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    Hayate Yagami

    Putting a wind turbine system on the top of transmission tower will exert considerable rotation moment on the base of the tower, trying to topple it over.  The tower design would have to be considerably modified to enable the tower to resist those forces, which makes it less than a zero-cost option from the transmission engineers viewpoint.  Further, the wind generators would not be producing power at the same voltage as was being transmitted on the tower, so transformers would need to be mounted on each tower to boost the generated voltage to equal the transmission voltage.  It would seem that everything done to adapt the wind generator increases mass at the position on the tower which exerts the most moment on the tower.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:35:13 PM PST

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