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Blade Runners

Phased-out wind turbines are not so eco-friendly Progressive solutions are not without their ironies, and the wind power industry is encountering one of its first long-term hurdles as we enter 2020. A Bloomberg report earlier this week detailed how most wind turbine blades are not reusable—and are therefore starting to fill up landfills worldwide. The […]

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Raising the wind

Superconducting turbines are on the horizon   In Denmark, a  seven-month test by the EcoSwing Consortium appears to have brought superconducting wind turbines to a deliverable level. As described in Caroline Delbert’s “Wind Turbines Are Getting Wild” article in Popular Mechanics, the turbines, which transmit energy using superconduing rotors, offer a higher power density, smaller […]

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When a branch blows into a power line …

…will it set the world on fire? Remarkably, the Getty Fire, one of the most disruptive of dozens flaming through California, was caused by one stray branch, dislodged from its parent tree, which then blew into a power line. As described by the Los Angeles Fire Department: FIRE CAUSE: Investigators have determined the preliminary cause of […]

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Smart Cities

Wildly ambitious, potential IoT hubs are a popular banner for tech companies. But they’re often short on details—and their progress is difficult to quantify The concept of the “smart city” has already gone through a number of iterations in a short lifespan. Many of them are wildly ambitious, and others seem practical but are short […]

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