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Offline chrisp

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« on: October 14, 2010, 08:29:19 PM »
what does everyone think of this. I think its barmy, it's fine for countryside but not near peoples homes. id be out on the streets if it was me

http://www.swindonlink.com/news/new-wind-park-for-swindon



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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2010, 08:42:32 PM »
Do they work now then, I was still clinging to the Luddite view that they were a load of poo when their green credentials were measured in a well to wheel kind of way?

If they were top notch efficient generators of copious amounts of electrickery at 4p a chuck you wouldn't mind a few bob being spent on aesthetics, if they are as useless as they are ugly the I don't want them anywhere.

Seems to me though that industrial developments are a more appropriate environment to stick them in, retrofitting them as well.

I'll have a solar panel please.

Mind you, one of these puppies would mean I could continue to warm my slippers in the tumble drier.

http://www.metaefficient.com/news/new-record-worlds-largest-wind-turbine-7-megawatts.html
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2010, 09:43:12 AM »
I think they add something, not take away, from the vista's they are placed in.  Good old brave Cornwall with more to lose in the way of views etc. have taken more than other counties and yet don't seem to suffer from them.

When they start making them at a size that can go on the house or in the garden and at a sensible price I would be first in line for free electric.
If I could find the contacts, and persuade our community, to have one in return for free or reduced electric bills I would spend some time making that happen.

I would rather have the countryside, however beautiful ,scattered with them rather than have the two nuclear power stations we are going to get downwind of Swindon.

If I were on the council Iwould be asking or even doing myself a feasibity study into having one designed that could catch the wind along Canal Walk to light up the town.
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Re: windmills
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2010, 10:02:12 AM »
does anybody know the figures for the turbines at faringdon and how much they putting into the grid?.

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2010, 10:18:58 AM »
Shouldn't be too difficult to find out - do you have shares?

http://www.westmill.coop/westmill_home.asp
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Re: windmills
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2010, 08:17:50 PM »
no, I missed the deadline to purchase..
they may build more yet..

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Re: windmills
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2010, 08:39:28 PM »
re: Wind Turbines,
I'm sure I heard somewhere today that it has been suggested that they make them in 'purple' I think it was, as apparently insects/birds/bugs are less attracted to this colour.
Apparently they are drawn to the other colours and meet their untimely end  :'(

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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2010, 09:25:50 PM »
Start Wearing Purple.

You are absoluteley correct, apparently bright yellow and 'turbine white' are the most effective at attracting insects, the insects in turn attract furry and feathered beasties. The furry and feathered beasties then get sliced and diced by the turbine blades.

I looked at domestic turbines, they are pretty large old units, expensive and not too efficient, allegedly. Most of the gubbins I read implied they were a bit of a con. They are an extremely overt way of advertising an ecological bent, as it were, but are greedy too produce and never really cost in if you use carbon footprint as a currency.

I'm wondering, is there an EU grant for windfarmers if you promise not to make any electricity?

What happened to wavepower?

And, if I had the land I would definitely go for one of those heat exchangers where you bury waterpipe in the garden and it heats up, I also liked this week's Grand Designs, didn't like the house as such, but no heating!!! Clever concrete blocks and loads of insulation.

Had a wind turbine as well, didn't work.
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