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Using Superconducting Tape Could Dramatically Lower Wind Turbine Costs

Written by , on November 26, 2018

The EcoSwing project, funded by the European Union,is aiming to demonstrate a dramatically lower cost, lightweight wind turbine drivetrain using superconducting ceramic tape instead of rare earth elements.  Read more »

New Turbine Design Captures Wind from Any Direction

Written by , on September 6, 2018

Two MSc students at Lancaster University, have developed a rotating wind turbine which, unlike conventional wind turbines, can take advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering.  Read more »

Wind Turbine Mimics a Hummingbird

Written by , on January 6, 2017

A Tunisian startup, Tyer Wind, has developed a “wind converter” which is equipped with flapping wings rather than blades. The action of the wings mimics the motion of hummingbird wings  Read more »

Wind Turbine with Built-in Hydroelectric Storage

Written by , on November 8, 2016

The German company Max Boegl Wind AG and GE Renewable Energy are collaborating on the first wind farm with an integrated hydropower plant.  Read more »

World’s First Kite-driven Power Station

Written by , on October 7, 2016

What is thought to be the world’s first non-experimental, kite-driven power station is to be be established offshore in Southern Scotland.  Read more »

Giant Wind Turbine Blades Could Cut Costs

Written by , on February 15, 2016

A research team led by the University of Virginia is developing a low-cost 50 megawatt wind turbine, with 200 metre blades, for use offshore.   Read more »

Wind Turbine Stores Energy

Written by , on September 25, 2015

A new technology stores excess wind turbine energy and releases it to drive the turbine when winds drop.  Read more »

Owl Wing Design Could Make Wind Turbines Quieter

Written by , on June 16, 2015

Conservationists are concerned about the effects of the noise of wind turbines on wildlife and some people who live near turbines complain about their noise. Researchers led by Nigel Peake at the University of Cambridge have turned to owls for ideas about how to reduce the noise. Owls are famously silent predators, able to surprise […]  Read more »

Cheaper, Silent, Bladeless Wind Turbines

Written by , on May 17, 2015

In 1940, the newly built Tacoma Narrows Bridge began to vibrate violently and soon collapsed in windy conditions. Ever since, engineers have focused on ways of stopping their structures vibrating in this way. Now, a group of Spanish engineers is working to harness the energy potential of vibrating structures. Instead of using the wind to […]  Read more »

Airborne Turbine for Remote Sites

Written by , on October 2, 2014

Winds 300 to 600 metres above the ground are, on average 5 to 8 times as strong as those at the surface.

Altaeros, a four-year-old company in Massachusetts, has developed its Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) to take advantage of these stronger, more consistent winds.  Read more »