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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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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.


Mike R. Lopez


Source:

1 http://getsmartenergy.com/

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