England: Our windmills are bloody enormous!

huge windmill

The Guardian reports on a new horizontal axis windmill, that promises to help the UK satisfy its ambitious wind goals.

These are still on the drawing board, but are the latest in an attempt to create bigger and less maintenance-intensive windmills. This design is smart as it places moving parts at the bottom, rather than the top. Who really wants to do maintenance 144 meters above the North Sea? Add to the fact the the size means they generate roughly three times the power of a traditional wind turbine.

We think they’re pretty awesome. Who knows whether they’ll get over recent NATO concerns about wind farms and Radar.

Photo courtesy Grimshaw Architects

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  1. simon watson - February 6, 2008

    Simon , did yo spot this ? Tony

  2. Rob - February 6, 2008

    They also have the benefit that their maximum velocity is windspeed, rather than windmill blade tips which can be going much faster. This makes them less likely to harm things flying into them, and I believe it reduces the noise.