FloDesign to Replace Traditional Wind Turbines?

March 28 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Energy   Year: General   Rating: 9

The following video (below the fold) was scanned into the Future Scanner yesterday by AlFin and demonstrates a remarkable new technology that may transform wind energy generation as we know it.

A Massachusetts-based company named FloDesign has taken on the mother of wind energy technology, the classic turbine, in an attempt to squeeze more energy out of the inefficient structures. As discussed in the video, traditional wind turbines only extract at most 50% of potential wind energy due to their shape, size and weight, making them less efficient than desired. The traditional design also requires special infrastructure for their production and transportation, making them environmentally problematic, as well as lots of land and remote spacing for utility and safety purposes, making them less cost-effective.

The FloDesign turbine, on the other hand, extracts up to four times more wind, compromises less land and is more stable. Check out this informational video produced by the company explaining why FloDesign technology is more efficient, safe, and environmentally sound:

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Energy independence will take commitment like space race

September 05 2008 / by futuretalk / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Energy   Year: General   Rating: 9 Hot

By Dick Pelletier

Energy is the life-blood of America – it affects our economy, standard of living and national security. And our prime current energy source – oil – is a product we can no longer afford.

High gas prices, air pollution, and global warming are part of the problem, but more important are the tensions brought about with countries that supply this non-renewable energy. For decades, these tensions have directly or indirectly been at the root of most global conflicts.

In a “Wired Magazine” article, Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall say concerns about oil supply are indirectly responsible for our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and have caused strained relationships with our allies. And clashes with the Muslim world, mired in oil interests, finally brought the unthinkable to our shores – the “9-11” World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

Schwartz and Randall believe there’s only one way to insulate the U.S. from oil’s corrosive power. “We must develop an alternative energy,” they say. “Hydrogen stores energy more effectively than batteries, burns twice as efficiently in a fuel cell as gasoline does in an internal combustion engine, and leaves only water. It’s plentiful, clean, and capable of powering cars, homes and factories.”

Today’s energy situation is reminiscent of Soviet cold war times. In 1957, Russia launched the first satellite into space, and in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in orbit. Afraid Soviet space domination would make our country unable to defend itself, President Kennedy announced Apollo, a 10-year, $100 billion program (in today’s dollars) to land a man on the moon. Eight years later, Neil Armstrong made his “giant step for mankind” and America quickly regained world leadership.

Schwartz and Randall believe we face a similar threat today from foreign oil dependency. “As President Kennedy responded to Soviet space superiority,” they said, “Our next president must respond to foreign oil by making energy independence a national priority to be achieved within 10 years.”

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