Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Secrets Revealed About The UK's Biggest Onshore Wind Farm - Criminal Levels Of Environmental Impact!

The topography of the area is of a relatively flat plateau with occasional hills rising above the flatter plateau landmass, all of which is overlain with deep peat, in some places reaching down past 8 meters. 

On top of this is found a mixture of plants that are specialised in living in the low nutrient peat environment and which give the area its distinctive appearance.

One further factor had to come into play for the peat to form of course - a high rainfall (oceanic) climate. This coupled with the underlying geology of Whitelee meant that blanket bog formed over the scarred hills.

No-one knows exactly when blanket bogs began to form but its accepted that it was somewhere between 6000 and 9000 years ago.
Whitelee Landscape



"...With the current windfarm covering 78 km²..."
But 59 such wind farms are required to deliver the same amount of [Intermittent] electricity as the [24/7] electricity delivered by Hinkley Point C

59 x 78 km² = 4,602 km²

"...The topography of the area is of a relatively flat plateau with occasional hills rising above the flatter plateau landmass, all of which is overlain with deep peat, in some places reaching down past 8 meters. On top of this is found a mixture of plants that are specialised in living in the low nutrient peat environment and which give the area its distinctive appearance..."

  • A windfarm constructed sympathetically on peat can produce a positive CO2 return within 3 years of operation. If however the windfarm is poorly built, the CO2 payback can take 30 years - longer than the lifespan of the windfarm
  • About 70% of the roads at Whitelee are built using floating road construction methods because of the deep and sometimes fluid peat
  • 900 hectares of non-native conifer plantation was removed as part of the development of Phase-1 of the windfarm - around 2.25 million trees
  • Deepest peat encountered was 7m. Average peat depth was 3.3m
  • Approximately 850,000m3 of peat excavated and spread

At 7:29, a walk through Whitelee Windfarm and a description of peat removal.

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"...No-one knows exactly when blanket bogs began to form but its accepted that it was somewhere between 6000 and 9000 years ago..."

6,000 to 9,000 years of carbon storage - then it's all released for 20 years [less *unknown* years of carbon payback] of dribbling quantities of intermittent electricity !
  1. *unknown* - because it's modelled and never measured to get actual figures !







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