How a 3D-Printed Wind Turbine Could Power Your Gadgets

3D printers are a technology with tons of potential applications, we just have to dream them up. Polish 3D printer manufacturer Omni3D decided to dream big with its wind power project. The team hopes to create an easily portable wind turbine that can pump out up to 300 watts of energy. Not enough power to keep your… » 8/17/14 10:00am 8/17/14 10:00am

The Price of Electricity In The U.S. Is About to Skyrocket

Here's the sad, dark truth about our aging electrical grid: The way we generate power is not sustainable and needs to change. Here's the other sad, dark truth: As the U.S. becomes more reliant on renewable energy like solar and wind, our electricity bills are going to go up. Way up. » 4/27/14 5:30pm 4/27/14 5:30pm

This View Down the World's Biggest Wind Turbine Will Give You Vertigo

You're peering down the main supporting tower of Siemens' latest offshore wind turbine—which just happens to be the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world. » 11/19/12 10:40am 11/19/12 10:40am

This New Battery Will Store Excess Wind Power Using the Air Itself

Wind farms simply aren't reliable sources of steady power, which is why many rely on enormous battery systems to store excess current for times when the wind isn't gusting enough to meet our energy demands. Problem is—the production of these batteries is itself a drain on resources. So what if, instead of lithium… » 10/10/12 11:30am 10/10/12 11:30am

Mammoth Turbine Blimp Takes Flight

We recently caught wind of the high-flying turbine blimps that could cut our energy costs by up to 65 percent. Now we get to see a prototype of this glorious feat of human engineering in action. This is not science fiction; the future is here. » 4/20/12 11:20am 4/20/12 11:20am

Is This a Wind Turbine or a Gigantic Bath Toy?

How do you set up a 120-meter-tall, 2.3 MW floating wind turbine 12 miles offshore? And once there how do you stand it up? One Norwegian company has devised a simple and elegant solution. » 12/26/11 10:00am 12/26/11 10:00am

Wind Turbine 2.0 Works Harder Without Making You Hear All About It

They're not the perfect source of renewable energy, but wind turbines could soon be more efficient and as silent as the wind thanks to a radical new redesign by an Australian company. » 11/01/11 1:20pm 11/01/11 1:20pm

Australian Wind Farms Blamed for Electromagnetic Skull Spasms

The Australian government has big plans for wind power— like increasing its use ten-fold by 2020. However, the planned expansion may be at risk if authorities verify claims that the wind towers are making a nearby farming community sick. » 7/25/11 10:00pm 7/25/11 10:00pm

First Hybrid Power Plant Will Combine Solar, Wind and Natural Gas

A new hybrid power plant to be built in Turkey will combine a traditional gas-fired steam turbine with solar thermal power and wind power, according to GE. It's a step toward integrating renewable sources into the traditional power grid, using steam and mirrors. » 6/10/11 8:09am 6/10/11 8:09am

Watch a Kite-Powered Car Cruise Down the Australian Landscape

In case you ever wondered what driving a kite-powered electric car across Australia must be like, it definitely looks sublime. The trip cost only around $13 in electricity and took 18 days to complete, earning the German extreme sportsmen Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer three world records in the process. The pair… » 2/25/11 4:40pm 2/25/11 4:40pm

An Ancient Village With 21st Century Juice

Tocco da Casauria is a quaint town, located in the mountainous region of Italy's interior. It's also home to an electrical grid that bests many of the world's metropolises—the small burg is powered entirely by wind and solar. » 9/30/10 2:00am 9/30/10 2:00am

Poseidon 37: A Floating Power Plant For the Roughest Seas

This is Poseidon 37, a floating power plant with the durability of an oil rig and the efficiency to generate up to 50 gigawatts of hydro and wind power a year. I'm assuming the trident is underwater in this shot. » 4/28/10 11:40am 4/28/10 11:40am

Wind-Powered Highway Lights Disconnect From the Grid

As far as practical renewable energy concepts go, these wind-powered highway lights are pretty elegant. And from my layman's perspective, they seem to be practical and realistic. I like 'em! [Turbine Light via Inhabitat] » 2/05/10 11:20am 2/05/10 11:20am

Foldable Wind-Powered Generator Concept

This generator looks like it's a great idea. Plop it down in a windy spot—like anywhere in the Bay Area right now—and it'll give you energy enough to power small devices. » 1/20/10 9:40pm 1/20/10 9:40pm

Remainders: Stuff We Didn't Post (and Why)

Case-Mate Designs Kindle Case, Proves They Don't Understand Kindle...Famous Watchmaker Teams With Famous Carmaker To Launch Least Famous Phone Ever...Designer Discovers Way To Make Bike Seats More Uncomfortable...Wind Turbines Go Stealth to Quit Screwing Up Radar » 11/02/09 11:00pm 11/02/09 11:00pm

Dubiously Named Inflatable 'Speed' Boat Navigates Pools At Blistering…

Let me save you $100 with a tip. The wind, old as time and completely free, will push your kid around the pool on a rubber raft faster than this inflatable speedboat. » 5/31/09 3:00pm 5/31/09 3:00pm

K3 Harnesses the Power of the Sun, the Wind, and the Electric Grid

The Kinesis K3 power generator updates their previous K2 unit with a new power source: In addition to its windmill and solar cells, it can now charge its internal battery with external electricity sources. » 4/24/09 9:40am 4/24/09 9:40am

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

Aliens Send a Message to UK: Wind Power Sucks

What on Earth could have caused this wind turbine in the UK to break so catastrophically? Let's skip all rational explanations and jump right to the conclusion that is on everyone's lips—aliens did it. » 1/13/09 7:40pm 1/13/09 7:40pm