Huge Wind Turbines are Toppling Over in a Rash of Incidents Around the World
Thomas Lifson : Jan 24, 2023
All of these problems are in addition to the fundamental problem with wind energy: it is unreliable.
[American Thinker] – Bloomberg Business Week, no foe of green energy, headlines: "Wind Turbines Taller Than the Statue of Liberty Are Falling Over." The article beneath the headline reports on a variety of alarming disasters involving wind turbines, including collapses of very tall structures. (Screengrab Image)
The article blames the "rash" of incidents on the rush to install turbine capacity, but there are also permanent factors that make engineering, building, and maintaining wind farms difficult and risky. To develop meaningful amounts of power, the blades on the turbine have to be big, and when big blades spin in heavy winds, the tips can end up hitting supersonic speeds, putting great stress on the materials used to construct them. Big blades also require tall towers, which are then subject to stresses as winds blow and can gust during storms to velocities that test the strength of the materials and the design of the towers.
And, of course, tall, string towers require a lot of construction materials that have (ahem) a considerable carbon footprint to create. Compared to the amount of "carbon free" electricity generated, the carbon emitted in manufacturing and construction of the towers may take many years to counterbalance... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
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