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(Telegraph)   Wind turbine destroyed by: a) terrorist bomb, b) lightning strike, or c) gust of wind   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 44
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2013-09-06 12:23:48 AM
You should see what happens to 'em in Denmark.

/Surrounded by roughly 200 turbines out in the county, all put up in the past three years or so
 
2013-09-06 01:09:06 AM
Well, that sucks
 
2013-09-06 02:12:31 AM
"Surely now Highland Council will take notice and remove wind turbines from school playgrounds. This is not an anti-wind farm issue but a safety one," said Stuart Young, chairman of Caithness Wind Information Forum (CWIF).

I'm not sure how big the turbines are they've installed, but a school playground seems like a pretty irresponsible place to put them.  They CAN fail catastrophically, so ideally they wouldn't be around heavily populated areas.  Off the coast seems like a pretty good place.
 
2013-09-06 02:48:37 AM
Well, there goes the future of green energy.
 
2013-09-06 02:50:59 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks


No, it blows.
 
2013-09-06 02:51:56 AM
"No one was hurt when the turbine at Dunhobby, on Scrabster Hill, near Thurso, in the Highlands was destroyed, but there are fears turbines in playgrounds could put children at risk. "

Now they're just making sh*t up.
Would you put an oil refinery on a playground? A nuclear plant? Solar cells?
 
2013-09-06 02:53:08 AM
What ELSE would destroy them?

Wind is the bull they mess with.  Wind is the horns they get.

In other news, dams get destroyed by water.
 
2013-09-06 02:54:07 AM
Clearly we should just keep using finite resources like coal and oil.
 
2013-09-06 02:55:00 AM
Wait. WAIT. I think this might be ACTUAL irony.

/ducks for cover
 
2013-09-06 03:05:35 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks


No, it blows.
 
2013-09-06 03:14:49 AM
Two blades were ripped from the 18m high turbine in the Scottish Highlands and thrown up to 60 yards away after it was hit by 40mph gales. A third was left badly buckled.

Either those windmills are 18 miles high, or they're mixing their units.
 
2013-09-06 03:15:52 AM

Shadyman: Two blades were ripped from the 18m high turbine in the Scottish Highlands and thrown up to 60 yards away after it was hit by 40mph gales. A third was left badly buckled.

Either those windmills are 18 miles high, or they're mixing their units.


And by "Mixing units" I mean metric and standard in the same sentence.
 
2013-09-06 03:19:09 AM

Revmachine21: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.


i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-06 03:19:21 AM

Revmachine21: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.


Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.


And I was afraid no one would get that
 
2013-09-06 03:23:40 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Revmachine21: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.

And I was afraid no one would get that


On Fark? You must be mad.
 
2013-09-06 03:30:31 AM
That which does not knock us over makes us stronger.
 
2013-09-06 03:31:07 AM

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.


"It's gone from Suck to Blow!"

i763.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-06 03:37:51 AM

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Revmachine21: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.

And I was afraid no one would get that

On Fark? You must be mad.


To be on Fark at all, I have to be

/and paying for it makes me certifiably batguanoloco
//¿y tu, hermana? :)
 
2013-09-06 03:42:23 AM
I'm pretty sure windmills have a variable pitch arrangement akin to turboprops, so when they fail it's because an essential system failed.

Of course, turboprops get their  o-rings replaced every few thousand hours. Windmills are built up and expected to run for decades without a teardown and rebuild.
 
2013-09-06 03:50:04 AM

wildcardjack: I'm pretty sure windmills have a variable pitch arrangement akin to turboprops, so when they fail it's because an essential system failed.

Of course, turboprops get their  o-rings replaced every few thousand hours. Windmills are built up and expected to run for decades without a teardown and rebuild.


There was one that fell right the hell over a couple years back, I think over in the Adirondacks. The wind farm that went up around my In-law's place had pretty serious issues at first; the rumor was some of the blades were cracked because they were used, and shipped over from China. As I said, rumor, but they definitely had issues either way.
 
2013-09-06 03:56:09 AM

wildcardjack: Of course, turboprops get their o-rings replaced every few thousand hours


You know who else got their o-rings replaced? Fidel Castro, Dwight Eisenhower and (possibly) Barbra Streisand to name a few.
 
2013-09-06 03:59:30 AM
Scottish Highlands, you say?

Wind turbines and wind are natural enemies. Like Englishmen and Scots. Or Welshmen and Scots. Or Japanese and Scots. Or Scots and other Scots.
 
2013-09-06 04:06:53 AM
Tear them down and install small coal fired power plants in their place on the playgrounds. The kids can use a rotating recess schedule to stoke the fires. Shoveling coal with be a good physical workout for them and hopefully cure some of the obesity epidemic also. I am sure the GOP or coal industry will help with some of the costs and it will be a vital development tool for the kids to prepare for careers in the workforce.
 
2013-09-06 04:15:00 AM

Warchild: wildcardjack: Of course, turboprops get their o-rings replaced every few thousand hours

You know who else got their o-rings replaced? Fidel Castro, Dwight Eisenhower and (possibly) Barbra Streisand to name a few.


I like your style.
 
2013-09-06 04:24:02 AM
Wind farms slow down the wind. Wind is God's way of transferring heat from warm areas of the world to cooler areas. If we slow down the wind, the world will heat up.

/At least that's what I've heard somewhere.
 
2013-09-06 04:38:45 AM

CruiserTwelve: Wind farms slow down the wind. Wind is God's way of transferring heat from warm areas of the world to cooler areas. If we slow down the wind, the world will heat up.


What an intelligent and well-designed theory. Hadn't heard that one before, but now that I think about it...

Wind farms continue sprouting up and the world continues to warm; looks like this one's confirmed! God's plans foiled yet again by lowly man. Better pray we find more oil to burn to keep green energy induced climate change in check.
 
2013-09-06 06:01:00 AM
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"Chance in a million."
 
2013-09-06 06:12:44 AM

CruiserTwelve: Wind farms slow down the wind. Wind is God's way of transferring heat from warm areas of the world to cooler areas. If we slow down the wind, the world will heat up.

/At least that's what I've heard somewhere.


Only in the same way that a swimming salmon changes the ocean currents, or spinning counter-clockwise can alter the length of an Earth day. Even cumulatively, the drag caused by wind turbines are negligible. The Manhattan skyline has a greater effect on its own than all the world's wind turbines put together.

Besides, wind doesn't really work like that.
 
2013-09-06 07:27:55 AM
WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY!
 
2013-09-06 07:36:37 AM
Normaly I am not a fan of this thing, but I think it's cool.
 
2013-09-06 08:04:19 AM

wildcardjack: I'm pretty sure windmills have a variable pitch arrangement akin to turboprops, so when they fail it's because an essential system failed.


They have both blade pitch adjustment and a friction brake assembly to deal with high winds.

This particular turbine was a privately owned, 60kW unit. Scotland seems to have difficulties in general with these things, and designing to 80MPH winds seems kind of pussy to me...

More info here
=Smidge=
 
2013-09-06 09:02:41 AM
Playgrounds?

"eh oh"

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-09-06 09:23:19 AM

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Revmachine21: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.

Gyrfalcon: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Well, that sucks

No, it blows.

And I was afraid no one would get that

On Fark? You must be mad.


www.betterthanpants.com

/seemed appropriate
 
2013-09-06 10:29:49 AM
And how much wind was spilled in the area?  Who is responsible for the cleanup?
 
2013-09-06 11:05:52 AM

roadkillontheweb: Tear them down and install small coal fired power plants in their place on the playgrounds. The kids can use a rotating recess schedule to stoke the fires. Shoveling coal with be a good physical workout for them and hopefully cure some of the obesity epidemic also. I am sure the GOP or coal industry will help with some of the costs and it will be a vital development tool for the kids to prepare for careers in the workforce.


There is a simple solution to this problem.  Just attach a generator to the merry-go-round. Maybe some levers on the slide.  And I'm sure some brilliant engineer could find a way to harness nearly unlimited energy from swings.
 
2013-09-06 11:43:51 AM
They let their kids on the playground during 40mph winds? That's hard corps.
 
2013-09-06 12:08:11 PM
According to the Met Office using the Beaufort scale, wind speed over 74mph is classed as a hurricane.

Or, as we call it in South Dakota, a light breeze.
 
2013-09-06 12:21:43 PM

Mytch: roadkillontheweb: Tear them down and install small coal fired power plants in their place on the playgrounds. The kids can use a rotating recess schedule to stoke the fires. Shoveling coal with be a good physical workout for them and hopefully cure some of the obesity epidemic also. I am sure the GOP or coal industry will help with some of the costs and it will be a vital development tool for the kids to prepare for careers in the workforce.

There is a simple solution to this problem.  Just attach a generator to the merry-go-round. Maybe some levers on the slide.  And I'm sure some brilliant engineer could find a way to harness nearly unlimited energy from swings.


I saw a piece years ago in Africa where the Merry-go-round was also the pump for the water well. the kids got to play while performing a service for the community and the well water was much more safe than the river water they had been using.
 
2013-09-06 12:50:53 PM

roadkillontheweb: Mytch: roadkillontheweb: Tear them down and install small coal fired power plants in their place on the playgrounds. The kids can use a rotating recess schedule to stoke the fires. Shoveling coal with be a good physical workout for them and hopefully cure some of the obesity epidemic also. I am sure the GOP or coal industry will help with some of the costs and it will be a vital development tool for the kids to prepare for careers in the workforce.

There is a simple solution to this problem.  Just attach a generator to the merry-go-round. Maybe some levers on the slide.  And I'm sure some brilliant engineer could find a way to harness nearly unlimited energy from swings.

I saw a piece years ago in Africa where the Merry-go-round was also the pump for the water well. the kids got to play while performing a service for the community and the well water was much more safe than the river water they had been using.


That was sponsored - well, a similar project if not that one exactly - by an NGO/IDG called "Leapfrog" from RTI in North Carolina. Not only did the merry-go-round pump water, but they built stationary bikes to power their cell phones. Most small towns and villages in central Africa don't have telephones or electric power due to environmental concerns - the lines get burned in brush fires, stolen by thieves, etc. So it was determined it was easier to set up a cell tower for communication and local generation for power. Sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest growing population for cell phone ownership in the world, last time I saw any stats. They are catching up fast to the rest of the world.

Last week I got an email from one of my project friends in Ethiopia who told me about a band concert he had attended - the PA system and amps were powered by a combination of merry-go-rounds and solar panels. There are a lot of really smart people in places like Ethiopia and Ghana, I wouldn't be surprised if they lead the world in developing alternative power sources.

/trade, not aid
 
2013-09-06 01:36:33 PM
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2013-09-06 04:42:57 PM

OldManDownDRoad: roadkillontheweb: Mytch: roadkillontheweb: Tear them down and install small coal fired power plants in their place on the playgrounds. The kids can use a rotating recess schedule to stoke the fires. Shoveling coal with be a good physical workout for them and hopefully cure some of the obesity epidemic also. I am sure the GOP or coal industry will help with some of the costs and it will be a vital development tool for the kids to prepare for careers in the workforce.

There is a simple solution to this problem.  Just attach a generator to the merry-go-round. Maybe some levers on the slide.  And I'm sure some brilliant engineer could find a way to harness nearly unlimited energy from swings.

I saw a piece years ago in Africa where the Merry-go-round was also the pump for the water well. the kids got to play while performing a service for the community and the well water was much more safe than the river water they had been using.

That was sponsored - well, a similar project if not that one exactly - by an NGO/IDG called "Leapfrog" from RTI in North Carolina. Not only did the merry-go-round pump water, but they built stationary bikes to power their cell phones. Most small towns and villages in central Africa don't have telephones or electric power due to environmental concerns - the lines get burned in brush fires, stolen by thieves, etc. So it was determined it was easier to set up a cell tower for communication and local generation for power. Sub-Saharan Africa has the fastest growing population for cell phone ownership in the world, last time I saw any stats. They are catching up fast to the rest of the world.

Last week I got an email from one of my project friends in Ethiopia who told me about a band concert he had attended - the PA system and amps were powered by a combination of merry-go-rounds and solar panels. There are a lot of really smart people in places like Ethiopia and Ghana, I wouldn't be surprised if they lead the world in developing alternative pow ...


While some folks are still installing "Play-pumps" they aren't always that great in reality. Most notable is that the cost of the units trippled compared to when they were first pitched - making standard pumps much cheaper.
 
2013-09-06 05:52:32 PM

Kujira: Scottish Highlands, you say?

Wind turbines and wind are natural enemies. Like Englishmen and Scots. Or Welshmen and Scots. Or Japanese and Scots. Or Scots and other Scots.


THIS EXPLAINS WHY EVERYONE'S MY ENEMY!
 
2013-09-06 08:01:45 PM

Elmo Jones: "No one was hurt when the turbine at Dunhobby, on Scrabster Hill, near Thurso, in the Highlands was destroyed, but there are fears turbines in playgrounds could put children at risk. "

Now they're just making sh*t up.


Exactly.  None of that stuff is real...  Hell, I can do it too.
"Children attending the Bruttlespunk School of Mimes in Plunterbattum were shocked today when Harry Frinklechosen of Scribsenwerth lost control of his lorry and drove across the Battle of West Asbincork Memorial Football Green just outside campus grounds.  Ariel Labsenstoth of Gerspenshire witnessed the accident and immediately called the Flumsterbury fire brigade."
 
2013-09-07 04:30:06 AM

VegasVinnie: Exactly. None of that stuff is real... Hell, I can do it too.
"Children attending the Bruttlespunk School of Mimes in Plunterbattum were shocked today when Harry Frinklechosen of Scribsenwerth lost control of his lorry and drove across the Battle of West Asbincork Memorial Football Green just outside campus grounds. Ariel Labsenstoth of Gerspenshire witnessed the accident and immediately called the Flumsterbury fire brigade."


Quite.
 
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