Dodgy wind? Why "innovative" turbines are often anything butSubmitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 20:52
By Mike Barnard
June 14, 2013
Virtually every week there are articles about new and innovative methods for harvesting wind energy. And every week more megawatts of capacity from three-blade horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWT) becomes operational, despite all of the contenders. Why aren't these innovative new products knocking the iconic HAWT off its perch? Is it possible to tell which are likely to be viable? These eight points are a useful way to assess which technology has potential, and which are likely just hot air.