Wind power is all hot air
I was just alerted to a new article in the journal of the European Physical Society on wind turbines (h/t to Francis Massen). The electrical benefits and costs of wind turbines is not in my area of expertise, but this is a provocative article that should have wide dissemination and discussion.
The article is
C. le Pair, F. Udo and K. de Groot, 2012: – turbines as yet unsuitable as electricity providers. Europhysicnews DOI: 10.1051/epn/2012204Wind
The abstract reads
Wind turbines have been widely accepted as electricity producers thanks to claims that wind comes free of charge, and each kWh thus produced replaces a kWh provided by conventional techniques, i.e., it saves the fossil fuel otherwise needed. However, these assumptions have never been validated in existing power distribution systems even after the installation of as much as 86 GW of wind power in Europe alone.
The conclusion reads
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