* Posts by m-s-m

4 publicly visible posts • joined 2 May 2008

Prof: Use wind turbines as flywheels to smooth output



Most large turbines will rotate at a more or less constant speed, changing the pitch of the blades according to the current wind speed, that's why it won't rotate faster in a gale.

Wind power key to UK's desperate renewable energy bid


Feed-In Tariff

The microgen-specific section leaves open the prospect of a FIT for this sector of the market, i.e. where it is most effective (making people buy solar panels etc.). There is no reason why this can't work alongside ROCs for larger projects. Of course, as to whether it will actually go ahead is another matter!

Is the earth getting warmer, or cooler?

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Off the top of my head...

Acid rain will kill all the forests... -> Yes, until people realised this and started fitting FGD to heavily sulphur-emitting plant. So it didn't come to pass because *something was done about it*

GM crops will kill you... -> Not yet... Of course if something goes wrong it'll be really easy to stop the seeds spreading all over the place and contaminating normal farmland. Of course, not so much in Europe..

The hole in the ozone layer's will kill you... -> It certainly doesn't do you any good. Again, the agreement to ban CFCs dealt with that one, so, er, because *something was done about it*

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@Mad Mike

I suppose you're talking about the USA? In the UK scientists are funded by research councils and so this argument is completely false. Also, you may be interested to read into the peer review process...