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The real wind turbines

If you can’t convince them, confuse them. HARRY S. TRUMAN

What do you think about Robert Rockefeller’s submission to the HCC for wind turbines on his inner-city buildings? All seems a bit half-cocked to me, but maybe the devil’s not in the detail …! Anyway, here’s my ‘artists impression’. The Merc’s perspective was kinda outta whack.

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  1. Dr Andrew Wadsley

    June 21, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    My understanding is that horizontal wind turbines of the type illustrated would be unsuitable for mounting on an existing building. Firstly, the mounting of the tower to the building would pose a major structural problem; and, secondly, there is sufficient noise and vibration from the blades that the building would, in all likelihood, become uninhabitable. Vertical axis windmills, like the Savonius design, have been installed in Melbourne but their efficiency is low. A good summary of the available types, but without a cost-performance comparison, is given at:


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