How wind energy creates more dependence on fossil fuels

Truth has a habit of emerging from unexpected places. An article in the Daily Kos about the desire to end dependence on fossil fuels for energy needs reveals a “nasty little secret” about wind energy: It relies on fossil fuels. That’s a message wind energy opponents in Michigan have been trying to get across to the news media and the public over the past few years.

The article is part of a series titled “Getting to Zero,” by Keith Pickering, and is written with the premise that global warming is a dire and immediate threat. It states, “If civilization is to survive, we need to get to zero emission of fossil carbon, and we need to get there rapidly.” Overall it paints a pessimistic portrait of efforts to reduce carbon emissions from human sources. (Source: Read more)

Ontario: Canadian Nuclear Association Comes Out Swinging at Industrial Wind Industry (Finally)

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I’m green and you’re not.

​The battle to be embraced as the best environmental choice for Ontario’s electricity supply is getting down and dirty.

Fed up with the wind farm sector enjoying what it considers an undeserved reputation as a pristine energy supplier, Canada’s nuclear industry has launched a public relations assault against wind.

“Wind power isn’t as clean as its supporters have claimed. It performs unreliably and needs backup from gas, which emits far more greenhouse gas than either wind or nuclear power,” said Dr. John Barrett, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, in an email to The Free Press. (Source: Read more)

Maintaining Turbine Efficiency: Guarding against premature wear

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Pre-filtering the hydraulic fluid, lube oils, and coolant before employing them in a turbine is key, as this removes any contamination (the most damaging being 10 microns to submicron), which are inherent in new fluids.

Black Powder, for example, is a hard contaminant that occurs from bacterial and chemical corrosion of the carbon steel pipeline wall. Moisture is the catalyst that creates this corrosion, and the result is the production of iron sulfides and iron oxides in different forms. Black Powder is extremely corrosive, causing damage by seizing valves and damaging the gearbox and a turbine’s components.

In fact, contamination below 10 microns in size has been identified as the leading cause of premature wear in turbine components. With advancements in manufacturing and engineering of turbine equipment, the tolerances of hydraulics and gearboxes have been tightened to sub-micron levels. This increases the need for filtration that offers the ability to remove contamination down to this level. (Source: Read more)