The Glaring Engineering Mistake That Made Wind Turbines Inefficient | Massive Engineering Mistakes

Scientists and engineers detail the glaring mistake that rendered wind farms inefficient and costly.

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  1. S1nwar


    18 klukkustundum síðan

    you got a giant moving thing. you gotta replace some stuff. whats with the dramatic tone?

  2. mokopa


    Degi Síðan síðan

    An intentional unintended pun notwithstanding; I've never been a fan of wind power. The wind carries motion, cold or warmth, moisture or dryness, dust, salts, seeds, spore and the wings of creatures. It is an intimate part of Nature and our gigantic efforts to interrupt that will not benefit us, nor Nature, in the long run. Solar is much better, but nuclear is the only thing that makes sense. Fission technology of today will lead to the cold fusion tech of tomorrow.

  3. Scott Hyde

    Scott Hyde

    Degi Síðan síðan

    They never mentioned how the blades explode birds.many a seagull have disintegrated midair. All they gotta do is reinforce the wing edge with sum al-u-min-ee-um.or just go nuclear. Virtue signaling green scam artists.

  4. Luke Partington

    Luke Partington

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Absolutely useless video with a click bait title. I’ll save you 7 minutes of your life and tell you that wind borne dust is eroding the turbine blades sooner than expected, and there is no solution yet.

  5. uriituw


    4 dögum síðan

    All this due to people being afraid of nuclear.

  6. Quote Me Not

    Quote Me Not

    5 dögum síðan

    Fossil fuel is the way forward, cheap reliable and maintenance free.

  7. Private Private

    Private Private

    5 dögum síðan

    How would the protective film that i often installed on the edge of helicopter blades to stop sand errosion work in this application? Have a safe and nice day all. CHEERS from AUSTRALIA.

  8. woodscraft Lindsay

    woodscraft Lindsay

    6 dögum síðan

    It's like a airplane wing eage how thay do it went with bolt on Edges Aluminum is lighter than fiberglass stronger more durable and some plastic and carbon fiber

  9. donald drechsler

    donald drechsler

    7 dögum síðan

    One of the dumbest ways to produce electricity.

  10. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane

    7 dögum síðan

    All they need is to mix Bondo with the fiberglass for added strength and paint it like a car. If that doesn't work, use a bunch of duck tape. The one with the duck on it.

  11. Hermann Rochholz

    Hermann Rochholz

    7 dögum síðan

    If you go to 0:35 there is dirt at the pressure side in the root redion - this is a massive engineering mistake.

  12. Patrick Sweeney

    Patrick Sweeney

    8 dögum síðan

    In a nutshell... "We forgot about abrasion."

  13. KagomeMorino


    11 dögum síðan

    “It’s amazing that these tiny pieces of dirt can effect these giant machines.” Did no one really think about this...I mean we actually use sand blasting to take off rust and other things all the time...even a power washer can cut threw wood and metal if your not carful.

  14. Cosmonauteable


    11 dögum síðan

    wow, no engineer would have ever seen this coming! They never studied materials or physics!!

  15. Marc wire

    Marc wire

    11 dögum síðan

    this problem was already solved on helicopter rotor blades, but they will spend stupid money to reinvent the wheel

  16. tom jefferson

    tom jefferson

    12 dögum síðan

    Environmental nightmare, junk science, union job boondoggle

  17. jim mayors

    jim mayors

    13 dögum síðan

    Notice there aren't any of these wind turbines anywhere near the big wigs homes who vote to have them installed?? Stupidest things ever invented! Inefficient, ugly, environmentally unfriendly to wildlife, ineffective. We insist our cellphone companies disguise their little towers as trees, or blend in with the scenery.... then create these giant eyesores



    14 dögum síðan

    Do-h! If only the engineers looked at an old wooden propeller from an older aeroplane they would see the leading edge has a metal cladding that protects the wooden propeller from erosion by dirt and sand in the air. Typical hubris from an ‘environmentalist’ engineer trying to save the earth and being high on their own farts as they do it !

  19. Madvlo


    14 dögum síðan

    06:00 dont forget the birds .

  20. Jason King

    Jason King

    14 dögum síðan

    The glaring Trial and error? Keep at it?

  21. hipa90


    15 dögum síðan

    On non-windy days they should reverse the process and have them actually make wind. You know, so they can, umm, ................

  22. Paul Reynolds (locodriver65)

    Paul Reynolds (locodriver65)

    19 dögum síðan

    What are these things doing to global weather patterns, you don't something for nowt?????

  23. MIKE Mike

    MIKE Mike

    20 dögum síðan

    i feel like 100 smaller turbines would be better than 10 gigantic ones

  24. Robert Moore

    Robert Moore

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Bunch of junk that's making scenery ugly. I hate these wind generators. They are contaminating the soil around them with tons of oil the leak onto the ground.

  25. Exal


    24 dögum síðan

    What a worthless 8 minutes of my life

  26. Justin Deming

    Justin Deming

    24 dögum síðan

    Impregnate the resin with silica carbide, you morons; problem is you've got engineers trying to figure out application issues which you remedy by consulting people in the reinforced plastics industry not some idiot that went to school so long they no longer understand how to use a screwdriver

  27. Samsung s7

    Samsung s7

    25 dögum síðan

    Wind energy is scam.

  28. Peace & Quiet

    Peace & Quiet

    27 dögum síðan

    Plastic caps? Aluminum caps?decrease the size?

  29. j b

    j b

    27 dögum síðan

    Just like covid19 it's all about the marketing of it!

  30. jon jon

    jon jon

    28 dögum síðan

    Helicopter blades have always exprienced this problem... Perhaps tidal lagoons could be more `eco` need for batteries, simply store the water until powr is needed.QED. I know several people who maintain wind turbines, on land a nightmare, offshore even worse. Tidal barriers, longer life than Nuclear, easier to maintain than wind brainer IMO.

  31. Simple Things

    Simple Things

    Mánuði síðan

    March 2021. Wind turbines going up everywhere in central Texas 😁

  32. Michael Hingle

    Michael Hingle

    Mánuði síðan

    Aether Energy Source for Replacing Big, Dangerous, Smelly, Unhealthy, Expensive Batteries. Excerpts from the book - "Secrets of Cold War Technology" by Gerry Vassilatos (pages 86-93) : Mr. Savo reported that in 1931, he participated in an experiment involving etheric power. He was asked to accompany his uncle, Nikola Tesla, on a long train ride to Buffalo. Taken into a small garage, Dr. Tesla walked directly to a Pierce Arrow, opened the hood and began making a few adjustments. In place of an internal combustion engine, there was an AC motor. From it trailed two very thick cables, which were connected to a terminal in the dashboard. Here, Tesla plugged in a shoe box sized "Black Box". In addition, there was a single ordinary 12-Volt battery. Dr. Tesla informed his nephew that the device could not only supply the needs of the car forever, but could also supply the needs of a household "with power to spare". Of the motive source, he referred to "a mysterious radiation, which comes out of the aether" and "it is available in limitless quantities". - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > 50 years ago, famous physicist Richard Feynman said : The vacuum of “empty space” appears to be an energy reservoir of immense capacity that makes nuclear power seem old fashioned. The amount of energy available in one cubic centimeter of the vacuum (ambient space) is much greater than the energy density in an atomic nucleus.

  33. Arckitekt


    Mánuði síðan

    Bladeless wind turbines

  34. William Martin

    William Martin

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  35. The_Expidition


    Mánuði síðan

    This was done on purpose so it can (cycle)

  36. IngeniousOutdoors


    Mánuði síðan

    "They need a solution and fast" uh...make the whole thing the same but put a thin, stainless steel sheet metal cap over the leading edge? This isnt rocket science guys ffs.

  37. Jack Mitchelles

    Jack Mitchelles

    Mánuði síðan

    #fuckwindandsolar #gonuclear

  38. hatchbackhound


    Mánuði síðan

    Here in Washington State we have been feed bull. The overall cost and longevity of these wind turbines are a joke. I have personally talked with contractors working on turbines, having to replace blades and engines after only 2 years when they were to last over 8 years. This is even more evident when you think how they need to be serviced with multiple cranes, helicopters, and dozens of men. Then there is that we don't make the blades. They are made in china by companies that change hands so often that no recourse can be had.

  39. Bernard


    Mánuði síðan

    Why the dislike?

  40. fanobennemsi


    Mánuði síðan

    Discovery is really substandard. Totally manipulated - a psychological brainwashing factory.

  41. Tyler Johnson

    Tyler Johnson

    Mánuði síðan

    This video blockaded bullshit. Its like blow job but with a rubber on

  42. K9


    Mánuði síðan

    I would think after having observed decades of airplane wings traveling at speeds much higher than 150 mph that would provide some level of insight into the longevity of windmill blades.

  43. Joe Cummings

    Joe Cummings

    Mánuði síðan

    The lady claims that damage can change the speed and produce less power. They're AC alternator they have a synchronous speed. Credibility destroyed



    Mánuði síðan

    Ah yes the 'Free energy', leading the charge as the number 1 bird slaughterer lmao

  45. O.Garcia Garcia

    O.Garcia Garcia

    Mánuði síðan

    The propaganda of wind turbines Watch the Michael Moore documentary Planet of the Humans . You decide if these wind turbines are actually helping the environment? Take ir from me ex wind technician who no longer wants anything to do with that industry I don't care how much they offer me the answer will always be NO!!! Time to fix that huge problem the wind industry is hiding from.everybody

  46. My Fortress Construction

    My Fortress Construction

    Mánuði síðan

    "But if they're not turning, they're worthless." Excuse me sir, but you have a couple of turbines that aren't turning, and Discovery says they are therefore worthless. So I'm going to do you a favor and "recycle" them onto my property as "art".

  47. mj ph

    mj ph

    Mánuði síðan

    Please stop using the word catastrophic just to make everything seem more dangerous than it is. I've seen multiple engineering videos from discovery and nat geo where almost "everything" are deemed "catatrophic" and fast tempo music is added willy nilly.

  48. Kris Brooks

    Kris Brooks

    Mánuði síðan

    "renewable" energy

  49. Pat


    Mánuði síðan

    They should use leaf to make blade

  50. Jorge Gomez

    Jorge Gomez

    Mánuði síðan

    who could have thought the weather would damage the blades. Really? Doesn’t these people never seen the rocks at the coast?

  51. Mark Turner

    Mark Turner

    Mánuði síðan

    Thanks for making this video accessible... I'm severely hard of hearing therefore have no idea what is being said. It's not difficult to add subtitles

  52. Jerk


    Mánuði síðan

    Nah, its wont matter how well your blades are crafted. Not only do humans not have any viable method of creating the "battery" banks required for wind power, but its just one of the worst and earliest ideas.

  53. Don Don

    Don Don

    Mánuði síðan

    Running antirenewable crap wont make me not about renewables energy.

  54. J D

    J D

    Mánuði síðan

    Carbon fiber shielding with a spray on plastic/rubber chemical coating for impacts and weathering

  55. Chris Hanna

    Chris Hanna

    Mánuði síðan

    "Renewable energy IS the future" I mean, not really

  56. The93vigor


    Mánuði síðan

    They are all junk and should be band! Way better technology out there

  57. hill billy

    hill billy

    Mánuði síðan

    “ as materials became lighter and stronger “ ? Lol 😂 Let’s explain fiberglass and aluminum , no one has seen that for the last 60 years People figured out to use sheet metal on wood props leading edge 100 years ago 🙄 , That’s a big oopsi on the wind turbine 10-4 good buddy

  58. sportster davidson

    sportster davidson

    Mánuði síðan

    Once again lets make something and when it fails we abandon it , there are tons of wind farms just left to rot ,non functioning all over the states and companies have just walked away and left the problem to the land owners . Politition making deals with companies and leaving the people with the bill seems to be the amarican way now ...

  59. valgov3001


    Mánuði síðan

    All weather fighters solved leading edge erosion issue decades ago. Does nobody in the wind turbine use rain/dust erosion mitigation? Or is this just showing a solved problem as intransigent to dissuade people from wind energy? Seems fishy to me.

  60. Pablo 596

    Pablo 596

    Mánuði síðan

    The solution is simple... Nuclear energy

  61. William Dukes

    William Dukes

    Mánuði síðan

    I wish they could just discuss a topic without using annoying music and annoyingly dramatic voice-overs and annoying editing to build tension like a dang reality show. I pretty much quit watching anything from cable tv because of that.

  62. zenair zodiac

    zenair zodiac

    Mánuði síðan

    What are all these wind farms doing to global weather patterns. You don't get power for nothing?????

  63. Cary


    Mánuði síðan

    Perhaps it would be advantageous to place thin layer hard material on the leading edge of the blade that is more resistant to abrasion. Maybe a layer of hard ceramic or a corrosion resistant metal. This would add cost to the manufacturing of each blade, but it might increase the longevity of them enough to be economically viable.

  64. Pedro Carmona

    Pedro Carmona

    Mánuði síðan

    Son una porquería . en México las corrieron a las españolas por q. La generaban por ejemplo. Costo por hora. 500 pesos La cfe de México. Costo por hora 50 pesos. No es rentable. Q paso en Texas. Ya las corrieron. Por ineptas

  65. Shane


    Mánuði síðan

    I know exactly how to solve this issue! This isn't rocket science. Make the leading edges out of Nokia 3310's.

  66. heyrod59


    Mánuði síðan

    Yet Amazon plans to invest millions of dollars into wind farms in the US and worldwide. Somehow I don't see it as a viable solution to the world's needs for sustainable energy, especially if this is an ongoing issue for which a remedy has yet to be found......

  67. Daniel patrulei

    Daniel patrulei

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  68. Nick Belt

    Nick Belt

    Mánuði síðan

    Those bird beaks take a heavy toll on the blades.

    • Erik Hartog

      Erik Hartog

      Mánuði síðan

      About ten birds per year per windmill, and that's the most pessimistic estimate.

  69. bfarm44


    Mánuði síðan

    Not one single wind turbine has ever produced enough energy to offset its costs. Wing energy is a complete lie

  70. Nahng


    Mánuði síðan

    So any informative show has to have the narrator and "experts" talk down to the audience in a way that makes them feel stupid without flat-out calling the viewer stupid? These experts don't even seem to really understand the full scope just reading the script, while you pay some guy that has a horrible stutter to pretend he makes fiberglass turbine blades.

  71. Pablo Arbelo

    Pablo Arbelo

    Mánuði síðan

    ugh, i can't with these over the top documentaries. The engineers never claim that something is maintenance free you morons. They "just" understimated the life expectancy of the blades, they will work on it and fix it. Can't you just go straight to the point? Its honestly cringeworthy

  72. Jooched


    Mánuði síðan

    If the narrator sounds like a V8, you know you´re watching the wrong channel.

  73. Kliman Khmeron

    Kliman Khmeron

    Mánuði síðan

    Another flaw, the EV cars after severe accident you need tons of water to stop batteries get back into flames. This makes the green energy not green at all.

  74. Kliman Khmeron

    Kliman Khmeron

    Mánuði síðan

    I like how they had the american side pronounce Turbine properly, not as Turbeen

    • toomanyaccounts


      Mánuði síðan

      Brits speak as someone with a speech impedient when pronouncing words from another language. Carbine as in vine since it is French

  75. Aren Sereathy

    Aren Sereathy

    Mánuði síðan

    Relatively inefficient exorbitantly expensive to build and maintain requires large numbers and produces energy only in prime conditions that must be used as soon as its produced. Oh and it’s a massive bird blender that can turn a migratory flock into fertilizer. The future is now!

  76. Mr D

    Mr D

    Mánuði síðan

    Couldn't these be covered with sleeves? easier to replace. Any counter thoughts? anyone!

  77. avi8r66


    Mánuði síðan

    this feels like it was written for an audience of 1st grade kids.

  78. Prime Technophilia

    Prime Technophilia

    Mánuði síðan

    They should do a sand blaster test, whatever blade material survives wins. Fibreglass and epoxy, lmao, terrible...

  79. D


    Mánuði síðan

    Discovery UK please stop editing like youre 12 transported to 2021 from 2002. Everything else is good quality except that it makes it hard to watch these and the dislikes show it.

  80. mrkingjesse


    Mánuði síðan

    “Engineers worldwide discovered they underestimated the strength of mother nature.” Sounds about right. They’re called engineers because they got an engineering degree. No real world experience necessary

    • mrkingjesse


      Mánuði síðan

      Fiberglass and epoxy aren’t a great choice when constantly exposed to nature/stress. But it’s light right!? Idiots

  81. Randy Smidt

    Randy Smidt

    Mánuði síðan

    Seems hydroelectric still has less impact and is the most efficient.

  82. Randy Smidt

    Randy Smidt

    Mánuði síðan

    How many birds does one machine kill in one month? I hear that it is a few.

    • toomanyaccounts


      Mánuði síðan

      if placed in a migration path its tons

  83. Johbros


    Mánuði síðan

    Did they not look into aerospace where they built these? Aviation has been dealing with erosion on propellers, helicopter rotor blades and gas turbine blades due to sand, salt, etc for decades.

    • toomanyaccounts


      Mánuði síðan

      nope that would mean the idea of the greenie weenies would have to be aborted

  84. cthunter41


    Mánuði síðan

    As a former turbine tech I can assure you these are high maintenance machines full of oil and grease.

  85. C DiGiacomo

    C DiGiacomo

    Mánuði síðan

    But don't worry people- wind energy is FREE!!! Your tax dollars will subsidize the maintenance the engineers and marketers forgot to account for in the "free" cost estimates- how surprising is that?

  86. Raymond Benfit

    Raymond Benfit

    Mánuði síðan

    Use rubber

    • Brute Better

      Brute Better

      Mánuði síðan

      White Flex Seal spray should work nicely. 😊

  87. gilbert matta

    gilbert matta

    Mánuði síðan

    the guy doesn't own a comb

  88. Scribe


    Mánuði síðan

    If the blades have been designed to extract the maximum power from the wind then why haven’t they been designed with a surface area to catch the most wind and instead look like matchsticks?

  89. sarcastic bowl of cornflakes

    sarcastic bowl of cornflakes

    Mánuði síðan

    No sane engineer has ever completed a thing and then proclaimed "this will not require any maintenance!". Hasn't happened. Doesn't happen. Also, for the people in the comments gleefully pointing out that wind power isn't ideal... Renewables are catching on, not because they are perfect, but precisely because we've noticed that fossil fuels are far worse as sources of energy. Arguing against renewables because they have drawbacks is letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. Renewables are a step in the right direction, not in and of themselves a rainbows-and-unicorns utopia. Is nuclear far more efficient? Sure. Does anyone know what to do with the waste? Nope. Does anyone want a nuclear power plant or nuclear waste dump in their backyard? Also nope. Permitting is a consideration.

  90. Ghost M4

    Ghost M4

    Mánuði síðan

    Hey Germany. You still think that dismantling all nuclear plants and replacing them with "zero maintanance" wind turbines is a good idea?

  91. Jonathan


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    These wind turbines are a weird animal to show on Animal Planets The Most Extreme.

  92. Galo Aguirre

    Galo Aguirre

    Mánuði síðan

    materials science to the rescue?

  93. Grimmm


    Mánuði síðan

    The world should be nuclear. People are just scared

  94. Zach Moose

    Zach Moose

    Mánuði síðan

    Now that you know all this. Guess how much oil one of them needs.

  95. Dexter Bernard

    Dexter Bernard

    Mánuði síðan

    A science experience in 7 minutes!

  96. Steve Brenner

    Steve Brenner

    Mánuði síðan

    Until Al Gore and John Kerry comment on this I will have no idea what to think.

    • heyrod59


      Mánuði síðan

      Kerry/Gore are politicians, they get paid to lie so there's that.....

  97. TheAntiEggroll


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    When you turn the fan on your turbine. "Its free electricity"

  98. undermoss


    Mánuði síðan

    The Glaring Editing Mistake That Made TV Shows Laughable

  99. David Raborn

    David Raborn

    Mánuði síðan

    In 10 years they will be lumbering hulks of debris. Too expensive to upkeep in the coming financial cataclysm.

  100. M W.

    M W.

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    Misleading titel to attract views.....fuck you......