wind energy

Top 6 Wind Powered Gadgets That Don’t Blow

Top 6 Wind Powered Gadgets That Don’t Blow

Wind has been used since ancient times to provide free, green power (think of sailboats and windmills), and that old-school tech has not been lost on us in the year 2011. From personal chargers that

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WindMade Label Will Tell You if Green Energy Powers Your Purchases

WindMade Label Will Tell You if Green Energy Powers Your Purchases

The WindMade label, which was just announced today, will be a new way for you to see whether or not the products you're buying were manufactured using wind energy. The initiative has been supported by a

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San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

Attention, residents of San Diego, California: keep an eye out for the launch of the largest interactive green energy lighting project in North America! The Port Commissioners and Caltrans just unveiled

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Carbon Fiber Hybrid Yacht is Decked Out With Wind Turbines

Carbon Fiber Hybrid Yacht is Decked Out With Wind Turbines

International Battery has joined forces with Electric Marine Propulsion to create a yacht that not only runs on electric batteries, but charges them using wind energy -- even when the sails are down. The

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Ancient Italian Town Completely Powered by Renewable Energy

Ancient Italian Town Completely Powered by Renewable Energy

Renewable energy installations aren't just for futuristic metropolises; they're also useful in even the tiniest remote villages. Take Tocco, for example -- the 2,700-person Italian town has installed four

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Gorgeous Energy Neutral Townhouse in Amsterdam

Gorgeous Energy Neutral Townhouse in Amsterdam

The four-story town home achieved Passivehaus energy efficiency standards with an insulation value of rc=10, liquid tight joints, and HR-ventilation. Air is pre-heated or pre-cooled with a ground source

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World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Is Activated Today

World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Is Activated Today

It seems the world has truly embraced wind power, and nowhere more so than Europe - specifically the United Kingdom. Today, the UK opens the Thanet Wind Farm, the largest offshore wind farm in the world

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Eddy GT Wind Turbine Is Sleek, Silent and Designed for the City

Eddy GT Wind Turbine Is Sleek, Silent and Designed for the City

If you launch a clean energy business in Manhattan it's almost a given you'll be inspired to start designing products specifically for the urban environment. Urban Green Energy has just launched a new,

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JDS’s Logistic City is a Wind Powered Vertical Forest for Shenzhen

JDS’s Logistic City is a Wind Powered Vertical Forest for Shenzhen

Within Logistic City, lifted public space is surrounded by shops, offices and housing. Due to its height and design dynamics, the tower's form allows for plenty of wind circulation, so open spaces within

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Italian Mafia Gets in the Wind Farm Business

Italian Mafia Gets in the Wind Farm Business

Need proof that green technology is a lucrative industry? Look no further than Italy, where the Mafia (AKA the “lords of the wind”) has infiltrated the wind power business. Fraud is rampant in

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Chicago Parking Garage Harvests Energy From Windy City Gusts

Chicago Parking Garage Harvests Energy From Windy City Gusts

Located at the corner of Kinzie and Clark Streets, the wind energy system consists of 12 paired vertical axis wind turbines, which twist like candy poles at a barber shop while harnessing moving air from

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First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines Opens in London!

First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines Opens in London!

Designed by BFLS (formerly known as Hamiltons), the Strata is a 43-story architectural wonder that already has a distinct and recognizable profile in the London skyline. Oriented to take advantage of the

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Africa’s Biggest Windfarm Debuts in Morocco

Africa’s Biggest Windfarm Debuts in Morocco

The first phase of a massive renewable energy plan is now in place in Morocco with the official opening of a 165 turbine wind farm just outside of Tangiers. Official sources say that the wind farm --

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Wuhan’s Lily-Shaped Zero Carbon Energy Center Set to Bloom in China

Wuhan’s Lily-Shaped Zero Carbon Energy Center Set to Bloom in China

A new Calla lily-shaped research center for Wuhan University is set to bloom in China as one of the most sustainable buildings the world. Netherlands-based firm Grontmij, in collaboration with Soeters

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New Burger King Restaurant is Powered by Wind and Solar Energy

New Burger King Restaurant is Powered by Wind and Solar Energy

A new Burger King restaurant in Waghäusel, Germany is hooked up with wind power, solar power, and lighting, heating and cooling systems that are expected to reduce energy costs by a whopping 45 percent

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Suzlon Headquarters in India is a LEED Platinum Living Laboratory

Suzlon Headquarters in India is a LEED Platinum Living Laboratory

Suzlon, the world's third largest manufacturer of wind turbines, has more to be proud of than just supplying the world with renewable energy. At the end of April, Suzlon's headquarters in Pune, India were

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Zero Energy Casita in Texas Opens to the Public Today!

Zero Energy Casita in Texas Opens to the Public Today!

Green building is making big strides in Texas as evidenced by this cute little zero-energy home in Fort Worth, which opens for public tours today. The Zero Energy Casita, erected by the award winning

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Students Turn Vibrations From Wind Energy into Electricity

Students Turn Vibrations From Wind Energy into Electricity

Think of wind energy and you probably conjure up an image of giant turbines. But students in Cornell's Vibro-Wind Research Group have a different model of wind power in mind. They're working on an

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Renewable Energy Mandatory for Marijuana Cultivation in Boulder

Renewable Energy Mandatory for Marijuana Cultivation in Boulder

photo credit: The Truth About Flickr It seems only natural that pot should be grown in a sustainable manner with the use of renewable energy. A new law in Boulder, CO requires Medical dispensaries that

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Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Image courtesy of Designboom Perusing Designboom this morning we saw this super rad wind-powered knitting machine by Merel Karhof. We had to share this amazing device that beautifully knits tubes using

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US Issues Approval for First Offshore Wind Farm!

US Issues Approval for First Offshore Wind Farm!

The Cape Cod wind farm, once just a hope for the horizon, has sprung a giant leap forward today with the official approval of the Obama Administration! This afternoon Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

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Flaw in EU Offshore Turbines Makes Them Slide Off Their Bases

Flaw in EU Offshore Turbines Makes Them Slide Off Their Bases

Hundreds of offshore wind turbines in the EU might be in peril. It was announced that a good number of them have a flaw that causes them to shift off of their bases after being installed. The flaw is due

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Global Headquarters for Wildlife Conservation Society Sits Lightly on the Earth

Global Headquarters for Wildlife Conservation Society Sits Lightly on the Earth

The new headquarters for the Wildlife Conservation Society treads lightly on the earth even though it has a big impact globally as it works to protect wildlife and save wild places. Designed by FXFOWLE,

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GE’s Gigantic Offshore Wind Turbine is 25% More Efficient

GE’s Gigantic Offshore Wind Turbine is 25% More Efficient

GE has been cracking away to design and release a more efficient wind turbine - 25% more efficient in fact. Rather than increasing the size to generate more power like some other manufacturers have done,

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Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Good news on the alternative energy front: Texas managed to break the U.S. wind energy generation record last Friday morning when it produced 6,272 MW of power--19% of the total electricity mix. The

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China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

Photograph: Bob Sacha/Corbis China recently announced that it is planning to reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% (from 2005 levels) and generate 15% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

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Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

Hexicon’s Floating Wind Platform Keeps Wind Power Afloat

They've solved all of these problems with their adaptable, floating offshore wind and wave generation platform. The renewable energy plant of the future. The platform is designed to deal with extreme

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Sweden Aims for 2000 New Wind Turbines, 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

Sweden Aims for 2000 New Wind Turbines, 50% Renewable Energy by 2020

John McConnico for The New York Times Maud Olofsson, Sweden's Enterprise and Energy Minister, announced recently the addition of 2,000 wind turbines to the country's alternative energy regimen. The

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Oppenheim’s Sloping Beach Tower Hides a Green Oasis Inside

Oppenheim’s Sloping Beach Tower Hides a Green Oasis Inside

Sloping towards the open sea, Oppenheim's luxurious mixed-use tower for the United Arab Emirates is both elegant and a model of efficiency. If you look closely, the pixelated residences comprising the

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Norway to Build the World’s Largest Wind Turbine

Norway to Build the World’s Largest Wind Turbine

Norway is currently working on building the world's largest wind turbine, a towering 10 MW machine that will blow away the competition. The Norwegian company Sway will build the 533-feet high monster,

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