Jacobs wind farm and Sir Michael?

At the beginning of the month, just before budha's 89th, birthday I had one of my stupid 'brainwaves' and I wondered why people don't build windfarms in forests and jungles. I put it on that silly website georgekeeling.com, saying "In Germany they sprout up in every farm, generating energy and income for the locals. To me they seem majestic as they slowly rotate above the fields, while cows graze or corn grows beneath them". In forests and jungles, "Forest walkers would occasionally come across a man-made tree trunk disappearing into the canopy, the sensitive English would barely be offended, indigenous jungle dwellers could earn a bit more from their jungle. The environmental impact would be minimal or positive."

We could start a revolution at Jacobs and put up a few there -- see my picture. The big ones are huge and have a little cockpit at the top (100m up) for mainenance. You could probably sleep up there in the sky. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, "An onshore wind turbine with a capacity of 2.5–3 MW can produce more than 6 million kWh in a year – enough to supply 1,500 average EU households with electricity." Jacobs wind farm could power Hastings. Budha might get knighted!

Here's a project worthy of some of the grandchildren. Arthur, it would be an excellent 'case study' on your business studies course. And then I haven't even mentioned the zip wire possibilities.....

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Air slows down and becomes turbulent upon contact with the ground. The rougher the ground the higher you have to go up to get out of this slow and turbulent region. Trees increase the roughness of the ground so you would need an extra long mast for the turbine. Probably the mast would be so long it would become too expensive a thing to do.

Also you need to be able to construct and maintain the wind turbines. This would require roads for access and a large cleared area adjacent to the turbine where you could set it out before you erected it.

So, all in all, I think its best if we concentrate efforts in construction of wind turbines in unwooded areas to begin with.

Posted by: Trevor the younger | January 23, 2015 at 04:51 PM

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