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Wind farm
Wind power

Storing power from wind farms

...wind and solar, is that it is unpredictable. This presents a challenge to grid operators, as they struggle to meet demand while compensating for calm winds or clouds. One method of balancing supply and demand that is garnering some attention lately, is pumped storage hydroelectric power stations. The concept is quite...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...powered Bicycle Generator , and its rather lofty claims that one hour of riding can power a house for a day, which simply is not the case. However, with homes that are designed with the goal of reducing energy consumption , small devices like the portable wind turbine or pedal-powered washing machine , pedal-powered bi...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...Power is audited annually to confirm that as much green electricity (or gas) has been injected onto the energy system as their customers have used. By voluntarily paying a premium for green energy, you are creating market demand for more renewable power sources. Since Bullfrog's launch, several new wind projects have...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...power generation such as having solar panels on your roof . If you live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are powering your home with clean renewable energy. For example, 95% of the power used in Quebec is largely fe...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...power again. The success of that pilot project earned Verdant Power the first ever commercial licence in the U.S. for tidal power generation, a green light for the installation of up to 30 turbines over 3 years that will produce 1 megawatt of power, or enough for 900 homes. The pace of the project is being intentiona...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...wind turbine he could use to provide supplemental water heating. Applied Sciences then decided to make the design widely available to others along with an introduction to wind power, hoping that others might improve the design and functionality. Hence the beauty of open source design. The freely downloadable construc...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...Powerpod will be a game changer in home renewable energy generation - which we are all for if this were to prove itself. Are small domestic wind turbines any good? The makers of the PowerPod compact domestic wind turbine on Kickstarter claim that "for places that get less than 300 days of sun a year, a PowerPod cou...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...power, but what the most efficient method for you is depends largely on your geographical location as well as the topography of your property. Different regions experience different amounts of sunshine and wind, greatly affecting the output of systems. The viability of wind power changes by region, and can even chang...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...power generation & battery free power storage The forever-changing landscape of the green home building industry sees ideas come and go, and on occasion a game-changing technology or product emerges. The big news lately is in renewable energy - solar power generation, solar power storage, electric vehicles, and a tre...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...power outages: Flashlights and headlamps with charged batteries are always good to have; alternatively (or in addition), you can keep wind-up devices. There are head lamps and even LED lanterns that can operate for hours or more on a single wind, however, to ensure a strong battery, you should wind them to full power o...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...wind turbines is that you get a lot at night when you don't need it, so being able to store excess wind power makes it far more viable. Protecting your home from flooding: When do you get power outages? Most often they are caused by severe storms with heavy rainfall, when wind can drop branches on power lines and c...