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Wind energy technology stories in the news. Page commenced Oct. 1, 2009.


2014

  • MidTech poised to meet with Seimens about turbine - Doug says he gets "to meet the big boss of Siemens next week. He said he liked our turbines and would like to see them." Also, dialogue about Black Box Dominator specs. (Free Energy Blog; February 11, 2014)

2013

  • Wind turbines make bat lungs explode - ...study shows that the moving blades cause a drop in pressure that makes the delicate lungs of bats suddenly expand, bursting the tissue's blood vessels. This is known as a barotrauma, and is well-known to scuba divers. (Free Energy Blog; November 11, 2013)
  • Wind turbines making people sick with mysterious illnesses - "When Edward and Sue Hobart first built their dream home on six beautiful acres of land in Falmouth, a small town on Massachusetts' southern coast, they had no idea that one day they would be forced to abandon it due to local "green" energy initiatives. But the constant migraine headaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness and insomnia..." (Free Energy Blog; November 3, 2013)
  • Wind >
    Bladeless Windmill from Delft - This structure, installed at the Delft University of Technology, is a model of a machine that would convert wind to energy without any moving parts -- any mechanical moving parts, at least. The technology, developed by the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science faculty at Delft, uses the movement of electrically charged water droplets to generate power.(PureEnergyBlog; April 1, 2013)

2012

  • Solar > Problems / Wind > Farms > Downsides >
    Renewable "Green" Energy Yields Very Poor Results - A 1 GW wind farm would require 500 windmills, each producing 2 MW -- assuming the farm operates at full capacity, which doesn't happen continually in reality. Since wind turbines must be spaced apart to maximize production, a 1 GW farm needs from 48,000 to 64,000 acres of land (75 to 100 square miles). In contrast, a 1 GW gas-fired plant needs about 10 to 15 acres. (MadIsle / Newsmax; January 30, 2012)
  • Wind >
    New style turbine to harvest wind energy - A new way of generating wind energy which could see smaller, more efficient turbines on the landscape is being developed by a Derbyshire inventor with support from Nottingham Trent University. The Wind Harvester is based on a reciprocating motion that uses horizontal aerofoils similar to those used on aeroplanes. It is virtually noise-free and can generate electricity at a low speed, and it is operational at higher wind speeds than current wind turbines. (WindDaily; February 1, 2012)
  • Wind > Cautions / Trends >
    Overcapacity Hits Wind Turbine Market - The world's largest wind turbine manufacturer is laying off employees due to over capacity in the market from competition from Chinese suppliers and lower demand in European and U.S. markets as unsustainable subsidies decline. Strong headwinds are blowing against the industry as governments have been forced to reduce the overly generous subsidies they have provided to wind producers. (CanadaFreePress; January 24, 2012)

2011

  • Wind / Trends > Zeitgeist >
    Top 10 U.S. Wind Energy Stories of 2011 - In a year-end report, the American Wind Energy Association says: "Wind power hits 20 percent overall in two states. It contributes a record 50 percent for a period of time in another. And the turbines that pump out all those electrons? Their cost has dropped 33 percent." (CleanTechnica; December 29, 2011)
  • Humor > Fahrtwind Award >
    Fahrtwind Award Second Prize: Brazilian Bellows - Finally, after 8 years, we have found another worthy contestant for the Fahrtwind award. This one proposes to use the rotation of the tires to compress air which can then be used to push the car from behind, gathering sufficient energy from motion down the road. (FreeEnergyNews; December 23, 2011)
  • Wind > Farms > Cost and Reliability >
    Does this Picture Spell Doom for Wind Power? - The wrong kind of wind? It's a phrase that haunts those desperately trying to justify wind farms in Britain. However, apologists for the giant turbines now face the unpalatable truth that structures designed to operate in windy conditions literally fell flat on their faces when the wind became a bit too strong. According to the latest figures, one turbine worked at 15 per cent of its capacity last year, generating generated electricity worth an estimated £100,000 but had to be subsidised with £130,000 of public money. (Express.co.uk; December 11, 2011)
  • Humor > Wind >
    Coal Lobby Warns Wind Farms May Blow Earth Off Orbit - Over-the-top-hilarious. Panelists debate whether the U.S. is doing enough to heed the warnings of coal industry scientists who say turbines could blow the Earth right into the sun. See the latest ads run by the wind and solar industries. (Onion; October, 2011)
  • Wind > VAWT / Lighting > LEDs >
    Dean Kamen files patent application for an inflatable, illuminated wind turbine - In addition to generating energy for general use, the turbine would also be able to power a set of LEDs adorning the turbine itself, which could be used to display advertising or other information using a persistence of vision effect. The application even suggests that multiple turbines could be linked together and synchronized to form one large billboard. (Engadget; September 17, 2011)
  • Wind / EVs >
    Wind-powered car completes cross-continental journey - A television host and an engineer from Germany have completed an almost 5,000 km (3,107 mile) journey across Australia in their Wind Explorer, a lightweight electric vehicle powered by the wind – not only through electricity-generating wind turbines but also using kites. (Gizmag; February 15, 2011)
  • Trends / Wind / Solar >
    Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030 - New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal. It would entail building around four million 5 MW wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems, and around 90,000 300 MW solar power plants. (PhysOrg; January 19, 2011)
  • Wind >
    Massive Energy-Generating Wind Tower Proposed for Japan - Japan-based ZENA Systems is developing a new type of wind energy generator that will dwarf anything before it. The 50 meter-tall hexagonal building essentially acts as a huge scoop that compresses wind from all directions and then runs the rushing air through a series of ground-based generators. (Inhabitat; January 6, 2011)

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