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Green Mountain to Provide NYC’s Lincoln Center 100% Wind Energy

  Lincoln Center is home to the world’s most talented performing arts companies, and is bringing green energy center stage to its community. Green Mountain Energy Company is pleased to announce that Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will become the first performing arts center in New York City to be powered by 100% wind energy. Green Mountain is the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. Founded in 1997, the company celebrates 15 years delivering on the mission to…

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Saphon’s Cheaper and Efficient Bladeless Wind Turbines

  Saphon, out of Tunisia, is interested in finding partners to mass-produce and market their unique wind energy device, based on their own Zero Blade technology. An average wind turbine captures only 30 to 40%, while the Saphon turbine is said to be 2.3 times more efficient. Additionally, the cost is expected to be 45% less than a conventional turbine, mostly due to the fact that there are no blades, no hub, and no gearbox on the units. The Wind Turbines out on the market now have the following drawbacks:…

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BP’s Flat Ridge Project: Largest Wind Farm in Kansas

  We all have heard about BP’s oil spill mess but did you know that BP is also involved in the largest wind farm project in Kansas that not only helps the environment but is also creating jobs in that area. BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power are constructing Flat Ridge 2 wind farm. It will be the largest wind project in the state of Kansas and a major investment in renewable energy for U.S. consumers. The facility, located on a 66,000-acre site about 40 miles southwest of…

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LEGO buys $539 Million Wind Farm

  The world’s third-largest toy manufacturer is going to be putting “made with wind power” labels on all those boxes of LEGOs, and not just because they bought their power from utilities with wind turbines. LEGO’s share of the 277-megawatt Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, which will be finished in 2015, should provide all the energy the company needs through 2020. Considering that LEGO produces 19 billion bricks every year, that’s a surprisingly efficient use of wind power. The Lego parent company Kirkbi A/S is investing about $539 million for…

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Warren Buffett 2012 Solar Wind Power Outlook

  The super-investor from Omaha is rapidly turning into the king of wind power in the USA, and his recent foray into solar power could be the beginning of something big. Indeed, almost exactly one year ago Mr. Buffett wrote to his shareholders about MidAmerican Energy (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway), the holding company that Buffett controls – it’s 60+ billion dollars of that stock that he’s giving to charity) “will have 2,909 megawatts of wind generation in operation by the end of 2011, more than any other regulated electric…

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Both High and Low Speed Turbines

  The stereotypical wind turbine design demands a lot of clearance around it, a tall tower, and plenty of high winds, but a new design could change all of that. The Wind Harvester is a serious departure from most wind turbine designs, not only because of its horizontal design and the type motion required to generate power, but because it is claimed to be able to produce electricity from both high and low wind speeds. The inventor of the Wind Harvester, Heath Evdemon (founder of Wind Power Innovations), has support…

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ReUsing Electric Car Batteries

  It’s not because a battery pack isn’t good enough for an electric or hybrid car anymore that it should go directly to a recycling plant. There are lots of potential secondary uses for batteries that can still hold more than half of their original charge. They could be used to reduce the intermittency problem, but a new partnership between Nissan North-America, ABB, 4R Energy, and Sumitomo Corporation of America believes that used electric car batteries (Nissan LEAF ones, in this case) could be used for residential and commercial energy…

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First Wind

  First Wind is an independent North American wind energy company that has 13 Wind Farm across the country and is planning on growing. (See Map for locations) Based in Boston, First Wind has developed and operates 735 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity at 13 wind energy projects in New York, New England, Utah, Vermont and Hawaii. First Wind is also currently managing the construction of 3 projects with an additional 141MW of generation capacity. It exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind energy…

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Minesto UnderWater Kite

  In the world of clean energy, kites have have become a big deal. Recent advances in technology have lifted ideas like high altitude wind turbine kites, parakite farms and ship towing kites  off the ground and made them a viable, wind-powered option as clean energy sources. Kites can harness more than just the wind, though. It was just last year that we covered a story about kites flying under the sea to harness tidal energy. Now, Minesto, the company behind that under-sea kite project called “Deep Green,” has announced they’ve…

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Wind Turbines

  What are Wind Turbines and how do Wind Turbines Work? Wind is a form of solar energy. Caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun. Wind Flow is molded by earth terrain, vegetation, and water. Wind Turbines work the opposite of a fans. Wind Turbines use wind to make electricity. A fan is the opposite; it uses electricity to make wind. Wind energy uses wind to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy into mechanical power.

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Google Invests in World’s Largest Wind Farm

  Besides setting up Google Energy subsidiary to buy and sell wholesale energy, investing in solar project near Berlin, and signing a 20 year power purchasing agreement with an Iowa wind energy company, Google invested $100 million in the world’s largest wind farm. Facts about the World’s Largest Wind Farm: $2 Billion Dollar Sheperds Flat Project. Size of 30 square miles in north central Oregon. Holds 845 megawatts that can supply 235,000 homes energy. Project Ownership: GE 34%, Google and Japanese Companies 56 %. Completion year: 2012.

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