A joint research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and North Carolina State University has clarified the fundamental principles for achieving the synchronization of power generator groups in power networks. Synchronization is vital for the stable supply of alternating current electric power. Synchronization of generator groups means the phase angles (timing of the […]

University of Cambridge researchers have devised a new material that mimics the wing structure of owls which could help make wind turbines, computer fans and even planes much quieter. Early wind tunnel tests of the coating have shown a substantial reduction in noise without any noticeable effect on aerodynamics. Because wind turbines are heavily braked […]

News that Google recently bought flying wind turbine manufacturer Makani, whose planes fly between 800 and 1,950 feet, has surged a bit more energy into the airborne wind turbine research effort. The turbine could be ‘flown’ at perhaps as high as 2000 meters in the air, taking advantage of stronger winds and cutting infrastructure costs […]

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. […]

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