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 [...]
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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 [...]
March 21, 2011 in Wind
To kickoff Watt Now, I will start with the project Humdinger. A simple and elegant concept based on “aerolastic flutter”, that harnesses energy from the wind (by creating a flutter oscillation on a tensioned membrane) and converts the flutter to electricity through new types of linear generators. The Humdinger technology can respond to different level [...]