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Wind Power in Germany - The World's Tallest Wind Turbine in Gaildorf

                Your name doesn’t have to be Daniel Yergin, one of the foremost scholars in the world of energy, to know that wind power is a good thing for society. Leading the charge in both the megawatts of power generated by wind, as well as wind power installations, the United States and China continue to bring wind into the fold as a viable and clean energy resource that is not longer considered an “alternative” but very much a leading choice in today’s energy portfolio. Germany however, isn’t far behind, and is in third place in the wind “arms race”. Case in point is the country’s recent installation of the worlds tallest wind turbine. At 809 feet from the base to the tip of the blade, this behemoth in Gaildorf in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemburg is expected to power 1,000 homes with clean energy.

                Taking this wind turbine to the next level in practicality and ingenuity, wind generation at this particular site is paired with storage. Albeit an older yet effective storage system, the turbine uses pumped water storage to run the blades when wind is low or non-existent. That water is pushed from a reservoir uphill to the base of the turbine to aid in power generation. Whether there are actual constraints to wind turbine height is still up for debate but the sky still remains the limit as the technology and construction are proving capable of supporting ever greater installations. Larger wind blades translate to more consistent power and fewer gaps or downtime in generation.

                Though the population of Germany is one tenth of the Chinese Population and  one-third of the US population, the country’s manufacturing prowess and installed capacity is even more respectable. Germany is moving forward in the world of wind, and continues to do so in an exemplary way for Europe and the rest of the world to follow. 

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Robert Bullard on November 6, 2017

About 30 per cent of the wind farm sites of the US Great Plains, as well as certain other locations, have the water resource and topography suited for dual pumped hydro storage lagoons to be embedded into the farms' electrical infrastructure within 1 km of each other.

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Miklos Ferenczy on November 8, 2017

The next step in

HYDROELECTRIC POWER GENERATION

All currently existing hydroelectric power generation methods use - fully, or at least in part – the POTENTIAL ENERGY (volume) of the water.

There is no way to control (INCREASE) the velocity (speed) of the water unless we increase the height of the dam, or – for example – increase the vertical drop in case of a run-off-the-river generating station.

These kinds of “increases” are rarely possible at all, or even if physically possible, it would be so expensive that the cost makes it meaningless.

There is a recent Canadian innovation that makes it possible to fully control (increase or decrease) the velocity of the water at will, and doing so in an absolutely economical way.

This innovation utilizes KINETIC ENERGY (SPEED) instead of POTENTIAL ENERGY (VOLUME) of the water.As laws of physics go:   KE = (m*v2) / 2 

KE = the energy of motion, or as officially called: KINETIC ENERGY.

 m = mass/volume.

 V = velocity/speed

MEANING

-       water running with double speed would pull through the penfold double volume of water.

·               this would generate 8 (EIGHT) times more torque on the turbine in the form of kinetic energy.

-       even if we draw just the same volume of water, but with double speed –

·               we generate 4 (FOUR) times more electric power – and we need a much smaller penstock.

Or, playing with the numbers a bit more:

-       half water volume with double speed

·               generates 2 (TWO) times more energy

-       quarter water volume with double speed

·               generates the same energy.

It is evident what effect this innovation will bring to the hydroelectric generation world if we increase the speed of water – say: 5 (FIVE) times.

Do we have an opportunity now to get rid of the huge water dams and reservoirs?

-       We will see!

The higher speed of water is achieved WITHOUT any additional energy input, just by utilizing the gravity induced cohesion forces.

Science knows and understands it fully.

It doesn’t need any additional financial resources to utilize it.

It is there for us in nature everywhere, just we did not use it for hydroelectric power generation purpose until now.

This new generation method can be utilized

-       at already existing power stations as upgrades,

-       at new installations,

-       or even at currently non-powered dams.

This new method is not causing any visual or environmental impact.

As a consequence - the political, legal, or civilian resistance against construction will be nearly non-existent.

Therefore, we can substantially increase the generating capacity:

-       without any large additional investment,

-       without any additional water volume requirement, à EVEN SAVING WATER!!!

-       without disturbing the natural environment.

Due to the above facts, many sites previously considered being unfit for hydroelectric generation purpose, now come up as very potential opportunities.

For further information contact:  cohesionhydro@gmail.com

Miklos Ferenczy's picture
Miklos Ferenczy on October 2, 2018

There is an innovation of a totally new method to generate electric energy by hydro power, called: COHESION BASED HYDROELECTRIC POWER

Information is officially published on the Canadian patent office web site. 

Please read the publication introducing that new hydrogeneration method in details which:

  • doesn’t need any dam,
  • can be utilized at almost any location where some water is available,
  • doing so without any disturbance to the natural environment,
  • requiring much less financial investment and time to build,
  • requiring much less water than the currently existing hydro plants.

 

The link to the publication of that patent application by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is:

http://www.ic.gc.ca/opic-cipo/cpd/eng/search/number.html

1/ type or copy to the “PATENT NUMBER” field:  2,978,935

2/ click “VIEW DATA” 

… and there you are at the Canadian Patent Office with all the official information what is available.