A Million-Dollar Buoy Will Spot the Best Sites for Wind Farms

With roughly 12,383 miles of coastline, the US has plenty of potential installation sites for offshore wind farms. Floating data collection centers like the one shown above will help energy companies and government agencies alike find the windiest, and most effective locations along America's shores. » 9/16/14 11:46am 9/16/14 11:46am

The First Supercomputer-Designed Wind Farm Is Coming To Mexico

Mexico is getting a brand new wind farm from a Spanish company called Iberdrola, and it's no ordinary field of windmills. This one will be the very first to be designed by a supercomputer. Humans: who need 'em? » 8/14/14 10:17am 8/14/14 10:17am

The Plan to Store Wind Energy In Giant Underwater Air Bubbles

Weather is annoyingly fickle, and so is the wind. If massive offshore wind farms are going to become reality, we need better ways to store the extra energy from windy days for the windless ones. One a bizarre-sounding idea floating around: giant balloons of compressed air stored deep underwater. » 7/15/14 4:02pm 7/15/14 4:02pm

Ikea Just Bought a Wind Farm Big Enough To Power All Its U.S. Stores

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile ¢59 kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. » 4/11/14 5:30pm 4/11/14 5:30pm

Advanced Trolling 101: Think Big

You hate "green" energy. You love mayhem. You're an eccentric billionaire just looking for a good way to kill a Sunday afternoon. If any of these applies to you, here's a blueprint for the most advanced trolling the world has ever known. » 10/10/12 8:38am 10/10/12 8:38am

The World's Biggest Wind Turbine Blades Are So Long Their Tips Spin at…

For off-shore wind farms to become an economically feasible alternative energy source, each turbine needs to be big. Like, really big. That's why the latest turbine blade from Siemens is gigantic—just a hair shorter than the wingspan of an Airbus 380. » 7/31/12 11:30am 7/31/12 11:30am

Google's Pumped Another $100 Million Into What Will be the World's…

Green issues are obviously close to Google's heart, as they've followed up last July's move into the renewable energy business with a $100 million investment in Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon, which you can see being worked on above. » 4/19/11 5:20am 4/19/11 5:20am

Google Investing Heavily in $5 Billion Atlantic Wind Power Line

Google is positioned to be a major investor in a proposed transmission line for offshore wind farms on the Atlantic seaboard, a bold plan that could radically reshape the electrical grid in the region. » 10/12/10 9:39am 10/12/10 9:39am

The Inconvenient Truth Of Wind Turbine Radar Blackout Zones

The supposedly world-saving wind turbine has been singled out as a potential danger by the military, as the rise of wind farms threatens national security—by creating radar "blackout zones". » 8/27/10 7:00am 8/27/10 7:00am

Google Invests $39 Million In Wind Farms

Google announced its "first direct investment in a utility-scale renewable energy project"—$38.8m to two wind farms in North Dakota that generate 169.5 megawatts of power, enough to keep the lights on in 55,000 homes. » 5/03/10 4:16pm 5/03/10 4:16pm

U.S. Flew to the Top in Wind Power Production Last Year

The U.S. surpassed Germany as the biggest producer of wind power in 2008, I guess proving that its alternative energy efforts haven't just been a load of hot air. » 2/04/09 1:00am 2/04/09 1:00am

NASA Wind Map Shows You Where The Greatest Gusts Blow

In an effort to figure out the best areas to harvest wind energy, scientists from NASA's Earth Science Division have used several years of QuikSCAT satellite data to produce some pretty awesome looking wind power density maps. According to them, if the areas with high wind power-an average wind of greater than 30… » 7/12/08 6:00pm 7/12/08 6:00pm