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GE sells solar panels to wind farms

This is more than a little bit of a “well, duh, somebody has to have thought of that before” thing, but I can’t recall anybody actually proposing it prior to this: installing solar panels in (or next to) a wind farm facility.

The biggest problems (other than cost) for wind and solar energy is that they’re both inconsistent and produce more energy in areas that tend to be unpopulated.  This means that they require large capital costs to build power storage and transmission infrastructure in order for them to function like gas/coal/oil power plants, which can be turned up or down as needed and can be built right next to where the power’s needed.

So GE and Invenergy have teamed up to construct a solar facility right next to a wind farm in Illinois, allowing the two facilities to use the same transmission lines and support each other in their respective low-production periods.  Efficient, no?  Like I said, I’m wondering why I can’t recall hearing about this before.  Other than my memory being faulty (which it is, sadly) are there reasons this hasn’t been done up till now?


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The Makani kite/wind-turbine

Take a large kite, shaped sort of like an airplane.  Launch it into a wind stream at altitude that’s fast enough to keep it airborne.  Then use the motion of the kite (transferred through its tether) to drive generators on the ground.

That’s the general concept behind the Makani Airborne Wind Turbine.  They’re still in the early testing stage, so this is something to keep an eye out for, not something that’s about to hit center stage.

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Cheap DNA sequencing, six-engine VTOLs, instantly-clotting sponges, and small fuel cells




  • NASA’s always looking at ways to explore space – the trick is getting a good idea and sufficient funding to pull it off.  Space.com’s got an article here about possible “next steps” beyond low Earth orbit.




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Energy, Mining, and Resources links, 12/23/11

More talk about how water is going to be a huge crisis point sometime down the road:

80% of Brazil’s latest power supply auction (to provide power to the government) bids were for wind power:

USGov approves new nuclear reactor design:

A Hawaiian windfarm using batteries to smooth out its power production:

Apple’s designs and patents of fuel-cells for laptops:

A battery that runs on paper:

Nano-engineered solar-power paint:

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