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PowerHub: Backup Power From Solar, Wind

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Xantrex, a company well known the renewable energy world, is introducing a new product called the PowerHub. It’s a self-contained power storage system that can be recharged with DC power from solar cells or wind turbines. Additionally, It can be charged via an outlet using AC power.

Affordable Wind-Powered Housing In London

by Justin Thomas •

Architects Waugh Thistleton have won planning permission for this wind-powered residential building is to be built in London. The building is clad in glazed tiles and features a stunning tower of helical wind turbines at its spine (unfortunately not visible here). It will provide 66 private and affordable apartments, as well as 1,117 sq m of new office space.

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Aquarius Tower To Integrate Wind Turbines, Solar Cells

by Justin Thomas •

The Aquarius Tower will have wind turbines and a solar roof cleverly incorporated into its design. It will become one of the few buildings in the U.S. to incorporate such energy generating features. The tower is a proposed 38-story, 240,000-square-foot condominium complex that will be located across from the Georgia Aquarium, in Atlanta. It will also feature a robotic parking …

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Quiet Revolution Wind Turbines

by Justin Thomas •

Quiet Revolution is an English company that makes visually intriguing wind turbines. The QR5 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine generates 6 kilowatts of power. It’s quieter than your typical wind turbine because the tip speed is slower, due to the triple-helix design, which in turn allows it to be situated closer to buildings and on towers. It has a £25,000 price …

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New Rooftop Wind Turbine Tested: The Helyx

by Justin Thomas •

Recently, I wrote about the low-profile Aerotecture wind turbines, which are designed to be installed on the rooftops of city buildings. Now I’ve heard of another rooftop wind turbine under development. It’s called the Helyx Wind Generator, and it’s composed of two twisted wings of fiberglass that rotate around a vertical axis. The turbine is also colored bright green, which …

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WindSpire: An Attractive Wind Turbine For The Home

by Justin Thomas •

A Nevadan company, Mariah Power, has launched a unique wind turbine for the home, called the WindSpire. The turbine is rated at 1 kilowatt, and it has a thin design — it’s only two feet wide, but 20 feet tall (see a photo here). The color is also customizable — suggested colors are: Milky White, Forest Green, Sky Blue, Stop …

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The Largest Wind Farm In The World: Horse Hollow

by Justin Thomas •

What is the largest wind farm in the world? Well, right now it’s the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas. This wind farm has 421 wind turbines that generate a total capacity of 735 megawatts. The wind turbines are spread across 47,000 acres of land in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas.

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Video: View From A Wind Turbine

by Justin Thomas •

In the town of Swaffham (love that name), England, they have one the few wind turbines in the world that features an observation tower. It’s open to the public, so Newconsumer.TV went inside to climb the turbine, and take a look. Last week, the EU committed Europe to producing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020. For …

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Skyscraper Gets Covered In 7000 Solar Panels

by Justin Thomas •

The facade of this Manchester skyscraper (owned by CIS, an insurance company) was original covered with small mosaic tiles, but after only six months, they began to detach and fall. A solution was needed, and a company called solarcentury came up with a clever idea replacing the failing tiles with solar cells.

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Rooftop Wind Turbines Ready For Commercial Use

by Justin Thomas •

Note: Images and Video © Lucid Dream Productions Wind turbines designed to be installed on rooftops are generating a lot interest lately. These compact turbines can be located on top of buildings, or attached to other parts of large structures like bridges. In turns out, though, that installing wind turbine in a city environment is a bit of an art. …