Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wind Turbines Can't Handle Hurricane-Force Winds #Science

There's a large-scale off-shore wind turbine farm supplying energy to Rhode Island and elsewhere on the East Coast and the news isn't so good about them surviving a severe hurricane.

Offshore wind turbines built according to current standards may not be able to withstand the powerful gusts of a Category 5 hurricane, creating potential risk for any such turbines built in hurricane-prone areas, new University of Colorado Boulder-led research shows.

The study, which was conducted in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, highlights the limitations of current turbine design and could provide guidance for manufacturers and engineers looking to build more hurricane-resilient turbines in the future.

Science Daily:  Offshore wind turbines vulnerable to Category 5 hurricane gusts

Which, in plain English, means they will be beefed-up to make them stronger and they will cost more.  The Rockhouse doesn't particularly like these whirlin', bird-killin' hellbeasts anyway and this just pushes them closer to being worthless while it increases the relative importance of solar.

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