Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tiny flags harvest wind energy, but not as well as wind turbines

  Nothing will replace wind turbines quite yet, but Nature Communications just posted a report that shows tiny fluttering flags are able to generate electricity through the oscillations created by wind; they call it a “flutter-driven triboelectric generator”.   The … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 23, 2014 |

$1 million in funding for concrete wind turbine towers?

    Concrete wind turbine towers are not a new concept, but apparently the technology is something the US Department of Energy wants to explore a little more. According to their media release, they have awarded Iowa University engineers $1 … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 22, 2014 |

Australia’s Federal Treasurer is “appalled” at wind turbines

  Joe Hockey, Australia’s Federal Treasurer, had some choice words regarding the wind turbines which can be seen in Canberra; he called them “utterly offensive”.   When asked at a Bloomberg summit whether he would echo the same sentiments again, … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 18, 2014 |

Canada has no offshore wind?!

  GlobalData, a research firm based in Britain, conducted a study on offshore wind that estimates the industry will grow by about 30% annually until 2020 to a total of approx. 40GW. And to give you an idea of how … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 18, 2014 |

An academy aimed at preparing wind technicians and experts has opened in Romania

    The Wind Power Energy (WPE) organization in Romania has partnered with BZEE (Renewable Energy School of Skills) an academy that offers courses in 29 locations worldwide, including: Canada, US, Ireland, UK, France, Germany and Brazil which aim to … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 11, 2014 |

Honda wind turbines outperform expectations

  Two wind turbines at the Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. plant have exceeded their projected power output by over 6% in only 6 months after installation.   The wind turbines both stand at 260ft with blades at 160ft, … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 10, 2014 |

Scottish wind expert believes future wind projects will be scaled down

  Duncan Oswald, a Chartered Environmentalist and consultant from Ecodyn, believes that onshore wind projects will be scaled down, with a focus on distributed wind, where electricity generated is used by local residents or businesses.   Mr. Oswald said, ‘The … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 4, 2014 |

German companies use old wind turbine blades for cement

  Thanks to EU regulations, which stated old wind turbine blades were not allowed in landfills, it prompted companies to come up with alternatives for the recycling and use of fiberglass composites. Specifically, two German companies, Zajons and Holcim (Deutschland) … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on September 4, 2014 |