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  •  what scale turbines? (0+ / 0-)

    How large are they?

    Remember...the application IN QUESTION is a VERY large, utility-scale wind turbine...the rotor rpms are going to be much lower than a smaller scale wind turbine and harnessed through gearboxes inside the mechanical housing...

    We're also talking about a wind farm at sea, not on a ridgeline, not in a forest, not in a prairie....at sea.

    I love how the common answer to this is to just kill the wind energy idea...

    Did anyone consider other things that could help reduce the (remote) chances of bird/bat/flying thing kill?  How about putting a small device on the end of the blades, similar to those put on semi-trucks, which would "whistle" while the blade is moving and emit a range of frequencies that would make it far more noticable to bats/birds/etc.?  

    If the research shows that certain applications are more prone to killing flying things (that is, more prone than natural predators, disease, etc.), then let's see what we can do to give the flying things a bit more ability to avoid them.

    It is amazing how much can be accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit - Harry Truman
    PoliticalCompass Scale: -2.13, -2.97

    by floundericiousMI on Fri Oct 27, 2006 at 08:56:50 AM PDT

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