Element Four WaterMill

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on November 2, 2008.

The energy required to pull water from the air is immense by today’s coal standard. However, with the advent of radio wave electricity and windmill power this task is already easier than it has been in the past. And this simple process may get even easier in the future.

Element Four has created a watermill that rings the wind of its H2O. The windmill creates enough energy to complete the process. The entire system is self-sustaining. The three hundred watts created are used to then extract H2O.

The watermill goes on the outside of your home. This is because the air on the outside is cleaner than the air indoors. Element Fours website say that the inside of the home seventy percent more polluted than the outside.

The Watermill itself is a cute item. It looks like a fire alarm and an am fm radio. It has the half sphere shape similar to most curved mirrors.

This system is good for rural outdoors or smoggy city environments. The watermill is the first system of its kind that can draw enough water out of the air to supple water for everyone in the house.

The process the device follows it that the watermill draws in moisture out of regular air into a condenser.

The Element Four have spout(spigot), a dispenser, a water cooler, and a refrigerator as purchase options in their line of related products.

The watermill can also be hooked up to your existing forms of water usage: sink, fridge, or dispenser.

The design was made to change to every climate imaginable automatically. The watermill adjusts how much air to take in, based on the climate and what is required of a certain recipient to produce a variable amount of water in that climate.

The watermill has a gauge for temperature and humidity. It will also tell you when the water is ready.

This product is needed by a lot of people who want to nearly cut their water bill down.

This watermills are bound to become popular items, making it possible to have clean free water anywhere, nearly any time.

The Wind Farm Delay

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on November 1, 2008.

The author of the Pickens Plan had to recant on CNBC during the Oct 30th broadcast.

He said that with natural gas prices being as low as $6.80 dollar per million BTUs. British Thermal Unit

That price is fifty percent lower than in July just a few months previous in 2008.

“I think it is all going to be put off because we have got the credit crunch, one, but, two, natural gas prices [are down], so you are going to price wind off natural gas power and right now natural gas is so cheap there will be no new wind deals until natural gas price gets back up.”, Pickens said.

Pickens added that America should focus on converting thirty percent of our carbon based intake to natural gas by physically converting all of two million eighteen wheelers in the United States to natural gas.

The drop in the price of natural gas has priced his hedge fund out of its competitive edge in the short run, but investors have been bailing causing a valuation loss of sixty percent.

That is roughly two billion dollars worth of invested money pulled. This is also about the cost of his first order of wind turbines from GE.

In the interview on CNBC Pickens focused on the positive effects changing the two million eighteen wheelers over to natural gas irregardless of the fate of his company in the future or its current state of temporary set back.

It’s an easy step and it can happen very, very fast.”, Pickens said in the CNBC interview.

Offshore Floating Turbines

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on October 31, 2008.

Offshore Floating Turbines are hoped to be the wave of the future. These wind powered electric generators are going to be part of the engineered structure of sea buoys. This is the birthright of the Hywind.

The hope is that with these sea buoys anchored in three triangulated places on the ocean floor construction and stabilization of wind turbines at sea or in an ocean will be much more cost effective.

The wind buoy that is planed is more than colossal weeble wobbles.

Stateoilhydro is behind the project. The Hywind project is now in the first part of its two year phase of construction.

This turbine weighs 138 tones, and is 63 meters high.

The flotation devices are below the surface of the water is 100 meters.

The combined weight of the turbine and the buoy is 5,300 tones.

The buoy has three anchor moorings, as and is 8.3 meters in diameter.

With a surface diameter of 6 meters this project brings together existing technologies in a new way, just like the separate concept of electricity and radio reception.

The Hywind is a floating cement structure, not unlike oil structures designed in the North Sea. With this type of structure the Hywind can be paced in waters from 120 meters to 700 meters deep.

This offshore buoy system will move wind power generation to where the wind is strongest. And that is far off shore. This helps save room inland. And the offshore floating turbine Hywind concept saves on construction cost of trying to build a shaft 700 meters down to the ocean floor and then significantly further below there.

AirBreeze Land

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on October 27, 2008.

The Air Breeze Land turbine model as been improved. The new model is quieter. The second look at the models engineering has given way to a design that produces more energy at lower wind speed. This is an improvement that surpasses all the generators of its class.

This series maybe the most purchased model in the world. More that one hundred thousand Air Breeze turbines have been purchased around the world.

The Air Breeze Land is produced by SouthWest WindPower.

The Air Breeze Land has thirty percent more blade length than previous models.

The Start up speed is six miles per hour. That translates to two point six eight meters per second.

The Land models turbine controller uses a microprocessor that has an internal regulator that tracks the output is at its apex.

Monthly the model generates thirty-eight kilowatts in wind speeds of twelve miles per hour; or in windmill terms five point four meters per second.

The model speed is rated at two hundred watts for twenty miles per hour; or twelve meters per second.

The swivel wind speed is forty-two meters per second. That is roughly one hundred ten miles per hour.

The voltage is forty-eight, twenty-four, and twelve VDC.

The model has electronic stall control to keep the system from failing by stalling out in high wind.

The art in the design reminds an observer of mini racing jets. The inverted tail is appealing, and the blades are curved to make the observer get the feel of the machine looking busy at work.

The Airbreeze Land model is an understated beautiful accent to power homes across America.

Investing in Wind Power

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on September 30, 2008.

Investing in wind power stock is when an individual or group, hedges money in the wind power market on some market tier based on the company or portfolio. This includes a companies ability to perform in the emerging wind power market.

Governments around the world are looking to make the move to renewable energy. It is better for the environment, plant and animal life, and the over all health of each governments population.

The earning potential is there for the wise, and patient investor. The short-term demand has caused a bottleneck that is a risk for most investors who need to get their money back to reinvest elsewhere over a shorter span of time.

However, companies, (and private investors), that have capital, (or the number of investors necessary) to financially set out the supply bottleneck, will eventually reap the reward in the long-term.

This is the potential reward of a very organized, massive positive energy trend that has caught on not only in Europe; it has caught on worldwide.

Experts feel that now is the time to invest in wind power.

Private investment firms like Blackstone, a private investment firm from the United States, are investing large sums of investment capital in the world market of renewable wind power, according to the Green Chip Stocks article on the Green Energy Bull Market.

As far as investing in wind turbine manufacturers, experts say that General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) are the most valuable, currently.

Europe plans on shifting, to getting twelve to fourteen percent of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020.

Countries like Germany have invested fortunes (such as forty-seven billion Euros in building a new off shore wind power infrastructure).

The current wind power infrastructure building underway at Alpha Ventise will provide power to over five hundred thousand homes for example.

In the United States the department of Energy says that 20% of the United States energy will come from wind generators by 2030.

Companies eager to finish the transition from non-renewable energy to renewable energy are clearing many incredible technological hurdles.

Firms like Europe based ABB are creating high voltage cable to run from large offshore wind parks inland to transfer the massive amounts of energy to the regional grids.

There are companies like Gamesa (MCE: GAM) (Pink: GCTAF) with back orders set for manufacture well into 2011, and Danish company Vestas are considered to be the companies with the most potential by Green Chip Stocks.

This could represent a global shift in the focus of production of turbine and windmill shaft construction.

In the past eighteen months, Gamesa has built four production plants for wind turbines in the United States.

In China Gamesa has built three similar facilities. Also in Spain the company raised an additional two turbine plants. All of this was completed in the same time period as the American facilities within the United States.

Gamesa has room for growth. Even Green Chip says that the company has room to take on more production even though it has orders scheduled for production well into 2011.

The North American General Electric is totally booked, according to the same article. GEs website however, headlines the company’s new second contract with Invenergy Wind LLC. The contract is for one billion dollars worth of turbines to generate a clean supply of electricity that will come from the blowing wind.

Check into what minimum investment is with the wind power companies themselves or with the firms brokering these firmsstock in their portfolios to be certain that a group or individual is going to make money in the long-run.

Wave-Energy Buoy

Posted in Wave Power by windpower on September 25, 2008.

Wave power ramps up

Wave BuoyOne September twenty third the wave-power company Ocean Power Technology announced that the first commercial wave-energy buoy (wave-power generator) in Spain had been placed in the water and was ready to start doing the business of providing clean energy.

This buoy converts the motion of wave energy into electricity is at work in Santona off the northern Spanish coast.

Ocean Power Technology has been contracted for nine additional wave-energy buoys.

These projects are expected to lead to a much stronger Powerbuoy farm.

This and idea, the projects that are in place, or will be in motion are contracted with the Spanish based power company Iberdrola.

Analysts believe that American power companies will take a strong interest in developing wave-energy buoys here in the United States as they see how efficiently the buoy works for Iberdrola.

Iberdrola Press Release

Wind Investment Tax Credit

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on September 24, 2008.

Senate Votes on Wind Investment Tax Credit

The buzz over H.R. 6049 (Adobe pdf), (the bill that the senate vote on that will affect wind investment tax credit, among other energy, and tax issues), has the wind energy community coming out in full force over the Internet.

The American Wind Energy Association released a plea to voters today asking us to contact our representatives to let them know to support small wind investment tax credit.

Member companies such as South West Wind Power, among others were busy e-mailing their potential customer base asking them to e-mail or phone their representative.

Today the Senate voted on whether or not to extend the tax credit for investing in wind power until December 31st of 2009.

Under this bill millions of United States citizens wont be raised into a higher tax bracket as the result of a separate section of this bill.

The bill also extends research into wave energy. This extension will last two years under the bill.

Wave energy is electricity generated by the force of waves, very much the way wind based energy is collected.

Business that work with wind, wave, geothermal, and ocean energy equipment will get a thirty percent tax cut during the time that their industry is supported by the passing of this bill.

Residential owners or private homes will receive this same thirty percent incentive tax break under the bill.

If new materials are needed for their homes, under this bill, owners can claim ten percent of that cost on their taxes in addition.

Plug in car sales would receive a five thousand to seven thousand dollar tax credit.

The results of the Tuesday vote are not out yet.

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on September 17, 2008.

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) creates consensus and communication between lynch pin organizers and investors, pinpointing areas of concern on how to use and implement wind power.

They foster mission critical tasks that create support for the discovery and longevity of environmentally, economically, and politically viable for profit markets for wind power generation and products.

The NWCC is made up of utility leaders, legislators, innovators and other community stakeholders.

The focus of this group is determining the electrical transmission of wind energy, and the integration of large-scale wind energy into the national utility.

The group also looks into the environmental impact of a project on an area or region.

The research done by the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative is done or gone over in workgroups.

These work groups are made up of affected and interested parties.

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative encourages positive dialog between people who may know about an issue and those who do not understand the issue yet.

Issues that concern wind power on a large commercial scale, range from wild life impact to how the habitat of the same creatures will be affected.

A work group discusses costs and benefits of a project they are planning or have implemented before hand.

This panels outlook is important for wildlife affected by commercial wind power development.

The practices developed by these work groups keep focus on the needs of various stakeholders in wind power electrical transmission, and stakeholders in wildlife habitat reservation.

The transmission workgroup focuses on best practices in the West, Midwest, Southwest Power Pool regions as well as policy, operational, and regulatory reforms at the federal, state, and regional levels. According to their web site.

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Puclications
Wind Energy Issue Papers

Elastic Flutter Wind Belt

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on September 11, 2008.

Shawn Frayne is the inventor of the Wind Belt. This is a non turbine wind generator. It is a wind generator that runs on wind current and vibrates in the stream of the wind moving a magnet that hits copper coils creating electricity.

He imagined its simple elastic flutter used on the roof of an electric car.

Ideally the car would start with some electricity to run on at first. Then the car would never run out. The elastic rubber banned that causes friction in the copper coils would snap and be replaced many times before the car would ever run out of juice.

The car could have energy still when it finally would be replaced by fashion sense or over use. This is what he imagined.

He demonstrates the inventions ability by running a fan to vibrate the rubber band, (stretched in a wooden frame), that vibrates against two copper coils. The electricity generated runs a clock, and other common house-hold items. These demos can be seen on www.youtube.com

Everyone who wants to build and easy wind electric generator without the added cost of purchasing a turbine could make a modification of this invention for home use.

However, since the inventor shares his genius in good faith with the world. People should send the guy a donation for sharing.

This model could eliminate the need for an engine. Replacing blades in wind power generators with a stiff elastic band system.

This wind belt method is call the Aireo Elastic Flutter Method.

Wind Turbine Water Heating

Posted in DIY by windpower on September 5, 2008.

A wind water heater is, in general; a water heated by a water heating element A.K.A immersion heating element.

The element is powered by some sort of wind generated electricity. Typically the electricity heating the water comes from a wind generator turbine that charges batteries that transfer power to the elements to heat water.

How wind turbine water heating works

The heating element is usually 12V, 600 watt. Prices vary depending on the manufacturer and quality. The average element to convert wind-generated electricity into hot water is about forty-five dollars.

Heating elements are nothing new. The element gaining heat from electricity that was generated by wind is a new idea. If we think in terms of what wind power can do, a leap of faith can out think logic. But logically and simply put; the wind pushes the turbine that rotates the magnet that causes electricity. This electricity heats the element that in turn heats the water.

The caveat to this is wind and solar combos. If a simple system like soda and tin beer cans painted black attract heat and wind blows that heated air through a container that heats water: then the wind has a more direct role in being the actual heat source for the water. This type of combination of solar and wind power to heat water is primative. There are way easier, more practical ways to use wind or solar power separately that result in heated water.

Many communities, and individuals are using wind-generated sources to do tasks such as heating the water element. On exceptionally dark days and at night, wind power is a great resource rain or shine.

There are several expensive ways to heat your water. Getting the right element with a reliable thermostat is key. It goes without saying that burning yourself with uncontrolled hot water is something to be voided. It can be avoided easily with any inexpensive renewable energy water heating system.

The key to deciding if heating your water with wind power as the energy source is personal taste, and existing infrastructure.

Heating water with wind-generated electricity is easy if you have to right safe equipment.

Here is a good basic article describing Wind Turbine Water Heating , it is also the source of the image in this article, thank you!

Home Wind Power

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on August 26, 2008.

Home wind power is mainly generating electricity for the home and extensions of the home, such as out buildings, using free energy that comes from the power of the wind.

People trying to disconnect from commercial utility grids can (and do) erect turbines outside their homes to save money.

In some cases the former consumer can now be the utility wholesaler and even sell excess energy back to the public or commercial utility company.

Installing a wind power generator for the home can be an easy task, or the process can have a few needed touches that can make the whole installation complex.

A domestic windpower generator

One such complexity can be the use of rechargeable batteries for when the wind is down, as well as wiring and transforming AC/DC currents.

If the project goal includes selling excess power back to the local utility grid or if regulations dictate that a tower needs to be erected by a professional, then finding a trust worthy contractor becomes a part of the process as well.

The tower is just a technical name for the pole that the turbine or other type of generator sits on, and in most cases will need to be installed by a qualified contractor due to regulatory and/or physical limitations.

There are many wind generator installation services. Some things to look for when hiring a contractor to install a home wind power generator on the property are:

  • Safety Issues/Laws
  • Municipal Regulations
  • City Regulations
  • State Regulations

The first thing to do is to find out what the local municipality feels needs to be regulated when installing wind power in the home.

There are safety issues that mostly can be overcome with common sense. However, these laws are in place for when the spirit of common sense fails us.

Regulations vary from city to city, and state to state, so they need to be checked out before spending any money.

Jim Johnson of a Public Coordinator for the National Wind Tech Center said in a phone interview:

Regulation is relative to where you live. The extremes in regulation go from no regulation at all, to extremely prohibitive.

Oregon for instance has no restrictions. California is very prohibitive when it comes to installing a wind tower and turbine.

But California will help you find a licensed contractor in the area you want to erect a residential wind generator.

Nevada is restrictive in a lot of the bigger areas, but the state also has a lot of rural places where in contrast the state is not as prohibitive.

Where I am in Colorado city construction is not prohibited.

Check out the EERA website, or Google search Wind Powering America. That is our site. There is a list there for each state. This information doesn’t get down to the various rules of each municipality: but if there are state regulations it will be listed there on the site.

The site also has detailed information about tax credits and rebates for wind power listed under each state that gives or awards them.

Home wind power is so new that a lot of local authorities either ignore that this change exists, by saying nothing: Or they simply are not caught up with the times, either way, safety comes first.

The general way that home power generation works is: Turbines will take advantage of wind that will agitate magnets to generate friction and electrical power for home use. This method is highly effective.

The turbine powered by wind is known to be powering homes in forty-seven states currently, and the potential for growth is strong.

Wind power for the home is one great alternative to traditional grid power, it is simple to put in place and can help off-set or eliminate electric bills.

Contributed by David Allison

Windpower Workshop

Posted in Books by windpower on January 22, 2008.

Windpower Workshop is the ideal do-it-yourselfer for wind energy generation, providing all the essential information needed to build and maintain a full wind power system that meets all your needs.

Author Hugh Piggott is passionate about wind energy and loves to give helpful advice and information to those willing to ask for it.

He knows how to make things simpler because he has been giving workshops on practical wind power solutions for years, from which he has compiled a book.

Filled with design alternatives, towers,blade construction, battery charging, furling systems, heating, alternator design, modifications of car parts, alternators and generators and generally providing the full package any do-it-yourselfer will need, this book is exactly what every handyman looking for a little self-reliance has been looking for.

When thinking of sustainability, one of the largest challenges to the industry, has always been the desired element of doing it yourself.

The great art of self-reliance, plus the feeling of pride and joy that comes from knowing that it was you who built your own renewable energy source from scratch is an experience that few would be willing to enjoy, especially since most people nowadays, want to have it all broken down for them in thirty second media bytes.

More than that, building your windmill energy generator from recycled parts (that otherwise would only end up collecting dust in the junkyard, or worse, squished into bulk metal bricks for melting down); building a windmill yourself, from scraps, is a great way to cut down on the end calculations of ecological footprints.

The footprints left from the building and construction process, really are the most essential factors in making the overall lifespan calculation that will determine just how sustainable of a tool, the wind energy generator really is going to be.

For example, one of the important details in Hugh Piggotts windpower workshops in Ireland has been to show first hand, how to produce a windmill based on a permanent magnet alternator from the brake drum of a van.

This book has it all, and deals with this technology in a reliable way, showing how the inspiration and passion of a backyard tinkers passion can bring self-reliance to both the tinker and his or her family, while right now, preparing for the future.

This 160-page paperback published by Centre for Alternative Technology in August of 2001, measures 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.4 and ships at 9 ounces.

If you are looking to build your own wind energy generator and need to know all the information the pros know, you can learn to build and maintain your very own wind energy generator by listening to the experience of others, Windpower Workshop has both the experience, and the passion!

Wind Power Plants

Posted in Books by windpower on December 31, 2007.

Wind Power Plants is a self-explaining technical manual for those who are already dealing with wind energy on a professional level, or those young student minds filled with passion for renewables an in need to learn the deeper details in engineering this sustainable technology for an emerging economy of eco-friendly consumers tomorrow.

From the basic fundamentals, design, construction and operation, Wind Power Plants, takes thereader into the realm of professionals, detailing step by step each of the technical mysteries that enshroud the consumer with numbers and measurements; unfolding every secret of wind energy with science, graphs and logic.

Authors, Robert Gasch and Jochen Twele have been lecturing on the technical concepts of history, design, dimensioning, performance characteristics, loads, behaviors, strengths, renewable power generation, wind-pumping, scaling, rules of similarity, turbine control, dynamic problems and offshore windfarms, for years.

This book takes their lectures and puts them down for you into a technical manual that is easy to reference, easy to read and most of all, eloquently written with philosophical style that would be unheard of from a scientist; inspiring the hearts and minds of young students in such a way, that it will once again spark the flames of their passion for engineering.

This 416-page paperback, written by Robert Gasch and Jochen Twele, published by Earthscan in August of 2004, measures 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.7 and ships at 1.6 lbs.

Wind Power Plants gives a rundown on the fundamentals, design, construction and operation of wind energy, throughout the industry, focused on the young minds of student engineers or hard core open-minded professionals, looking to take their first dive into a competitive and growing field, that is the core of our nations self-reliance.

Makani Power

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on December 6, 2007.

A company founded on creative and innovative professionals, Makani Power Inc. is dedicated to making high-altitude wind energy cheaper than coal, in 2008.

The kind of winds found at high-altitudes, are so intense that this kind of wind technology has the potential to offer the most energy available per square foot on the renewable energy market today, with the only other decent competitor being solar power.

Mah Kah Nee, makani is a Hawaiian word meaning wind or breeze, and it is a word that like the Hawaiian people, resounds in power and magic.

To show the world that subsidization only makes things more expensive, Makani Power seeks to harness only the mightiest of winds, high in the sky with revolutionary technology, revealing the true costsof renewable energies as far lower than fossil fuels are at present in 2007.

If harnessed only a fraction of the worlds high-altitude makani, the entire current global energy demands could possibly be completely met, and this group of elite professionals with creative minds and intuitive imaginations, just might be taking our civilization that much closer to touching an infinite realm of renewable energy.

Making true on the initial investment and bringing forth something that as of yet has not been done; to prove to the world that coal is more expensive than renewable energy, Makani Power Inc. is willing to go the extra mile in 2008, whose team of creative youths are filled with inspiration and passion, for a better tomorrow, starting today.

Makani Power, Inc.
2175 Monarch Street
Alameda, California 94501
Phone: 415-819-6961

Wind Energy Basics

Posted in Books by windpower on November 19, 2007.

Wind Energy Basics brings to life all the need-to-know information on the industry of wind energy, giving special detail to micro wind turbines used by home owners, like where to buy them and how to rate them properly; this book was written for the average reader looking for their first insight into the fascinating realm of wind energy.

Paul Gipe has been around since the very beginning, when wind energy was mainly a fun hobby among backyard tinkers, till it grew into an essential tool in homestead living and has now branched out, from large scale wind farms to the ever more present home turbine for small scale renewable energy needs.

Author Paul Gipe, details the breakthroughs in efficiency, economy and adaptability for a bigger industry and how that industry has enhanced the use of small wind turbines, allowing us a more cost-effective alternative, as well as planning, siting, installation, integration into solar systems, existing systems or even about net metering.

For a long time, small scale wind turbines, micro turbines or mini wind turbines as the many names for these products go, have been used by sailboat owners and other seasteaders for energy generation, and it is only since the 90s that this more environmentally correct alternative to self-reliance and energy generation is finally reaching out to land loving consumers in an economically viable way.

With micro turbines available to the community at large, and with more media coverage as a reliable source of renewable and highly sustainable source of environmentally correct energy generation, the possibilities grow, be the homeowner on or off grid.

From graphs to beautiful illustrations that show how micro wind turbines have been in service all over the globe and continue to provide abundant energy for those they serve year after year, season after season.

This book was written as a basic introduction into wind power, and is an excellent choice for educational programs on renewable energy tech options, especially for those choosing small wind turbines as an option.

This 122-page paperback, written by Paul Gipe, published by Chelsea Green in April of 1999, measuring 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.4 and ships at 12 ounces.

Wind Energy Basics is agreat way to learn about the dramatic maturity in the realm of wind power, detailed information about mini or micro wind turbines and all the why/how possibilities for on and off-grid use, from small to large scales, with illustrations that inspire the minds eye with self-reliance, for a better tomorrow, starting today.

Wind Energy Handbook

Posted in Books by windpower on November 5, 2007.

Wind Energy Handbook is an academic textbook for engineers and students looking to approach this new technology from a diverse range of disciplines, fully explaining each and every nuance of an industry that is taking flight from home owner to wind farm entrepreneurs interested in building our nation in a self-reliant manner, prepared for the global community of tomorrow.

Tony Burton, David Sharpe, Nick Jenkins and Ervin Bossanyi, team up in writing an interdisciplinary approach to the technology of wind energy that paves a solid foundation for the essential knowledge necessary for the elite professional of todays competitive world.

Gauging the wind, understanding how it works and why, what creates the best pattern for a blade, different architectural methods for survey and design alternatives not yet explored, aerodynamics, land-based turbines on a horizontal axis, wind speed frequency, structure of turbulence, discussions on siting constraints and assessment, electrical power systems, power quality and stability; Wind Energy Handbook is a reference textbook that any professional from the various fields of engineering will fully understand quickly and efficiently.

What moves our professionals today is the enhanced attention of the publics eye on what will create a more sustainable and self-reliant future for the children of our nations children, and the society they will be living in a hundred years from now and this book goes all out to provide an authoritative voice that overviews it all, from why to how, in a scientific language, that is down to earth.

Each of the authors, working individually, has revolutionized the field in their own way, but when their knowledge is averaged out,into a synthesized reference text manual like this one, the total sum of knowledge far outweighs anything any of them could have produced individually, making Wind Energy Handbook the most informed and advanced text available at present, capitalizing on only the best of the best.

This 642-page hardcover written by a team of experts, published by Wiley in November of 2001, measuring 9.7 x 6.8 x 1.7, ships at 3lbs.

Wind Energy Handbook is a detailed reference text manual for the inspired student or professional, looking to take hold of the world of wind energy power and tackle the absolutely most important information and knowledge on the subject, harnessing wind energy from practical concerns, component designs, and the economical importance for a more sustainable future, starting today!

Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business

Posted in Books by windpower on August 18, 2007.

Wind Power is a book that takes the average American through the in and out of wind as a potential resource of renewable energy for home, farm and business; written by a professional who has been hearing the word nofor almost thirty years, and yet now, his knowledge is considered one of our nations most precious resources into a more sustainable tomorrow.

Paul Gipe has been in this field for years (since the mid-70s) and offers sound advice on wind power, gliding over the understanding of this technology with explanations that are really down to earth, concrete and interestingly as it may seem, very much within everyones grasp.

What are the common mistakes people tend to make, how does this technology apply to those living on land as opposed to the traditional navel usages? What really makes off-the-grid wind power work and how can it look more pleasing to the human eye?

From small turbines to those of commercial class, for powering up to 200 American homes, Paul Gipe has been around the industry from America to Europe for some three decades and it seems that only now people are willing to listen; this book puts things in perspective for those people right now.

How to select a pre-built turbine for your home, how to do-it-yourself from recycled materials, wind turbine design, how to mount your turbine on an RV, how to choose a location, what the best tower installations and types really are and especially, the safety precautions wind power owners should take into consideration, this book goes all out on simplifying a subject that is more than a lot of people can chew.

This 512-page hardcover was written by wind expert Paul Gipe, recently revised by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in September of 2004, measuring 10.1 x 7.9 x 1.4 and shipping at 3 pounds.

If you are interested in harnessing the wind as a renewable energyfor your business, home or farm and are looking for thirst quenching advice from a man who has been doing this for more than thirty years; Wind Power by Paul Gipe answers your call with the passion for success and a more sustainable tomorrow.

High Altitude Wind Power

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on June 24, 2007.

Flying Windmills or Flying Electric Generator (FEG) technology

High Altitude Wind Power uses flying electric generator (FEG) technology in the form of what have been more popularly called flying windmillsin a proposed renewable energy project over rural or low-populated areas, to produce around 12,000 MW of electricity with only 600 well clustered rotorcraft kites that use only simple autogyro physics to generate far more kinetic energy than a nuclear plant can.

Autogyro technology has been around since 1919 when Juan de la Cierva invented his first prototype, making the first successful flight in 1923 four years later over Madrid, you may remember seeing one in the Mel Gibson movie Mad Max.

Perhaps it was even Mad Max that inspired this concept, but it has taken that long for someone to finally conceptualize the possibilities surrounding this stuff; and if someone is to be immortalized it might just be an Australian visionary named Bryan W. Roberts.

Professor Bryan Roberts, teamed up Sky WindPower Corporation to produce a prototype power plant over the Californian Desert to show what the real cost-effective benefits of FEG technology really are; while also searching for better funding.

According to Sky WindPower; the overuse of fossil fuels and the overabundance of radioactive waste from nuclear energy plants is taking our planet once again down a path of destruction, for something that is more expensive and far more dangerous in the long run. FEG technology is just cheaper, cleaner and can provide more energy than those environmentally unhealthy methods of the past, making it a desirable substitute/alternative.

The secret to functioning High Altitude Wind Power is efficient tether technology that reaches 15,000 feet in the air, far higher than birds will fly, but creating restricted airspace for planes and other aircraft.

This is already done with big brother radar balloons that extend upon the vigilant border patrols looking for coyote aircraft drug running from Mexico into US territory.

The same materials used in the tethers that hold these balloons in place can also hold flying windmills in place; and with energy cable technology getting ever lighter and stronger, FEG technology can now feasibly generate far more than enough wind energy (if properly clustered) to sustain or alternatively replace all of the USs current grid usage.

FEG technology doesn’t need to be confined to lower populated areas (although it is the logical way to be safest) as they would be brought down for safety evaluations and technical check-ups every two years and during probable disaster warnings, turning them into an extremely disaster-safe, source of clean energy.

One of the highest perks to FEG tech is the reliable production of hydrogen gas as an alternatively stored fuel from energy supply excess. Creating both a constant supply of an entirely CO2 free form of potent energy for transportation as well as a more efficient source of energy reserve than rechargeable batteries are at present.

Flying windmills appear to be 90 percent more energy efficient in wind tunnel tests than their land-based counterparts; that is three times more efficiency due to simple yet constantly abundant and effective high altitude wind power, available only 15,000 feet in the air by way of clustered rotor craft kites tethered with existing anti-terrorist technologies like those used on the Mexican/American border radar balloons.

High Altitude Wind Power offers itself as a clean and more powerful source of power generation than anything available on-the-grid at present and if Sky WindPower Corp. has their way, FEG technology and flying windmills will take the lead of a more sustainable future within the decade.

Harnessing High Altitude Wind Power – Bryan W. Roberts, David H. Shepard, Life Senior Member, IEEE, Ken Caldeira,
M. Elizabeth Cannon, David G. Eccles, Member, IEEE, Albert J. Grenier, and Jonathan F. Freidin

Related Articles:
Flying Windmills – by Lloyd Alter writer for Treehugger.com
Windmills in the Sky – by David Cohn writer for Wired.com

Quiet Revolution Turbines

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on March 1, 2007.

Quiet Revolution produces a completely revolutionary wind turbine design with visually elegant features (excellent for visual communication) that are very artistic as well as thoroughly practical as the demand in renewable energy increases.

Quiet Revolution is an innovation company in silent wind energy turbines from XCO2; a company that has been dedicated to low carbon emission building solutions and architecture since 2000.

Quiet Revolutions turbines are aerodynamic with a vertical axis design that reduces noise and vibration to near silence.

Across the UK, support for Quiet Revolution as a preferred solution in the urban environment is becoming more and more apparent.

Quiet Revolution Ltd. looks to optimize small wind products at the point of demand, promoting and enabling wind energy as a key technology in distributing energy generation through efficiency and elegance that is cost-effective, clean, quiet and provides a long term source of energy for the here and now and preparing for the future generations to come.

The insights gained through the work of XCO2 (specialized in low carbon energy solutions) were integrated with many of the aspects used in the QR approach.
Where wind speeds are lower and wind directions change frequently, especially in urban environments, QR may be able to produce 20-40% more energy than the conventional HAWT of similar size; already proven true in turbulent wind areas.

The three S shaped blades shed noise, the vertical axis makes it easily integrated in already existing masts in buildings, the helical twist design eliminates vibrations while capturing turbulent winds and the central compression spar is dependant on conditions.

Blades, spars, torque tube and all moving parts are well sealed to minimize maintenance and the in-line drive generator has an auto-shutdown for peak power tracking, incorporated directly into the mast.

On an architectural side, visual art is enhanced both night and day, with small LED diodes on the blades that fire as the blades rotate, allowing for an assortment of colors to appear, or even a transparent video screen (visible during the day) for advertisements or general visual communications.

Windlights and Videoscreen are both innovations that separate Quiet Revolution from other small wind turbines.

Skystream 3.7 Wind Turbine by Solar Night Industries

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on March 1, 2007.

Skystream 3.7 Wind Turbine by Solar Night Industries was developed as a solution to skyrocketing electric utility bills, for the homeowner; easily integrated on-the-grid with a simple plug-and-play system.

This renewable energy solution is silent and plays a crucial role in the emerging energy market due to cost vs. performance, providing ample energy when the winds are up and possibly even credit from net-metering.

If you have an average wind speed of 9 mph and a at least half and acre of land, the skystream could be the perfect addition to your current electric utility, greatly reducing your bills as well as simultaneously helping our nation become self-reliant.

Systream 3.7 wind turbine by Solar Night Industries is just one more example of how the homeowner can affordably help our nation by helping themselves through a sustainability technology of the future.

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Magenn Air Rotor System

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on February 22, 2007.

Magenn Air Rotor System is the most cost-effective wind generator in the world, and the design is unlike anything else on themarket; it flies like a kite, but FLOATS LIKE A BALLOON!

[youtube uQbw8ogA_2M nolink]Flying hot-air balloons in general seems to have kind of died off due to the dangers, but what about a helium balloon that spins on an axis-rotor, generates electricity at an altitude of 1000 feet where winds are strongest all over the world?

For 2007, this is the very first year its being offered to the public at large, and considered by many to be one of the most sustainable sources of renewable energy on the planet at the moment.

The biggest reason is that Magenn Air Rotor System is cost effective. It can generate large amounts of electricity most anywhere without every harming the environment, and most importantly; closer to the end-user.

Being closer is the biggest advantage, even over the compact, easy to launch anywhere of big time media self-reliance that has become the keyword of 2007.

This makes Magenn Air Rotor System less expensive per unit of actual electrical output than competing windpower systems because current travel time takes too much electricity, making it 40 to 50 percent efficient overall.

Doubling capacity factor like that cuts the cost on every delivered watt in two.

Magenn Air Rotor System is also operable between 1 meter/sec and an excess of 28 meter/sec, conventional turbines need at least 3 meter/sec and will stop under that minimum of wind.

This helium kite will reach altitudes of between 400 and 1000 feet above ground level, is easily moveable to different locations, is easily deployable or retractable and will remain stationary at its fixed altitude collecting winds of up to 60 miles per hour easily.

Emergency deployment for disaster relief situations, military, homesteading, seasteading or just happy campers who like Internet out in the boonies, this is the toy of the future; a clean and reliable cost-effective windpower generator.

Magenn Air Rotor System is the wind energy generator for the future, collecting more energy, faster, closer and more flexibly than before, first release to the consumer in 2007.

Clipper Wind

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on February 12, 2007.

Clipper Wind is one of the fastest growing wind farm businesses in the world, catering to the Americas and Europe with clean and renewable energy for the long-term that is sustainable and self-reliant.

Through electric utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, corporate power consumers and landowners, Clipper Wind brings a cleaner, greener mix of power generation to the already existing grid, offering attractive long-term energy supply arrangements.

Corporate power consumers are interested in meeting their own financial, environmental, social and corporate responsibilities with cleaner, cheaper and safer generating capacities such as those offered by Clipper Wind generators.

Landowners with suitable site spots, receive long-term royalties once a Clipper Wind project goes into full operation.

Each project generates hundreds of jobs during the construction phase, and several permanent maintenance and operations jobs once going into service.

Clipper Wind provides a tailored service to the needs of each and every client, always focused on stable long-term power contracts that compete against raising fossil fuel prices.

Overuse of electrical energy is increasing,and year-by-year our planet needs to produce more power than the year before, Clipper Wind tries to reach out to those places where the future need for energy is clear to grow and offer an alternative to thermal power generation.

Landowners in rural areas will find wind farm projects a long-term revenue stream, raising property value and even attracting tourists for site seeing.

Access roads and electrical lines from each turbine channeled safely underground, all reduce the visual impact and minimize the total consumption of agriculture-harvesting space.

Clipper Wind produces one of the finest wind generators in the world, averaging 65 meters in height, 70-meter diameter blades with a sturdy 12-meter diameter tower base.

Clipper Wind machines have some of the best aerodynamics in the field, are aesthetically pleasing and developers routinely restore the surrounding landscape to its original state after construction; leaving behind a 16 foot wide gravel access roads for both the owners and maintenance crews convenience.

Clipper Wind uses the Liberty Wind Turbine, which produces 2.5 MW of power output at speeds between 9.6 and 15.5 rpm.

Wind power generation and usage is increasing around the world as the population grows, already a 9 billion U$ dollar industry by 2006 and projected to grow at an annual rate of 15-25% till 2010.

As long as petroleum based fuels control the global political scene, wind energy will continue to compete and become more profitable than traditional thermal power generation; as in many regions of the world it already is.

Renewable resources are more desirable to everyone, as are the concepts of sustainability and self-reliance, concepts that reduce the effects of global warming and the threat of climate changes.

In the US alone, wind energy has the potential to reduce US electricity needs by 20%, offering a technological trend that the world will follow.

With a vast experience of over twenty years and the latest in wind energy generating technologies, Clipper Wind has positioned itself to be a world competitor, ready and willing to help our planet deal with this renewable energy source as fast and as widely as possible.

Clipper Wind thinks of the future, plans and acts locally to help minimize the ecological footprints of our ancestors, globally.

Clipper Wind
6305 Carpinteria Ave.,
Suite 300, Carpinteria, CA 93013
Tel: 805-899-9199
Fax: 805-899-1115
Email: info@clipperwind.com

Windpower to increase in 2007

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on February 12, 2007.

2007 should mark a year when windpower production will increase by 26% in the US according to professionals in the area at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

One third of the increase in windpower production (27%) in 2006 was built in Texas alone; this American State has the biggest windpower generation farm in the entire globe in fact, setting a new world record for energy production, 774 megawatts of electricity.

To put that kind of windpower into perspective, we have to understand that the standard windfarm windgenerator stands something like 12 meters wide, with a blade expansion of something like twice that, while one generator of average commercial size should produce around 2-2.5 megawatts of electricity.

One single megawatt of electricity is enough to power anywhere from 250-300 domestic homes.

774 megawatts generates enough windpower to supply around 200,000 homes with the needed average consumption of electricity!

The other two thirds of major windfarm projects came from Iowa, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. In 2007, that 27% of increase goes down to 26%, still a major increase in our nations domestic electricity generation.

Windpower is clean, safe for the environment and minimizes the serious impact of ecological footprints that we would be making if instead of opening windpower generation farms, we were building coal or oil burning generators.

Footprints include the initial construction phase, which clears away large roads of up to 34 feet wide, the later access road and underground energy conduits (occupying only 16 feet) and the casual wild bird that might fly into a propeller by accident.

Where we put windpower generators is another huge factor in their success, because the more wind that blows in a determined region, the more energy they produce and the major cause of bird populations to fall is actually urbanization and unchecked human activity and abusive practices on nature throughout their natural habitat.

Windpower engineers are clear about making serious observations that improve the safety and radically reduce those kinds of ecological footprints, mostly through awareness in the community.

The serious growth of windpower last year and this year due to government incentive could achieve even more growth with further leasing of five years, but it has mostly done something incredible to put those issues more clearly into the public eye.

Building a windfarm is different from building a generator for sustainability on a private scale because it feeds the already existing domestic electricity grid with dearly needed free energy, that without, would leave hundreds of thousands without power.

Why do we need that much energy? Why is the demand for power growing so rapidly in recent years?


The technocracy of this Age of Electrons has taken our civilization into an era of technical wonders and communication with ever-smaller devices that require ever increasing amounts of recharging electricity.

Simply put, cell phones, notebooks, Internet, palmtops, more and more electronic devices such as mp3 players and DVDs, insist on the growth of our energy sector!

Windpower must increase, windpower generations fights the increase in fossil fuel usage.

Increases the hope that we may save our polar icecaps from certain destruction.

Investments in hydrogen production from ocean going windfarms are could provide a 100% safe fuel that completely avoids CO2 production.

Windpower will increase by 26% in 2007, taking our nation just one step closer to self-reliance and bio-remediation through the eco-friendly power generation of tomorrow.

UPC Wind

Posted in Wind Power Projects by windpower on February 11, 2007.

UPC Wind is concerned with the ecologically sound generation of domestic electricity through wind farms.

Hydroelectricity, coal, oil, wood and nuclear power generators all leave serious ecological footprints in their wake, but wind energy is clean, safe and ecologically sound.

UPC Wind is a constant and ongoing source of energy collection through wind farm technology.

UPC Wind possesses the business sense to think about competing in our glorious North American market in such a way that is beneficial to our current economical situation.

Wind farm power generators are a healthier opportunity for the children of our children in the days of tomorrow; looking to the now for solutions.

For more than three hundred years, the materialistic nature of western medicine and science has been interested in exploring the planets natural resources in the name of progress, but in detriment to the very fabric of our sensitiveecosystem; ecological footprints must be dealt with, and UPC Wind is here to do just that.

Developing, financing, constructing, owning and operating wind farms to promote one of the fastest growing energy tendencies in the world, UPC Wind is dedicated tocommunities in common; providing maintenance jobs that are sustainable and an energy that is ever more necessary to power new homes and a growing population.

UPC Wind develops more than 3,000MW of wind power projects throughout North America, the business is in and of itself a sustainable entity looking for a long-term profit and expecting the future economy to adapt ever more clearly to environmentalists ongoing pleas for more sustainable domestic power plants.

UPC Wind looks to generate those sustainable domestic electricity needs, competing with both natural gas and oil while combating polluting elements such as green house gases, acid rain and smog by providing an alternative replacement technology that is just more reliable and self-reliant.

UPC Wind allows our domestic energy bill to go down, it fits over the existing grid structures, reduces the need to make further ecological footprints or build more energy power plants based on ecologically unsound technologies.

UPC Wind is wind farm energy for a cleaner and safer electric grid, tomorrow.

Redington Wind Power Project

Posted in Wind Power Projects by windpower on August 11, 2006.

The Redington Wind Power Project near the Appalachian Trail in Western Maine was proposed recently by Maine Mountain Power and has caused polemic debate among citizens.

Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) announced on July 26th, 2006 support for a modified version of Redington wind power project. NRCM is looking to minimize global warming and pollution, but at the same time preserve our natural landscape.

Maine Mountain Power has a permit that calls for 12 aeolic wind power turbines on Redington Pond Range and 18 turbines on Black Nubble with a total capacity of 90 megawatts.

NRCM however only supports the Black Nubble turbines on the grounds that Redington Pond Range should become a permanent protection as mitigation for the impacts of aeolic turbine development.

Redington is above 4,000 feet high and is one of two mountains not currently protected in Main.
NRCM quoted the following:

Strong passions have surfaced in connection with this proposal, and people on both sides of the issue are correct, said NRCM Advocacy Director Pete Didisheim. It is essential that Maine reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and we also need to protect wild places that make Maine special. We believe that a constructive solution is available that would provide meaningful progress toward both goals.

Main Mountain Power
Natural Resources Council of Maine
3 Wade Street, Augusta
Maine 04330
Phone: 800-287-2345

Cape Wind Revival

Posted in Cape Wind by windpower on July 28, 2006.

In a move some Cape Cod residents are not in favor of Cape Wind Associates has revived their plan to build a large scale off shore wind power farm.

Cape Wind Associates is planning on building as many as one hundred and thirty wind turbines in the Nantucket Sound. The project is expected to cost in excess of nine hundred million dollars.

The Governor under pressure from local wealthy residents has threatened to block the building of thewind farm. In a move to avoid this possibility US Senate and house leaders have removed language within the bill that would give Governor Mitt Romney the ability to block the project.

The wind farm has a huge potential. The initial estimates state that the wind farm could produce enough electricity to provide over seventy percent of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard power. At maximum capacity it would produce over four hundred Megawatts and have a sustained ability to produce one hundred and twenty five megawatts.

Local residents believe the wind towers will be an eyesore and could also pose a threat to migrating birds.

It appears the battle for the wind farm will continue. The ultimate question is does the production of Alternative wind energy out weigh the rights of the local residents.

With the political power and financial firepower of local residents the proposed wind farm might get shot down. Time will tell the regulator commission is set to make their final decision in 2007.

Cape Wind

NRG Energy Acquires Padoma

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on July 18, 2006.

Padoma Windpower LLC, a privately held company that is leading in wind energy development was acquired by NRG Energy, Inc.. Padoma will have an important part in NRGs technology and fuel growth strategy. NRG is working on having multiple fuel types available to its customers.

CEO of NRG, David Crane, feels that renewable energy has an important and growing role to play alongside fossil fuel.

The acquisition of Padoma is a large step to furthering their multi-fuel, multi region business model. David Crane

Padoma is a wind farm developer. They financed built and operated over 40 wind farms in Europe and the US. Padoma will operate as a subsidiary of NRG and maintain its head quarters in La Jolla, CA.

NRG Energy has a diverse portfolio of energy producing facilities. The vast majority are located in Texas, the Northeast, South Central and Western regions of the US. Now its operations include wind power which will be added to thermal energy production and energy resource recoveryfacilities. The merger with Padoma is part of the companies desire to minimalize its impact on the environment.

NRG Energy, Inc.
211 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540-6213
Phone: 609.524.4500
Fax: 609.524.4501

Wind Powered Monroe Litho

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on July 11, 2006.

Building a sustainable future for printing with wind energy

Renewable energy is a new trend in business, and one more step in the direction of a self-sustainable internal economy for the USA, Monroe Litho has been on the bandwagon since June 5th, 2006 with 100% aeolic wind energy.

Chris Pape, CEO at Monroe Litho explains that in the USA, his is the first commercial printer company to go totally aeolic, and one of the pioneering businesses in the local area.

1.8 million kilowatt hours of power each year is what Monroe Litho is used to buying, which will now be a strictly wind energy endeavor, saving some 2.5 million pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

This is a huge commitment, and its just one example of our companys plans to improve and protect our environment. – Chris Pape

That comes to some the sum total of planting 134,000 trees or cutting the emissions from some 140 cars totally off the highway or simply obliterating 1.7 million miles worth of automotive driving.

The conventional power generation used up until the 5th of June, 2006 by Monroe Litho is what the company is looking to move away from totally as a nation, and Pape knows that this is the kind of image their looking for.

More and more, whats good for the environment is good for business, Pape says.

Going green though is not going to generate initial profit, as wind-energy is more expensive for Monroe Litho at the moment.

Investing in new technology, more powerful machines in the Press business to make a top of the line product and still be green, is what will make bigger sales.

Corporate social responsibility is the key to getting an edge for Chris Pape.

We think differently from most printers we take corporate social responsibility very seriously, says Pape. Going to 100 percent wind power was the next logical step in our environmental efforts. – Pape

Taking care of the environment must go farther than simply migrating to alternative energy consumption, a company has to take an active role in not-for-profit organizations that make a difference, such as Lithos commitment with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) in 2004.

Paper must be continually renewed, and old growth trees of some 700 to 2000 years old, simply cannot be replenished within any reasonable time frame, which is why the FSC makes sure Monroe Litho gets only certified managed timber from proper environmental practices that are in accordance to natures law.

Monroe Litho has the company, local and global communities in mind, as they have taken measures to assure better practices on local levels as well.

Monroe Litho transformed 8,400 sq. feet of parking space in the local downtown into green area, began purchasing ink in recyclable barrels only, recycled almost 400 tons of post-consumer waste paper in 2005, reduced the companies annual VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions some 29 percent due to five years worth of eco-economy.

Monroe Lithos efforts managed to generate some 25 FSC certified jobs in 2005 alone.

Our goal is to minimize the impact of our customers printing projects on the environment, explains Pape. All of our efforts including going to 100 percent wind-generated power are aimed at ensuring a cleaner, more secure future for our company and our community.

This opens the market for Monroe Litho. Wind energy combined with sustainable practices that go from forest management to internal restructure for a more renewable future are what make pioneering companies like Monroe Litho worthy of the Native American proverb, we did not inherit the earth from our parents but are borrowing it from our children.

Company Information:
Monroe Litho Inc
39 Delevan St
Rochester, NY 14605
phone: 585-454-3290 or 1-888-654-8461
fax: 585-454-5013

Cape Wind

Posted in Cape Wind by windpower on July 7, 2006.

Massachusetts is a state fighting for sustainability and Cape Cod Wind is one more example of how beautiful progress can be, when health is finally taken into account as a cost and people begin to see naval/marine architecture and engineering as a work of art rather than a threat.

As renewable energy goes in the USA, Cape Wind is making a breakthrough that is long overdue.

Ever since the first energy crisis back in the 1970s, the US has been forced to play a role in foreign politics that just costs ever more. And not just money.

In the field of sustainable energy, the second law of thermal dynamics plays a big role in how we calculate energy consumption.

It is hard to get around entropy unless we follow the natural laws, set down by the earth itself.

Some calculate energy in cubic meters of earth, cubic meters of water, or even the more conventional methods of calculating and tracing energy consumption in kilowatt-hours and money.

It really depends on whose calculations one wishes to use. But most people see things in terms of money. And rarely, oh so ever rarely, cost is also measured in terms of health.

Scientific dogma is greatly responsible for the ever-abusive expenditure of non-renewable energies, and the particular dogma is almost coming up to its 400th year anniversary.

It was René Descartes, a young Frenchman in service at the time with the troops of Duke Maximillian of Bavaria, on the night between the 10thand 11th of November 1619 who dreamt of the New City of Science that gave birth to our current way of looking at reality and medicine.

New ways of looking at science are far overdue as this established City of Science and Cartesian way of thinking set down by Descartes is greatly overpopulated with giant discoveries far too big to work together; we need of a new vision of science.

Science is just now, after almost four centuries only beginning to realize that everything is interconnected. That may sound like metaphysics, and it is, but what is important are the results of that way of looking at reality.

Sustainability is deeply seeded in the scientific theory of systems that sees the world as a whole, one thing interdependent on itself and one another.

According to Supplying Cape Cod’s Electricity – The True Cost of Electricity:

In the average year, pollution from power plants cost Massachusetts residents 78,000 lost workdays, 441 premature births, 104 hospital emergency room visits and 8,800 asthma attacks.[1]

Coal dust kills 2,000 US miners yearly, and since 1973 the federal black lung disease benefits program has cost $35 billion

Health and environmental costs bring the total price for coal-based energy to $0.055 to $0.083 kWh.[2] In comparison the cost of producing electricity from wind energy has steadily declined by more than 80% since the early 1980s.[3]

[1] The Particulate-Related Health Benefits of Reducing Power Plant Emissions, Abt Associates, 10/2000
[2] Science Magazine 8/24/01
[3] American Wind Energy Association

When looking at our current system of energy spending in those terms, the political implications are outraging and only the cool headed can keep the conversation going without losing control.

There are good reasons for changing Cape Cod’s current energy supply toward a more sustainable, clean and environmentally friendly alternative such as Aeolic energy in the form of wind farms.

By depending more on Cape Cod Wind farm, the demand on polluting industries in the state will be drastically reduced, thereby lowering automatically levels of pollution and making the air safer.

The USA currently has a foreign policy around energy products that is greatly controlled and manipulated by the providers of non-renewable energies in use today.

Progress would come to a stand still if foreign providers began to boycott left and right, and without progress, nobody would be able to survive for long, accept those with their own reserves of energy.

This makes the economy, the government and the population, dependent and indirectly at the mercy of other countries and other cultures with different ideals and interests.

But changing over to new energies that we can rely on, without having the prices inflate astronomically, staying at a stable and fixed price, is neither easy, nor something people are willing to accept due to more than 300 years of Cartesian thinking.

It takes a large amount of scientific investigation with case study after case study by teams and networks of highly qualified professional research developers to convince the scientific community that something needs to change.

Finally these new concepts need to be handed out to the mainstream in 30 second media bites until the politicians can get wind of them, then it finally becomes an accepted truth.

And that process takes time. Cape Wind is a project by Energy Management Incorporated a company that has been preparing this breakthrough for over the course of more than 28 years.

Clean energy, low cost, sustainable, good for the environment and good for kids.

What are the drawbacks?

Some skeptics, enjoy looking at the rotten parts of the apple, almost if it was their favorite thing in the world to go around pointing at the bruises.

Although an apple can be tasty, even with rotten parts, skeptics are the legacy of Descartes, and thus we must listen to them too.

In a hurricane, would one of those blades coming spinning into my house if I live on the beach? In a hurricane, hopefully this skeptic was notified by the authorities prior to the incident, evacuated previously and has insurance.

Yes, they are safe. Windmills like those in Cape Cod have been used on many other wind farms around the world have been time tested to work efficiently and safely.

If there is a problem, like any other energy plant, the 24 hour monitoring crew will be able to fix it in a jiffy. In the event of an emergency, the wind generator will immediately stop the blades, which then will feather safely in the wind.

For those who think they are a blemish on the horizon, nothing can be done, because many of the supporters of the Cape Cod Wind program think they are just dandy looking.

Architecture in its essence is about making works of art for civilization to benefit.

Cape Cod Wind has done enough research to blend beauty, cost effectiveness and detailed engineering into one elegant work of art.

Cape Cod Wind is an example for other states in the courage to lead with sustainable energy concepts and trail the path toward progress and independence.

More Information:
Cape Cod Wind
(Boston Office)
75 Arlington Street, Suite 704
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-904-3100
Fax: 617-904-3109
E-mail: info@capewind.org
Website: http://www.capewind.org/
Latest Cape Wind News

Wind Power

Posted in Wind Power News by windpower on June 27, 2006.

Wind Power and Human Imagination – A poetic discourse

Wind power is essentially any power that can be potentially harnessed from the wind. Sailboats, wind mills, wind turbines and wind energy all harness power from the wind. The wind… power of freedom, power for survival, power for energy, power for life and being energy efficient means never depending on any one source of energy. Electricity at present tends to depend on the antiquated network of urban distribution, hydroelectric power plants, while wind energy can provide sustainability for hybrid systems in alternative markets.

Humankind has been using wind power for over three thousand years. The earliest attempts at navigating over the open seas; sailing with nothing but a jib and a canoe, the passion for exploration and an undiscovered future. The passion for curiosity and creative invention still thrives among enthusiasts who build their very own electricity generating dynamos on recycled telephone poles with improvised wooden blades for propellers. Not that this is the entirety of wind power today, wind power is a passion that transcends the frontier of time. Wind energy is one of the simplest forms of mechanical energy, and wind turbines can transform wind energy into electrical energy or mechanical into pneumatic pressure. It’s all a matter of creative and innovative designs.

Wind energy can be an excellent source of renewable energy. It has been used for almost 1,500 years for pumping water from wells and grinding down grain. Low tech sustainability enthusiasts like to think of this kind of wind energy as one of the most cost efficient. Especially when thinking in terms of ecological footprints, as simple designs disperse less energy. The laws of thermal dynamics show that if we use wind power together with other forms of energy to power the electricity in an individual house for example, the house becomes more cost effective, not only for the house on a whole as for the city grid and even the environment. Collective, as well as private transportation could all be hooked up to an electric street grid that channels electricity, like a magnet directly into cars with multifunctional energy source adaptability (imagine hybrid electric/hydrogen for example). Hydroelectric damns can only produce so much power from the pull of gravity on water. Wind Turbines can be far more effective (regionally adaptable and expansive) when combined with a second (alternative) source of energy, such as solar, biodiesel or even the conventional hydroelectric or petrol.

Wind turbines take common wind power and convert it into electrical wind energy. The wind turns the blades that crank the shaft which spins a magnet inside a housing that creates an alternating electromagnetic field, and thus electricity. The more wind the more spins and the more electricity a wind turbine will produce. Most wind turbines used on a commercial level are built with aerodynamics and make the most of the wind power they conduct. Wind power is one of the most efficient alternative energy sources to combine with solar, especially out in the middle of a total self-sustainability project. Because when there is sun; there isn’t always wind, but when there is wind, there isn’t always sun, so the two systems (solar/wind) seem to compliment each other.

Wind power can be used to augment sustainable communities especially in windy deserts where the only place water can be found is far below the surface of the earth, or high in the mountains where the only drinking water comes from a rainbarrel. Wind power can be used to sail across the seas, sail across the desert, pump water, grind grain or generate electricity. The multiple uses of wind power from wind energy that uses low tech sustainable designs to the more complex wind turbine that produces enough electrical energy to charge 100 12volt batteries and an entire colony of non-militant peace loving utopian farmers devoted to a better world, are as limited as the human imagination. Wind power in that sense… is unlimited. The question with wind power, is if we are ready to accept it?