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Re: Re: Summary A
Timothy van der Linden
> >>Yes, I meant fusion. What kind of health problems does renewable energy
> >>have? Are solar-panels also dangerous?
> >Mainly industrial accident problems. Solar especially causes a lot of
> >induystrial accident per amount of power since its a lot of little
> >distributed systems.
> What kind of accidents should I think of? Exploding batteries,
> electrical shortcuts?
Normal stuff, falls, smashing glass, electrical shorts, etc... Solar
requires a lot of hands on work out of doors. It has one of the highest
labor overhead rates of major power systems. So a lot of folks get hurt. I
think about 10-20 times as much as coal or nukes. Also solar has thermal
polution problems. But no more than most old style power systems. Well and
a very high expence, but thats not what we were talking about.
> >Renewable is a grab bag term. So the problems would depend on the system.
> > Bio mass obviously would take up a lot of land and have ecological
> >and polution effects from burning. Wind and tide systems tend to chew up
> >animals that get in the way and take up a lot of relestate, and of course
> >have cronic relyabilty problems (you ever try to schedule a selected wind
> Now I see what you mean, but how many animals would be
> killed by pollution caused by dirty-energy?
So don't use dirt, thou I suppose it (coal) is ironically the one most likly
to get past political problems. In my old neighbor hood in Wisconson the
folks chased out a Nuke in favor of a coal plant and thought themselves real
> I also heard that the number of birds killed by wind-mills
> does depend very much on where those mills are. It seems
> that birds have very distinct flying routes (downto 100
> metres accurate).
I heard they like to hang out in tracks with strong favorable winds.
unfortunatly thats the only place you can put a wind turbine.