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Thursday, March 31, 2005 | 1 Comments

Why don't they combine wind & solar power by putting solar panels on wind mills?


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Blogger Daniel Heath said...

because they would be too wonderful.

everyone would just stare

and stare

and stare


(thx for stopping by e.c.t.a.2.a.m. by the way)

March 31, 2005 11:00 PM

Blogger jenn see said...

maybe it's some strange physics thing, like the wind moves in the opposite direction of the sun due to heat convection.
or something.

April 01, 2005 2:23 PM

Anonymous dr. dave said...

Uhh... yeah... a "strange physics thing"...

Because solar panels have to face UP, and wind turbines have to face horizontally!!

April 03, 2005 7:21 AM

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April 03, 2005 1:16 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

I have seen solar panels on the flat side of buildings before, so I'm not so sure if they have to be facing up, probably better if they do. But that's still OK because the blades of the turbines do face up at an angle to catch the wind, at least those newer ones that I have seen.

April 03, 2005 1:39 PM

Anonymous dr. dave said...

ok, fine... how's this...

Wind turbine blades = thin and light

Solar panels = wide and heavy

April 03, 2005 7:45 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Yeah, that's a very good argument too Dave, but I have seen solar powered roof shingles that are the same size and thickness as roofing shingles, and said to be flexible and lightweight. I think that if they can make solar-powered roofing shingles they should be able to shingle wind turbines.

April 03, 2005 9:18 PM

Anonymous dr. dave said...

I'll try this one more time.



April 03, 2005 10:38 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

You're probably right, Dave. I guess it is just the German in me striving for ultimate efficiency.

April 03, 2005 11:03 PM

Blogger Daniel Heath said...

damn, dave, let me say this definitively: you do not have a poet's soul.

there's no call to go getting all empirical about this stuff.

just think, man. shiny. spinning.

[checks watch.]

uh oh. it's past the time when I'm allowed to leave comments in other people's blogs b/c I get unpredictable. better go...

April 06, 2005 2:16 AM

Blogger Japan Deity said...

Hmm... sound more effitient than self-recording tapes.

May 02, 2005 10:28 PM


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