The Nine Canyon Wind Project here at Kennewick, WA (12 miles from my house)
occupies 75 of the 400+acres reserved for the project and the 63 turbines
produce up to a maximum of 95.9 megawatts
A direct cut and paste from Energy Northwest's (project manager) own fact sheet
makes interesting reading:
The turbines are self-starting and begin generating electricity
when wind speed reaches 8 mph. Generation increases as the
wind speed increases, with full power achieved at about 35 mph. If
winds exceed 55 mph on a sustained basis, the turbines shut down
automatically by engaging a large disc brake and restart when the
winds fall below 45 mph. The pitch of the blades is automatically
adjusted to maximize power generation from the available wind.
Second quote (from the same page):
Wind energy is typically more expensive than coal, natural gas
and nuclear power options, but often less than solar, biomass, and
developmental technologies like wave and tidal power.
IIRC we've only had one turbine burn up this year!
Dave G KK7SS
DN06ig Richland, WA
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----- Original Message -----
From: "derf" <email@example.com>
I wonder how big a big generator on a stick would need to be to power
the average American home.
As of now, big generators on a stick are not cheap, either.
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