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Wind Power Myths

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Wind Power Myths

  1. 1. Wind Power<br />MYTHS<br />(and why they’re pretty stupid)<br />
  2. 2.
  3. 3. MYTH<br />a<br />is any invented <br />STORY,<br />IDEA<br />or<br />CONCEPT.<br />
  4. 4. There’s virtually a MYTHof<br />
  5. 5. There’s virtually a MYTHof<br />EVERYTHING.<br />
  6. 6. MYTHSare<br />INVENTIONS.<br />Oftentimes they don’t agree <br />FACTS.<br />with real <br />
  7. 7. Here be<br />MYTHS<br />about<br />WIND<br />POWER<br />
  8. 8. Wind Power<br />MYTH:<br />does<br />not<br />help<br />fight<br />GLOBAL WARMING.<br />
  9. 9. Uhh…<br />
  10. 10. Here’s the<br />
  11. 11. FACT:<br />
  12. 12. Wind Power <br />
  13. 13. is a<br />
  14. 14. CLEAN,<br />
  15. 15. RENEWABLE<br />
  16. 16. ENERGY SOURCE.<br />
  17. 17. This is NOT wind power.<br />
  18. 18. AND<br />
  19. 19. It does not produce any greenhouse gases or waste products,<br />
  20. 20. which speed up global warming.<br />
  21. 21. It’s actually<br />
  22. 22. one of the few<br />
  23. 23. ENERGY SOURCES<br />
  24. 24. that actually fight<br />
  25. 25. GLOBAL WARMING.<br />
  26. 26. MYTH:<br />
  27. 27. More energy<br />spent<br />is<br />
  28. 28. BUILDING wind turbines<br />
  29. 29. than it ever PRODUCES after.<br />
  30. 30. If that’s true,<br />what’s the point of<br />building it<br />in the first place?<br />
  31. 31. FACTis:<br />
  32. 32. FACTis:<br />On average,<br />it takes 3-5 months for<br />a wind turbine<br />to pay back the energy spent<br />in its manufacture.<br />
  33. 33. Plus, wind turbines are designed to operate for up to 20years.<br />
  34. 34. So,<br />
  35. 35. So,<br />Potential Energy Production<br />><br />Energy Spent<br />in Manufacture<br />
  36. 36. MYTH:<br />For it to work, wind power needs a backup power source.<br />
  37. 37. FACT:<br />For it to work, wind power needs a backup power source!<br />
  38. 38. FACT:<br />For it to work, wind power needs a backup power source!<br />
  39. 39. FACT:<br />For it to work, wind power needs a backup power source!<br />…just like every other energy source. <br />
  40. 40. Like how Batman needs Robin<br />
  41. 41. No energy source<br />can be relied on 100%. <br />
  42. 42. No energy source<br />can be relied on 100%. <br />Except Kryptonite, that is.<br />
  43. 43. No energy source<br />can be relied on 100%. <br />Except Kryptonite, that is.<br />(Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist.)<br />
  44. 44. MYTH:<br />Wind power is expensive.<br />
  45. 45. MYTH:<br />Wind power is expensive.<br />FACT:<br />Wind power is relatively cheap<br />compared to other sources of energy.<br />
  46. 46. For the past few years, <br />the cost of wind power<br />keeps falling as the <br />global wind capacity<br />keeps increasing. <br />
  47. 47. Currently, WIND POWER<br />costs around 5-7$ per KWh,<br />
  48. 48. Currently, WIND POWER<br />costs around 5-7$ per KWh,<br />which is competitive<br />with COAL<br />(4-8$ per KWh) <br />
  49. 49. Currently, WIND POWER<br />costs around 5-7$ per KWh,<br />which is competitive<br />with COAL<br />(4-8$ per KWh) <br />and cheaper <br />than NUCLEAR<br />(6-11$ per KWh).<br />
  50. 50. (pretty darn expensive)<br />WIND<br />PRICE<br />GAS<br />(real cheap)<br />TIME <br />(about now)<br />(couple years ago)<br />Since wind power keeps<br />getting cheaper whilst<br />gas prices keep increasing,<br />
  51. 51. GAS<br />WIND<br />(near future)<br />(end)<br />In the near future, wind power<br />could surpass gas as the<br />cheapest energy resource.<br />
  52. 52. MYTH:<br />All wind farms<br />should be at sea.<br />
  53. 53. While it is true<br />that offshore<br />wind farms are<br />more efficient,<br />
  54. 54. they’re also more<br />expensive to install,<br />
  55. 55. and take longer<br />to build.<br />
  56. 56. Haven’t<br />been<br />invented<br />yet.<br />Keep<br />dreaming.<br />Onshore <br />Wind <br />Farms<br />Cheap<br />Offshore<br />Wind<br />Farms<br />Don’t bother<br />building these<br />wind farms.<br />You probably<br />got duped.<br />Expensive<br />Low Efficiency<br />High Efficiency<br />
  57. 57. FACT.<br />THAT’S A<br />
  58. 58. MYTH:<br />
  59. 59. MYTH:<br />Wind Farms are<br />
  60. 60. MYTH:<br />Wind Farms are<br />UGLY.<br />
  61. 61.
  62. 62. FACT:<br />
  63. 63. FACT:<br />It’s an opinion.<br />
  64. 64. FACT:<br />It’s an opinion.<br />(Did that just make sense?)<br />
  65. 65. FACT:<br />Everyone is entitled to it.<br />
  66. 66. FACT:<br />Some people find it ugly, some people don’t.<br />
  67. 67. FACT:<br />Some people find it ugly, some people don’t.<br />(There’s no use arguing over it.)<br />
  68. 68. MYTH:<br />Wind farms are noisy.<br />
  69. 69. FACT:<br />The rapid growth of technology in the past decade has rendered noise from many modern wind turbines virtually “undetectable”.<br />
  70. 70. FACT:<br />Regardless of this, several laws profess extremely strict guidelines that limit wind turbine noise emissions.<br />
  71. 71. Watch this video and judge it yourself:<br />
  72. 72. Image Sources:<br /> Slide No./Description Flickr.com URL<br />1/at night/photos/donaldmacleod/4150408737/<br /> 7/reflection /photos/mattydinx/4408772572/<br /> 8/global warming /photos/softpixtechie/1838541043/<br /> 17/NOT wind power /photos/davipt/299545533/<br /> 28,29/building wind turbines /photos/grousemountain/3708328072/<br /> 40/Batman and Robin /photos/laughingsquid/55397849/<br /> 42,43/kryptonite /photos/orbitaljoe/69530536/<br /> 44,45/dollar bills /photos/amagill/3366720659/<br /> 45/coin stacks /photos/leszekleszczynski/4932860216/<br /> 47,48,49/wind energy /photos/sustainable-rural/2204304728/<br /> 48,49/coal energy /photos/fallsroad/4244882/<br /> 49/nuclear energy /photos/paul_everett82/2833551397/<br /> 52/offshore wind farm /photos/wessexarchaeology/5125528246/<br /> 61/ugly cat /photos/teddybear_crafts/1293437646/<br />

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