Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tilting at Windmills - 2013

Almost as quietly as the turn of the blades on a windmill the growth of this alternative energy source moves forward. If you are an investor in nuclear energy you won't find wind power an imaginary foe.

In news recently released wind power expanded by almost twenty percent in 2012 worldwide. It is a viable alternative. You can read the full story from The Guardian Wind Power Capacity Grew 20% Globally in 2012
"Global installed wind power capacity grew by nearly 20% in 2012 to reach 282 gigawatts, the Global Wind Energy Council reported. The U.S. and China installed the most with 13 GW apiece, followed by Germany, India and the U.K. with about 2 GW each, GWEC said. China has the most installed wind power capacity at 77 GW, followed by the U.S. with 60 GW, the council said."

From Wikipedia - Tilting at Windmills:

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, "Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless."
"What giants?" asked Sancho Panza.
"Those you see over there," replied his master, "with their long arms. Some of them have arms well nigh two leagues in length."
"Take care, sir," cried Sancho. "Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone."
—Part 1, Chapter VIII. Of the valourous Don Quixote's success in the dreadful and never before imagined Adventure of the Windmills, with other events worthy of happy record.

1 comment:

  1. I read lots of science news sites. There's some terrific progress to report in several areas. Solar panels are really coming along and it seems that splitting water to produce hydrogen will be doable in the near future. Plus, they're coming up with ways to store it safely. We will find a clean source of energy. But will we ruin the planet in the meantime with our hunger for faster cars and endless supplies of meat? Sadly, I think we will.