A University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-wind turbine that generates electrical energy.  Their target looks to be an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large wind turbines are not possible. Smitha Rao and J.-C. Chiao [...]

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) identified two unique methods, one a hybrid energy production and storage approach at two eastern Washington locations to put them into practice. Using wind energy the PNNL calculates enough wind energy could be stored for about 85,000 homes each [...]

One’s first impression is – it won’t work.  But some innovative and enterprising folks have driven the wind through a funnel idea to what seems to be a successful field trial. Brian Wang’s NextBigFuture site spotted the small firm’s press release and ran a post.  That in itself is an acknowledgment the technology is interesting. [...]

The U.S. taxpayers are in better than $16 billion dollars now and just got hooked for another $12.1 billion more.  That’s $161,333 per for 75,000 jobs.  Admittedly, compared to some government subsidy deals this looks cheap. (Roll Eyes) Subsidizing wind energy surely should be at the end of the subsidy era.   The era is 20 [...]

The ideas to harness wind energy from a kite, or other highflying tethered wind energy collector are pretty numerous and most are simply economically unsustainable even though beautiful, sprit lifting, and fun to watch.  Kites are a blast.  Can they make power? The founders of Berlin-based wind energy developer NTS GmbH are sending stunt kites [...]

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