China On Pace To Become World’s Largest Wind Power Market

 

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Researchers merged meteorological and wind-turbine modeling to map China’s wind-energy potential.  Potential output of 1.5 MW wind turbines is shown as a percentage of maximum output over time.

China has doubled its installed wind power capacity every year for the past five, and is on pace this year to supplant the Unied States as the world’s largest market for new installations. But researchers from Harvard University and Beijing’s Tsinghua University suggest that the Chinese wind power industry has hardly begun to tap its potential. According to their meteorological and financial modeling, reported in the journal Science last week, there is enough strong wind in China to profitably satisfy all of the country’s electricity demand until at least 2030.

 

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Nubrella: Ultimate Personal Weather Protector

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The nubrella is designed for the 21st century. Nubrella exploits the fundamental limitations of today’s traditional umbrella while introducing a long awaited feature of hands free usage. Nubrella turned to the award winning design firm, Continuum. The result is an eye catching new aerodynamic design that many are saying is simply a better “mousetrap”.

 

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Are Jellyfish Changing The Ocean’s Temperature?

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Jellyfish mixing up the oceans’ waters

Talk about a “butterfly flaps its wings” scenario. Scientists Kakani Katija and John Dabiri of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have worked out just how jellyfish swim, and propose that the way jellyfish and other swimmers move through the water could have as big an impact on mixing up the oceans’ waters as tides and wind, which means they’re an important part of determining the temperatures of the seas.

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Optiwind: Wind Turbine For High Density, Low Wind Areas

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Traditional three-blade turbines are great if you have lots of space to play with, but the Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine is ideal for high-density, low-wind areas. The turbine’s series of small, five bladed fans funnel in wind and accelerate it, thereby cranking up wind speeds to generate more power.

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Wind-It: Wind Turbines Using Electrical Transmission Towers

Wind-It: Wind Turbines Using Electrical Transmission Towers

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Metropolis Magazine officially announced the winner of their 2009 Next Generation prize! Titled Wind-it, the brilliant project aims to give our existing energy grid a much needed boost by installing wind turbines in ailing electrical transmission towers. The project is designed for France, but creators Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin, and Raphael Menard believe it could be integrated everywhere, from China’s Sichuan Province to the streets of New York City. (Pics)

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Air-Fueled Battery Lasts 10 Times Longer

Air-Fueled Battery Lasts 10 Times Longer

Oxygen drawn from the air reacts within the porous carbon to release the electrical charge in this lithium-air battery. 

A new type of air-fueled battery could give up to ten times the energy storage of designs currently available.  This step-change in capacity could pave the way for a new generation of electric cars, mobile phones and laptops.

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WindCube: Rooftop Wind Turbine

WindCube: Rooftop Wind Turbine

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Generating power by free methods is the Holy Grail for the green power movement. For consumers it could one day mean that we get power for our homes and gadgets for free from the sun or the wind. Wind power is controversial because the massive wind turbines are ugly and make the area where they are installed look bad to some people.

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