The Tech That Could Fix One Of Wind Power’s Biggest Problems

The Tech That Could Fix One Of Wind Power’s Biggest Problems


Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a recent visit to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story. He found a start-up called Icewind that is building a new type of funky wind turbine designed to perform well in low-wind conditions but also to slow itself down in high-winds, preventing it from catching on fire or ripping apart.

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15 thoughts on “The Tech That Could Fix One Of Wind Power’s Biggest Problems”

  1. He said “people don’t know what that is when they look at” and I’m like “😒… wow people are that oblivious”

  2. I wonder if it would be possible to build these with mag-lev bearings? They would last virtually forever

  3. this is funny because the air carries electrons and all you have to do is collect them. This is primitive thinking with no technology. They can use a flat plate to attract electron with no moving parts. Maybe hire me?

  4. thanks for posting. here are some very very late thoughts. this design is fundamentally flawed, in two ways. the design should include a disc-shaped baffle at either end of the rotor. the design should minimize energy loss due to air being able to deflect, inwards; where the leverage is less. cheers

  5. Yeah I’ve been thinking for years: why are wind turbines not vertical? Less space = more efficient

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