Monday, April 28, 2008

Bogus Wind Generators

New Scientist [UK]
26 April 2008

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Bogus wind generators

HERE's a question that has split the New Scientist London office down the middle. Perry Bebbington writes: "I've noticed there seem to be pretend wind generators springing up at business and retail parks. At first glance they look like genuine wind generators, but what gives them away is they always turn at the same speed, even when there is no wind. Who are these companies who are pretending to be green when they are nothing of the sort?"

We consulted our colleagues about Bebbington's thesis. Several dismissed the idea out of hand, saying that to build and run pretend wind generators would be too expensive and too much trouble to be worth the bother. Others thought the idea was all too possible, comparing it to those shops and bars that falsely claim to have CCTV cameras installed. A similar split can be found on a blog on the topic at [...]