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January 08, 2010

Adobe Installs 20 Windspire Turbines

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Several years ago, Adobe made business news by sharing how their green building initiatives saved the company big money.  Its San Jose headquarters facility includes three office towers that have received three LEED Platinum certifications.  Over time, the company has reduced indoor water use by 22%, landscape water use by 76%, electricity by 35%, and natural gas by 41%.  Now Adobe generates on-site energy with 20 Windspire small wind turbines by Mariah Power. 

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December 17, 2009

Honeywell Wind Turbine Coming Soon!

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In July, we mentioned a small wind turbine from Earthtronics and Honeywell and want to provide an update.  We also have some newer images of what the actual turbine may end up looking like.  The WT6500 Wind Turbine, referred to as the Honeywell Wind Turbine Gearless Blade Tip Power System, will be priced at $5,995, with early units available in select Ace Hardware Stores starting in February 2010.

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November 13, 2009

New AES WindJet 5 Small Wind Turbine Installed in Kansas City [Video]

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This month, AES Wind installed its first demonstration AES WindJet 5 turbine in Overland Park, Kansas.  The twin-rotor turbine is rated at 5 kW and was designed to increase efficiency by up to 54% over existing designs.  With a slow rotor speed, the turbine is quieter, more durable, and less likely to create problems with birds. 

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October 31, 2009

Bio Inspired Small Wind Turbine [Video]

Earlier this week, Green Wavelength LLC, a bio-inspired clean energy startup, unveiled their 19-foot, prototype, small wind turbine to crowds at The Perfect Pitch 2009 entrepreneur conference. Called XBee, the turbine – unlike any that you’ve probably ever seen – was designed with inspiration from the movement of bumblebees, hummingbirds, and dragonflies.

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September 09, 2009

A Bold Green Turbine-Powered Chicago

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One hundred years ago, in 1909, architect Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett completed a document called the "Plan of Chicago," which, to use the words of The New Yorker, "determined the shape of modern Chicago."  Now, in an effort to build upon the work of Burnham and plan for the next 100 years, Big. Bold. Visionary: Chicago Considers the Next Century presents the work of nearly three dozen architects and planners with a vision for the windy city. 

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August 18, 2009

Portland's First Rooftop Wind Turbines

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Over the weekend, Hoffman Construction lifted four Southwest Windpower turbines into place on top of a new building, Twelve West.  Located at Southwest 12th Avenue and Washington Street, Twelve West includes a mixture of office and apartment spaces and was designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  ZGF included the turbines in early renderings, and developer Gerding Edlen, probably the foremost green developer on the West Coast, determined to give the turbines serious chance.

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June 24, 2009

Wind Powered Artistic Light Facade

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The Architectural Review recently mentioned an interesting facade installation on an office building in Utrecht, Netherlands.  Designed by Cepezed, in collaboration with Ned Kahn Studios, the facade is made with about 3,250 square feet of stainless steel mesh.  The mesh grid holds transparent plastic disks, or squares rather, that vibrate and move to the wind.  The effect is an artistic facade that produces a mezmorizing array of shade and light, together with exterior wave patterns that captivate. 

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June 08, 2009

Honeywell Wind Turbine to be Sold at Ace Hardware Stores for $4,500

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Update 12/17/2009: Honeywell Wind Turbine Coming Soon!

Last week, we mentioned that the small wind market is growing like crazy, and if things go as planned, there could be another turbine company to watch.  The Honeywell Wind Turbine from EarthTronics, according to Martin LaMonica of CNET, will be sold in participating Ace Hardware Stores starting this October.  EarthTronics claims the turbine can generate power at wind speeds as low as 2 mph.  With Class 4 winds, the turbine can generate about 2,000 kWh per year, which is roughly 15-20% of an average home's electricity needs. 

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June 02, 2009

Small Wind Market Surges 78%,
U.S. Manufacturers Making Money!

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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) just released a new report, the AWEA Small Wind Turbine Global Market Study, detailing a sizable advance in the small wind turbine market in the United States.  Small wind turbines, you may know, are those with a capacity of 100 kW or less.  And the U.S. market for this niche grew 78% in 2008, with a total of 17.3 (MW) of new installed capacity.  The report indicates that the growth is due, in large part, to private equity investment in the sector, as well as economies of scale, rising electricity prices, and heightened public interest. 

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May 06, 2009

True Zero Net Energy Vermont House

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This is the first LEED Platinum home in Vermont, although perhaps more importantly, it's a documented and legitimate zero net energy home.  From January 2008 to January 2009, the 2,800 square-foot, single-family residence exported 16 kWh of electricity to the grid.  Over the same time period, a Bergey 10 kW net-metered turbine generated 6,286 kWh of on-site, green energy.  Designed by Pill - Maharam Architects, the handsome farmhouse was built for a family of four and features a number of green elements:

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