Studio 804 installs wind turbine at Center for Design Research site May 4, 2011

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Boston_Corbett 7 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if those blades are capable of feathering in high winds? Anyone know?

superduper 7 years, 1 month ago

It looks as thought they are fixed blades but I would imagine they loose efficiency at some point and stop speeding up. Or they will just fly apart and take out someone at Meadowbrook.

Bruce Liddel 7 years, 1 month ago

Most wind turbine blades will, but apparently not that model. Yes, there was a microburst in Lawrence just a few years ago (2006?) which had winds probably strong enough to blow this tower down (among many other things winds blew down that day).

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree. We should pass a new zoning law that requires all new construction to be done in bunkers 12 ft. under ground, because the wind might blow anything else over.

sr80 7 years, 1 month ago

i got my tree picked out and stay away!!!!!

devobrun 7 years, 1 month ago

How much CO2 was emitted when the CaCOH3 was heated to produce the portland cement, calcium and silicon oxide?

How much CO2 was emitted in the diesel fuel to transport the limestone and then concrete to the site? How much diesel was used to dig the hole for the tower?

Construction of the steel tower? Galvanization?

Labor transportation? Oh, they walked, and farted the whole way there.

Maintenance? It will last forever.

Copper, silicon, and other smelting emissions of CO2?

Hey crackheads....there is about 20 pounds of copper up there. A hack saw and it is yours. Do this one and not the AC coils on the homeless shelter, please.

Engineering is a whole concept. Green engineering is a filtered, non-rigorous subset thereof.

This and other "demonstration projects" represent art in its truest human form. I love the beauty and ineffectiveness of it all. People are moved. Power is not, unless it is political power.

sr80 7 years, 1 month ago

go back to californ-i-a !!!! You bother me1!!!!!

devobrun 7 years, 1 month ago

Nice, thebcman. Clever. More wasted CO2 on politics and demonstration projects.
Keep up the rhetoric. Keep up the sniping. Attack the messenger. Avoid the numbers. Play the green game and make people feel good when they should be really mad that this stuff doesn't work.

Repeat, this stuff doesn't work.

Get it? It is art, folks. They have no clue how much CO2 they used to build the thing and they can't tell you how much CO2 is saved either. It is a game. A children's game.

Grow up. Stop the demonstrations. They are simply propaganda.

Finally bsman, I did not build this thing. I could do a CO2 analysis of it, because I am an engineer. However, I didn't build it. It isn't my toy. You should ask the designers at studio 4052265798 what the numbers are, not me. If they can justify their expenditure of CO2, fine. I challenge them to do so.

When pigs fly.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 1 month ago

The same expenditures and emissions would happen in constructing any sort of generating facility, Devo-- likely even more. The difference is that those emissions would continue for the lifetime of a fossil-fueled generator, whereas with this generator, there are no, or very few, such ongoing emissions.

But you knew that, didn't you? It's just not convenient to your ideology and it would detract from your rant.

Gene Wallace 7 years, 1 month ago

The Bozos who rant about the evils of fossil fuel, will rant about the wind generator being an eyesore and a danger to migrating birds.

overthemoon 7 years, 1 month ago want to rely on fossil fuels forever? wasting lives and money on wars and ever more risky drilling?

gphawk89 7 years, 1 month ago

Time to place your bets regarding how long this thing will last before it (1) self-destructs due to overspeed in high winds, (2) falls over due to high winds, or (3) just plain wears out. I'll start - 5 years max. If they want to use this for their "research" I'm fine with that, but small solitary turbines are not a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

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