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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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