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Lake George Windmills are the faux real?

By rosebud 27 April 2009 38

Everytime I drive past Lake George, the white stalks of the sci fi-like windmills on the far side always catch my attention.

They look striking and make me think of the giant mushrooms in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

But sadly, they never seem to be turning.

Are they for real, or just for show?

Does anyone enjoy PC electricity from these ultra modern generators?

What’s Your opinion?


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AG Canberra 4:32 pm 28 Apr 09

There will be 67 of them in total.

They are all on land held by one family – who recieve free electricity and a bucket load of rent guaranteed for the next 25 years.

They are more visually dominating than depicted in any inforamtion provided to residents in the consultation process.

“All” the electricity generated by them will power the de-salination plant in Botany Bay in Sydney.

The site was selected as it could hook into the grid reasonably cheaply and it’s one of the most reliable, least populated places in NSW for wind.

Their installation has proved a nice little earner for local Bungendore retailers – through workers spending, staying there etc.

And I reckon they are great.

deye 1:24 pm 28 Apr 09

the only decent places for a solar power station is about 36,000 km straight up.

monomania 1:03 pm 28 Apr 09

ant said :

I’m absolutely staggered to find that I can see the bloody things! and I’m miles from Bung, miles from Lake George, and yet there they are, growing up over the far ridge. argh. Why don’t they paint them pale blue?

I imagine they are white for the same reason they will have a red light on each at night. Visibility.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

I think gathering energy from wind is a top idea. Provided the generators last long enough to make the whole thing cost effective, I think wind power would have to feature prominently in our energy future.

They are the most cost effective renewable energy source after hydroelectricity. They are a proven technology used extensively in Europe but like all the renewable energy sources will not fully replace fossil fuels.

deye said :

I don’t, the power generated is too unpredictable. Locating them off shore is a better bet for more constant wind, but even there it’s variable.

Off shore windmills may provide more power but are more costly to maintain and install.

taco said :

Turn the snowy hydro into the nation’s battery – when we’ve got an excess of wind/solar/etc we can pump water back uphill to reuse with the otherwise wasted energy.

I doubt that there will be excess renewable capacity anytime soon, not without new technology. The base load will remain coal.

Evening out wind and solar production will probably be carried by their geographical distribution and by hydro and gas fired plants which are capable of varying their output relatively rapidly.

Danman 12:33 pm 28 Apr 09

It is my belief that they have brakes and a system that deye described that allow them to move no faster than a predetermined speed.

If you youtube it, you can see a classic example of where these brakes have failed and the engineers knowing that there was nothing they could do, retreated a safe distance and set up a camera and watched.

This thing was probably doing around 120rpm – which is a huge amount of force exerted on a step up gearbox, catrastrophic failure was inevitable.

deye 12:16 pm 28 Apr 09

AngryHenry said :

Ah hah! Thanks for clarifying people. I was driving past on Sunday in gale forced winds and was completely perplexed as to why they weren’t turning!

When they are operational if the wind is gale force the blades would probably be feathered and not turning so they don’t get damaged. You want wind that is not too fast and not too slow, just right.

Might I suggest that glimpsing them once in a blue moon when driving to Sydney, and having them firmly in one’s house view, are two quite different situations? They certainly won’t be “forgettable”.

I’m not trying to be rude here, but across the street from my house lives a family who’s teens drive some gay looking flouro coloured cars. These things aren’t forgettable either.

I no complaaaaaaaaain.

peterh 12:02 pm 28 Apr 09

Gungahlin Al said :

I think they are beautiful – works of art if you like.
Only problem is the eye is drawn to them like magnets when one should be driving…

paint them black with orange blades, al. then you won’t notice them at all…

GardeningGirl 11:27 am 28 Apr 09

vg said :

Trunking symbols said :

These windmills are ludacris. I’ve seen them on the way back from Sydney and they seem to be a long way away from each other. Are they going to erect more to fill in the spaces?

The windmills are an American rapper?

lol

ant 11:06 am 28 Apr 09

Might I suggest that glimpsing them once in a blue moon when driving to Sydney, and having them firmly in one’s house view, are two quite different situations? They certainly won’t be “forgettable”.

That said, I’m not totally against them, but I am puzzled at being able to see them. They staged a consultation process with people who would be able to see them, I guess their surveyors didn’t do their sums correctly.

Let’s put some on the hills in Canberra, we might as well, they’re not being used for anything else. Plenty of wind up there, and it would be a lovely opportunity for the people who rail against Nimbys to front up and show that they’re not Nimbys.

excession 10:49 am 28 Apr 09

I think it’s going to be interesting when they do ‘let them rip’, so to speak.

People complaining about them — tough, whine about something else. People admiring them — they’re different/unusual so they generate some comment. After a few years, they’ll be completely forgettable “A wind farm, oh yeah, out near Lake George, whaddya want to know about it?”.

Ant: you’re a bit tetchy these days. 🙂

“Ludicris”, that’s hilarious. I bet they use w/e for ‘Whatever’ as well, nudge nudge, wink wink.

Ex
[yes, I’m *always* tetchy, thanks for thinking about commenting, J.Random Newbie]

AngryHenry 10:21 am 28 Apr 09

Ah hah! Thanks for clarifying people. I was driving past on Sunday in gale forced winds and was completely perplexed as to why they weren’t turning!

chewy14 10:07 am 28 Apr 09

taco said :

Turn the snowy hydro into the nation’s battery – when we’ve got an excess of wind/solar/etc we can pump water back uphill to reuse with the otherwise wasted energy.

Slight Problem with that.
There has to be water to pump in the first place.

taco 8:53 am 28 Apr 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

The issue becomes one of storage. With some thinking I reckon we could find ways to conveniently store the power generated and apply it as required.

Turn the snowy hydro into the nation’s battery – when we’ve got an excess of wind/solar/etc we can pump water back uphill to reuse with the otherwise wasted energy.

The issue becomes one of storage. With some thinking I reckon we could find ways to conveniently store the power generated and apply it as required.

deye 1:18 am 28 Apr 09

DrKarl said :

Bet you both drive 4 x 4s that have never seen a dirt road too, I agree with…

I think gathering energy from wind is a top idea. Provided the generators last long enough to make the whole thing cost effective, I think wind power would have to feature prominently in our energy future.

I don’t, the power generated is too unpredictable. Locating them off shore is a better bet for more constant wind, but even there it’s variable.

ant 12:26 am 28 Apr 09

DrKarl said :

Bet you both drive 4 x 4s that have never seen a dirt road too, I agree with…

what a stupid presumption. But since you completely failed to even quote competently, I suppose it’s to be expected.

DrKarl 12:14 am 28 Apr 09

I’m absolutely staggered to find that I can see the bloody things! and I’m miles from Bung, miles from Lake George, and yet there they are, growing up over the far ridge. argh. Why don’t they paint them pale blue?

These windmills are ludacris. I’ve seen them on the way back from Sydney and they seem to be a long way away from each other. Are they going to erect more to fill in the spaces?

Bet you both drive 4 x 4s that have never seen a dirt road too, I agree with…

I think gathering energy from wind is a top idea. Provided the generators last long enough to make the whole thing cost effective, I think wind power would have to feature prominently in our energy future.

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