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Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 2:30 PM


Like the link says, you'll want to watch it twice. Very nicely done.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 3:43 PM

That was very funny and then very cool.


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 3:56 PM

Wow, that was a breath of fresh air!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.0 - Posts: 3300)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 3:57 PM

It really was cool - but it took my brain a bit to catch on.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 4:15 PM

Loved it!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 4:30 PM

Saw one of the largest wind farms in August while driving out to west Texas. Over 400 wind turbines. Most of the blades were moving very slowly, but I guess it's enough movement to create energy. I read that the energy created from them would power 1 million homes for a year. Sometime go to Wikipedia and read the article on wind farms. Very interesting.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 4:41 PM

I'd be interested in a couple of those wind thingies but I would need a permit for air space. My local government requires permits on everything. I had to get an air space permit for satellite TV. Those windmills do work.

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 5:00 PM

The two largest farms that I've seen were in Palm Springs and then up near Sacramento somewhere. Yes, it'd be neat to have a couple. My next door neighbor does geothermal conversions. Business has been good for him, though they still haven't hit the total breakout stage yet.

I thought that my friend had sent me the link because of some film/animation technique, so I was watching wondering if the guy was CGI, and thinking this was just a "look what I can do" piece, so the end caught me off guard.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 6:53 PM

I saw the one near Sacramento. Its pretty impressive.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 11:19 PM

The lights from those 400 turbines look really cool at night on the hill from my old house.

But I don't understand. You said they were turning slowly. Wonder why they don't use small blades like the old water well windmills? Seems like the fast spinning but short height, vastly lowered resistance and weight, and infinitely cheaper price would do the trick.

Those blades are bring trucked north to the windfarms every day. It's amazing how long one arm is (which they travel 2 at a time, foot to head. I noticed the other day one of the trucks sitting at a red light. The wind was blowing (as usual) and that blade, which is apparently MUCH lighter than it looks, was trying to fly - it was gently flexing as much as its restraint would allow.

Somehow, though, in really strong wind, the arms still turn slowly, as though they have a governor on them preventing them from turning too quickly. Seems like they would let 'er rip and turn as quickly as they can. Is it just a storage problem? No batteries that will hold that much energy?

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 19th Sep '08 11:34 PM

I can't get pull it up. What am I doing wrong?

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 20th Sep '08 12:33 AM

don't know bbear, I just tried it again and it worked.

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