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Wind turbine size comparison: Scotland, U.K.Height of wind turbines proposed for the Hill of Fare in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, compared with well known structures - from Nae Fare
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Kouloubakhata (Crazy)We did it! We saved the environment! From Wind Watch Greece
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Ontario electricity supply, 2-7 November 2023This graph from IESO, captured by Parker Gallant, shows the electricity supply in Ontario from 2 to 7 November 2023, clearly showing that as the wind dies, natural gas fills in - wind: green; gas; blue; hydro; light blue; nuclear: orange
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Wind turbine size comparisonWind turbine size comparison - from National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Mount Emerald, Queensland, Australia: time in 2022 at different output rangesSteven Nowakowski of Rainforest Reserves Australia collected 2022 5-minute output data for the 180-MW Mount Emerald wind energy facility in Queensland, Australia. The average output was 26.8% of capacity - generating at or above that rate of 48.3 MW only 40% of the time. The median output was 18.1% of capacity (meaning that half the time it was generating less than 32.6 MW.
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Wind Isn’t WorkingWind Isn’t Working - cartoon by Josh
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Land use requirements for different electricity generatorsThese land requirements include all mining, waste storage, grid connections, drilling, and pipelines - from The Washington Post, May 10, 2023, ”We need an area the size of Texas for wind and solar”
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Minerals used in different transport and power generation technologiesComparison of minerals used in different transport and power generation technologies - International Energy Association, “The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions” (2021) - note that the comparison of power generation is by installed rated capacity, not by lifetime (or even annual) delivery of actual energy
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Hours of generation by Lista wind plant, NorwayHistogram of hours generating at each 3.8-MW range, from 0 to maximum 71.3 – 2022, Lista wind energy facility, 31 × 2.3-MW Siemens SWT-93 wind turbines: Average annual output ~26.9 MW – at or above that rate only ~44% of the time
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Correlation between wind/solar use and electricity priceCorrelation between per-capita wind plus solar generation and household electricity price by country - Europe, 2018 - graph from Grant Chalmers
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Seasonal generation by source and total consumptionSeasonal electricity generation by source and total consumption in USA, 2022, relative to their respective January values - notable mismatch of wind and demand - graph from the Brookings Institution
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Save Our Seas - artwork by Marion ChapmanSave Our Seas - artwork by Marion Chapman, Australia, who has donated it for the use of campaigners worldwide - PDF: https://static.wind-watch.org/SaveOurSeas.pdf
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