27 May, 2005

Softer Options

And this is one of the alternatives to the nuclear option. Of course wind power won't solve all our problems, but this pic that my colleague Eamon Ryan took yesterday at the Inauguration of the Arklow Bank wind farm project by Airtricity shows what can be done. Apparently the eight turbines installed to date feature a rotor diameter of 104 meters and a hub height of 73.5 meters. They have permission for 520 megawatts on the site, and the first 7 turbines have an output of 25 megawatts on a good day. A little bit of back of the envelope maths means that the full farm would give half the output of Wylfa Nuclear Plant if the wind was blowing. Interesting.

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