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An Average Wind Turbine Could Take A Tesla To The Sun In 3 Years

The energy generated in a year from a standard US wind turbine could lift the Empire State Building half a mile into the air or fly a loaded Boeing 747 around the world twice.

In 2018, the average wind turbine installed in the USA was 2.6 MW in capacity. Assuming that it had what is now a middling capacity factor of 40%, it could generate 9.1 GWh of electricity in a year. But what does that mean?

If we put all of that electricity into a Tesla Model S P100D, which takes about 30 kWh to travel 100 miles, we could drive approximately 30 million miles. That’s a third of the way to the sun, so it would be a three-year trip.

If we used the electricity for average US homes, which consumed an average of 10,766 kWh per year in 2016, you could provide all of the electricity for 846 homes.

If we wanted to keep outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pools in Sacramento at 84 degrees Fahrenheit, we could heat 28 of them for a year.

If we powered a giant crane to lift the Empire State building, which weighs 365,000 tons, we could lift it about half a mile into the air.

If we used the equivalent energy of jet fuel, we could fly a loaded Boeing 747 around the world twice. (Just picture that one yourself.)


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is Board Observer and Strategist for Agora Energy Technologies a CO2-based redox flow startup, a member of the Advisory Board of ELECTRON Aviation an electric aviation startup, Chief Strategist at TFIE Strategy and co-founder of distnc technologies. He spends his time projecting scenarios for decarbonization 40-80 years into the future, and assisting executives, Boards and investors to pick wisely today. Whether it's refueling aviation, grid storage, vehicle-to-grid, or hydrogen demand, his work is based on fundamentals of physics, economics and human nature, and informed by the decarbonization requirements and innovations of multiple domains. His leadership positions in North America, Asia and Latin America enhanced his global point of view. He publishes regularly in multiple outlets on innovation, business, technology and policy. He is available for Board, strategy advisor and speaking engagements.

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