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  •  Wind power is great (2+ / 0-)
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    in that the actual generating process has such a small footprint.  But wind power is dead last in the critical energy density category.  Its intermittent output makes this worse.

    Hydro dams work because water's potential energy naturally accumulates through streams and rivers.  Fossil fuels have been around for so long because they generate a large amount of heat by volume.  Nuclear's main drawback is that it's too far in the other direction: the giant amounts of heat produced in tiny spaces take a lot of engineering to cool and balance.

    I see photothermal solar power in many areas, even for baseload supply.  Mirrors in the desert and whatnot.

    Not so for wind, unless someone finds a way to channel natural wind currents into a small area.

    •  The long term solution for wind is airborne (0+ / 0-)

      That eliminates most of the intermittent issues. But it's far from ready for "prime time" and ground based wind married with solar, storage and efficiency will likely get us where we need to be.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:28:48 AM PST

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      •  I hope you're right (0+ / 0-)

        but am extremely skeptical.  What type of storage do you have in mind?  The only large-scale type I know of is balancing water levels behind dams with grid output.

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