Nuclear Power Vs Wind Power

Nuclear Power Vs Wind Power

Can Wind Power ever compete with Nuclear Power?
To answer this question, we will identify the current technologies used in both energy markets,
and then compare the power capacity numbers, land utilization (Megawatts per acre), and
installation dollars associated with both.

*NOTE: When comparing the two technologies we are only evaluating power outcomes. Factors such as
environmental impact, risk assessment to the public, and others are not part of this post.
NUCLEAR POWER is basically a steam engine process. Nuclear energy heats water converting it
into steam, then the steam drives a steam turbine/generator. Nuclear power is a baseline
electrical source, meaning it provides power 24/7. However, it does not respond quickly to load
changes on the grid.

Therefore, supplemental power is required.

In the late 1960s, Westinghouse and GE commercialized a nuclear power plant with a capacity of
1,000 Megawatt. To achieve this goal the plant required 1.3 sq. miles or 800

acres of land, not including the water area for cooling.

So, the land utilization = 1,000 Megawatts divided by 800 Acers which nets 1.25 MW per acre.

WIND POWER is currently supplied by Wind Turbines. In 1987, wind power took a leap when
NASA (Boeing) developed a 3.2 Megawatt Wind Turbine. Fast forward to 2009, wind farms came into vogue. Cliff Etheredge, a cotton farmer, spearheaded the first large wind farm in Roscoe, Texas. The Roscoe

Wind Farm consists of 634 (1 MW) Wind Turbines. As of 2019, there are approximately 54,000
Wind Turbines in the USA and 350,000 worldwide.

Wind Turbines need 50 acres per Megawatt for wind force to recover before striking the next
Turbine. Therefore the land utilization equals one Megawatt divided by 50 acres, netting 0.02MW (20 Kilo Watts) per acre.

The land utilization remains constant, independent of the Turbine’s Megawatt rating. The bigger the Turbine the more land required. SEE OUR UPCOMING BLOG “Is Bigger Better?” for a deeper understanding.

Back to our original question: “Can Wind Power ever compete with Nuclear Power?” Based on the above chart, the answer is NO.

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE for wind power to compete with nuclear power? Instead of one rotor area, what if wind turbines had 8 rotor areas with 8 generators?

If this design were possible, then a 2 MW wind turbine would grow to 8 times or 16 MW of power. That would be 16 MW over 100 acers increasing the MW per acre from 0.02 MW to 0.16 MW per acre. Nuclear, at 1.25 MW per acre, still outpaces Wind.

Now consider an additional advancement; instead of requiring 100 acres (space to recover the wind force) per wind turbine; what if it only required 10 acres? That equals 10 x 0.16 MW, netting a 1.6 MW per acre. That’s a 28% increase over Nuclear Power’s 1.25 MW per acre.

Unfortunately, this design is not possible due to the torque forces, wind spacing requirement, and other mechanical limitations.


Welcome to 3D Wind Power

3D Wind Power makes it possible to compete with Nuclear Power by applying the basic concepts from “WHAT WOULD IT TAKE” more: rotors, generators and a reduced wind recovery area. 3D Wind Technology has several focus points to improve Wind Turbines, among these, are:

3D electrical output, at 50 mph winds, is projected at 16 Megawatts on 10 acres. This produces a land utilization of 1.6 Megawatts per acre.

Land Utilization and Cost of Installation

Apart from not being a (24/7) electrical source, 3D Wind Power can out produce a Nuclear Power plant on an equivalent acreage of land. The cost of achieving 1,000 Megawatts is where 3D Wind Power separates itself from nuclear. 3D Wind Power is a novel concept in wind harvesting; developed by George A. Spencer at GSharpLabs.

There is a clear path for a 3D Windmill to become a (24/7) electrical power source, even when the wind is not blowing.

George A. Spencer
Athens, Texas
Home Town: Vian, Oklahoma
Call: 512 417 4674