icancauseaconstellation:

Aerial collage view of the lightning farm, by Farah Aliza Badaruddin at the Bartlett School of Architecture

icancauseaconstellation:

Aerial collage view of the lightning farm, by Farah Aliza Badaruddin at the Bartlett School of Architecture

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posted on 13.09.21

permatech:

Some of the leading innovators in technology have been recently lead to get some pointers from nature’s most successful creatures to maximize human energy efficiency in National Geographic’s Biomimicry Pictures

via cosmictoquantum

posted on 12.04.23

electricpower:

Wind turbine generates energy floating 350 feet off the ground

Trials have just been finished on a new kind of wind turbine — an inflated, helium shell containing traditional blades that floats in the air stream. The airborne turbine is designed to capture stronger, high-altitude winds to provide a clean, portable and power energy option.

In the recent tests held in Limestone, Maine, a 35-foot scale version of the turbine was shown to generate more than twice as much power at high altitude than generated at conventional tower heights.
The Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) is transported to its location by a towable, docking trailer. The AWT is then deployed — in this trial some 350 feet above the ground — and held in place by tethers which also send the electricity generated back to the ground. Raising, operating and lowering the turbine was successfully completed a in fully automated cycle
Now that successful trials have been completed, the manufacturer, Altaeros Energies, plans to scale up the technology to float turbines 1,000 feet off the ground where wind currents are over five times stronger and more consistent.
In addition to being more efficient, these new turbines are able to deploy with minimal set up and impact on the environment. This makes them perfect for just about any adaptation from civilian to military use.
The AWT was modeled after aerostats, which are essentially blimps that lift heavy equipment and keep them airborne over long periods of time. These industrial blimps can survive hurricane level winds and have built in safety features to control descent.
Between these aerostats and the promise of the emerging AWT technology, the FAA was moved to release draft guidelines in December 2011 to allow for the new class of airborne wind systems to be cited under existing regulations.
Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 out of MIT and is currently looking for investors to help launch the first commercial versions of the prototype turbine.
Altaeros Energies, via Inhabitat

DVICE

electricpower:

Wind turbine generates energy floating 350 feet off the ground

Trials have just been finished on a new kind of wind turbine — an inflated, helium shell containing traditional blades that floats in the air stream. The airborne turbine is designed to capture stronger, high-altitude winds to provide a clean, portable and power energy option.

In the recent tests held in Limestone, Maine, a 35-foot scale version of the turbine was shown to generate more than twice as much power at high altitude than generated at conventional tower heights.

The Altaeros Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) is transported to its location by a towable, docking trailer. The AWT is then deployed — in this trial some 350 feet above the ground — and held in place by tethers which also send the electricity generated back to the ground. Raising, operating and lowering the turbine was successfully completed a in fully automated cycle

Now that successful trials have been completed, the manufacturer, Altaeros Energies, plans to scale up the technology to float turbines 1,000 feet off the ground where wind currents are over five times stronger and more consistent.

In addition to being more efficient, these new turbines are able to deploy with minimal set up and impact on the environment. This makes them perfect for just about any adaptation from civilian to military use.

The AWT was modeled after aerostats, which are essentially blimps that lift heavy equipment and keep them airborne over long periods of time. These industrial blimps can survive hurricane level winds and have built in safety features to control descent.

Between these aerostats and the promise of the emerging AWT technology, the FAA was moved to release draft guidelines in December 2011 to allow for the new class of airborne wind systems to be cited under existing regulations.

Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 out of MIT and is currently looking for investors to help launch the first commercial versions of the prototype turbine.

Altaeros Energies, via Inhabitat

DVICE

posted on 12.03.29

quantumaniac:

Scientists Develop Solar Panels that Work in the Dark
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced today (November 30th) that they have developed and confirmed the design for a new high-efficiency solar cell that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum, instead of simply visible light! This solar panel can generate electricity in the absence of direct sunlight, meaning that they can work in the dark! In the past, solar cells have used certain semiconductors to channel and utilize one part of the spectrum. However, this new design uses layers of various materials to make use of nearly the entire solar spectrum! 

quantumaniac:

Scientists Develop Solar Panels that Work in the Dark

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced today (November 30th) that they have developed and confirmed the design for a new high-efficiency solar cell that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum, instead of simply visible light! This solar panel can generate electricity in the absence of direct sunlight, meaning that they can work in the dark! In the past, solar cells have used certain semiconductors to channel and utilize one part of the spectrum. However, this new design uses layers of various materials to make use of nearly the entire solar spectrum! 

(Source: quantumaniac)

posted on 11.11.30

thisbigcity:

A low-tech solution, absorbing moisture in the air for irrigation in dry regions/cities, wins James Dyson Award this year.
這項低科技發明吸收空氣中的水分,灌溉乾旱區域/城市,贏得今年James Dyson大獎。

thisbigcity:

A low-tech solution, absorbing moisture in the air for irrigation in dry regions/cities, wins James Dyson Award this year.

這項低科技發明吸收空氣中的水分,灌溉乾旱區域/城市,贏得今年James Dyson大獎。

posted on 11.11.15

plantsaretakingover:

mildly terrifying but fabulous aquaponics:
‘local river’ by duende studio / mathieu lehanneur.

plantsaretakingover:

mildly terrifying but fabulous aquaponics:

‘local river’ by duende studio / mathieu lehanneur.

posted on 11.11.05

mothernaturenetwork:

Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclearA surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

mothernaturenetwork:

Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear
A surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

posted on 11.09.12

plantedcity:

Infographic: ‘Samso: The Energy Self-Sufficient Island’

It took ten years and $80 million, but the Danish island of Samsoe now  produces enough energy to satisfy all its needs and still export 40  percent of its energy to the mainland. Going 100 percent renewable  wasn’t easy, but the results have paid off handsomely. Farmers on the  island who are powering their facilities with wind turbines are seeing a  6 to 7 year payback on those investments. And of course it’s remarkable  that wind, unlike other energy technologies, is entirely compatible  with agriculture.

(Source: SmartPlanet)

plantedcity:

Infographic: ‘Samso: The Energy Self-Sufficient Island’

It took ten years and $80 million, but the Danish island of Samsoe now produces enough energy to satisfy all its needs and still export 40 percent of its energy to the mainland. Going 100 percent renewable wasn’t easy, but the results have paid off handsomely. Farmers on the island who are powering their facilities with wind turbines are seeing a 6 to 7 year payback on those investments. And of course it’s remarkable that wind, unlike other energy technologies, is entirely compatible with agriculture.

(Source: SmartPlanet)

posted on 11.08.25


Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food | Singularity Hub
You’ve heard of paint by numbers? Get ready for feed-the-world by numbers. Dutch agricultural company PlantLab wants  to change almost everything you know about growing plants. Instead of  outdoors, they want farms to be in skyscrapers, warehouses, or  underground using hydroponics or other forms of controlled environments.  Instead of sunlight they use red and blue LEDs. Water? They need just  10% of the traditional requirements. At every stage of their high tech  process, PlantLab monitors thousands of details (163,830 reports per  second!) with advanced sensors to create the perfect environment for  each individual type of crop. In short, they create a high tech ‘plant  paradise’. See it in action in the videos below, followed by plenty of  pics of their tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. PlantLab’s  revolutionary approach to agriculture may be able to leverage math and  science to create a better food supply for the world’s escalating  population. Fresher, local, more efficient…and they supposedly taste  better too!
via smarterplanet

Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food | Singularity Hub

You’ve heard of paint by numbers? Get ready for feed-the-world by numbers. Dutch agricultural company PlantLab wants to change almost everything you know about growing plants. Instead of outdoors, they want farms to be in skyscrapers, warehouses, or underground using hydroponics or other forms of controlled environments. Instead of sunlight they use red and blue LEDs. Water? They need just 10% of the traditional requirements. At every stage of their high tech process, PlantLab monitors thousands of details (163,830 reports per second!) with advanced sensors to create the perfect environment for each individual type of crop. In short, they create a high tech ‘plant paradise’. See it in action in the videos below, followed by plenty of pics of their tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. PlantLab’s revolutionary approach to agriculture may be able to leverage math and science to create a better food supply for the world’s escalating population. Fresher, local, more efficient…and they supposedly taste better too!

via smarterplanet

posted on 11.08.16

great very simple idea

posted on 11.08.13

mothernaturenetwork:

Welcome to the sustainable future. These ‘grove’ parking lots not only shade cars during the day, but they also recharge the electric cars sitting below them with solar power.

mothernaturenetwork:

Welcome to the sustainable future. These ‘grove’ parking lots not only shade cars during the day, but they also recharge the electric cars sitting below them with solar power.

posted on 11.07.26

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