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frequently asked questions

1. What about the Hindenburg?

Answer: "The source of the fire was the use of lacquers and flammable aluminum powder-based paints on the outer hull and bladders, which were ignited by an electrical discharge. The moral of the story is, don't paint your airship with rocket fuel." http://www.corrosion-doctors.org/Hydrogen/Hindenburg.htm

2. What about the danger of wind turbines to birds?

Answer: The WINDHUNTER vessels can move away from bird flyways. The fatalities from fixed location wind turbines are very small. Go to http://www.awea.org/faq/sagrillo/swbirds.html and see "commercial wind turbines cause the direct deaths of only 0.01% to 0.02% of all of the birds killed by collisions with man-made structures and activities in the U.S." And "bird mortality at wind farms, compared to other human-related causes of bird mortality, is biologically and statistically insignificant." Go to http://www.windenergy.org.nz/FAQ/factsheet8birds.htm and read about a New Zealand study that has the same conclusion.

3. How do you get hydrogen from wind turbines?

Answer: The wind turbine produces electricity that powers an electrolyzer that separates the hydrogen from the oxygen in water.

4. How can this ship be stable with wind turbines high above the ocean surface?

Answer: Naval architects will design the vessel so that it can be insured and stable.

5. What would be the total power of one WINDHUNTER with nine of the largest wind turbines in the world? How many homes would it support?

Answer: 45 Mega watts would supply approximately 13,000 homes.

6. How far from shore must a 1400 foot tall ship be from a 25 story building to not be seen?

Answer: Approximately 65 miles

7. Where can large quantities of hydrogen be used?

Answer: Hydrogen can be burned in modified natural gas fired power plants of the USA. Europe has hydrogen refueling stations for automobiles now. Large quantities of hydrogen are used in many industrial processes as well as in the refining of heavy materials to produce fuels and reduce the sulfur content.

8. What is the June, 2006 commercial price of 120,000 cubic feet of standard pressure and temperature hydrogen gas in a tube tank trailer at 2645 psig pressure?

Answer: $23,040.00.

9. What is the estimated revenue of the Windhunter project given percentage capacity equal to 25%, 50%, and 75% in period one?

Answer: $25,920,000 if the turbines deliver full power 25% of the time. $51,840,000 if the turbines deliver full power 50% of the time. $77,760,000 if the turbines deliver full power 75% of the time.

10. What are the estimated operating costs per unit of the Windhunter project given percentage capacity equal to 25%, 50%, and 75% in period one?

Answer: $154.40 if the turbines deliver full power 25% of the time. $107.20 if the turbines deliver full power 50% of the time. $91.47 if the turbines deliver full power 75% of the time.

11. When will burning hydrogen from WINDHUNTERS be cheaper than burning natural gas?

Answer: In the near future, because the cost of natural gas went from $3 to $12 per thousand cubic feet in the last four years and will probably continue to increase. During the same period the cost per megawatt power from wind turbines has increased slightly due to design improvements. Even though it takes approximately three cubic feet of hydrogen to equal the heat in one cubic foot of natural gas Hydrogen from WINDHUNTERS will soon be competitive. http://www.eia.doe.gov/oil_gas/natural_gas/info_glance/natural_gas.html

12. Will the cost of hydrogen from a WINDHUNTER increase at a slower rate than from oil, natural gas and coal?

Answer: Yes, because the wind energy will be available forever not like natural gas, oil and coal whose supplies are finite.

13. What is the main advantage of hydrogen compared to fossil fuels?

Answer: Burning natural gas, oil and coal produce many pollutants while hydrogen does not.

14. Would the WINDHUNTER go to port often?

Answer: No, the operation would be similar to an oil rig where the 24/7 crew handles all maintenance and receives supplies from transport ships or helicopter.

15. Why does the wind turbine framework need to be lowered onto the deck?

Answer: For maintenance and stability during storms and relocation.

16. Will wind turbines on a WINDHUNTER be more productive than unmanned turbines at a fixed location that historically deliver 25 to 30% of their nameplate rating?

Answer: Yes, production could be doubled because the crew can decide to relocate to better wind locations and accomplish maintenance on board.