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post #11 of 45

I was about to ask what about waves and such, then the video said they're working on a strong enough base to withstand marine conditions and all and that the hexagon shape helps that issue by linking them together. Would be awesome if either solar or wind power became the standard for power since I don't think the sun and wind will stop anytime soon.

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post #12 of 45
what everyone needs to realize is that as soon as we make a serious switch to the electric car, our electricity need will skyrocket, and that number won't be 26.6 billion anymore.

the only relatively safe and effective energy source moving forward is nuclear power. we need to practice with it anyway if we're ever going to become a space-faring race and find those Prothean ruins on mars. i can pretty much guarantee you we're not going to be flying into space and other planets strapped to windmills.

we've already harnessed the atom for uses involving killing the living **** out of each other, now its time to use it to help.

but yeah no seriously, just drop the nuclear waste in an active volcano. lava melts it, problem solved.
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post #13 of 45
Too bad wind power has claimed FAR more lives than nuclear power in this country.

Aside from that, I'm all for it!
post #14 of 45
Those turbines look like Stargates, hope no one tries to walk through one while it is spinning tongue.gif
Here in Oklahoma we have a constant wind.

Why is it so windy in Oklahoma ?
Because Kansas blows and Texas sucks biggrin.giftongue.gif

Had to say it haha
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post #15 of 45
Time + money + tight arse governments = won't happen
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Win.
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post #17 of 45
Here in Sweden we have massive hydrokinetic energy sources, but we export it, so we still need nuclear for ourselves.
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post #18 of 45
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I like how the article talks about using an area roughly 1/4 the size of Alaska to farm wind energy like it's no big deal....

Well, the truth to be told is, it's not, let me tell you, there is about 40,000 acres of unused land in Kansas alone, pfft, wouldn't be nothing to put up a massive wind farm down there, however.....

The toughest part about Wind Energy is, it's not consistent, I mean the wind doesn't blow 24/7 you know.. biggrin.gif

One day we will find a solution to the energy crysis, maybe before it's far too late...

This looks like a good start though.. biggrin.gif

Entire towns are being run on Wind Power now though, which is great, they buy all the stuff they need and separate themselves from the power grid. biggrin.gif

The first 100% wind-powered city in the U.S. is Rock Port, Missouri, which is pretty close to where I live. There are over a hundred wind turbines stretching across an area about 30 miles long by 2 miles wide. And the population of Rock Port is less than 1,000. I still doubt that wind power has the ability to scale up enough to be viable for anything but small towns.
post #19 of 45
Anything to make power generation more efficient is always great, but I can't see a situation where large-scale wind power generation is initiated on-land, at least not in the US. It's difficult enough to get around the environmental impact surveys for even tiny, small-scale wind farms we have today. :/
    
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post #20 of 45
At the end it states that having wind turbines requiring more maintenance is a good thing, as it creates jobs. That's almost akin to the "broken window economics" theory, that a robber breaking a businesses window is good for the economy as the business must hire someone to fix said window. What a silly article.
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