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I'm reading this to mean that it is possible to (a great extent-80%+) run a (high speed) rail network with one of these every two and a half kilometres.

I assume this only applies in non-built up areas, but have I got this about right--Europe (or anywhere) could plant these windmills every two or three km along its rail tracks and have a large part of its rail infastructure powered by wind?

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Sep 28th, 2006 at 05:32:29 PM EST
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Tecnically I guess the answer is yes, but it would be a much better idea to build the wind machines where the wind conditions are optimal and not along the rail track.

Or build an EPR. :)

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Sep 28th, 2006 at 07:09:27 PM EST
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With weather what it is, there seem to be few sites where huge wind farms can guarantee wind (tell me I've got this wrong); but if a grid of windwills was laid out along railway lines (motorways, canals, etc), snaking across Europe (and beyond), whither the wind blew would hit enough of 'em, no?....at times of reduced (train) activity power could be fed back into the grid.

A high speed international rail network run on nothing more offensive, polluting, or dangerous than windmills.

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Sep 28th, 2006 at 07:42:53 PM EST
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Also (and please tell me where I'm going wrong), it would be a HUGE project employing many many engineers, companies, construction workers, etc...--helping them leap out of the oil business--not to mention materials design, structural design, and as the project developed new features, better equipment etc. would be brought on line.  It's what happened with cars, I think, and so (leaping wildly) would change our social nexuses (nexi?) at the same level.

(Facilities growing up around the windmills...new towns linked to renewable energy...transport to the next windmill guaranteed....)

A european project tying together the various groups in Europe (I think I'm still on topic), reducing emissions, creating better public transport, reducing plane travel, tying us physically to our neighbours (psychological difference between a journey on train and a journey by car or air)...

(So many technical issues to solve.  Massive injections of finance to universities, a boom in post-graduate work...)

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Thu Sep 28th, 2006 at 08:09:18 PM EST
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