Wind Power

US Wind Power Growth May Surpass Natural Gas and Coal for 2012

US Wind Power Growth May Surpass Natural Gas and Coal for 2012

According to current data, wind power capacity in the United States might beat natural gas and coal in 2012. Up until November 2012, the United States has installed new wind power adding up to 6,519

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Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock As 2012 came to a close, many US energy companies were rushing to install last-minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expired at the stroke of

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HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

Katho Catholic Academy appears to be on a mission to make education fun, ecological and private with their intriguing modular student housing experiment. Each bedroom and toilet unit plugs in to a central

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Clean Energy Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2012 was a banner year for renewable energy that saw scientists and engineers pushing the envelope towards ever more efficient and sustainable ways of producing power. Entire nations reaped the benefits

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Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Apple Files Patent for Wind Turbine That Can Produce Energy Even When There’s No Wind

Critics of wind power all like to point out the same problem with turbine technology: “What happens when the wind doesn’t blow”? Apple, usually a maker of products that consume energy,

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Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

Photo via Shutterstock A tornado is rarely something to be seen in a positive light, but the creators of the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) hope to harness properties of the extreme weather phenomenon

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New Report Shows that Renewable Energy Could Cost-Effectively Power Huge Electrical Grids by 2030

New Report Shows that Renewable Energy Could Cost-Effectively Power Huge Electrical Grids by 2030

A new report by researchers from the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) demonstrates that a huge electrical system could be run almost exclusively by renewable

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Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

Offshore Tiree Wind Farm Paused to Protect Birds and Marine Life in Scotland

ScottishPower Renewables has announced plans to temporarily halt progress on the Tiree Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland. Designed as a 361 square kilometer site 5km off the coast of the most westerly

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Wind Farms Near Airports Made Possible: New Holographic Radar Can Tell Planes and Wind Turbines Apart

Wind Farms Near Airports Made Possible: New Holographic Radar Can Tell Planes and Wind Turbines Apart

Photo via Shutterstock The new Holographic Radar system, developed by UK tech firm Aveillant, can differentiate between the spinning blades of aircraft and those of wind turbines. The new radar can

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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Google Invests $75 Million in 50MW Iowa Wind Farm Project

Google Invests $75 Million in 50MW Iowa Wind Farm Project

Google continues to lead the green revolution for tech companies with their latest investment, a 50-megawatt wind farm in Iowa. Google paid 75 million dollars for a stake in Iowa's Rippey Wind Project;

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TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

According to a Department of Energy report released in August, roughly $14 billion was invested in the wind industry last year, which accounts for a 32 percent increase in U.S. generating capacity and

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Germany Set to Export More Energy Than Ever Despite Nuclear Phase-Out

Germany Set to Export More Energy Than Ever Despite Nuclear Phase-Out

Solar power photo from Shutterstock When Germany began phasing out nuclear power in 2000, some worried that it would create energy shortages within the country. But according to a new report released

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14 UGE Wind Turbines Turn Philadelphia Eagles’ Home Field Into the NFL’s Greenest Stadium!

14 UGE Wind Turbines Turn Philadelphia Eagles’ Home Field Into the NFL’s Greenest Stadium!

Despite a challenging football season, the Philadelphia Eagles are clearly winning in the alternative energy game. The team recently called upon New York-based Urban Green Energy (UGE) to install

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Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

Can President Obama Renew the Wind Energy Tax Credit Before it Expires?

For the past several months, the American wind energy industry has been at a near standstill, as political uncertainty clouded the industry's future. On December 31, a federal tax credit that makes wind

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The Whirlers: A Colorful Wind Turbine Installation for Fresh Kills Park

The Whirlers: A Colorful Wind Turbine Installation for Fresh Kills Park

Whirlers is project by Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte that proposes building a large cluster of colorful wind turbines at Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. The project is part of

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Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Bird-Friendly Saphonian Wind Turbine Ditches Blades for a More Efficient, Less Expensive Design

Renewable energy technology just got a much needed breath of fresh air. During the TEDGlobal 2012 Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland the head of the Tunisian company Saphon Energy introduced a radical

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South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

South Africa Approves $5.4 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects to Provide 1,400MW by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock South Africa, a historically coal-dependent nation, has approved an incredible $5.4 billion investment in renewable energy projects, which are predicted to be capable of

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Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US During Hurricane Sandy

Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US During Hurricane Sandy

HINT.FM's real-time map of wind speeds in the US is a useful tool to help us better understand the wind's power and potential. The kinetic map was developed by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who

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London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

London Array: World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Generates Energy for the First Time

DONG Energy, E.On and Masdar just announced that their joint venture the London Array - soon to be the world's largest offshore wind farm - switched on for the first time today! The wind farm, which

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Uprise Energy’s Adjustable, Portable Wind Turbine Emerges from a Shipping Container

Uprise Energy’s Adjustable, Portable Wind Turbine Emerges from a Shipping Container

Setting up a wind turbine can be a complicated task, and once one has determined its placement, employed a team to install it and connected it to a grid, you're left with a large permanent structure that

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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy to their participation in the American Forests plant-a-tree program, and today the company has

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Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Windstrument Wind Turbine Provides Renewable Energy With its Orchid-like Design

Asahi Kasei Plastics N.A. is working with Unified Energies International to develop the Windstrument, a wind turbine that aims to bring affordable renewable energy to the world. The Windstrument is

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The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

The green energy race just got kicked up a notch with the latest offering from Vestas. The Vestas V-164 is the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine, and each of its three blades measures 262

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93-Year Old Man Sells Personal Collection of 30 Gigantic Windmills to Create a Local Theme Park

93-Year Old Man Sells Personal Collection of 30 Gigantic Windmills to Create a Local Theme Park

Vollis Simpson has been fascinated with wind power since he rigged a wind-powered washing machine on Saipan during World War II. When he settled back home in North Carolina after the war, Simpson turned

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Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

Siemens Develops More Efficient Wind Turbine Blades Based on Dinosaurs!

In the past we've seen biomimetic wind turbines inspired by whale fins and species of trees, however now designers are looking to extinct animal species to create next-generation turbines. Engineering

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144,000 Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire East Coast of the United States

144,000 Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire East Coast of the United States

Recent reports have shown that it's possible to power the entire world with wind power, but scientists at Standford University conducted a more focused study that delivered the first-ever quantitative

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Carnegie Institution Study Reveals There is Enough Wind Energy to Power the Entire World

Carnegie Institution Study Reveals There is Enough Wind Energy to Power the Entire World

Californian Wind Farm Photo via Shutterstock A study from Carnegie Institution for Science, led by Kate Marvel of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has revealed that there is enough wind power to

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