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Offline ashwood

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Re: Richborough Power Station.
« Reply #71 on: March 22, 2012, 18:03:33 »
The green enthusiasts and big business seem intent on covering the country with
these whirling dervishes, Have not yet seen any estimate of their useful life !!!
or the eventual cost of their disposal.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the bandwagon to seize up,probably have to breed our own glowworms by then

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« Reply #70 on: March 22, 2012, 16:07:48 »
I understood that it was to be used as a collecting/feeder point for the turbines into the grid. I also understand that this is for the turbines that are going into Pegwell Bay.

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« Reply #69 on: March 22, 2012, 15:15:51 »
That sounds about right, Peterchall. That said though who can gaurantee the wind will be just right, not too light or too strong? S4.
No one, which is why there has to be another source of power on stand-by for when wind turbines are not working. Is it right that the Richborough site is going to be used for wind turbines?
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« Reply #68 on: March 22, 2012, 13:02:36 »
That sounds about right, Peterchall. That said though who can gaurantee the wind will be just right, not too light or too strong? S4.
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« Reply #67 on: March 22, 2012, 12:54:30 »
I stand to be corrected (when do I not? :)) but I believe that it needs a wind farm covering 40 sq miles to replace one conventional power station.
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« Reply #66 on: March 22, 2012, 12:34:35 »
I'm with both of you on that. As for being 'green' I read that they take 25 years at 100% output for 24 hrs 7 days a week just to pay for their production costs and carbon footprint. To make any real change we would have to fill the Irish Sea, the North Sea (to 50 miles), out into the Atlantic for 50 miles as well as around Scotland for the same, and then we might get some real power from these things. One problem there though; no ships could then get through............... S4.
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« Reply #65 on: March 22, 2012, 12:05:42 »
It seems that they only generate about 25% of their potential output anyway.
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« Reply #64 on: March 22, 2012, 11:17:12 »
I have been given to understand that the wind generator was there as an experimental design and to run the power station internal consumption, thereby allowing that to put more into the Grid. I believe that it worked well enough, I saw it running a lot during the late 80's and 90's, but it had a new design of blade with both swivel tips and some sort of slat on the main part of the blade. All went well until one of the slats was blown off one night never to be found. It really did vanish, they think it ended up somewhere in Pegwell Bay but as it is/was very light weight aluminum it could have gone a long way. I understnad that most of the work is done by the blade tips on these machines and they 'fly' in a similar way a sailing ship sails along and these slats were akin to the Handley-Page leading edge anti stall slats on some aircraft. I believe that this was an effort to get more out of light wind situations.

Anyway that is what I was told. The normal codecil applys, if anyone knows different/better please correct me as I would like to know, etc.

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« Reply #63 on: March 22, 2012, 10:58:27 »
That windmill was there over 20 years ago. I had never seen one that big before. I was told it was a 'testbed.' The blades didn't seem to move much then, so they don't seem to have learnt much.  :)
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« Reply #62 on: March 22, 2012, 05:29:10 »

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« Reply #61 on: March 22, 2012, 04:25:26 »
DDS 'Official' Vid with a nice soundtrack...   http://tinyurl.com/6sskkdv

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« Reply #60 on: March 11, 2012, 23:36:01 »
My alarm clock didn't let me down so here are a few more...



One last one before the demolition began.



The first cooling tower coming down.



First and second cooling towers down. Third well on the way.



Third cooling tower breaking up and chimney starting to go.



Chimney on the way down.



All that remains.

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« Reply #59 on: March 11, 2012, 23:16:35 »
Thanks for the pics :)

Is that the replacement power station in BenG's photos, with the 3 blades? A pity that didn't go as well!
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« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2012, 22:22:45 »
Great pics guys :-)

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« Reply #57 on: March 11, 2012, 22:07:21 »
Now to get rid of the wind turbine and radio masts in Ben's photo.!!!

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