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Tame Those Hurricanes

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by Zkribbler, May 17, 2018.

  1. Zkribbler

    Zkribbler Warlord

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    :whipped: An old tech can be put to a new use.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/10/us/2018-atlantic-hurricane-season-fast-facts/index.html

     
  2. Serutan

    Serutan Eatibus Anythingibus

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    There are several problems:

    1. The hurricanes are not going to politely track through where the wind farms are built - you'd have to build hundreds of thousands to have
    a reasonable chance of intercepting a hurricane.

    1a.) If you can make them mobile, you make them both sinkable and unusable for power generation unless someone has figured
    out a way to transmit it on the kind of scale needed here.

    2. Even if they are in a fixed position, can they survive the storms that become Cat 4/ Cat 5 before they hit the wind farm?

    3. Birds for some reason cannot discern that the spinning blades are a hazard and so lots and lots of birds
    would be killed.

    4. Maintenance costs would be *very* high due to salt water/air + likely very high for underwater power cables and the article seems to ignore that.
     
  3. Zkribbler

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    A very thoughtful response. :think:

    But we aren't trying to intercept hurricanes; we are trying to protect cities. I do not foresee a Maginot Line but rather a series of bastions.

    :dunno: Dunno, but I'd rather lose a wind farm than a city.

    My long-standing position to this objection is that eventually birds will evolve so they avoid turbine blades.

    Scotland is currently operating profitable off shore wind farms [albeit they are benefited by winds which are more constant than ours].

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Scotland#Debate
     

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