- Series: Independent Minds
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Stacey International; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905299834
- ISBN-13: 978-1905299836
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wind Farm Scam (Independent Minds) 1st Edition
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Personally, I found Dr. Etherington's well-researched and clear-headed discussion of wind energy a very welcome relief from the wind energy madness now underway in the US.' 'The book should be required reading for every high school, college, and university student. It explains wind energy, and its limitations and environmental insults, in easily understood terms. It explains why wind will never provide a significant, reliable source of electricity.'
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About the Author
John Etherington was a Reader in Ecology at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Since his retirement from the University in 1990, he has devoted himself to researching the implications of intermittently available renewable electricity generation, in particular wind power. He is a Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and a former co-editor of the International Journal of Ecology.
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The folks running an electrical utility have to live in a real world, and provide electricity to meet the requirements of their customers. As the electricity provided on the mains must always match the electricity required by its customers at any particular time, the electrical utility has to be able to add or remove electrical generation capacity on demand. Dispatchable is a word used to describe nuclear, coal or gas generator facilities which can be added or removed from the grid as needed by the utility load manager. Utilities have a base load requirement and a variable load which typically goes up in the morning when people gut up and go to work, and then declines until they come home in the afternoon when it goes back until the evening when it falls.
It is possible for the utility to use the non dispatchable generation capacity to meet the load increases, where non dispatchable could include wind, solar, tidal etc. The system must be putting out electricity when needed by the utility. As discussed in the book, the output is really not a sure thing. The windmill very rarely produces at the rated nameplate capacity, and in the UK have been as low as 2% or the nameplate in winter. Windmill output can vary significantly over a comparatively short period of time. As discussed in the book the utility using power from a windmill farm must have another dispatchable generator such as a coal plant turning over as it takes a period of time to get the dispatchable generators up from cold iron to putting out stable electricity so that they can be up on line to support the grid. Gas is typically the quickest, if it is run straight through a gas turbine, which is not the most efficient method, and may not be available to the utility. THe stand by running generator has to be available as the wind may die, or just reduce by 5 miles per hour or so, and significantly reduce the output of the wind farm. The alternative to spinning back up is to have rotating blackouts when the wind dies, until another generator can be brought up from cold iron to putting out sufficient electricity to be put on line.
The forward by Mr. Christopher Booker brings out the fact that Denmark which has extensive wind farms has the most expensive electricity in Europe, which is not a good thing for the citizens of Denmark.
The author addresses the impact on landscape which is significant in many otherwise pristine parts of Great Britain. The health impact from noise, shadows that are moving due to the blades, and flicker are addressed. Not a great deal of attention has been paid to the health issues.
The windmills being installed now and for the past number of years are large industrial machines, which are being plunked down in the countryside. There are dangers associated with the windmills such as structural failure where the windmill falls over, or fires in the generator hundreds of feet up, or blades flying off, or ice flying off in the winter time are all real hazards. They are a hazard to installation and maintenance personnel who must get up to the generator in the nacelle. Then there are the nuisance impacts from the windmill.
The windmills impact the value of the property, and make the area less attractive for tourism.
ll in all, a well researched and written book. I recommend this book to everyone who wants factual information about windmill use for generation of electricity.
The U K has been forthright in its support for wind, which only makes sense given its abundance. Try as she might, England has failed at properly exploiting wind energy - or has demonstrated quite clearly the impossibility of do so. Energy density is the real challenge, despite wind's preponderance. The recent withdrawal of corporate support for the largest wind farm in Europe - the Bristol Channel -is clear evidence of the policies of failure.
Mr. Etherington has done a masterful job of explaining the resource play and its failure. Birds, people and power supplies have each suffered enormously at the hands of rent seeking developers drawing from the veins of a paternalistic government.
Thank you for your seminal work!