Tag Archives: Technology

Collapsible Turbine Blades for High Winds

Illustration courtesy of TrevorJohnston.com/Popular Science via http://share.sandia.gov/news/resources Sandia’s Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) will make possible a new low-cost offshore 50-MW wind turbine with a rotor blade more than 650 feet (200 meters) long, two and a half times longer … Continue reading

Collapsible Turbine Blades for High Winds

Illustration courtesy of TrevorJohnston.com/Popular Science via http://share.sandia.gov/news/resources Sandia’s Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) will make possible a new low-cost offshore 50-MW wind turbine with a rotor blade more than 650 feet (200 meters) long, two and a half times longer … Continue reading

Tidal Energy

Kepler Energy’s Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT) There are many different ways to convert tidal energy into electricity. We’ve recently come across a few innovations like the work being done at the University of Oxford (Kepler THAWT pictured above). … Continue reading

Hydrostor Compressed Air Energy Storage

click link for image source With LAGI 2016 focusing on a coastal site, we thought it would be interesting to highlight this project in Toronto that is demonstrating a new kind of compressed air storage. The project maintains a small … Continue reading

Renewable Energy from Evaporation!

Understanding this research coming out of Columbia University, might make your mind explode. The implications of this are potentially far-reaching, but the research is still in an early stage and just beginning to get public attention. It doesn’t even have … Continue reading

GE ecoROTR Gives Interesting Aesthetic Shift to Wind Farms

In Tehachapi California a new experiment in wind power is being tested. GE is applying a large dome at the rotor hub of three-blade horizontal axis wind turbines. The 60 ft. diameter space frame attachment channels the wind to the … Continue reading

Vortex Bladeless

Image: Copyright Vortex Bladeless Vortex Bladeless wind power is making big waves this week with articles in Wired and The Verge. Check out those articles for more information about the technology and some insightful comments from the Vortex team. We’ve … Continue reading

Aesthetic Solar Energy Roofing

During our time in Denmark last autumn we came across the fantastic company Innogie, whose objective is the aesthetic integration of renewable energy systems into buildings. The vision for the Innogie solar roofing concept is to construct a highly integrated, … Continue reading

A Storage Revolution Will Help Bring About a Renewable Energy Golden Age

There are number of ways to measure the cost of energy when you are comparing, say solar photovoltaic vs. coal-fired power for example. When comparing simple cost per megawatt-hour over a 30-year power plant life-cycle, we are now at or … Continue reading

Sphelar Lantern

A collaboration between The Sphelar Power Corporation and the design studio graf, these beautiful lanterns use the unique micro-spherical solar cell technology originally developed by the Kyosemi Corporation. Sphelar works by capturing light from all directions. The small bead-like collectors … Continue reading

Strawscraper

This new concept by Belatchew Arkitekter for onsite renewable energy generation in high rise architecture has caught our eye. Designed for the city of Stockholm (an extension of the south tower on Södermalm), the building would generate its own power … Continue reading

EWICON (Electrostatic Wind Energy Converter)

The School of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has demonstrated a working prototype of an entirely new type of wind energy generator—the EWICON. What is so interesting is that this wind energy … Continue reading

Solar Vortex

We learned of yet another “twist” on solar power generation via this Forbes article about the ARPA-E conference in Washington D.C. The Solar Vortex borrows its inspiration from dust devils, those miniature twisters of excited dirt that sometimes arise in … Continue reading

Rawlemon Spherical Collector = Beautiful BIPV Tracking Design by André Broessel

We came across this spectacular application of concentrated solar power via designboom. André Broessel is the inventor/designer behind Rawlemon, a social design company in Barcelona that has patented the dual axis tracking ball lens technology that they have dubbed “B.torics” … Continue reading

The Monarch Lotus

Inspired by the geometry of the Lotus Flower, Monarch has created a prototype of a small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) system, for applications such as shown above The company is aiming to bring the product to market for about … Continue reading

The 19th Century Solar Engines of Augustin Mouchot, Abel Pifre, and John Ericsson

Augustin Mouchot’s Solar Concentrator, 1869. (source) The history of renewable energy is fascinating. We posted a while back about early efforts to harness the power of waves. You may also be interested to learn more about the 19th century work … Continue reading

Solar Installation Resembles Lily Pads

Les Nympheas by Claude Monet from Musee l’Orangerie, Paris Photovoltaic panels in Lake Colignola, near Pisa. FABIO MUZZI, AFP Marco Rosa-Clot, physicist and professor at the University of Florence, has demonstrated a floating photovoltaic power plant with wing reflectors in … Continue reading

Airlight Energy’s Monuments to Concentrated Solar Power

The Precasted Fiber Reinforced Concrete Collector by Airlight Energy is a refreshingly different design for CSP technology. It employs flexible pneumatic mirrors below and ETFE foil above, both stretched within a rigid concrete frame to create a parabolic trough system … Continue reading

CSP Mirrors that could have been designed by George Nelson

Koichi Kamoshida/Bloomberg We came across this beautiful image today of the mirrors at JFE Engineering Corp.’s Solar Techno Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It reminded us of a George Nelson Associates sofa, the Marshmallow … Continue reading

Solar Flower Power

click image for source Haim Dotan Architects helped to design this concentrated solar power flower by Aora, inspired by the shape of a tulip. The first one pictured above was constructed on 0.5acre (2,000sq.m.) of land at Kibbutz Samar. They … Continue reading