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  •  Like all tech innovations (0+ / 0-)

    that have zero fuel cost and lots of R&D to recoup, the price starts high and drops and drops and drops.

    As they come down the learning curve, the only form of energy production this will be unable to compete with is solar PV, which inherently has an even better curve (no moving parts, solid state, no fundamental lower limit on the amount of material required, etc)

    But solar and wind are inherently complementary, since they are most productive at different times, so there is great opportunity for this and innovations like this.

    #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

    by ivote2004 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 11:54:37 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I have since googled the topic (1+ / 0-)
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      and see that any number of wind turbines for home use are already on the market.

      Some of them quite reasonably priced (e.g., <$2K).

      Not sure why they're not catching on - perhaps recalcitrant HOAs, or maybe some of the reservations being raised in this discussion are "real"

      •  "Catching on" is relative, and snowballs over time (0+ / 0-)

        +the sound issue could be a big factor in favor of this Archimedes innovation.

        #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

        by ivote2004 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 12:21:57 PM PDT

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