Daryl Ilbury

The problem with wind power…

In Eish! on December 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

When things get a little breezy...

As someone who drives a Land Rover Defender, I embrace alternative forms of energy production.

Of course that doesn’t make sense, but I’m pragmatic in that if we rely of fossil fuels for energy, we put ourselves in the hands of those who control access to those fossil fuels. Hence, fuel prices are high because of demand by people such as myself and my Defender is high and because supply is controlled.

It’s the same when it comes to the energy that fuels our our prolific electricity use; which is why the possibility of popping a solar panel onto the roof and erecting a wind turbine outside our own homes seems so attractive.

But wind turbines do have their problems, especially, it seems, when things get really windy.

A turbine in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland burst into flames and crashed to the ground recently during strong winds. The blades had been locked because of fears the National Grid couldn’t have dealt with the sudden power surge the strong winds would have produced with the turbines.

The Daily Mail are carrying a sequence of images by local photographer Stuart McMahon showing the turbine disintegrating into flames.

The irony? Thousands of people in Scotland are without power because the winds also destroyed power lines.

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