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Wind Turbine in The University District

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    University District man wants to put up 75-foot-tall wind turbine behind his house

    By Mark Ferenchik

    The Columbus Dispatch

    Thursday December 15, 2011 1:38 PM

    A University District resident wants to erect a 75-foot-tall wind turbine behind his King Avenue house in what could be the first of its kind in a center city neighborhood in Columbus. David Murchie, a software developer, said he wants the turbine to generate power for his house, a garage he wants to build and a rooftop greenhouse.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/12/15/University-Area-man-wants-to-erect-huge-turbine-tower.html

    #474024

    Analogue Kid
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    I love green energy and wind power in general, but I’m honestly not sure how I would feel about a turbine in my neighbors yard. Hopefully this installation will go forward and provide some real world experience as to how they work out. My main concern would be ice fall in the winter. Another issue is noise, but I’ve found most monopole designs are really whisper quiet. The lattice structure turbine at Glacier Ridge Metro Park has a very weird resonance that I would find quite annoying if I had to live next to it.

    #474025
    rus
    rus
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    Have to make sure the brakes work…

    #474026

    howatzer
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    Yeah, it’s super green to build a wind turbine next to your new 3-car garage.

    #474027
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    howatzer said:
    Yeah, it’s super green to build a wind turbine next to your new 3-car garage.

    Maybe it’s ok if he owns three hybrids? ;)

    #474028
    hugh59
    hugh59
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    Wow, nice garage!

    #474029

    pedex
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    auditor’s picture of house

    #474030

    howatzer
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    Walker said:
    Maybe it’s ok if he owns three hybrids? ;)

    Or he’s using his wind turbine to recharge his 3 chevy volts? This would kind of make sense, as it would take a long time to charge them from a turbine: thus he can drive one while the other two are charging. Brilliant!

    #474031

    pedex
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    howatzer said:
    Or he’s using his wind turbine to recharge his 3 chevy volts? This would kind of make sense, as it would take a long time to charge them from a turbine: thus he can drive one while the other two are charging. Brilliant!

    economically he’d have to live more than a lifetime to cover the cost and break even probably

    #474032

    howatzer
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    pedex said:
    economically he’d have to live more than a lifetime to cover the cost and break even probably

    Yes, but what more noble way to blow all that money but on a 75-foot long, green energy phallic symbol in your backyard for all your neighbors to envy.

    #474033
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    rus said:
    Have to make sure the brakes work…

    I’m sure that if the guy wanted to just build a new garage you’d post a video of a garage burning down as a warning, right?

    #474034

    cbus11
    Member

    He could probably slip it by code enforcement if he used a bit of camouflage.

    #474035
    rus
    rus
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    Walker said:
    I’m sure that if the guy wanted to just build a new garage you’d post a video of a garage burning down as a warning, right?

    For someone who advocates for government to dictate what private property owners can do with their property ( see: urban planning, forced density, etc. ) I’m surprised you’re not advocating for government to regulate private property with regard to windmills.

    A better example, rather than a simple garage, would be a tank of LNG or propane to feed a generator. Then you’d cite the stored fuel as an explosive risk, concerns for public safety, etc.

    Guess this guy gets a pass because it’s “green”.

    #474036

    pedex
    Participant

    howatzer said:
    Yes, but what more noble way to blow all that money but on a 75-foot long, green energy phallic symbol in your backyard for all your neighbors to envy.

    not the windmill

    the windmill plus 3 chevy volts

    the windmill will likely pay for itself, chevy volts not likely

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    being off the grid or even threatening to when in a city is something our system simply isn’t set up for and most municipalities generally will fight it tooth and nail

    without enough debt slaves locked into the system it runs out of money

    many towns and cities actually by law require energy consumption whether you like it or not, dunno if Columbus does but many require refrigeration or you can get nailed for a health/safety code violation

    as energy rises in price in real terms we will see this become more frequent especially as many get priced right out of the game

    #474037

    Rockmastermike
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    howatzer said:
    Or he’s using his wind turbine to recharge his 3 chevy volts? This would kind of make sense, as it would take a long time to charge them from a turbine: thus he can drive one while the other two are charging. Brilliant!

    a tower that size can easily support one of Bergey Energy’s 10 kW turbines. The power pack on a Chevy Volt is 16kWh. Use google. Do the math. Charging times of 3-4 hours assuming a 10kw turbine even when the turbine is nowhere near peak and assuming charge efficiency losses. Use a 5kw turbine and perhaps double the times and you get a comfortable overnight charge.

    It’s fine with me if you wish to be “against” any kind of wind power on whatever ideological basis you care to invent, but there’s no reason not to just do some simple math and appear sorely misinformed.

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