Wind turbines

So you think your gay Prius and wind turbines are clean and green? Think again

The green taliban tell us we need to go clean tech…and green tech and wind and electric this and electric that.

But what does that all mean?

Apparently it means if we use wind turbines and drive gay Prius cars we are being clean and green and using cool tech to do it.

But the reality of their clean green tech solutions is far from their slogans and bumper stickers…so far that their claims are actually lies.

Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.

From where I’m standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge.

Dozens of pipes line the shore, churning out a torrent of thick, black, chemical waste from the refineries that surround the lake. The smell of sulphur and the roar of the pipes invades my senses. It feels like hell on Earth.

Welcome to Baotou, the largest industrial city in Inner Mongolia. I’m here with a group of architects and designers called the Unknown Fields Division, and this is the final stop on a three-week-long journey up the global supply chain, tracing back the route consumer goods take from China to our shops and homes, via container ships and factories.

You may not have heard of Baotou, but the mines and factories here help to keep our modern lives ticking. It is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of “rare earth” minerals. These elements can be found in everything from magnets in wind turbines and electric car motors, to the electronic guts of smartphones and flatscreen TVs. In 2009 China produced 95% of the world’s supply of these elements, and it’s estimated that the Bayan Obo mines just north of Baotou contain 70% of the world’s reserves. But, as we would discover, at what cost?

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UK wind turbines need national grid electricity to operate

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Yes, you read that right.

Off-shore wind turbines take power from the National Grid when not generating electricity, it has emerged.

They use electricity to keep their blades rotating slowly in cold weather to prevent them icing up and to power the systems which turn the blades into the wind.

It costs around twice as much to produce electricity using offshore wind than at traditional coal and gas-fired power stations.

But think about the feel good factor!!

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Green energy continues to fail… spectacularly

Highly subsidised and highly inefficient, it’s also not able to deliver the little it is meant to

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The turbines in Devon and Cornwall came down when the wind  was blowing at barely 50mph,  despite the fact that they are supposed to withstand blasts of just over 115mph.

And, as the HSE concluded, the causes were manufacturing faults and basic mistakes in the way  they were installed. The errors  have already been replicated elsewhere in the country, as the two reports make clear, and could affect dozens – if not hundreds – more of the giant towers.

It is hardly encouraging to learn that the HSE reports were not published in a normal sense, but were available only on request and in redacted form.

They have come to light now only through Freedom of Information (FoI) requests lodged by a number of concerned residents.

Total incompetence followed by a cover-up.   Read more »

Wind power destroys your house values

If you needed another reason to hate wind power, the preferred choice of the green taliban and useful idiots like David Farrar, then this should be the final kicker for you.

We al;ready know they kill thousands of birds, use squillions of rare earth metals, don’t work as often as they are needed, are uneconomic unless heavily subsidised are visual and noise pollution.

Wind turbines destroy house values.

The presence of wind turbines  near homes has wiped tens of thousands of pounds off their value, according to the first major study into the impact the eyesore structures have on house prices.

The study by the London School  of Economics (LSE) – which looked at more than a million sales of properties close to wind farm sites over a 12-year period – found that values of homes within 1.2  miles of large wind farms were being slashed by about 11 per cent.  Read more »

190 years to repay ‘investment’ in wind turbines

That is the prospect facing many councils and the government int he UK with all their idiotic conversion to wind power.

It simply doesn’t stack up, can’t work without subsidies and is uneconomic in the extreme. It is almost time for some criminal charges against politicians who push their silly projects.

We need to be very vigilant here to ensure that no council or other politician gets designs on building a “green energy” empire that that foisted on the UK.

Councils are wasting millions of pounds on wind turbines that are not working or will take hundreds of years to repay because they are generating as little as £13 worth of energy a month.

Local authorities spent hundreds of thousands of pounds installing the turbines in an effort to meet renewable energy targets.

However, some have not produced any energy at all in the last year because of faults, a Freedom of Information request disclosed.

Some turbines generate so little energy they would take hundreds of years to repay their original value. Experts argue that the failure of some wind turbines to recoup their value shows how small wind turbines are a poor way to generate renewable energy.  Read more »

Bird Shredders cost ‘green’ energy company mega-bucks

Wind Turbines are touted as green energy…yet they kill countless birds each year, especially raptors.

Now one company has copped a massive fine for their role in the slaughter of birds.

A huge US energy supplier has agreed to pay out $1m (£620,000) over the deaths of golden eagles at two wind farms.

Duke Energy Renewables agreed to the sum after pleading guilty to charges over the deaths of 14 eagles in the past three years at the Wyoming site.

It is the first time the Obama administration has taken action against a wind energy company in such a case, the AP news agency report.

The fines will go to wildlife and wetlands conservation bodies.   Read more »

Silver lining in UK storm clouds

There was a silver lining in the massive storm that blasted the UK yesterday.

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What should happen to all wind turbines

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The future of wind turbines [VIDEO]

This is what should happen to all wind turbines.

Demolition of 200ft (61m) wind turbine tower at Klug Hill Farm in Torrington CT.

Optiwind was an energy startup developing a mid-sized wind turbine design. This tower is a prototype built in 2009. Financial difficulties forced Optiwind to close its doors in early 2013, leaving the tower behind. With no other suitable use for the tower, decision was made to bring it down. After removing all the support braces, the three main columns were cut with plasma torch (the last one from the passenger seat of an ATV) , and a gentle tug with a tractor did the rest. Aerial shots captured using DJI F550 hexacopter with Gimbal mounted GoPro Hero3.  Read more »

Turbines don’t need wind, they blow themselves…..apart

Damaged: Two of the turbine's blades were torn off completely following gales of 40mph last week

Damaged: Two of the turbine’s blades were torn off completely following gales of 40mph last week

David Farrar gets hard talking about wind turbines…he loves them.

Of course the green taliban do too…they claim they are green and clean…except they haven’t seen how they are made, where the rare earth metals come from, nor do they care about the visual and noise pollution. On top of that there is quiet shame of the amount of birds these things kill every year.

But one thing about wind turbines that always makes headlines is that when they fail it is catastrophic…and spectacular…and dangerous…so much so there is now talk of removing turbines from schools.

A single crooked blade dangling precariously from its rotor is all that remains of this wind turbine, which was left badly damaged by gales of 40mph.

Two blades of the turbine were torn off altogether following storms last week, with one piece of debris estimated to have been thrown about 60 yards.

The incident has prompted calls for similar structures to be removed from nearby schools.  Read more »