It seems like a strange question, but have we run out of good places to build wind farms? On the face of it, one would think that a country as large at the U.S. is a long, long way from a time when we don't have the space to put up another turbine, but that's the question that Renewable Energy World is asking. Their answer?
The idea for TAK Studio's Turbine Lights works like this: cars drive by on the highway, creating wind that spins the turbines built onto the streetlights. The turbine then turn and generate electricity, which powers the streetlights at night or, we hope, gets fed into the grid. It's a good idea, and one of the finalists for the Greener Gadgets Conference taking place later this month in New York City. There's just one issue: this isn't a new idea at all.
Not only has a name been decided on – the Nemesis – but Ecotricity founder Dale Vince's pet electric car project is now sitting in Vince's driveway. Well, it is when he's not out driving it.
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Chrysler may be slow to the party in introducing production hybrids and electric vehicles, but that doesn't mean they haven't been working on cleaner energy. The company has been cooperating with university researchers on growing biofuel feed stocks on brownfield sites, for example. They have also been growing potential biofuel crops at their Chelsea, MI proving ground as an alternative to grass. The company's latest effort is a wind power project, also at the Chelsea track.
The Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago, Minnesota is actively working to eliminate all external sources of energy for their production process. They already eliminated more than half of their natural gas consumption by installing a fluid-bed reactor to burn biomass, including the corn syrup that is a by-product of the ethanol production process.