Posts Tagged "wind-turbine"

The Simpsons to go off the grid for 500th episode
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 11, 2012 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

Makers respond to growing interest in off-grid lifestyle

We’ve known for a while that the milestone 500th episode of “The Simpsons” would come somewhere early in 2012, but FOX has now nailed down a date for the episode: Sunday, Feb. 19.

The episode is called “At Long Last Leave,” and  scant details have been released by makers Fox.  We only know the episode involves the Simpsons being evicted from Springfield and taking up residence with an off the grid community outside town. When Homer and family try to return home they are treated so badly they come to respect the warm welcome they received from the off-gridders.

Its not the first time Homer and family have toyed with the off-grid life.  (more…)

China to extend renewables domination
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 27, 2011 - Comments Off in ENERGY

While US stalls, they're eating our lunch

Beijing  - After a rash of wind turbine malfunctions, China is to “revise” (ie raise) its standards for wind turbine production.

China’s wind power capacity surpassed that of the U.S. in 2009 and the country is planning to further raise the proportion of renewables in the nation’s fast-growing energy consumption, according to Shi Lishan, deputy director of the New and Renewable Energy Department of the National Energy Administration (NEA).

Chinese wind power has long been half the price of Western competitors, but also less reliable.  However, even the best Western small turbines are relatively unreliable, so if China raises its standards, it will become competitive.

China currently has more than 2 billion kilowatts of inland wind power resources and more than 500 million kilowatts offshore.

However “a rising trend of wind turbine breakdowns has been witnessed since 2010,” says a State report.  There were 193  accidents in wind farms in the first 8 months of 2011, according to the report released last week by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC). It also announced decision to double the solar subsidy forthwith. (more…)

At Last! A Reliable Wind Turbine
by NICK ROSEN on SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

WT6500- Gamechanger

Good news for homeowners and other small users who have a lot of wind in their area but have not trusted wind technology until now.  Honeywell have launched a $5000 turbine that is far more effective than any other known technology and pulls a decent current from winds as mild as just TWO miles per hour. (Buy it here)

Individual wind power have never caught the mass market, because small turbines are noisy, inefficient, require maintenance and break down a lot. Most small turbines need strong winds to turn a heavy central generator which creates current — the generator is positioned at the blades’ center, which moves at one tenth the speed of the periphery. And less speed translates to less power.

Honeywell’s wheel-shaped WT6500 takes an entirely new approach. (more…)

Managing surplus power from wind turbines
by NICK ROSEN on JANUARY 20, 2011 - 1 Comment in ENERGY

Quentin Gargan - system developer

We’ve been living off-grid using a 2.5kw Proven to power our straw-bale house in West Cork, Ireland, writes Quentin Gargan.
Our farm had the grid (to keep freezers going) and we wanted to put up a second grid tied turbine to power our electric car. One thing led to another and I ended up developing a 2.5kw downwind turbine which is grid tied.
BUT we found customers wanting an off-grid version. When we looked into this, we realised that most off-grid systems have a 48V generator. Low voltages, high current, heavy cables and high losses. (more…)

The accidental environmentalists
by ALEXBENADY on JANUARY 24, 2010 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Barnett and Hearne dig ground source

Barnett & Hearne: ground source

It’s hard to live off-grid, disconnected from mains electricity, gas and water, in a small, densely populated country like the UK. That’s why off-grid living in this country has hitherto been limited to travellers, hippies, dedicated greens, and unsociable eccentrics.
But finally it seems that the appeal of the life off-grid is going mainstream as increasing numbers of perfectly conventional people choose to live sustainable lives unfettered by connected amenities. (more…)

River Cottage off-grid ready
by NICK ROSEN on JUNE 18, 2009 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, FOOD, OFF-GRID 101

river_cottageHugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage in Dorset, UK has announced it is now completely off-grid ready.

River Cottage is the HQ of Fearnley Whittingstall’s (pictured, right) food and lifestyle empire, and has been featured in several series on UK’s Channel 4 TV. River Cottage has changed the way the British think about food, and it is likely they’ll do the same for the way the UK thinks about energy and water.

In a recent episode River Cottage HQ installed a wind turbine which now provides most of its electricity requirements. Together with its water recycling arrangements (see below) the River Cottage is now off-grid ready, thought still connected to the Grid and selling surplus energy back to it. Fearnley Whittingstall said that in moving towards going off-grid he was pleased to “support this pioneering community.” (more…)

Home brew wind power
by TECHSTAR on JANUARY 10, 2009 - 0 Comments in ENERGY


Click here to buy the book
Authors Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink both have more than 20 years’ experience building wind turbines. A few years ago they started giving seminars nationally on how to build and install wind turbines.  Then they decided to write a book about their work, and publish it themselves.

Harnessing the wind can be a tricky business, and the authors provide step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a wind generator in a home workshop. Even if you don’t plan on building your own turbine, this book is packed with information for anyone considering wind energy. (more…)

“Brainless” council bans eco-house
by ISURU on NOVEMBER 12, 2008 - 4 Comments in LAND, OFF-GRID 101


Hoyle with his “unecological” log fire
An historic 18th century house on the edge of a National park in north-west England, has been refused classification as a dwelling after tens of thousands were spent installing an off-grid system.

Although people have lived there off and on for 300 years, the eco-home’s owner has been told he must demolish the improvements and move out. The local council planning department in Mallerstang, Cumbria deny that the owner Adam Hoyle, has created an eco-dwelling there – because he drives 3.5 miles to work. (more…)

Art anywhere
by JASMINEJACONDE on OCTOBER 31, 2008 - 0 Comments in URBAN


Jet set disaster junkie: Villinski
Artist Paul Villinski likes to pop into disaster zones. He fetishises the tools people use in emergencies. His Emergency Response Studio is a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio, repurposed from a salvaged trailer. (more…)


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