wind energy

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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Largest Green Energy Plant in the World Planned for India

Largest Green Energy Plant in the World Planned for India

Both China and Africa have incredibly ambitious plans for massive energy projects sourced from the sun or wind, but India may beat them to the punch with the colossal project they have in the works. A

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Philippe Starck Unveils Two Revolutionair Wind Turbines!

Philippe Starck Unveils Two Revolutionair Wind Turbines!

This just in - world-renowned super designer Philippe Starck has just revealed two highly-anticipated wind turbine designs for home use! Dubbed “Revolutionair,” the sleek turbines were

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Eolic: A Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine

Eolic: A Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine

Sure, it's easy enough to find a quality portable solar charger, but powerful, portable wind turbines are a different story. Enter the Eolic, a portable turbine that can be mounted on its telescopic pole

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Brooklyn Bowl is the World’s Only LEED Certified Bowling Alley

Brooklyn Bowl is the World’s Only LEED Certified Bowling Alley

Are you in the New York City area and looking to liven up your weekly routine with an evening out of the ordinary? Well, button up your favorite flannel shirt, pull on your skinny jeans, and head out to

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Win a Hymini Portable Wind + Solar Gadget Charger!

Win a Hymini Portable Wind + Solar Gadget Charger!

Put green power in the palm of your hand! Having trouble keeping your gadgets charged on a daily basis? Ever had your cellphone run out of juice on you in the middle of an important day? You're in

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Adobe Headquarters Installs 20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Adobe Headquarters Installs 20 Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Eventually, we'll be squeezing renewable energy out of every possible source we can - especially from rooftops in urban areas. Adobe Systems is at the forefront of this trend, having just installed

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Looks to Danish Offshore Windfarms for Inspiration

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Looks to Danish Offshore Windfarms for Inspiration

Johan Spanner for The New York Times As the world's eyes zeroed in on this week's COP15 climate change talks, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gazed on a much more placid scene - Denmark's 209

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Ridgeblade Wind Turbine Silences NIMBYs

Ridgeblade Wind Turbine Silences NIMBYs

Rooftop solar panels are unlikely to elicit complaints from neighbors--they're silent and relatively unobtrusive. But loud rooftop wind turbines? That's where the virtually NIMBY-proof Ridgeblade turbine

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Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

It's easy enough to monitor home power consumption, but few people think about the energy impact of talking on cell phones for hours on end. After all, cell towers have to be powered by something, and in

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Denmark Brings World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Online

Denmark Brings World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Online

Wind power is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in Europe, so it's no surprise to learn that Denmark is launching the world's biggest offshore wind farm this week. Using 91 turbines scattered

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A Wind-Power Vision for the Bronx’s Grand Concourse

A Wind-Power Vision for the Bronx’s Grand Concourse

Is it possible that the designers of NYC's city seal peered into the future to see how important wind energy would be to us in the year 2009? Most likely not, but their decision to include a windmill in

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Links Roundup of the Week: Wind Energy

Links Roundup of the Week: Wind Energy

We've been reading here and there that research is beginning to show that wind speeds are slowing down due to climate change -- making wind-powered energy less promising. Some would simply call this

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High Altitude Wind Turbines Could Completely Power NYC

High Altitude Wind Turbines Could Completely Power NYC

How much wind power is available way up high in the sky? Turns out a lot, according to new research from the Carnegie Institution for Science and California State University. Researchers there recently

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Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Today Metropolis Magazine officially announced the winner of their 2009 Next Generation prize! Titled Wind-it, the brilliant project aims to give our existing energy grid a much needed boost by installing

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Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Optiwind Accelerating Wind Turbine Taps New Energy Fields

Traditional three-blade turbines are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine is ideal for high-density, low-wind areas. The turbine's series of

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Energy 101: What Is a Smart Grid?

Energy 101: What Is a Smart Grid?

In last week's Energy 101 column, we took a look at the basics of where our energy comes from now. This week, we're examining the future of energy—specifically, the smart grid. To recap, a smart grid is

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Casa 100K by MarioCucinella Architects

PREFAB FRIDAY: Casa 100K by MarioCucinella Architects

This clustered, multi-unit building is both literally and metaphorically green. Constructed with prefabricated modules that come in various hues of green, the building and each housing unit include a

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Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

When faced with the need to develop additional sources of energy, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation recently decided that its best option was not to build conventional power plants. Instead, the

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Groundbreaking Energy Ball Wind Turbine for Home Power

Groundbreaking Energy Ball Wind Turbine for Home Power

Swedish company Home Energy recently revealed an innovative wind turbine that spins in a spherical formation. Eschewing traditional rotors for a sleek orb structure, this beautiful rethinking of

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Kite Power Could Generate Energy for 100,000 Homes

Kite Power Could Generate Energy for 100,000 Homes

If we told you that a free-flying kite could provide enough energy to power your house, you might consider us crazy. How about all the homes on your block, or even an entire city? Scientists at Delft

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Star Wars-Inspired Marine Research Facility

Star Wars-Inspired Marine Research Facility

Star Wars inspiration and biomimicry combine for the design of the Facility at Sea, a sustainable marine research platform and feat of offshore building engineering. The concept came together in an

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HELIX WIND TURBINE: Small Wind Gets Smart

HELIX WIND TURBINE: Small Wind Gets Smart

Harnessing wind power for use in residential applications has been a challenge, but a new breed of vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) from Helix Wind offers a promising design that may change the way we do

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‘WING’ PERSONAL PORTABLE WINDMILL

‘WING’ PERSONAL PORTABLE WINDMILL

Wind power is one of the most promising sources of renewable energy, yet most often its presence is felt only on the industrial scale, in large wind farms connected to the power grid. How great would it

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FLYING WIND TURBINES

FLYING WIND TURBINES

We’ve seen wind turbines fit for backyards, balconies, even oceans- and now pioneering wind-power engineers are looking to take wind turbines to new heights—15,000-30,000 feet in the air! Harvesting

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FLOATING WIND TURBINES IN THE NORTH SEA

FLOATING WIND TURBINES IN THE NORTH SEA

While our oceans house not only diverse ecologies and possibly the lost city of Atlantis, they now have something else to brag about: serving as prime real estate for some very renewable energy.

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