Vestas shakes up wind power with a 12-blade turbine tower

July 6, 2016 by  
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It’s expensive to transport wind turbines , which adds to the cost of wind power . Seeking to bring those costs down, Danish wind turbine company Vestas decided to tack on more rotors to get the most out of a turbine tower. They’re currently testing a multi-rotor design at the Technical University of Denmark that has four rotors and 12 blades. The company announced earlier this month on Facebook that their new turbine generated its first kilowatt hour (kWh) of power. The multi-rotor turbine doesn’t have the three blades typical on most wind turbines, but 12. The turbine being tested has a ” tip height ” of 74 meters, or around 242 feet, because the testing site restricts tip height to 75 meters. Vestas is using 1990’s refurbished nacelles (or the covers for ” working parts ” of the wind turbine) to explore the concept. Related: Giant turbine blades could bring exponential growth to U.S. wind power market One potential drawback of the multi-rotor design is that if one component breaks or stops functioning, Vestas would have to make rapid adjustments so the rest of the turbine could offset the flaw. Real-time monitoring would be therefore crucial. CleanTechnica speculates that could be why the company is using refurbished parts rather than creating new parts for the new multi-rotor turbine. In their Facebook post announcing the first kWh, Senior Specialist, Electrical, Load & Control Erik Carl Lehnskov Miranda said they planned to keep testing ” various software functions .” Vestas added, “…by 2020 as much as 10 percent of the world’s electricity consumption will be satisfied by energy from the wind … [and] we have the confidence to say that wind power is an industry on par with coal and gas.” Via CleanTechnica Images courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S

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New LEGO headquarters in Denmark modeled after its famous toy bricks

July 6, 2016 by  
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LEGO Group plans to add a new headquarters in Denmark , and the global hub will be designed by architect C.F. Møller , also from Denmark. The building itself will be home to a collaborative work (and play) space, according to the company’s mission, while the exterior grounds will consist of a park open to the public. With influence taken straight from the famous toy bricks, Møller’s design will include a LEGO People House, a colorful atrium, and architectural features built right on top of recognizable LEGO elements. The new office complex will be located in Billund, Denmark and will serve as a hub for the company’s global headquarters. To create the design, the architect will take cues from LEGO employees who contributed their input en masse, and the resulting office space will represent the two major aims of the toymaker: work and play. The LEGO People House is an informal space, where employees and visitors “can be physically active and socialize, both during and outside working hours,” according to Claus Flyger Pejstrup, Senior Vice President at the LEGO Group, and responsible for the LEGO Group Headquarters in Denmark. Related: First bricks laid for BIG’s LEGO house in Denmark The LEGO Group employs more than 17,000 people around the world, of which more than 4,000 LEGO® employees of 35 nationalities work in Denmark, spanning product development, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, quality and various other functions. The new building will be the company’s main hub in Billund, spanning 52,000 square meters, and will incorporate energy efficiency features as well as numerous green spaces. “We want a distinct office building that clearly conveys the LEGO values, and which truly expresses the creative, innovative culture of our company,” said Pejstrup. “I am very excited that we can now present our vision for this new building, both to our employees and to the community.” + C.F. Møller + LEGO Group Images via C.F. Møller

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LAGI Glasgow showcases new energy art designs along Scotland’s canal banks

June 9, 2016 by  
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The LAGI Glasgow exhibition demonstrates three distinct and unique designs that employ renewable energy generation without sacrificing eye appeal. Each more fantastic than the one before, the installations pay homage to the site’s natural surroundings, while incorporating some of the latest evolutions of clean energy technology, such as bladeless (or “vortex” style) wind turbines . Air, water, and light are all treated as sources of potentially endless value, within clean energy projects designed and executed by multidisciplinary teams from multiple continents. Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year ‘Wind Forest’ is the aptly named grove of towering wind turbines created by Peter Foster Richardson of Glasgow’s own ZM Architecture and Scottish environmental artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion or Dalziel + Scullion . The artificial forest will transform 100 Acre Hill into a wind energy farm, sporting 100 4 kW single bladeless wind turbines , in three distinct groves, each painted in a slightly different shade pulled from the palette of the surrounding landscape. This part of the exhibition was designed and constructed with assistance from UK-based electrical engineer Ian Nicoll of Qmulus Ltd  and Peter Yeadon at Yeadon Space Agency , headquartered in Brooklyn. The forest will also feature a number of man made boulders, intended as a reference back to the site’s glacial origins. The second of three parts of the exhibition shines a spotlight on the unique power hidden in Earth’s most abundant resource: water. ‘Watergaw’ is a hydropower installation comprised of water-callers and wind-callers, representations of natural features at the exhibition site. This design stems from the collaborative efforts of Glasgow-based ERZ Studio , along with Scottish born artist Alec Finlay , and Berlin-based artist Riccardo Mariano . Mariano is responsible for the brilliant rainbow in the sky above the water element, which can be seen from the city below. A host of other consultants participated in developing and honing the design. For its energy generation feats, Watergaw centers around a micro-hydro turbine installation at Monkland Canal and an array of seven small-scale vertical axis wind turbines. The final portion of the LAGI Glasgow exhibition is ‘Dundas Dandelions,’ so named for its resemblance to a white puff of dandelion seeds waiting to be swept off in the wind. It’s a fantastic conglomeration of various models of wind turbines, kinetic (torque) generators, and piezoelectric disks which, working in concert, are capable of producing as much as 500 MWh of clean energy each year. For this dazzling spectacle, which is illuminated at night, two local firms Stallan Brand Architectural Design and Pidgin Perfect joined forces with the Glasgow Science Festival and University Glasgow, with support from California’s M-Rad Architects . LAGI Glasgow kicks off June 9 and will run through July 29, 2016. + LAGI Glasgow Images via LAGI

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TwingTec’s high-flying wind turbine generates power in hard-to-reach places

March 3, 2016 by  
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Giant turbine blades could bring exponential growth to U.S. wind power market

February 9, 2016 by  
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The wind power industry is abuzz with the missing link that could bring offshore 50-megawatt (MW) wind turbines to the United States and, rest assured, this time it won’t be overlooked. The secret to successful wind power? Just go bigger. Massive, 650-foot-long rotor blades promise to transform offshore wind energy in the US with a design that is cost-effective and modular.  The enormous blades, designed after the natural movement of palm trees in a storm, are currently under development and could hit the market soon. Read the rest of Giant turbine blades could bring exponential growth to U.S. wind power market

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Affordable, beautiful homes target mass-production at just $20,000 each

February 9, 2016 by  
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Portable wind turbine Kickstarter raises almost entire goal in one day

September 22, 2015 by  
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Plugging into renewable energy is a challenge for many of us. Despite the rapidly falling cost of solar panels, there are many green-minded folks who don’t own a roof to install them on. Wind energy is an option in lots of areas, but a similar problem exists if you don’t own the land on which to install a hefty wind turbine generator. Janulus, a company based in Minnesota, has been working on portable wind turbine options , and they’ve just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for four new models of easy-to-use, smartly designed generators of renewable energy. After just one day, the campaign has already raised most of the company’s goal. Read the rest of Portable wind turbine Kickstarter raises almost entire goal in one day

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GE’s new dome-shaped wind turbine generates more electricity

June 9, 2015 by  
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Perhaps the most interesting thing about technology of any kind is its ability to be adapted and improved. For wind turbines, GE ’s New ecoROTR  offers such an advancement. The addition looks like something out of a superhero movie—specifically, a certain shield-wielding Avenger comes to mind—and what it does for the wind turbine is equally super. The dome-shaped attachment allows this turbine to capture wind energy that is lost by standard turbines. Read the rest of GE’s new dome-shaped wind turbine generates more electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: capturing more wind energy , GE , ge ecorotr , general electric , improving wind energy , improving wind turbines , more efficient wind energy , wind turbine improvement , wind turbines

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

May 30, 2015 by  
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Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon’s Willamette Falls

May 30, 2015 by  
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