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Sometimes a huge effort that falls short is still huge

October 24, 2008

If you have a chance, read this article:

UK wind farm plans on brink of failure

John Vidal, The Observer, Sunday October 19 2008

Here’s little quote from it:

“Last week Britain committed itself to cutting greenhouse gases by 80 per cent. This week Gordon Brown will claim the UK is now a world leader in wind power. An Observer investigation reveals his hopes could be blown wildly off course. No country has tried to switch so fast to renewable energy – but rising costs and technical problems mean that, without urgent action and cash, the targets cannot be met. “

This is one of the most ambitious efforts I’ve ever seen. Even if they fall way short it’s still going to be a huge accomplishment. There’s a lot are really cool stuff in this article. In Berlin, they are putting together the world’s largest wind turbine. Each of the blades is supposed to be 20 meters longer than the wings of the world’s largest aircraft. The giant Enercon E-126 will sit on top of the 140 m tall concrete tower on a ridge that will put it 250 m above the ground. A single unit will provide nearly 20,000,000 kWh of electricity a year-enough to power a town with over 20,000 homes- WOW!

Now imagine a bunch of these babies lined up in that wind corridor in the center of the United States. We have a lot more wind Germany does. T. Boone Pickens isn’t that crazy after all.