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NASA’s Puffin the Future in Personal Flying Machines


NASA’s Puffin is a single seated electric powered airplane, a combination of an airplane and a helicopter morphed into a hybrid sky vehicle. It’s a personal flying machine of the future! Mark Moore, an aerospace engineer, conceptualized the idea of electric aircraft for his doctoral degree. The Puffin can be launched via vertical take-off and landing.  The lightweight Puffin produces [...]

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Ice Banking Wind Power


Calmac has come up with a storage system called IceBank that uses the energy generated at off-peak night-time hours to make ice. That stored ice is then used for cooling purposes during high-demand daytime hours. Reducing the peak daytime demand for electricity can cut cooling costs 20-40%, source energy and emissions are reduced and construction [...]

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World’s First Floating Wind Turbine


The Hywind, a 2.3 megawatt wind turbine built by Siemens, combines technologies from both the wind farming industry and the oil and gas sectors, and will be tested off the coast of Norway for two years. Statoil’s Alexandra Beck Gjorv told reporters that the technology, called the Hywind, “should help move offshore wind farms out [...]

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Plastic Edges Could Improve Efficiency of Wind Turbines


Risø, the National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy at the Technical University of Denmark, is conducting researching on improving the efficiency of wind turbine blades by adding plastic edges on the blades. Helge Aagaard Madsen, who is a research specialist on the project, explains, “Providing the blade with a movable trailing edge it is possible to control [...]

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Denmark to Charge Electric Cars with Wind Power


Denmark is leading the wind power race. And they’re doing a little too well. Denmark gets about 20% of its total electrical power from wind, and on more blustery days, that percentage can double, putting a strain on their electricity grids. And although this may not seem like a problem for us consumers, on a [...]

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Wind-Powered Car in Development


The Greenbird is part aeroplane, part sailboat, part Formula One car, which runs on the harnessed power of wind. A U.K. company with hopes for a zero carbon transportation future, has engineered a land craft and ice craft, powered only by the wind. The solid, carbon-fibre sails provide thrust, while the design enables the land [...]

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Britain Invests in Wind Energy R&D


The newly formed Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has begun its search for green technology energy solutions in Britain this week. Britain’s Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Drayson, announced the first four recipients of funding from ETI. Among them is the funding for research and development of the V-wing Turbine. The V-wing Turbine is a massive [...]

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