RE: question about wind turbine tower design
Stanton, Thomas S (DLEG)
Mar 30, 2005 06:32 PST
Daniel and all:
My understanding is that lattice towers have been abandoned by utility-scale wind generator developers for a variety of reasons, including the potential attraction of birds to nest on the lattice structure. I doubt that's because of any definitive engineering constraint (i.e., whether a lattice tower can be made capable of supporting the weight of a large nacelle), but it does seem to be fait accompli. Lattice towers still might be employed for small-scale wind generators, though. I'll copy John Dunlop and Larry Flowers, and we'll see what those experts have to say.
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Subject: [Delphi] question about wind turbine tower design
I have been reviewing the responses to the Wildlife first survey and the
participants brought up several interesting questions which I will include
in the next round.
Naturally, one of the questions asked was, "Should we prohibit lattice
towers?" But before I add this question to the second round, I want to
verify something I think I heard in the Wind Working Group.
Is it true that lattice towers can NOT support the weight of 1.5 MW or
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