Harold Squared Posted July 30, 2015 Share Posted July 30, 2015 (edited) Those of you who have been kind enough to take an interest in my posts may have noticed that I am acutely aware of the limitations of renewable energy projects. In the past, however, I was quite a champion of these and in some ways maybe I still am. For example, wind energy would be better harnessed by the blade hub driving a crankshaft connected to an air compressor rather than a generator, particularly in an offshore application, where wave energy could be stored by the same means in submerged air tanks. This source of compressed air could be tapped at will to drive a turbine and render the power stored as dispatchable as hydroelectricity, helping the grid meet periods of peak demand. Unfortunately such an installation would be vulnerable to storms except perhaps for the submerged tanks but at the moment that is the principal drawback as far as I can see and applies to wind energy generally. Your thoughts and comments are most welcome as usual and I thank you in advance for the feedback. Edited July 30, 2015 by Harold Squared Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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