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(The Mind Unleashed)   Mayor Bloomberg to team up with Boone Pickens and turn Manhattan into giant wind farm   (clusterstock.com) divider line 18
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2008-08-20 05:27:12 PM  
Does wind power thrive on hot air?
 
2008-08-20 06:54:04 PM  
Hagbardr: Does wind power thrive on hot air?

No, but he is exploring that option with Slim Pickens.
 
2008-08-20 09:09:31 PM  
I think it may be a tad bit more cost effective to put wind farms in places other than in the middle of the city. What's next, fighting off dependence on Iowa farmland by mandating rooftop gardens?
 
2008-08-20 09:12:50 PM  
I dont think they need those BIG windmills

Its pretty windy ontop of the buildings so put a bunch of small unnoticable windmills and generate power that way

another thing was if you put in a solar farm, the heat from the solar panels creates a local sink as cold air rushes in. Surround solar farms with wind farms!
 
2008-08-20 09:28:02 PM  
Snarfangel: I think it may be a tad bit more cost effective to put wind farms in places other than in the middle of the city. What's next, fighting off dependence on Iowa farmland by mandating rooftop gardens?

The top of a tall building is probably a good place to put a wind turbine(unless you are making farking flour dont call it a god damned mill).
 
2008-08-20 09:28:10 PM  
It is probably a good and quite doable idea. Constant wind in those artificial canyons, and plenty of distribution infrastructure. Great
 
2008-08-20 09:40:31 PM  
I always thought it was silly that we didn't put a wind turbine on our power poles. A lot of the expense of a wind turbine is the pole and connecting to the grid. Putting the turbine atop power poles kills three birds with one stone. *shrug*
 
2008-08-20 10:43:46 PM  
Hagbardr: Does wind power thrive on hot air?

That would be Chicago, no?

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-win1.htm
 
2008-08-20 10:46:11 PM  
Let me try that again (sorry)...

Link (new window)
 
2008-08-20 10:59:31 PM  
the_geek: I always thought it was silly that we didn't put a wind turbine on our power poles. A lot of the expense of a wind turbine is the pole and connecting to the grid. Putting the turbine atop power poles kills three birds with one stone. *shrug*

Yeah, it doesn't really work like that. Your out of the box thinking is nice, but you missed some key facts in your analyis
 
2008-08-20 11:36:03 PM  
the_geek: I always thought it was silly that we didn't put a wind turbine on our power poles. A lot of the expense of a wind turbine is the pole and connecting to the grid. Putting the turbine atop power poles kills three birds with one stone. *shrug*

What about putting them on cell towers ?
/Also the wind turbines that go in the cities are the cylinder types
like these
Link (new window)
 
2008-08-20 11:47:44 PM  
Snarfangel: I think it may be a tad bit more cost effective to put wind farms in places other than in the middle of the city. What's next, fighting off dependence on Iowa farmland by mandating rooftop gardens?

Skyscrapers do cause particularly strong wind currents, so it probably is quite effective. Installation would be expensive, of course.
 
2008-08-21 03:52:40 AM  
Verrai: Skyscrapers do cause particularly strong wind currents, so it probably is quite effective. Installation would be expensive, of course.

The biggest problem may be maintenance. Imagine the first piece that falls off the Empire State Building. That would hurt.

On the other hand, I'm glad someone has figured out where the future is. It's time this entire country gets behind wind power. It won't work until we are willing millions if not billions behind it.
 
2008-08-21 04:52:30 AM  
You know, if I had the engineering knwoledge, I'd try all I kind to find a way to produce transparent solar panels, that could double as windows. Imagine whole skyscrapers with electricity-producing windows !

/But then, I'm a software engineer. There's probably something fundamently wrong with what I just said.
 
2008-08-21 09:30:14 AM  
padraig: You know, if I had the engineering knwoledge, I'd try all I kind to find a way to produce transparent solar panels, that could double as windows. Imagine whole skyscrapers with electricity-producing windows !

/But then, I'm a software engineer. There's probably something fundamently wrong with what I just said.


Good idea.
 
2008-08-21 10:07:38 AM  
Boone's Farm?
 
2008-08-21 10:51:43 AM  
Seems like a good idea with some solid science behind it.

So how are they going to fark it up?
 
2008-08-21 05:48:38 PM  
Verrai: Installation would be expensive, of course.

No more expensive than installing a cell tower, and like cell towers they become a source of revenue for the building once they're hooked up to the power grid.
 
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