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"Real people" built it. I financed it.

by Jerome a Paris Thu May 7th, 2009 at 03:24:13 PM EST


My earlier articles on wind.

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It's taking longer than I'd like, and is a bit painful right now (as all deals at this stage - hmmm... financial pregnancy) but it will be a big deal.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 03:26:17 PM EST
congratulations. It looked very spectacular when I flew over it last year.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 03:41:19 PM EST
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Debunking the Spanish "study" that claims wind destroyed jobs

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 03:38:18 PM EST
Oh Geee...

the great spanish inquisition , teh great spanish flu and now the "spanish" study..

great...

at least we play football all right.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 10:14:37 PM EST
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the "real people" mentioned in my title are a friendly reference to my client's presentations on the project, where he would describe the hard work he had gone through with me and others to put the financing in place, and then say that the "real people" could finally be mobilised and build the wind farm. It was said with the utmost respect for the people he had been working very hard with over the past several months, but real, good-natured, almost-naive, wonderment that you had to go through all that paper-shuffling and talking (because that's what it was) to actually build a windfarm...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 05:03:41 PM EST
I am reminded of this...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 05:40:57 PM EST
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So we should re-christen you Imaginary Leader? Ersatz Leader?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 04:11:59 AM EST
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you're one of its right arms!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 06:15:45 AM EST
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Fantastic!

:)

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 05:57:28 PM EST
Construction has already begun on Alpha Ventus, the first German offshore windplant.  The english language version is a bit behind the times...

but from here...

you can navigate to different live webcams of the process.  (On the right are listed the various views from FINO 1, the met and research station installed onsite a few years ago.)

The project will include updated/uprated versions of the turbines J financed, the REpower 5M (5MW), as well as the first use of the hybrid permanent magnet offshore turbine, the Areva Multibrid M5000.  Hybrid turbines attempt to combine the best of both standard geared design and gearless low speed generator design, naturally by compromising in the middle.

The entire Multibrid turbine and tower are pressurized to avoid sea air (salt) contamination, and the electrical components are attached to the tower instead of aloft in the nacelle, to save weight and cost.

As you can see from the photo, the tower is supported by a tripod structure, which rests on the sea bottom (with short piles) instead of the long 20-30m piles drilled into the seabed for conventional turbines.

For Europe (and not currently the rest of the world) offshore windpower is very important.  But it should not and must not be a substitute for the much more needed push for widespread development of the land-based resource first and foremost.  end of sermon.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 05:59:30 PM EST
That thing is sort of really sexy looking.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 06:07:38 PM EST
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"Erotic" was what I was about to write.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.
by marco on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 09:06:34 PM EST
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I should have linked to my wind series and to this one: The unexpected weight of hope, with that tripod, and others:



In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 06:25:27 PM EST
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These two Multibrids (the first test machines) are across the street and a small field from our wind tunnel in Bremerhaven.  Sweet view from the conference room.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 08:01:54 AM EST
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Can we have a picture of you under the base holding the whole thing up? - Just to prove the point that the financial underpinnings of the project are strong and that we can bank on you to ensure a strong foundation to withstand the winds of change in the markets and that it is in all our interest to capitalise on such projects...

No doubt the tripod structure was devised to ensue all the stakeholders were in alignment?

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 10:13:57 AM EST
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And distributed real jobs.

I know you've quoted this before, but once a farm is built, how many jobs are created running it in the community it is built, not to mention the construction trades jobs and the heavy industry jobs making the parts?

We should be embarking, in this morose economy, on a massive building programme, not just as a jobs programme, but as an economic efficiency and growth programme, a regional development motor, and a positive environmental legacy for our kids.

I know you do the math on these things constantly, so you know they usually pay back a tidy return, certainly at a return state-issued debt can support. Would you be for a broad EU-wide, state-subsidised building programme as an economic stimulus?

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 06:13:48 PM EST
the EWEA's wind works study.



In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 06:27:14 PM EST
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to me.

Those are the numbers I was thinking of and have since bookmarked.

We have to be doing this on a massive scale over the next five years I think, there's really no better time than now.

Just one humble opinion.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 06:37:25 PM EST
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Congratulations!  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 08:37:58 PM EST
by rootless2 on Thu May 7th, 2009 at 09:28:25 PM EST
Some cultures left us monumental architecture. Now we've these. Beautiful (I suppose the fact it was a gorgeous day doen't hurt, but no matter).

Thanks, Jerome. I knew they were big, but whoa. . . .

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 06:08:28 AM EST
Thanks, Jerome. I knew they were big, but whoa. . . .

Yeah. Those shots of the guy winching down onto the maintenance platform really pointed up the scale of the things compared to, say, the onshore E-70s I saw in Spain a couple of weeks ago.

Was the film slo-moed at all or where the rotational speeds we saw there the real thing?

Regards
Luke

-- #include witty_sig.h

by silburnl on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 07:52:18 AM EST
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Can't answer for J's video, but they rotate between 7-12 rpm (+or- a bit.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 08:06:03 AM EST
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We're living in the future.
by TYR (a.harrowellNOSPAM@gmail.com) on Wed May 13th, 2009 at 01:50:52 PM EST
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You'd worked hard and been able to put money into a loan that helped inflate the perceived value of a tranche of paper against the derivatives purchased by a Bahamian SIV and hedged with CDSs issued by companies that had no assets to pay in case of default, all wrapped through some tax avoidance fronts in Antigua?  That would be a real social value.
by rootless2 on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 08:33:54 AM EST
to tolerate the pain in my mind of knowing that I'd be doing such a socially pointless work... ;)

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 08:53:45 AM EST
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i believe that was the point of such efforts. The lower marginal tax rates provide an incentive.
by rootless2 on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 09:17:53 AM EST
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i hear that...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 09:49:47 AM EST
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The thing that finally convinced me that wind power wasn't some meaningless crap we used to distract the hippies while we planned the next reactor was not statistics or reports or whatever - but a picture where a helicopter hovers next to the turbine housing and is looking absolutely tiny, just like in the Youtube clip above.

Because helicopters are Serious, and if that thing is so huge and has helicopters in its service organization, it must be Serious too.

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

by Starvid on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 10:06:47 AM EST
Starvid:
wind power wasn't some meaningless crap we used to distract the hippies while we planned the next reactor

LOL!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 11:00:15 AM EST
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