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Whoa! Wind farms don't work in the cold

Britain's wind farms almost grind to a halt
 

 

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8 Jan 11 - "Britain’s wind farms almost ground to a halt during the coldest spells in December," says this article on MailOnline.

As temperatures plunged and demand for electricity soared, most of the country’s 3,000 wind turbines stood virtually still.

"During some of the chilliest weather, they were working at less than one-hundredth of capacity, producing electricity for fewer than 30,000 homes."

"The National Grid was forced to compensate for the still, cold conditions by cranking up conventional coal and gas-fired power stations."

Less than 100th of their capacity! Let's see. The UK has 3,153 working wind turbines. Does that mean that only 30 of them were actually working?  

Powering fewer than 30,000 homes? What about their touted ability to generate more than 5.2 gigawatts of electricity? That's supposed to be enough to power almost three million homes.


See entire article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1345233/Its-use-waiting-turbines-warm-snow-returns.html
Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

 

 




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