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Studies: Wind Potentially Could Power the World

Sci-Tech Today -- There is enough theoretical energy available in the wind to meet all of the world's energy demands, two new studies say. The new studies, done independently, showed potential wind energy limits wouldn't be an issue. Money would be. It's really a question about economics and engineering and not a question of fundamental resources.
Earth has more than enough wind to power the entire world, at least technically, two new studies find. But the research looks only at physics, not finances. Other experts note it would be too costly to put up all the necessary wind turbines and build a system that could transmit energy to all consumers.

The studies are by two different U.S. science teams and were published in separate journals on Sunday and Monday. They calculate that existing wind turbine


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 12:16:58 AM


Thanks for your comments everyone!
Van_Halen
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:42:21 PM

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LIES, LIES, LIES. Wind energy is one of the worst ideas ever. Without subsidies it isn't profitable! It is a terrible polluter (ever site is a hazmat site), kills bats and birds by the thousands per day, causes known health issues, ruins HDTV reception, and reduces property values.

A few wind farms in the desert miles from anyones homes, OK. But towers should not be allowed within 5 miles of any residence. If you don't believe this, watch the documentary on the Lowville, NY wind farm. People drive off the road and/or run into each other because of the shadows produce on the roads perpendicular to the turbine blades with the sun on the opposite side of the turbine away from the road.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:24:26 PM

It can be done, but it won't, at least not as our only source of energy. While wind power will indeed supply more and more of our energy demands, relying only on wind isn't very smart; instead there should be a healthy mix of wind and solar as the main contributors to our grid with hydro, geothermal and fossil fuels filling in the gaps.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:00:03 PM


Could ans Should.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:07:26 PM

If there are windmills everywhere. That's not going to happen.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 5:02:19 PM

Wind energy can definitely help contribute to our energy needs. Every BU helps.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 4:11:34 PM

Bird blenders.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:46:50 PM

Ok. Why not?
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:28:39 PM

ok
packards42
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:25:51 PM

Yes with lots of batteries or a huge grid to transfer power around to where it need when one's local wind turbines are down. Wind turbines are great for consumers when grid tied. their no battery requirement.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 12:10:57 PM

keywords are "technically" and "theoretically". yes I'm sure the math from an energy production standpoint shows that it is enough, but the coverage, cost, and efficiency of necessary equipment is not only ways away, it may just be downright unfeasible.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:15:40 AM

ok...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 11:12:59 AM

Sure. And cold fusion is just a few years away.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:47:26 AM

The sooner we start deploying wind power, the shorter we will suffer from high oil prices. A little pain right now vs. major pain later.
DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:38:15 AM

Just a physics pipe dream.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:29:40 AM

How much taxpayer money did this government study cost to determine it was not feasible.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:29:20 AM

I agree, Don20!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:22:58 AM

Pipe dreams.
Don20
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:15:58 AM

I will believe it when I see it happen....
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:15:40 AM

Or harvest all the hot air that spews from politicians - just capture it in Washington DC and Brussels and we're home free.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:10:25 AM

And we could all ride unicorns instead of driving cars......
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:06:12 AM

I thought algae had that job.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:05:51 AM

The World can live without power - it's the carbon unit infestation that needs power.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:04:55 AM

Political hot air has added more 'pollution' than 'power' to the environment.

[Edited by: paulweb at 9/13/2012 10:06:19 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:04:35 AM

Whats old is new, again.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:04:13 AM

Not going to happen. Best wind is not near the big cities. Need to build a lot of transmission lines. Yea?? Also, wind needs backup electric regulation to match quality we expect from power companies. There are cases where wind producers had to pay someone to take their power. Really.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:03:32 AM

Theoretical hamsters on wheels could power the world.
But it wont happen any more then wind power.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:03:18 AM

Getting the public to accept turbines is the big obstacle - It's great but not in my backyard will be the big holdup.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:03:03 AM

ok then
Diesel_Ram
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:02:16 AM

Maybe, or not.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:01:15 AM

There is enough hot air coming out of Washington to easily power the United States.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:00:02 AM

I disagree. Political hot air can power the world, and it has been doing it for a long time.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:58:41 AM

Wind needs to keep blowing when we need it. Also environmentalists don't like how wind blades kill birds in many flyways
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:58:29 AM

Everything is about money...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:58:01 AM

"Other experts note it would be too costly to put up all the necessary wind turbines and build a system that could transmit energy to all consumers."

In other words the centers of greed wouldn't make as much money as they do with fossil fuel energy generation. When is society going to get past the concept of money, capitalism is a dead-end.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:57:38 AM

Its a long way between theory and practicality
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:57:29 AM

The "Party of No" will have none of that! Hell, if it's not Big Oil they won't do anything!
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:56:03 AM

solar seems like the best solution, if we can get battery technology to the point that we can store the energy during the day and use it in the evening. Otherwise I guess we can use solar during the day, and generate electricity using natural gas and hydro / wind in the evenings.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:55:57 AM

This is an old technology that has been around a long time.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:55:48 AM

Agreed billheatherl.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:55:28 AM

I think I'll pass on this stupid study.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:54:04 AM

I don't think so.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:53:47 AM

it all comes back to money
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:53:20 AM

Go for it......
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:52:32 AM

good
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:52:06 AM

Thank God for atmospheric pressure differentials! If there is no change in pressure, THERE IS NO WIND!

[Edited by: Ken2OD at 9/13/2012 9:53:38 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:51:50 AM

ok
municipal
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:51:38 AM

But wind turbine have been killing a lot ot birds, but the left do no comment on that problem.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:51:28 AM

Maybe, away off in the future. I won't see it, and I doubt my children will either.
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:50:28 AM

Theoretically...yeah and they did not look at it economically...which means this article is an exercise in Fantasyland....

If it is not economical then it will not happen...
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 9:50:07 AM

NOWAY
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