Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for September 9, 2010

Items of interest:

1-Pulling back the Wind Wizard’s curtain:

‘Windfall’ Documentary Explores Perils of Wind Power – “a new documentary that premieres Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, could take the sails out of wind power”  WSJ

2-Double whammy:

Vestas Wind Tumbles After Reporting That Blade Broke on Turbine Prototype – “Vestas Wind Systems A/S fell to its lowest in almost two years in Copenhagen trading after the world’s largest wind turbine maker said a blade snapped on a prototype and Danske Bank A/S downgraded the stock.”  Bloomberg

3-Silence is golden:

Dong gives up on land-based turbines– “State-owned energy firm Dong Energy has given up building more wind farms on Danish land, following protests from residents complaining about the noise the turbines make.” Copenhagen Post (h/t Jon Boone)

and speaking of noise issues (also courtesy of Jon Boone):

“Wind Turbines Can Affect Inner Ear Function” (The Vestibular Disorders Association) – “Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri successfully challenged this conventional wisdom that “what you can’t hear won’t hurt you.” They noted that one type of inner-ear sensory cell behaves differently when encountering infrasound.”  Wind Turbine Syndrome News

4-Home rule RIP in Wisconsin:

State (Wisconsin) finishes wind turbine rules – “The rules serve as a protection for developers that local cities, villages and townships can’t prevent wind farms from being anywhere in their back yards simply because they don’t want them.”  The Verona Press

5-And if I were 8 inches taller I could play in the NBA:

How large-scale energy storage works – “With these storage technologies in place, solar and wind farms can become reliable parts of the power grid.”  The Seattle Times

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One Response to Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for September 9, 2010

  1. jon Boone says:

    Let’s not hold our breaths waiting for the obituaries of those “storage devices” that could, might, perhaps, possibly, one day, maybe, enable wind. I especially love the pressurized caverns of the Dakotas. Blowing hard for wind says a lot for one’s knowledge of history, science, and intellectual integrity.

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