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Subject:  Re: home-based wind turbines Date:  5/17/2010  12:58 PM
Author:  EngineerPaul Number:  17522 of 18339

"I'm just thinking about the future. What if we had a world without wires or cables or pipelines? Am i a little too much Star Trek here, or could this be possible?"

It isn't entirely impossible, but you will always have three challenges:

1. Economies of scale often favor large installations over smaller ones.
2. Many people don't have the time, the physical ability, or technical inclination to maintain their own generation system.
3. Many areas are not favorable to 24-hour/day generation, or even dependable 12-hour/day generation.

For all those reasons, having a cable attached to your house seems like a long-term reality, IMO, for the majority of people.
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