Hi Malcolm..I prefer where possible to stay focused on local issues…ie: Tiree Array. Obviously, with this being one (Largest) of the proposed strategic arrays there is massive cross over into the general anti-commercial windfarm debate.
You will find some staggering images on the SPR site.
The montages assume either 300 turbines @ 6mw each or 180 turbines @ 10 mw each (given that there are few proven 10mw turbines I am inclined for now to focus on the 6mw) 10mw: Hub Height: 116.65/Rotor dia: 164m/ Max Tip Height 198.65m………6mw: Hub Height 86.65/ Rotor dia: 126m/ Max Tip Height149.65m………it’s all on Scottish Power Renewables (Iberdrola) website…on first viewing there are many anomilies…but we should take them at face value…they are shocking enough.
However…all the turbines show monopile bases…is this feasible in granite and Lewisian Gneiss ? I am told no.
SPR have used some of the original NTA view points…but not the more sensational ones…the methods of photography are on par with our own….I wonder how much they paid for these duplicates when they could have used NTA’s originals.:) for free…
You may be interested to know that on the back of release of these images…after a long delay SPR have also contacted me in regards to “local climate change issues”…saying they do intend to investigate possible affects of the array on Tirees climate…
That apart from a delay in the granting of SPA status for areas in and around the proposed location…there seems now after much searching of documents, to also be the same situation in regards to the Skerryvore Reef and it’s MPA status…(Pelican Brief ?)
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I read somwhere that on average wind velocity drops at night…but do’t quote me…
En route home…catch you soon. Karl
- I am not sure Robert…but it would have to be a pretty huge battery…worth looking into simply to be amazed !
When I say battery…I am refering to pump storage.
- Will more Glens have to be flooded to provide a “battery” facility for wind…or is the possibility of an export cable to Norway part of this plan ?
If this does become the case…then the environmental footprint of wind is a true can of worms that needs further review…we will have folks all over Scotland and maybe Norway too… becoming NIMBY by proxy.
Rather than in my case NIMBY by necessity.
- Hi I am just going on the JNCC/and Dipper 1981 documents. I would presume the higher oxygenation is due to the swell breaking over so many skerries in the Skerryvore area, the large tidal races, the near continual pounding of an Atlantic swell on shallow water…
“Are you saying the waters of Tiree are SUPER SATURATED with oxygen” No…you have said that…I did not say that please read my post again !
Also note the other contributing factors for good conditions, seabed, cover…kelp etc. It takes, I presume many contributing factors to make a sustainable and varied ecosystem…one of these being above average (whatever average is) O2 levels.
- SPR’s EIA is ongoing…seems that SPR are trying to fill in any percieved gaps…lets remember JNCC etc are out there to find out what should or needs to be protected…SPR are out there to look at mitigation…or to look and see if mitigation is possible !
And yes if this project goes ahead…the damage will happen, at seabed/beneath the waves and on the surface…SPR are only now realising how much damage will occur.
Ultimately how much environmental damage are the Scottish Government willing to allow for 6.5 billion GBP ?…and does SPR really want want to end up having world wide headlines saying it is going ahead with damaging areas already noted to be in need of full protection…It will do nothing for offshore wind renewables, or the green credentials this multi national uses to support it’s projects. The Scottish government also have to realise that this development is a step to far.
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Its a fact that the SNP can expect to win the majority of Scottish seat… and lets face it the tories, libs and labour now have have little power north of the border…
I believe in the Union…always will… but I also believe in decentralisation through out the whole of the uk…London is a state of its own… and its time a British parliment was re- established else where…Lancaster ???? Manchester ??? Leeds ???
If it takes the SNP to change British politics, and drive the decentralisation I crave I am happy with that… but like I say I will always vote for Union…
My fear for the elections is not that the SNP will hold the balance of power…but that of a Labour/ SNP coalition… I would be pleased with a Tory / SNP coalition because we need brains and braun… not yawn and braun.
A vote for the SNP would be a vote for change throughout the whole of the Union and throughout messed up politics in general, I would hope ?… they get my X in the box this time around to represent our country…but don’t expect a X in any future referendum other than to say NO.
A bit of a shame that FA has become an anti SNP rag…. the polar opposite of WOS etcetera… there seems to be very little unbiased journalism available on the web anymore….
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I voted NO….and do not see us been led by a bunch of “cheats”…. I see us been led by a democratically elected UK government….
In regards to the SNP, they are a nationalist cause, always will be…and I accept that…. you have to accept that 55% voted NO…against indy and that the majority have to be seen as right…. get over it and move on….
SNP will take a majority in Scotland….and the rhetoric will continue….as for using this majority in some sort of westminster coalition … it ain’t gonna happen.
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The oil battle is one thing….lets see if Saudi remains a stable entity…full stop.
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