Helicopter De-Icing For Wind TurbinesPosted: December 9, 2016
The energy required for a helicopter to de-ice all the blades on a wind farm must outweigh any supposed saving in CO2 by a factor of 100 or more. Notwithstanding that no wind farm has saved a gram of CO2 due to construction and the necessary spinning reserve.
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein
By Paul Homewood
h/t Joe Public
It will come as no great surprise to learn that wind turbines in cold climes have an unfortunate habit of icing up in winter!
As a consequence there is growing demand for helicopters to de-ice them, as the above video shows.
One company involved, Alpine Helicopter, describes their offer:
Airborne de-icing solution for wind turbines!
New research and field tests has made it possible to remove ice and snow from wind turbine blades without breaking the bank!
With a helicopter and hot water, Alpine Helicopter AB has made it their business idea to spray the blades rather than waiting for thaw. Until now, there has been no other alternatives than to wait for the ice to melt if the wind turbine isn’t equipped with a de-icing system. Founder Mats Widgren has developed this cost effective no chemicals solution, using regular water and a…
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