An article in the Scotsman is worthy of consideration. Click here! The Governments, North and South and those spokesman of the Renewables Industry always go on about Scotland’s Wind Resource. Sorry Guys, but we live here and the wind ain’t that great. Ok, when it blows, can it blow! The best wind resource to an extent is the Islands but connections to them are virtually non existant and the variation is so strong that there will be large amounts of time when the wind is too strong. Voltage(transmission) loss from those way out places will soon destroy any perceived benefits. The truth is that for much of the year we have no wind. That is why Midges are such a plague. Over 8mph, they don’t fly. Under 7.5mph wind turbines don’t work! Quad erat demonstrandum! Let us just teach the windies a basic lesson. Wind is the movement of a body of air from an area of high pressure to an area of lower pressure. High Pressure is categorised by isobars that are far apart contrary to low pressure which tends to have isobars much closer. Therefore in any period of high pressure there will be little wind. What is more these high pressure areas, often categorised by either very low temperatures or very high temperatures can extend over the whole of europe let alone the UK. So the oft quoted statement that it is always windy some where in the Uk is as wrong as it is irrelevant. Even if the south west was blowing a gale, you would need thousands of turbines in Devon and Cornwall to make up for the non performing turbines in the rest of the UK. It is in essence a stupid answer by an equally ignorant commentator. Each area would need an equivalent output to the whole of the UK. That is simply not feasible, either finacially or physically. Are our leaders actually that stupid?
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