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U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced the...

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

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Technology

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a new catalyst that can remove oxygen from plant-based materials for a more efficient biof...

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Politics

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy....

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Living Green

Why saving chinchillas is important for saving the earth

Why saving chinchillas is important for saving the earth

Friday, 24 October 2014

Chinchillas make expensive pets and they are a long time commitment as well. They have a life span of around 15 to 20 years. Hence, people who adopt t...

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Renewables

World’s largest convention center solar array completed in Las Vegas

World’s largest convention center solar array completed in Las Vegas

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center has been completed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. NRG Energy, Inc....

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Low-Carbon

What needs to be injected In the core DNA of urbanity

What needs to be injected In the core DNA of urbanity

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Urbanization has taken an unprecedented upward turn in recent years. In 2007, half of the world’s population – around 3.6 billion people – lived in ur...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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How Green Energy Technologies’ newly-launched WindCube rooftop wind turbine works


The WindCube. Image courtesy of Green Energy
Technologies

Green Energy Technologies unveiled its rooftop or tower-mounted WindCube wind turbine at the Windpower 2009 Conference & Exhibition that took place in Chicago on May 4-7.

The WindCube is designed for high-electricity commercial and industrial users. WindCube comes in 60-kilowatt (kW) or 120-kW dual system. It can generate the same amount of energy as a 50-foot diameter wind turbine, but using only a 22x22x12 foot framework. The wind turbine is designed to operate in moderate wind conditions.

The WindCube uses a wind tunnel effect known as the Bernouli Principle. Unlike large wind turbines that capture free-stream wind, the WindCube captures and amplifies wind to generate more electricity from wind energy. The amplifying effect also allows the
WindCube to effectively capture and utilize wind energy moving as low as five miles per hour (mph). At an average wind speed of 15 mph, one 60-kW WindCube can generate about 160-kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year.

The WindCube generates electricity by running its motor backwards using an impeller (the opposite of a propeller). This completely eliminates the need for a gearbox, thereby making the system itself more durable and requiring less maintenance. The gearbox requires the most maintenance and is responsible for most operational failures in larger wind turbines.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contains a provision that allows buyers of small wind systems (up to 100 kW) an uncapped investment tax credit of 30% of the total cost of the system. The tax credit is applicable to systems placed in service between now and 2016. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) predicts that this federal subsidy could help the small-turbine market grow by 40%-50% annually, which would put it on par with the US growth rate of the solar PV industry that was spurred by a similar incentive in 2005.

Each sale of the WindCube system within the US will also be provided with installation and an online remote monitoring service by Roth Bros., Inc. The monitoring system will give customers 24/7 visibility of energy usage. Roth Bros. will also provide post-installation preventive maintenance and service on the units.

Green Energy Technologies is a privately-held company founded in 2005. The company’s featured product is the WindCube. The company is based in Akron, Ohio, USA.


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Mike R. Lopez


Source:

1 http://getsmartenergy.com/

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