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U.S. Wind Power Output Increases as Turbine Blades Grow Longer

OIL Price -- The US Department of Energy has compiled a report which states that energy generated from wind turbines in the US has grown by 27 percent over the last year alone. The majority of this increase can be attributed to the size of the wind turbine blades that are now being installed.

The report noted that wind turbines in the 1980’s used blades that averaged a mere 19.81 meters in length, whereas nowadays turbines are erected with an average blade length 45.72 meters. Blades are constantly growing longer, and it is predicted that in the future they could measure over 100m.

Niketa Kumar remarked in her article on the Department of Energy’s website, that “any new wind turbine technology is only as good as the tests it undergoes.” With that in mind the DoE has been investing heavily in wind tur


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 6:17:02 AM

very few places use wind. We could utilize a lot more and be less coal and oil dependent for our heating and cooling needs.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:48:39 AM

Alrighty then.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 9:28:45 AM

US is not using wind potential at all.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:05:23 AM

Good to see.
Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:27:25 PM

It's good to see that wind energy technology is progressing.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 8:50:00 PM

Are the made in the USA and bought here?
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 8:49:16 PM

Wind, solar and other renewable energy sources is the future.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:59:21 PM

Renewable energy sources will be even more important with China buying into North America.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 3:57:10 PM

Good stuff.
evowner
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 3:37:06 PM

The more applications of a technology the greater the chance of improvement. To sit on a chair rocking back and forth wondering "what if" just wears out chairs.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 1:36:40 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:13:38 PM

And uglier?
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:58:20 AM

Hmm Is that not common sense well we have seen that Common Sense is lacking in most people
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:51:23 AM

wow
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:39:13 AM

I agree with ARCO.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:25:36 AM

100 meters!!! OMG, that is about the length of a football field. And that's just one blade. These things are going from huge to colossal.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:15:15 AM

Well duh . . .
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:09:35 AM

100 meter blades that would be 200 meters diameter plus about 100 meters up off the ground so 300 meters would make a good lightning attractor plus knock out a few buzzing low flying planes.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:05:41 AM

NOT IN MY DACK YARD
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:00:13 AM

A very helpful article here. Thanks for posting this.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:56:59 AM

Too many NIMBY's with too much money, power & influence!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:43:57 AM

Wind is free and safe for the environment, so spend now to get cheaper latter,
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:42:17 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:41:25 AM

The wind blows almost constantly offsore in the gulf om Mexico. Also yuaers od oil and nat gas drilling has left hundreds of abandoned platforms. These could be used to mount wind turbines. As to the call of the wild bird lovers.... There aren't all that many birds miles offshore. Nothing for them to eat. nowhere except on the water for them to sleep. So bird kills should be minimal. What birds (seagulls and pidgeons mostly) that might run afoul of these platforms ar largely trash birds far from being endandered. Besides it will give sharks something to munch on instead of surfers. So the offshore wind farms may be a viable idea.
It just makes me wonder how much power we lose over the transmission run from way offshore to inland usage.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:41:23 AM

WOW !!!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:36:07 AM


OK
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:35:38 AM

Per blade length, then you'll have to raise tower height! So be it!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:34:26 AM

to expensive
toxigas
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:34:10 AM

Horizotal blades are getting longer, true. But improved vertical blade design is happening as well. Verticals are useful in locations where the clearance required by large horizontal designs is unavailable.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:32:34 AM

The bigger they are the more birds can be killed.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:32:26 AM

watch and see.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:32:04 AM

Bigger is better
fieldt
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:31:07 AM

Still pretty expensive. Wondering if it will ever be truly affordable.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:29:44 AM

STILL A PIPE-DREAM.....
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:29:11 AM

I'm all for alternative energy.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:29:00 AM

The cost has to increase also.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:28:01 AM

imagine an airplane with blades like that!
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:27:51 AM

Love these modern day windmills.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:27:36 AM

It's one option, we need more.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:27:24 AM

so the tower get taller & heavier
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:25:17 AM

Watch they will find some way to tax us for the free wind.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:24:58 AM

will energy prices go down
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:24:11 AM

There should be wind turbines installed around Washington DC with all the hot air that comes out of that location.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:24:00 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:23:26 AM

Coming soon, coming soon, ZZZZZZZZZ. What about using different materials for the blades? With computers and calculators available R&D is supposed to take less time.
stueyAZ
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:22:27 AM

... and the population is increasing as well.
mikesr11
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:21:21 AM

SURE THE WIND POWER OUTPUT HAS INCREASED - OBAMA IS GIVING MORE SPEECHES ABOUT BS.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:20:52 AM

Yeah
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:20:49 AM

hope it pans out
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:20:42 AM

ok
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ok
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