The Magic Wind Fairies
The magical wind power fairies fail, once again, to deliver on the promise.
Minnesota invested itself in alternative energy sources years ago, and so the revelation that the state spent $3.3 million on eleven wind turbines hardly qualifies as news. However, the fact that they don’t work in cold weather does. KSTP reports that none of the wind turbines work, prompting the Twin Cities ABC affiliate to dub them “no-spin zones.”
They apparently have a solution for this: heat the liquid that lubricates the turbine. One problem:
They’ll have to use either electricity or natural gas at each turbine to keep the mechanism lubricated. That will drastically reduce the net energy gain from each turbine, depending on how much heating the turbine fluid needs to stop congealing in the winter.
Once again, the lack of projected global warming screws with the poor frozen Minnesotans.