In it, it talks of plans where up to "7,000 turbines could be installed off the UK's coastline in a bid to boost the production of wind energy 30-fold by 2020."
Admittedly, I don't know too much about turbines, wind farms and the ilk, but I have been reading about something, that to me, seems much more simple and efficient - Geothermal Heat Pumps. Every home should have one!
Basically what happens, is you dig a big hole by your house, sink a series of pipes, commonly called a "loop," down in said hole, and then it circulates a fluid (water, or a mixture of water and antifreeze) that absorbs heat from, or relinquishes heat to, the surrounding soil, which then acts as a heat source in winter and a heat sink in summer. (You may notice, I am well versed in the art of copy/paste). Here's a visual for all you
Seems simple enough doesn't it? They seem to have been around awhile, and even factoring in the average cost of $7,500 (£3,665) per installation, I am unable to determine why they are not more popular, or prolific. If more homes had them, it would surely help relieve, if not alleviate, our huge dependency on oil - good for the country - plus it would be great for the homeowner, as it translates to hundreds of $$'s saved in heating/cooling costs over the long term.
So, my question is, why isn't this more popular? (I am specifically referring to regions where it would be feasible of course).
If you're interested, or if you know, please let me know, as I am stumped. I did look at this pdf, but frankly, it was far too
Besides, I am far more interested in your thoughts than my own most of the time:-)