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Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape of Altamont Pass. Mounted both in rows and individually, machines with large propellers catch the wind, turning round and round at different speeds. Learn how wind energy is generated and stored for use in this most peculiar area, and its impact on living things both near and far.
California is outpacing its own ambitious goal for renewable energy. Kiet Do reports. (11-16-17)
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Windmill Failures Nearly 120 wind turbines catch fire each year, according to a research - ten times the number reported by the industry. The researchers claim that out of 200,000 turbines around the world, 117 fires take place annually - far more than what is reported by wind farm companies. Fire has a huge financial impact on the industry; Each wind turbine costs more than £2 million and generates an estimated income of more than £500,000 per year. Any loss or downtime of these valuable assets makes the industry less viable and productive. Fires are a problem for the industry, impacting on energy production, economic output and emitting toxic fumes, this could cast a shadow over the industry’s green credentials. Wind turbines catch fire because highly flammable materials such as hydr...
California’s Altamont Pass wind farms are famous for killing hundreds of raptors each year, including an estimated 35 golden eagles. Biologists are studying how golden eagles fly through the wind farms. The information is helping companies place their wind turbines out of the birds’ way. For background on birds and wind turbines in the Altamont Pass, watch this QUEST story from 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtgBWNKwBkE
*Facts about Altamont wind farm: - Altamont Pass is still the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world, with a capacity of 576 megawatts (MW), producing about 125 MW on average and 1.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) yearly. http://www.eoearth.org/article/Altamont_Pass,_California *California's wind farm: -In the year 2004, wind energy in California produced 4,258 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, about 1.5 percent of the state's total electricity. That's more than enough to light a city the size of San Francisco. -More than 13,000 of California's wind turbines, or 95 percent of all of California's wind generating capacity and output, are located in three primary regions: Altamont Pass (east of San Francisco - a portion of which is shown on the right in this photo from NREL), Tehac...
World leaders have embraced the challenge of long-term climate change – and for reasons that go beyond the obvious. Mitigating the human impact on global climate is sound environmental stewardship, but it also presents high-value investment opportunities. In the wake of the Trump Administration's plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, California has sought a national leadership role in carbon emissions reduction. New investments and innovations in clean tech and green energy, moreover, are creating a path to a sustainable energy future. This session convenes senior elected state officials, business executives and conservationists to discuss California's future climate and energy policy. Presenters Harry Atwater, Professor and Director, Joint Center for Artificial Pho...
Green Energy Hypocrisy: "California's wind farms kill more than 80 Eagles per year and thousands of other birds daily, prompting calls by environmental groups for better wind power management......." (Fox News Video Description) AS REPORTED by William La Jeunesse of FOX NEWS from Tehachapi, California, on August 16, 2011: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1113088230001/bird-strike/ Also refer to WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE of 9/7/2009: "WINDMILLS ARE KILLING OUR BIRDS" (One standard for oil companies, another for green energy sources) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203706604574376543308399048.html This is infuriating! We can close a river to protect one fish and rope off a forest to protect one owl, but when it comes to BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, we have no problem sacrificin...
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Let the turbines hit the desert floor. Let the turbines hit the desert floor. Let the turbines hit the desert floor. Let the turbines hit the... desert floor! On Monday November 21, 2016 a 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed in the morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor. The cause of this failure is still being investigated. Perhaps a blade came loose and struck the tower - causing it to bend? Maybe the transmission/gears suddenly jammed and the force of the spinning blade suddenly stopping was too much for the tower to handle? Note that it was NOT exceptionally windy at the time of the collapse. Also, the tower did NOT bend at a seam.
This video covers Interstate 10 through San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm on both direction during golden hour. Songs: 1. Whitenake - The Deeper the Love 2. The Rippingtons ft. Russ Freeman - Stories of the Painted Desert DISCLAIMER: THE SONGS USED IN THIS VIDEO BELONGS TO THE RESPECTFUL OWNERS. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. Recorded with Sony HDR-PJ540. Edited with CyberLink PowerDirector 14. Join many other road videographers at FreewayJim Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/96206174878/
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STANFORD, CALIFORNIA — The entire world could be powered by one deep-sea wind farm stretching across the Atlantic, a new study finds. Building an installation the size of India would could meet the whole world's power needs, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Doctors Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira from the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University pointed out wind speeds over the ocean are on average 70 percent higher than over land, the Independent reported. Land-based wind farms have an upper threshold in the amount of energy that can be converted into electricity due to the combined drag of the spinning blades. Other studies have found land-based farms to have a limit of about 1.5 watts per square meter. ...
Windmills generate electricity in California as cows, sheep and human beings look on. The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind (or one of them maybe). Blows my mind. Fun fact: Wind power is a form of solar power.
Everyone who drives from LA to Palm Springs notices the thousands of wind turbines on the western end of the Coachella Valley. This area is known as the San Gorgonio Pass and is the second windiest place in the country. Cool pacific coastal air is forced through the pass and mixes with the hot desert air, making the San Gorgonio Pass one of only three ideal places in California for steady, wind-generated electricity. Music "Almost Summer" by freestockmusic.com (used under license).