If you think your commute sucks, imagine having to slide out to the end of a 300-foot wind turbine blade as it's spinning. Luckily, this robot can do the job so you don't have to.
The Bahrain World Trade Center was the very first building to incorporate wind turbines into its design.
Is this the technology that's going to replace bladed wind turbines?
Not only is the little European nation leading the pack with green and renewable energy, it's running away with the prize.
Apple has filed a patent application for a system that stores excess energy when the wind is strong, and dishes it out again if the wind dies.
Just how big is massive? The latest wind turbine blades being built for offshore use are gigantic — roughly the total wingspan of an Airbus A380. They are the longest wind turbine blades being built, and here's how they do it.
Traditional wind turbine designs are HAWT. You know, not hot hawt, but HAWT like a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine." A HAWT design is what you probably think of when you picture a wind turbine (it's the thing that looks like a big propeller on a stick), but the next generation designs may be all about the VAWT, not the HAWT.
Bigger wind turbines generate more power, but you can get just as much power by using a bunch of smaller wind turbines. The question is, which way do you go if you want to produce more power while staying as environmentally friendly as possible? We totally gave it away in the hed, but the scaling is such that truly gigantic turbines are an inevitability.
The developing world has a continuous need for two things: electricity, and clean water. But more than that, there's a need for a decentralized way to produce both of these things, without a lot of additional infrastructure, and a new type of wind turbine that can suck water straight out of the air seems like the ideal solution.
For those who use wind energy, and for general kite-flying purposes, it'd be nice to know where the wind in the United States is at any given moment. With this real time wind map, you can!