Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
First some nitpicking: average wind speed tells you little about power output. The latter you get by a weighted average. Also, considering today's turbines which stand 80 meters or higher, the 50-m wind maps aren't a good indicator of on-shore potential (I indicated this in my own US potential calculation a month or two ago) - nor of the off-shore potential with large off-shore turbines even if placed low (say a 100 m rotor diameter turbine atop a 60 m tower).

I also note that a less enviromentally-risky alternative to pumped storage is just variable hydropower output - already practised at some places in Scandinavia.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 05:20:40 AM EST

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