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There's a tradition in the wind industry that turbine demonstrations aimed specifically at securing the next stage of investment often fail.

Original case in point: the first test for investors of the initial commercial machine in amurka. The chief designer told the CEO and Board that the turbine wasn't ready. He was overruled, of course. The investors came and the turbine started up.

No cars were hit and there were no injuries as a blade sailed over the highway outside of Boston.

The investment deal was of course oversubscribed.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 5th, 2011 at 07:11:18 AM EST
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Sway said the test turbine, which was launched early this year, was only designed for a maximum wave height of 4 metres. Data collected by NREL showed wave heights of 6.3 metres.
According to the company, a full-size version of the model would be able to withstand wave heights below 26 metres.
That storm was the strongest I've experienced in 7 years in Norway, blowing down trees and utility poles on my sheltered inland road.
by Andhakari on Tue Dec 6th, 2011 at 06:10:02 AM EST
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