Inhabitat highlights a trial by shipping giant Maersk using vertical sails to supplement diesel engines, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The Guardian reports that all trains running in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, as of 1st January 2017 (1 year ahead of schedule).
Engadget reports on one the first operational kite power installations, off the coast of Southern Scotland, generating power for all but 10 days per year.
Engadget reports on plans to build the largest offshore wind farm – Hornsea Project 1 and 2 -off the east coast of the UK to generate 1,800 MW and power 1.8m homes.
FastCoExist highlights the development of multi-purpose streetlights in Malaysia that kill mosquitos, charge mobile phones and help transmit flood warnings – as well as providing night time illumination. On top of this, the lights are powered by a combination of solar and wind power.
Denmark has set a new record for wind power with the northern European state generating 42% of its energy needs in 2015 from wind.
Wired covers the development of a new type of wind turbine without blades, that makes less noise and could be cheaper to produce as well as safer for birds.
Inhabitat features the Strawscraper – a building in Sweden that uses hair-like strands to capture energy from the wind.
Inhabitat covers a first for public street lighting – a project in Spain using a combination of solar and wind power.
Futurity covers a development in battery technology that uses vanadium-borate glass rather than crystals to improve the endurance of lithium ion batteries: although still being researched, the extra juice could be put to use in consumer and commercial settings, including energy capture and storage.
Image credit: ETH Zurich
Inhabitat reports on the opening of Africa’s largest wind farm on the southern Atlantic coast of Morocco. When fully operational the farm will cover 22,000 acres and power 1.5m homes.
Bloomberg reports on the use of molten aluminium as a virtual battery to store power generated by wind farms. A German company that produces aluminium is piloting an approach to temporarily storing power from renewables and then realising it when demand on the grid increases. It is an approach that could also be adopted by other energy intensive manufacturing and processing industries.
Image: Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg
How We Get To Next covers attempts to harness winds at around 1000 feet using inflatable turbines tethered to the ground.
Engadget covers a Mercedes Benz hydrogen concept car that would also generate energy from both the sun and wind via ‘multi-voltaic’ paint.