Of all the different kinds of renewable energy, wind might be both the easiest to manage and the most frustrating. Turbines are relatively cheap and easy to build and deploy, but wind is a fickle mistress, and an idle turbine is barely fit for birds to poop on. Solution? Send the turbine to the wind instead.
Dean Kamen, noted brilliant and sometimes crazy inventor, has patented a new design for inflatable wind turbines which can double as illuminated advertising billboards. I guess free wind energy is just not quite good enough.
Casey Putsch is one helluva Batman fan. Last week, we reminisced about 14 iconic Batmobiles, but Putsch's turbine-powered Batmobile easily takes the cake as one of the best superhero car mods we've ever seen. Tossing in an iPad as its avionics and GPS systems is just icing and a cherry on top.
Japan has taken a recent interest in alternative forms of power generation, and one of their latest ideas is this 160 foot tall hexagonal tower that works twice as efficiently as conventional wind turbines, without giant spinning blades of death.
Traditional wind turbines are designed for wide-open areas that get a lot of wind, which is great for the Kansas plains but less great for, well, almost everywhere else. The Optiwind Compact Wind Accelerating Turbine, however, is more more adaptable....