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2010

  • Magnets > Vulnerabilities >
    China Lowers the Boom on Rare Earths - Monday, China embargoed exports of rare earth elements to the United States. Rare earths are integral to most all cutting edge technologies including renewable energy systems (e.g. magnet motors), and China controls 93-97% of the world supply. "Whenever you have a shortage of raw materials in the world, it historically has led to war." (5 Min. Forecast; Oct. 20, 2010)
  • Wind > Largest >
    World’s Largest Wind Farm Will Be Built in Oregon - The US Department of Energy has approved the partial guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan to support the construction of the world’s largest wind farm, located in eastern Oregon. The initiative will create a 845-megawatt wind-powered energy generating facility located immediately south of the Columbia River, built on approximately 32,000 acres. (GizMag; October 13, 2010)
  • Wind > Offshore / Largest >
    World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Is Activated - On Friday, the UK opened the Thanet Wind Farm, the largest offshore wind farm in the world with 100 turbines spread over 35 kilometres in the North Sea; capable of generating up to 300 megawatts of electricity – enough to power over 200,000 homes or a small city. (Inhabitat; Sept. 24, 2010)
  • Wind > Humdinger Windbelt >
    Windbelt: Innovative Generator to Bring Cheap Wind Power to Third World - The Windbelt uses the oscillation of a thin strip of material held in tension with a spring to vibrate a magnet that generates electrical power. A 1-meter long frame, called the Windcell, can provide 3 to 5 watts. Arranged into panels a 1 meter square Windcell panel is anticipated to be able to produce up to 100 watts, and have a panel cost of around $1 per watt. (Inhabitat; March 8, 2010)
  • Wind > VAWT / Largest / Offshore >
    Massive Aerogenerator Turbine is 3X More Powerful - A new design called the Aerogenerator X would have a massive span of 275 meters and would produce a whopping ten megawatts of electricity — that’s three times the production capacity of typical modern commercial horizontal axis turbines, making it more viable for off-shore applications. (Inhabitat; July 26, 2010)
  • Biomimicry >
    Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet - From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine – examining the design of nature has aided in the development of almost every aspect of our lives, and most of us – often without realizing – benefit from these inspired revelations several times a day. A overview, including energy applications. (Inhabitat; July 16, 2010)
  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    Ten PowerPoint Slides That Shook the Earth - If you attend enough cleantech events or are pitched by enough startups, you start to see the same few PowerPoint slides over and over again. Here is a collection of the best or at least the most notorious and historically significant slides in our industry. (GreenTechMedia; July 8, 2010)
  • Wind > Offshore > Floating >
    Researchers study feasibility of giant deep-ocean wind turbines - A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is studying the feasibility of placing large wind turbines on deep-ocean platforms. The research, which combines sophisticated computer simulations and water tank studies using physical models, may point the way toward an environmentally friendly source of energy that could potentially fill a significant portion of the electricity needs of 26 U.S. coastal states. (PhysOrg; April 28, 2010)
  • Wave > Buoys // Wind > Offshore > Floating >
    Poseidon: A Power Plant for Wind and Waves - A Danish company says it has designed a platform that can house wind turbines as well as harvest energy from the surrounding waves, having built a small prototype. They are in the midst of completing a larger one, and ultimately hope to build a commercial version that will sport three 1.5-megawatt to 2-megawatt wind turbines or a single 5-megawatt turbine. (Green Tech Media; Apr. 26, 2010)
  • Featured: Wind > Vertical Axis >
    Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Articulating Rotor - The Blackhawk Project's Tilt Rotor technology introduces a highly efficient method for inexpensively harnessing wind power. The blades have a wing shape, so they are propelled by the lift principle rather than push. The rotor angles automatically adjust or tilt to get the best attack. (PESWiki; April 16, 2010)
  • Featured: Wind > Vertical Axis > Ettridge >
    Ettridge Wind Turbine seeks manufacturer - John Patrick Ettridge has had many inquiries about purchasing and marketing his technology, but he's not had success finding a manufacturer for his vertical axis turbine design that could be cheaper than coal power. It's attributes include low visual impact, pollution-free, negligible noise, wider range of operable wind speeds, no bird kill. (PESWiki; April 13, 2010)
  • Wind > Horizontal > Offshore >
    GE’s Gigantic Offshore Wind Turbine is 25% More Efficient - Rather than increasing the size to generate more power, GE is designing longer blades and a more efficient drive train. Investing $453 million in order to mass produce these next gen 4 MW turbines which will be 300 feet tall and have a rotor diameter of 360 feet, GE hopes to release them in 2012 for offshore use in Europe. (Inhabitat; March 30, 2010)
  • Wind >
    Eolic: A Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine - The carbon fiber and aluminum turbine is still in the concept stages, but we imagine that the Eolic could be useful in developing countries or in disaster situations where on-the-grid power isn’t available. If it’s quiet enough, the Eolic might also be popular among energy-conscious homeowners. (Inhabitat; Jan. 21, 2010)
  • Wind > Horizontal Axis > SpiralAir >
    Spiralairfoil Wind Turbine - Inventor Dan Parker has come up with a wind turbine design that resembles an oversized drill bit, which he says could revolutionize the wind energy market because the turbine can deliver three to five times more power than a three-blade windmill and can begin harvesting at much lower speeds. (Concord Monitor; Jan 18, 2010) (See videos)

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