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Has the NSA’s mass spying made life easier for digital criminals?

Has the NSA’s mass spying made life easier for digital criminals? | Energy | Scoop.it
In flooding the internet with malware and attack code, and by increasing wariness of data sharing, the NSA’s actions have had a negative impact on the fight against cybercrime. By Tom Brewster
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89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine!

89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine! | Energy | Scoop.it
The Catching Wind Power device has no external parts that could be dangerous to birds passing by.

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EWICON bladeless wind turbine generates electricity using charged water droplets | GizMag.com

EWICON bladeless wind turbine generates electricity using charged water droplets | GizMag.com | Energy | Scoop.it

Wind energy may be one of the more sustainable sources of power available, but the spinning blades of conventional wind turbines require regular maintenance and have attracted criticism from bird lovers. That might explain why we've seen wind turbine prototypes that enclose the blades in a chamber or replace them entirely with a disc-like system. But researchers in the Netherlands set out to eliminate the need for a mechanical component entirely and created the EWICON, a bladeless wind turbine with no moving parts that produces electricity using charged water droplets.

 

Where most wind turbines generate electricity through mechanical energy, the EWICON (short for Electrostatic WInd energy CONvertor) creates potential energy with charged particles – in this case, water droplets. The current design consists of a steel frame holding a series of insulated tubes arranged horizontally. Each tube contains several electrodes and nozzles, which continually release positively-charged water particles into the air. As the particles are blown away, the voltage of the device changes and creates an electric field, which can be transferred to the grid for everyday use.

 

Energy output would be dependent not only on the wind speed, but also the number of droplets, the amount of charge placed on the droplets, and the strength of the electric field.

 

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A bladeless wind turbine

A bladeless wind turbine | Energy | Scoop.it
Dutch researchers have developed the EWICON, a bladeless wind turbine with no moving parts that produces electricity by pushing charged water droplets into ...

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Wind power without the blades.  This could be a major game changer in areas where we have safety concerns (i.e. people wanting to move near/around them), logistic concerns (i.e. in urban centers), or environmental concners (bird migration corridors, near coastal rookeries, etc.).

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The symbolic power of bladeless wind turbines

The symbolic power of bladeless wind turbines | Energy | Scoop.it
Critics of renewable energy are obsessed with the costs and practicalities of cleantech right this instant. Visitors to Silicon Valley in the 1970s didn't see the iPhone coming, either. There are countless innovative new ideas blowing in the wind.

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GE to install first wind turbines with battery storage : Renew Economy

GE to install first wind turbines with battery storage : Renew Economy | Energy | Scoop.it
GE to supply turbines with sophisticated software and battery storage to smooth the output of wind farms, and lower costs of wind energy.
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