TAG: Wind energy

Rethinking Wind Power

Rethinking Wind Power

The Invelox is an innovative wind energy source, envisioned by Dr. Daryoush Allaei, CEO of the SheerWind company, which may solve the dilemmas faced by traditional wind turbines, including noise nuisance and inconsistent levels of energy output. The Invelox is funnel-like in both appearance and function. Using the Invelox, outside winds are captured and funneled to create a natural increase in the wind’s speed so it can be converted into energy. Winds as low as 2 mph are captured by intake tunnels and travel through a sharp, 90-degree angle turn. At this point, the wind reaches speeds of up to… read more

Living With Wind Farms

Living with Wind Farms

Innovative methods with which to generate energy are important in the fight against global climate change. That is why it is important for authorities to ensure that when these methods are introduced into society, they are well received and thus seamlessly integrated into the communities they are meant to service. Wind energy can be converted to mechanical energy using wind turbines, an alternative energy which lowers greenhouse gas emissions. Generating energy using wind turbines has not been without controversy, it has resulted in a number of lawsuits in some jurisdictions worldwide. The objection to wind farms stems from the noise… read more

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

Called Windworks, this collection of upholstered furniture is made with innovative techniques that smartly incorporate a renewable energy source – the wind. The entire assembly, including the wood, yarn, fabrics and dye application is made with the help of the wind. The designer, Merel Karhof, actually constructed a portable wind knitting factory that is completely ran by the wind. It includes a machine with blades that captures the wind and powers the mill. The windier the conditions are, the faster the machine is able to knit. Taking the upholstery design process to the next level she went to the Zaanse Schans… read more

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

This Gadget Takes the Guesswork Out of Home Renewable Energy

If you’re considering installing a small renewable energy system at home, such as photovoltaic solar panels or a small wind turbine, you might want to find out just how much energy you can expect to get from those systems at your location, before spending the money. One way to do that is through using a little device that is said to accurately measure the wind and solar energy potential at your location, such as the Power Predictor. This gadget measures the wind speed and direction, as well as the solar potential, and sends the collected data to an online portal… read more

UK’s Giant Wind Farm

Giant Wind Farm

The world’s largest offshore wind farm in operation will be the London Array. When finished, it will power over 770,000 homes with its 1.2GW power output. Swedish utility Vattenfall and ScottishPower have combined resources and jointly submitted plans for East Angolia Offshore Wind. The recent UK Energy Bill seems to have won a victory here with the EAOW, showing that the future of renewable energy is within reach. The government’s clean energy support will go into full effect in 2018, which is also when the EAOW’s first electricity will be produced. Andy Paine, the EAOW’s program leader, said, “This is the… read more

Combined Wind and Solar Energy Charger

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This gadget is a triple-treat for off-grid power, being capable of charging via an AC wall outlet or USB connection before you go, or with wind and solar power while out in the field. The Kinesis Industries K3 Charger has a large rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside it (4000 mAh), that can be used to power just about any mobile devices, from phones to music players to GPS units or cameras. The unit has adapter tips for various devices, and can be stood up, laid down, or hung, making it versatile and easy to use. K3 Specs: Nominal DC Output: 5V… read more

TwingTec Kites Harvest High-Altitude Winds

TwingTec Kites Harvest High-Altitude Winds

When thinking about wind power as a viable clean energy source, most of us are familiar with the traditional propeller-type wind turbines that sit atop tall masts, but there are other up-and-coming wind technologies that could eventually bear fruit, such as using large kites to harvest wind energy. Google thinks Makani Power’s high-altitude kite power system is worth investing in, and just recently another startup, Twingtec, got a little boost by receiving some funding from Venture Kick to further pursue its version of the technology. Twingtec, a Swiss-based project, is developing a different type of tethered wing system to generate electricity… read more

Act on Facts to Combat Anti-Wind Myths

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To help inform citizens about the benefits of wind power, while combating anti-wind rhetoric, wind power manufacturer Vestas has launched a new campaign, called Act on Facts, with the aim of channeling public support for wind energy. “The wind industry is being attacked by media-savvy and politically influential adversaries who often display a brazen disregard for factual information. The “Act on Facts” campaign is our way of fighting back.” – Morten Albæk, Vestas Group Senior Vice President Part of the campaign features six short and snappy videos, covering various aspects of wind power, such as the belief that wind power… read more

Take Action on Global Wind Day: June 15th

Take Action on Global Wind Day: June 15th

How much do you know about wind energy? If you’re like many of us, not very much. But on June 15th, you can discover the power and possibilities of wind power, because it’s Global Wind Day. Wind power is a viable option in many locations around the world, and yet it’s somewhat mysterious to the general population. After all, we’ve heard that wind turbines can kill birds and bats, that they are noisy and inefficient, and that they aren’t really a solution to global power issues. But are any of those statements true, or is it just anti-wind rhetoric? Global… read more

Windworks Video Features Wind-Produced Upholstered Furniture

Windworks Video Features Wind-Produced Upholstered Furniture

A collaboration between a saw mill operator, a color mill operator, and a knitting mill operator has led to a unique showcase for the power of the wind. Merel Karhof, inventor of the Wind Knitting Factory, designed a series of furniture pieces that are all constructed using wind energy, as illustrated in this video. Windworks by Merel Karhof from Merel Karhof on Vimeo. “The Zaanse Schans is an area located on the river ‘Zaan’ in the province of Noord Holland and is home to a collection of well-preserved historic windmills. Each one of these produces a different kind of raw… read more