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Solar and wind power battle for supremacy

Posted on Wednesday, 16 April, 2008 | Comment icon 13 comments

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"In the old aesop fable, wind and sun battle over which is the stronger."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by SirRedeye on 16 April, 2008, 16:45
im for solar energy too every year they add more windmills in the desert out there, ruining the beauty of the desert, plus the impact it has on the animal and plant life isnt good, those things are noisy and drip oil everywhere.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Magnatude on 16 April, 2008, 18:21
Interesting info... Considering that I'm in the midst of selling my house and building a new one, I'm currently looking at building a house using both Solar and Wind power (we get plenty of both on the new location) and looking at geothermal too. with 10 acres of land to work with (its a farm... lol, I'm going to be a farmer) it should be interesting to see which works best.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Bella-Angelique on 16 April, 2008, 18:26
I think every alternative needs to be invested in and used. We do not need another monopoly in place like fossil fuel has been.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Stardrive on 16 April, 2008, 22:43
A guy I work with is leaving for Minnesota this weekend to start a job working on a wind farm being built there. He said it was being bankrolled by some big oil company.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Cradle of Fish on 17 April, 2008, 1:55
The solution: Wind Farms with solar panels mounted on every fan blade.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ghost Ship on 17 April, 2008, 2:25
What Earth needs is a dyson sphere. Read About the Dyson Sphere A Dyson sphere (or shell as it appeared in the original paper) is a hypothetical megastructure originally described by Freeman Dyson. The "sphere" would be a system of orbiting solar power satellites meant to completely encompass a star and capture most or all of its entire energy output. Dyson speculated that such structures would be the logical consequence of the long-term survival of technological civilizations, and proposed that searching for evidence of the existence of such structures might lead to the detection of advanced ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by uth on 17 April, 2008, 14:24
Problem with both wind an solar is their output is variable, you can't completely run a utility on them... you need to produce enough electricity to meet demand at all times, but you can't make the wind blow the right speed or the clouds to cooperate. Wind and Solar will be part of the picture, but we'll still need sources we can control, like coal, gas, nuclear, for the base-load.
Comment icon #11 Posted by lmbeharry on 17 April, 2008, 14:40
Problem with both wind an solar is their output is variable, you can't completely run a utility on them... you need to produce enough electricity to meet demand at all times, but you can't make the wind blow the right speed or the clouds to cooperate. Wind and Solar will be part of the picture, but we'll still need sources we can control, like coal, gas, nuclear, for the base-load. Actually, we could store the energy from peak times as compressed gas, or in large capacitors, or in other ways. Just because wind and solar are variable in intensity and flow does not necessarily prevent these ener... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by ROGER on 17 April, 2008, 18:06
The competitive market place prevents a lot of good ideas from working together to make a good system. Solar and wind use different equipment for conversion of D.C. to A.C. And Ion storage batteries are not made Large enough to handle home or commercial systems. With every thing patented to give each company a piece of the economic pie, integrating the various company parts to make a whole system becomes very difficult. And converting homes to D.C. lighting and heating would help a lot , but in my area no one is sellinf LED home lights.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Oen Anderson on 18 April, 2008, 5:58
Dr. Harry Braun of the Phoenix Project suggests using massive amounts of wind turbins all over the country. During off peak times when the wind is blowing and nobody is using it, the electricity would be used to electrolyze water splitting the hydrogen and oxygen molecules. The hydrogen would be compressed and stored in underbround tanks. When the wind stops blowing, the hydrogen gas could be burned to run turbins to make electricity, making for a full system. Here in Montana, a large proposed 400 turbin wind farm was driven away by environmentalists because it would be ugly. Perhaps the coal ... [More]

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