25 Sep 2009
Well if the only engineers who came actually be trusted ? to do the job, come from overseas - who is going to "train" the trainees ?. I was lucky-enuf to get a first class training from SERC, and the UKAEA - but that was back in the 60's !! I spent most of my working life 80's to '06 "unemployed".
During some of that time - about '86 t0 '06 - I researched and built a prototype wind Turbine-Alternator device - TAD. This turned-out - eventually ! - to work about as well as is physically possible, readily returning - as it does - around 5% p.a. of its cost. This is about 40 times the return from current government investment. There are two simple (but not to find !) reasons for this disparity, all of which I have informed DECC, DtI etc. Etc. There has been no comment - but to send me on a i'net chase around their joke websites looking for "funding" - from any of it.
"Modern windfarms" - as they like to think of them - are in fact a whole new "industry". It's the Energy Laundering industry, and so long as Fossil and Nuclear power sprouts bountifully - and Joe Public knows no better - it' will do very well.