Comment posted Fife Council joins Aberdeenshire in asking for suspension of wind farm applications by Robert Wakeham.
Malcolm, please: ‘you started off wrong’? – tides don’t run all day – they slow down to ‘slack water’ at the top and bottom of the tide. Think about it, please. If you give yourself a day out and settle down on the pub bench outside the Port Askaig Hotel you can watch it all happen – freighters passing through at improbable speeds even outside the springs, and the Jura ferry scuttling across to Feolin sideways (and also demonstrating the variation in tide flow across the width of the sound). The turbines will have to be carefully sited to ensure they reap the maximum benefit from the tides – obviously it’s not up to ten knots ‘wall to wall’.
I don’t think you can question the credibility of the 30GWh figure predicted for tide turbines on the basis of over optimism in claims for wind farm performance, but time will tell.
On the question of cost, of course it’s expensive building and installing machines in this environment, but that’s one of the reasons for the Orkney trial – to find out where the problems are, and refine the cost predictions. The installation of the Orkney turbine in the worst weather for ten years, and its subsequent performance supplying the Eday grid, have both been reported highly successful. And thus, I think, confidence building. And don’t forget that hilltop wind farms always (I think) involve considerable expenditure in a roads infrastructure that is avoided in the marine context
Robert Wakeham also commented
- Doc: I’ve been wondering whether Malcolm should be invoiced for the time it takes to educate him about matters that most people seem to be able to comprehend fairly easily, but there seems to be an element of wilful misinformation driven by some fairly strong prejudices. And as – when challenged on these – Malcolm gets a bit shirty I suppose it’s best to leave well alone, and just hope that some of the reasoned argument does eventually sink in.
- Malcolm: You need to get out more, but these days the internet affords you the opportunity of finding out for yourself how tunnels have, in other parts of the world, provided an all-weather answer to the Dunoon-Gourock type of problem.
- If superconnectors can help even out the supply from intermittent renewable power sources all to the well and good.
- Malcolm – ‘Renewables will always need 100% backup from power stations’ – rather a misleading claim, given that the variability of the ever increasing amount of electricity from wind power makes the development of mass energy storage ever more pressing.
The Cruachan and Foyers pumped storage stations are just a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared with what’s needed, but I bet there’ll be other ‘green’ techniques developed in the reasonably near future – hydrogen generation seems to be a frequently mooted idea – and your claim surely has less credibility in relation to tidestream and hydro power.
- Some of us would like to get back to the ‘real and highly important subject’ before you discover General Franco as the answer to practically everything, Malcolm.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
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Sometimes I think that ‘Simon’ is a construct, rather than a real person.
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- Dear Alex…
Look who’s talking!
- Stand off at the OK A814 as Council Roads Department promise remains unfulfilled
What looks like errant HGVs blindly following their satnavs on an utterly inappropriate route might be something very different, but still worthy of public concern.
The curtain-sided truck in the photos looks to be far too tall to pass under the railway bridge at Whistlefield on this road, so – assuming the photos were taken on the stretch alongside Loch Long – any such HGVs must be engaged in military business at either Glen Mallan or Glen Douglas.
These installations are connected by a military haul road, linking shipping at the Glen Mallan jetty with the railway yard at the Glen Douglas arsenal.
I’ll bet anyone that when these facilities were developed the only public road access needed was for small vehicles – all the big stuff was to arrive & depart by train & ship.
If the operation has changed, to require some freight to move by road, this could explain the disappearance and non-replacement of the HGV warning sign.
Presumably trucks like the one photographed are carrying non hazardous material, but it would be good to have this confirmed. And the MOD needs to get itself a proper road.
- Dear Alex…
This was fro ‘Chris.p.Bacon’
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