xoxoxoBruce Sunday Feb 8 02:47 AM
Feb 8, 2009: Wind Farm
Mexico recently had an inauguration ceremony also.
SPUCK Sunday Feb 8 05:44 AM
They turn pretty slowly so the camera probably stopped them.
sweetwater Sunday Feb 8 08:44 AM
The wind turbine generators are fairly quiet, except in higher winds - then the blades are feathered to help avoid damage. Though I see conflicting reports on bird deaths caused by the spinning blades, one article recently showed that bats can be killed sometimes if they fly into the area of low pressure caused by their rapid movement. Link.
Sundae Sunday Feb 8 09:51 AM
When I lived in a little village (in a little house) we saw bats every summer evening. I don't know if they hibernate, just that we didn't stand outside for the rest of the year.
Griff Sunday Feb 8 10:18 AM
Note to self: Take bat pics for Cherry next summer.
gozar Sunday Feb 8 11:34 AM
In the article, the locals are upset that they are not more involved. Why don't they form a cooperative, and build a few wind generators for themselves? I know - times are tough, they are probably dirt poor etc, but there are ways to get these things done.
Gravdigr Sunday Feb 8 04:18 PM
On a wind farm, do you have to water the wind, do you irrigate, or what?
Shawnee123 Sunday Feb 8 05:26 PM
Aliantha Sunday Feb 8 05:33 PM
The whole argument about birds and windfarms seems pretty stupid to me if it's coming from anyone who drives a car or has ever flown in a plane, and I doubt there's too many greenies who don't fly in planes or travel by car or bus. Far more birds are killed by humans transporting themselves around than are killed by windfarms (at least in Australia).
Aliantha Sunday Feb 8 05:34 PM
We have lots of bats here, but one of the most prolific is the fruit bat. The bain of every fruit growers existance! And the little buggers are protected too. Currently they're causing a lot of problems for our stone fruit and apple farmers in Stanthorpe.
Shawnee123 Sunday Feb 8 05:35 PM
In my experience, that would have to be one sharp shooter. Those things flail about with no rhyme nor reason.
Aliantha Sunday Feb 8 05:36 PM
Use a shot gun mate.
Shawnee123 Sunday Feb 8 05:37 PM
Eh, I probably couldn't hit the broad side of a...um, bat.
Aliantha Sunday Feb 8 05:37 PM
Actually, we had a neighbour once who used to shoot plenty of them with a .22 rifle...till he tried walking down the main road with it to one of the other neighbours houses to shoot their bats for them.
WillieO Sunday Feb 8 06:24 PM
It's an old joke, but if we're looking for a lot of wind, why don't we put them suckers up around Washington D.C.? And speaking of politicans, what happened to T. Boone Pickens plan to save on oil consumption and rescue the U.S. economy with wind? We heard pleanty of it proir the election but now? That was one guy I would have voted for.
classicman Sunday Feb 8 06:53 PM
Maybe all his money was with Madoff...
monster Sunday Feb 8 07:37 PM
hey look, if we zoom in, it's almost like you can see the breeze.........twisting through the twurbines
sandypossum Sunday Feb 8 07:44 PM
We had a microbat flying round our lounge room last night. We thought it was a moth for a while - it was smaller than the palm of my hand. It came in through the cat flap, which was uncovered at the time. It would stop occasionally and hang from a shelf or the curtain rails, so we got a good look at it. At least they're easy to get back outside.
sweetwater Sunday Feb 8 07:48 PM
The turbines are generating plenty of electricity here in T.Boone-land, but the infrastructure required to 'pipe' all of it to where it is needed is, for now, lacking. Momentum is building to get it matched to production, but I don't see evidence of progress yet. The landowners around here are paid per post regardless of production. I have heard $2,000 per post per year but have not seen that documented.
Aliantha Sunday Feb 8 07:49 PM
Do microbats carry the lissa virus? I don't know, but I hope you were careful if you had to handle it sandy.
sweetwater Sunday Feb 8 08:20 PM
A little slice of Texas: cotton modules and some of the thousands of wind turbine generators. No people. No blasted birds. No exploded bats. At least, not until one of you talented folk 'shop them in!
classicman Sunday Feb 8 08:32 PM
Then what are all those feathers on the ground from?
Nirvana Sunday Feb 8 08:36 PM
note to self: tell Bruce he is off by one month on two image threads
sweetwater Sunday Feb 8 08:37 PM
Those are cotton balls.
sweetwater Sunday Feb 8 08:38 PM
(cuz we don't want our teddy bears reproducing)
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Feb 8 11:06 PM
TheMercenary Monday Feb 9 10:09 AM
classicman Monday Feb 9 01:14 PM
I can't wait to look over the landscape and see nothing but miles of these beautiful windmills.
Shawnee123 Monday Feb 9 01:19 PM
I submit they're purtier than oil rigs.
Aliantha Monday Feb 9 05:00 PM
Over here the debate rages between those who don't want them because they'll kill the birds, or because they'll look unsightly. Then there are the proponents who fight each other to get them in their back yards so the govt has to pay them and not their neighbour (and they're paid very very well).
kerosene Monday Feb 9 05:16 PM
We have a plant here that makes the blades. I am trying to get a job there.
TheMercenary Monday Feb 9 06:24 PM
I have been looking at some home models for my future property.
classicman Monday May 24 03:58 PM
bumper crop here.
Offshore wind power park to energize Delaware homes
Very cool. Aside from the obvious benefits, apparently there are certain species of fish that like to congregate around these farms as well. Some of which are great game fish.
glatt Monday May 24 04:07 PM
And they don't leak freaking oil all over the coast.
classicman Monday May 24 07:00 PM
I was counting that in the "obvious benefits" part - but yeh that too!
HungLikeJesus Monday May 24 08:03 PM
I never really thought of Ohio as having a coast.
spudcon Monday May 24 09:04 PM
But, what about the naysayers who think we'll all have epileptic fits if we look at them?
classicman Monday May 24 09:27 PM
A few lost birds is a small price to pay. There will just be that many less to shit on cars and eat glatt's mulberries.
HungLikeJesus Tuesday May 25 12:30 AM
This was bugging me so I looked it up (dictionary.com): –noun
Shawnee123 Tuesday May 25 01:29 PM
HLJ, have you ever been near Lake Erie? It looks like an ocean, and the winds might rival the sea.
Pie Tuesday May 25 01:54 PM
Pie, Cleveland survivor, 1992-1996
Brett's Honey Thursday May 27 11:59 AM
As for the windmills - while driving down Interstate 35 I've seen semi trucks hauling those windmill blades. I had no idea how HUGE they were until I saw that one blade covers the 53' semi flat-bed trailer all the way from the front to the back.
glatt Thursday May 27 12:11 PM
Pie Thursday May 27 01:20 PM
kerosene Thursday May 27 11:09 PM
They make those just a couple of miles down the road from me.
spudcon Friday May 28 10:50 AM
Yup, once enough of them are built, they morph into Tripods.
SPUCK Saturday May 29 07:09 AM
Try 413 foot blade length for the Enercon E-126... as in 126 meters!