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Weather Harvester. Turning rain into electricity.

July 20, 2012 in Random Cool, Wind

Canadian Raymond Wang is developing a roof-mounted system based on piezoelectric technology (converting mechanical stress into electricity) in order to harvest energy from rain, hail, and snow and convert it into useful electricity. Did I mention that “Weather Harvester” is not a company, but the name of a science fair project? Oh yes, and did [...]

AIRE. Charge your iPhone – by breathing.

March 28, 2012 in Wind

Rio de Janeiro-based designer João Lammoglia recently won a Red Dot Design award for his innovative face mask device baptized “AIRE“, which converts heavy breathing into usable electricity. The AIRE mask boasts an aesthetic that borders between cool — and creepy.  But if we manage to look beyond the Hannibal Lecter resemblance, the AIRE is [...]

SolarFuel. Smart Energy Conversion.

March 23, 2012 in Energy Storage, Solar, Transportation, Wind

SolarFuel, a Stuttgart, Germany-based startup, is developing a Power-to-Gas (P2G) technology which converts wind and solar-generated electricity  into “storable” synthetic CO2-neutral natural gas. The key challenge facing the successful integration of renewable sources (re. solar, wind) into grid infrastructure is intermittency. Renewable electricity is generated irregularly – when the sun is shining or the wind is [...]

FloDesign Wind Turbine. There’s change in the wind.

March 7, 2012 in Wind

Waltham, MA-based FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp. a spinoff of aerospace company FloDesign, has developed a novel compact jet-engine inspired wind turbine that is 3-4x more efficient and significantly cheaper to produce than existing turbines. From innovative airborne wind technologies like Makani Power and Altaeros, to kite technologies like SkySails to vertical wind systems as seen in the [...]

Eole Water. Give us wind we give you water.

January 25, 2012 in Wind

Eole Water, located in the south of France, builds small-scale wind turbines that co-generate electricity and fresh drinking water through a unique and patented condensation process. Marc Parent, the founder of the Eole Water, had the idea for turning wind “into water” back in 1997 when he was living in the Antilles, and discovered that [...]

SkySails. New energy for shipping.

January 11, 2012 in Transportation, Wind

SkySails, located in Hamburg, Germany, is the market leader in wind propulsion by automated towing kite systems.  In other words, SkySails designs high-altitude flying kites attached to cargo ships that essentially “pull” the ships, reducing the ship’s fuel costs and CO2 emissions by 10-35%. As we’ve seen with Makani Power and Altaeros, high-altitude wind is [...]

Makani Power. High capacity wind.

December 22, 2011 in Wind

Makani Power, located in Alameda, CA, consists of a group of kite surfing-engineers designing airborne wind turbines (AWT) with innovative wing mounted generators to produce efficient and consistent wind-generated electricity.     Makani’s AWT, flying at altitudes of 300-600 meters, is a rigid wing with small mounted rotors that drive high-speed generators.  The electricity is [...]

Wind-it. Vertical wind turbines on existing tower networks.

December 20, 2011 in Wind

Wind-it, a joint project between two Paris-based companies, Elioth and Encore Heureux, is an innovative solution for superposing wind-turbines on existing power transmission and cell phone towers. I had a discussion recently with an employee of Second Wind about the wind industry – and how innovations in the industry are mostly incremental and not as exciting as [...]

Bergey Windpower. Small Wind.

September 14, 2011 in Wind

For over 30 years, Bergey Windpower has been working on small wind systems (1kW-10kW).  Bergey Windpower is based in Oklahoma and they have built wind systems for homes, farms, schools, small businesses, and villages in over 50 countries. The small wind industry blossomed in the US in the 1970s due to favorable incentives, but when the subsidies [...]

The “coolest” hat ever !

April 26, 2011 in Solar, Wind

This is genius.

blueEnergy

April 18, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Solar, Wind

blueEnergy is a non-profit organization that builds hybrid wind-solar systems for isolated communities.  Mathias Craig, a French-American, developed the idea in a class called “Entrepreneurship in the Developing World” while he was pursuing a Masters at MIT back in 2003. The system centers around a 1,000W wind turbine, locally manufactured and connected to a “community [...]

Altaeros Energies

April 6, 2011 in Wind

Altaeros Energies, based in Cambridge, MA, is developing airborne wind turbines (AWT). Why “airborne” ?  The wind turbines are sent to higher heights using blimp-like technology, where winds are stronger and more stable. Though little information is provided on the website, here is a photo of the first Altaeros AWT prototype: Awesome concept.  But two (maybe stupid) [...]