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New Wind Turbine Design Based on Bird Wings

Written by , on April 15, 2014

The German industrial automation and control company, Festo, has developed a dual wing generator. In contrast to conventional small wind power stations, the system uses two pairs of opposing wings instead of rotor blades to generate power.  Read more »

Drones to Collect Solar and Wind Energy

Written by , on February 12, 2014

New Wave Energy, an English company, has plans to build a high altitude aerial power plant, consisting of networks of unmanned drones that can harvest solar and wind energy and transmit it wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground. As sunlight radiates down to the Earth's surface some of its energy is absorbed into the […]  Read more »

Ship Design Uses Hull as Sail

Written by , on September 12, 2013

The Norwegian speed sailor and inventor, Terje Lade, has developed a new concept for a ship in which the hull acts as a giant sail. He estimated that the "Vindskip" would have fuel savings of 60% and emissions reductions of 80% compared to current cargo ships. (Image: Lade AS) The Vindskip would have natural-gas fired […]  Read more »

Study: Nearby Wind Turbines Do Not Effect House Values

Written by , on September 7, 2013

The California Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted an analysis of more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states. The study found no impact of nearby wind turbines on home property values. Ben Hoen, the lead author of the report, said that “This is the second of […]  Read more »

World’s First Wind/Current Generator

Written by , on August 2, 2013

Mitsui Ocean Development and Engineering Company has developed the world's first hybrid wind and marine current generator. The device consists of a floating, vertical axis wind turbine with a "keel" made up of a current turbine. The omnidirectional Darrieus wind turbine.rotates regardless of the wind direction. The generator is located at the base of the […]  Read more »

Community Renewables Boom in the U.K.

Written by , on July 24, 2013

A series of government incentives is producing a boom in community renewable energy projects in the U.K. The BBC has reported that there are already more than 2,000 community energy projects across the U.K. According to Andy Deacon of the UK's Energy Saving Trust, "We are already seeing these sorts of schemes popping up on […]  Read more »

Hybrid Solar-Wind Turbine

Written by , on July 12, 2013

SME McCamley Middle East Ltd, togeher with engineers at the University of Bath, have developed a new hybrid technology that integrates wind and solar power generation – the wind turbine blades are encased in an outer frame, which is topped with solar cells. The turbines are designed to be mounted on buildings and in built-up […]  Read more »

Storing Offshore Wind Energy

Written by , on April 30, 2013

Researchers at MIT have proposed a method of storing the energy generated by offshore wind farms using concrete tanks on the seafloor under the wind turbines Their concept is to place spherical concrete tanks, about 25 metres in diameter, on the seafloor under floating wind turbines. The concrete tanks would serve both as anchors to […]  Read more »

New Wind Turbine Design Has No Large Blades

Written by , on April 11, 2013

Researchers at the University of Wollongong's ICT Research Institute, led by Professor Farzad Safaei, have developed a new form of wind energy harvester that does away with the large rotating blades of traditional wind turbines. The design uses softly rotating paneled windows that resemble venetian blinds, with the blades moving vertically to produce electricity. The unique […]  Read more »

Wind Power with No Moving Parts

Written by , on April 4, 2013

Johan Smit and Dhiradj Djairam at Delft Technical University have developed a wind energy convertor that transforms wind energy into electricity with no mechanical moving parts, no noise, no blades to kill birds – and it looks like it could be a modern sculpture. The device consists of a steel frame holding a series of […]  Read more »