There’s got to be a better way to generate wind energy than erecting these behemoth towers that lift the massive blades up above ground turbulence.
Here’s a sequence of shots in the assembly and employment of the GTK1100 crane erecting a 2KW wind assembly on very level ground.
Just getting the pieces of the crane to the site takes 4 or 5 massive heavy-haul trailers, and then the components of the windmill would be brought in–over the same new roads cut through the forest of some place like, say, Belcher Mountain near us.
And I’m trying to image what would be involved in clearing and leveling and compacting a staging area for the base of the crane to sit perfectly level (on a mountain top) to lift those huge parts up 400 feet.
And while the windmill is being constructed, high-capacity power lines have be placed (above ground?) to connect this windmill farm to the grid.
All this being said, I think we have little choice (because we’ve waited far to late) but to turn to wind for the coming decades as a major producer of electrical power generation.
Thinking nuclear? Read what’s involved now in cleaning up the nuclear waste mess at Hanford.
Here’s some “wind energy advice to President Obama” from the OilDrum advocating a strong push to wind generation. It makes some good points.