a good combination. However, many offices and residences may have windows for wind, but if they're on the 20th floor of a 40-story building, they would not have roof space for solar. Another concern might be the loss of view from the window that has now become a wind turbine.

jmiller
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Re: Where are the turbines in the picture?
jmiller   4/30/2013 8:50:54 PM
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I've read that Iowa is the third largest state in production of wing power.  However, one of the biggest problems is getting the energy from where it is generated to where it can be used.  In that example it's places like Chicago, Kansas City and St Louis that can use the energy that generated in little ol' Iowa.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/30/2013 8:14:33 PM
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Hey Shehan, unfortunately, we won't run low on fuel anytinme soon. The high price of fuel has spurred a wave of exporation and new technology to extract hard-to-get-to oil and gas (fracking). Those sources remain cheaper than most alternative fuels.

Debera Harward
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Re: Where are the turbines in the picture?
Debera Harward   4/30/2013 6:54:11 AM
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Shehan, Agreed what you are saying but dont you think so one should use permanent method of energy production .like noise it is almost every where even where there are no humans we can get sound by animals insects or birds

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Re: Wind keeps developing
Mydesign   4/30/2013 1:05:27 AM
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"Do you know what cities may be good choices for wind energy? Here in Albuquerque, we have a windy spring, but I don't believe we top 200 windy days. The need for consistent wind could create barriers to wind energy collection."

Rob, am from India and here in most parts of southern states like Tamilnadu and Kerala has deployed similar models. These states have a vast costal area with Arabian sea and hence a good source of wind too.

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Mydesign   4/30/2013 12:58:10 AM
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"Yes as you said some areas do have much wind to generate energy, for such areas we could easily use solar panels to generate power as we have ample sun light that we waste. "

Shehan, if it's a hybrid model then the absence of one source can be maintain/substitute by the other. I mean if its cloudy day, sunlight may not be there and hence power can be generated by wind and vice versa.

Mydesign
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Mydesign   4/30/2013 12:55:48 AM
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"we need to use all sources of hybrid energy. We are still wasting a lot of natural resources. Solar panels and wind turbines are some of the best ways we could harvest the energy. "

Shehan, apart from solar, there are many other natural resources, which can be used for power generation. Wind, waterfalls (Hydro), sea waves (tidal) etc are some of them.

Charles Murray
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Re: Where are the turbines in the picture?
Charles Murray   4/29/2013 7:34:31 PM
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If there's a way to put wind turbines up high between buildings, it would seem like a good source of power, Liz.

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William K.   4/29/2013 4:18:07 PM
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Shehan, a transformer is not a way to increase the power. One could increase the voltage, but the power is a fairly constant quantity. Captured power is a direct function of the effective area that is capturing the wind. No way around that.

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Re: for the birds
NadineJ   4/29/2013 2:06:42 PM
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@shehan-interesting thoughts.  The mesh protects the turbines but not the birds.  They'll very likely fly into the mesh.  How would that get cleaned regularly?

Red flashing lights aren't much of a deterrent for urban birds.  Pigeons nest in stoplights often.  From what I've seen, all three colours are acceptable.

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