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  1. #1 Wind generator on electric pylons? 
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    Is there any advantage or disadvantages to integrating a vertical axis wind generator to an electric pylon for high voltage transmision?

    Instead of having a plain pylon, you'd have a vertical axis wind generator that produces power in addition to holding electric calbles high.

    If you need a pylon anyway would it cost less to combine the two? (maybe more expensive than either but cheaper than both?) Would it interfere with the electricity being already carried?


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    I imagine there would be substantial difficulties in stepping up the generated voltage to grid levels.


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    I would have thought that having one on every pylon would be a nightmare to maintain and repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icewendigo
    Is there any advantage or disadvantages to integrating a vertical axis wind generator to an electric pylon for high voltage transmision?

    Instead of having a plain pylon, you'd have a vertical axis wind generator that produces power in addition to holding electric calbles high.

    If you need a pylon anyway would it cost less to combine the two? (maybe more expensive than either but cheaper than both?) Would it interfere with the electricity being already carried?
    Sure timber poles and trusses are proven cheap & effective, but the folks at the purse strings want futuristic stand-alone toys at any cost. So we get steel tubes and machinery engineered like aircraft.

    Ophiolite's right that tubines can't feed direct to the grid. However your scheme greatly simplifies collecting power to a station (likely at existing facility).

    LifeOnMars, I think he means the tall high voltage pylons.
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    I may be getting icewendigo's idea incorrectly, so I apologize if this is the case; the main disadvantage I see in this case is that, should the electrical turbine be damaged (spins out of control and breaks, is hit by an obstacle and is subjected to a shock that causes debris), there's a not entirely unreasonable chance of the blades cutting of the wires, which you don't want.

    See this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nSB1SdVHqQ . You don't want that to happen to an electric pylon.
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