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Dubai’s Shape-shifting Green Buildings


The BBC reports that Dubai is to build towers that rotate continuously, so they will “never look the same, not even in a lifetime”. The towers consist of 80 floors, and each floor is a seperate apartment. Obviously, this will only be the playground of the rich and famous (expected price tag: $3.7 million - […]

Home wind turbines: general failure?


Home wind turbines might be contributing to global warming instead of reducing it, a study by the Building Research Establishment Trust has found. The study yielded unfavourable results in most locations after comparing the performance of the 3 most common household wind turbine systems in 3 locations across the UK:
In large urban areas such as […]

Bird deaths cast shadow over wind power


While wind power is currently largely unregulated in the US, it is becoming the subject of more and more criticism regarding the killing of birds due to collisions with wind towers and spinning turbine blades. Although the total number of bird fatalities are hard to estimate, the American Bird Conservancy puts the number between 30′000 […]

China to spend $265 billion on renewables


Reuters reports that China plans to invest $265 billion in renewable energy by 2020, aimed at reducing their depence on coal for their energy needs. An exciting prospect for the rest of the world is that China aims to design and manufacture the clean energy solutions domestically, which should drive down prices for clean energy […]

Windbelt wins PM Breakthrough Award


As ScribeMedia and the November issue of Popular Mechanics reports, Popular Mechanics has honoured MIT alum Shawn Frayne for developing a small, scaled down wind generator, dubbed a windbelt. The device uses a membrane that flutters as air passes through it, with magnets at its ends generating an electric charge.

Prototype testing suggests that 28 year […]

Offshore Windfarms - More good news


This post first appeared some time ago on The Mildly Entertaining Blog.
You might recall an earlier post on Offshore Windfarms. Well, as it turns out, the trend is escalating in European countries with extremely limited space.
The Netherlands recently built the farthest offshore windfarm, dubbed Q7 - at 23km into the sea. At this […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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