Salient White Elephant

April 20, 2009

Éole Darrieus Wind Turbine, Cap-Chat, Québec, Canada

I am so glad I visited this machine! It’s amazing how much you learn by actually standing next to the turbine, getting to look at it, and struggling to comprehend its formidable mass, as well as the nearly incomprehensible idea that this thing actually rotated… pumpin’ out a slapsnoggerin’ 3.8 megawatts! One look at this turbine and I realized that some of the “best” ideas I posted to this blog are not even close to feasible. And two minutes later I realized how to change the same ideas to give them a second shot at being viable. This is the magic of collaboration… nothing else can take its place.

 

 

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Éole, guy wire

 

 

 

 

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I was looking for a bolt like this at Home Depot the other day, but they didn’t have it in stock:

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The turbine was so big I just couldn’t seem to get the whole thing from up close:

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Official Éole Wind Turbine Web Site

Official Éole Wind Turbine Web Site

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