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What's wrong with HAWTs?
Currently, all commercial wind power generators are of the Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) design. The basic design of these generators has not changed in hundreds of years.
Next Generation Wind Power Required Now
The UK and northern Europe are fortunate enough to be located in and next to a massive wind resource. The potential wind energy content above the North Sea, alone, is enough to supply current global electrical energy demand. The current generation of HAWT windmills only scratch the surface of what’s available.
The next generation is badly needed now to start utilising the wind resource and thus start making serious CO2 output reductions.
More flexible wind power.
The next generation of wind power must be more flexible. Not just to reduce the intermittency of supply but to better suit existing human preferences for their location; preferably as far out of sight as possible.
Wasting the Wind
Currently most potential wind energy is just wasted as it just blows over the top of a normal HAWT.
This may not be important when it is very windy but on lighter (wind) days the HAWT can be left producing little or no energy. On these days it would be an advantage to be up higher where the wind is stronger and contains far more potential energy. Read more... Illustration...
Why Sustainable Energy
There is a wide-ranging scientific consensus that our climate is changing... Read more...
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