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Inventions & Questionable Turbines

This category is a catchall for all those contraptions that burst on the scene in a blaze of media hype as different from those "other" wind turbines only to eventually disappear. It's not possible to critique every "invention" that plagues the field of wind energy so only those that have piqued my curiosity, or are particularly egregious, are listed here.

FloDesign Ogin Ducted Wind Turbine at Deer Island Coming Down

November 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

FloDesign’s prototype ducted wind turbine on Deer Island in Boston Harbor is being removed, according the agency that operates the nearby sewage treatment plant. FloDesign, the developer of the...[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Rooftop and Building Integrated Wind Turbines are a Failure Says NREL

September 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes in a new report that rooftop-mounted and building-integrated wind turbines are a failure, though readers would be hard pressed to find that...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Google applies for wind-assisted propulsion patent using Makani kite

September 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Makani Airborne Wind Energy Turbine (AWT) hasn't been in the news lately. They arrived in a flurry of press in 2013 as the next big thing from Google. The device is a powered kite tethered to the...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Remember that “wind tree”? It’s worse than we thought

August 30, 2016,   by Simon Mahan

Turns out, the wind tree is actually worse than initially thought.

Category: Small Wind folder, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Ogin Ducted Turbine Employees Speak Out

August 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Former employees of the erstwhile ducted turbine manufacturer Ogin have posted comments about their jobs on a public web site.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Close-up Photos of Ogin DAWT Dismantlement in San Gorgonio Pass

August 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

More photos of the Ogin ducted wind turbine dismantlement have been “thrown over my transom.” These close-up photos show far more detail of the disassembly and scrapping process than before.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Small Vindication: Renewable Devices Swift Ducted Rooftop Turbine Gone

February 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I am writing this now to close the book on this sad little turbine and the whole “let’s put them on the roof” phenomenon. Stumbling across an obscure NREL field test report from long ago (see Power...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind, Small Wind folder, Renewable Devices Swift

Ogin Installs Ducted Turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass

January 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Ogin, the Massachusetts-based ducted turbine company, has installed six of seven turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, California.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind FloDesign-Ogin

WindStor VAWT: Another Sad Saga of Time & Money Wasted

January 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In sum, another story of ill-advised “development” of a revolutionary Darrieus wind turbine with all the attendant hubris and hype. The sad saga cost the government of Quebec $350,000—money that...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

FloDesign-Ogin Diffuser Augmented Turbine (DAWT) in the Wild

July 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

What the photos clearly show is that the prototype has abandoned the lobed mixer-ejector feature that was the hallmark of the design—and the justification for the hype that this turbine would be the...[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy FloDesign-Ogin

Debunking Wind Turbine Fads

June 1, 2015,   by Simon Mahan

Fad wind turbines do double duty for anti-renewable energy activists: they perpetuate false negative stereotypes of wind power, and then fail to deliver substantial quantities of clean, cheap power.

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

DLP Wind Turbine Blades Another Idea that Won’t See the Light of Day

March 16, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, folks like me who work in the industry typically dismiss these ideas out of hand. We internalize a lot of processes and out comes, “nope, not going to happen.”[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Let’s get real about cute little wind turbines

February 16, 2015,   by Lloyd Alter

After years of writing about turbines that never came on to the market, and some where the promoters went to jail, and a whole lot of reading, I decided that perhaps this is one of those green gizmo...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

8 Reasons to be Skeptical of the “Tree” Wind Turbine

January 5, 2015,   by Simon Mahan

While it’s great that innovators are still evaluating different ways to produce clean power, don’t lose sight of how amazing the more mainstream technologies already are: Electricity from the air and...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

FloDesign-Ogin Some Brief Comments

February 12, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. It is provided here in the public interest because of recent controversy surrounding FloDesign and...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Vortec 7 DAWT Summary of Test Results

January 11, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

This summary reflects my view at the time. Key participants were acknowledging the technical failure of Vortec 7, but they couched their failure in arcane technical language at arcane conferences. [more]

Category: Vortec, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines Vortec

Making sense of Makani's [Kite] Claims for Paul Gipe

January 8, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

I am an advocate of the rapid development of massive amounts of renewable energy. I don’t see kites in that anytime soon. . .[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Sky Windpower’s high-altitude wind generation system will likely fail to launch

November 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Sky Windpower’s proposed high-altitude wind generation solution raises major concerns. . .

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Google’s Makani airborne wind generator flies a bit lower when you look at it closely

October 31, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Makani has a long way to go before operation of an offshore wind farm of these devices is shown to be cheaper per unit of electricity than an equivalent HAWT farm. . . And they still have to get...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

FBI: Canadian Indicted for Securities and Wire Fraud Touting Mag-Wind

October 24, 2013,  

United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that on October 18, 2013, a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned a two-count indictment charging JAMES ALAN ROWAN with securities...[more]

Category: Mag-Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Makani Kite Turbines Response

October 23, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I haven’t paid much attention to Makani, just as I haven’t paid much attention to other kite designs. And yes, there are quite a few “kite wind turbines” besides Makani, either in the press, under...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Questionable Turbines and Siting Give Architects, LEED, Green Builders, and Wind Bad Name

September 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Updated with a photo of the 18 Venger V2 Savonius turbines on the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[more]

Category: News on Small Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind, LEED LEED

Good and bad bets: new wind technologies rated

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

How do specific new wind energy innovations and products stack up? This post looks at nine technologies and companies that have been in the press recently and assesses whether they are good bets or...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Saphon Saphonian: Good & Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

This relatively new entrant scores an amazing nine out of thirteen red flags, yet recently was shortlisted for an African Innovation Award, and managed to convince TED to put them on stage in 2012.

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

EWICON electrostatic generator: Good and Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

The EWICON concept is a neat bit of research, but rates five red flags as a practical technology. Published research puts its net efficiency below that of Savonius wind turbines, which are the worst...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Invest carefully; wind energy ‘innovations’ are rarely kosher

May 8, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

The wind industry isn’t going to be disrupted by someone with an idea and a Powerpoint pitch. If someone is approaching you with a great investment opportunity based on a ‘new’ wind generation...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Another Bladeless Windmill Stalks the Mindscape

April 6, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Here we go again. Another windmill invention is stalking the Internet. This time it is the “bladeless” windmill, reintroduced. Atlantic Cities first published a glowing piece (Invention of the Day:...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

KXAN: Turbine designer arrested for fraud: Jonestown turbines were deemed not viable

October 14, 2011,  

A series of wind turbines planned for the city of Jonestown is on hold after criminal charges were filed against one of the designers. . . Charlie Malouff, the founder of the C.M Energies, has been...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Quick Grab a Stake--Mag-Wind Rises from the Grave

October 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Mag-Wind is back. Grab your children. Bar the door. The dead walk. . . Worse Ed Begley and Jay Leno, those omnipresent endorsers of all things "green", have leapt to the aid of the undead. Their...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind, Mag-Wind

Fantasy Wind Turbines or If It's Too Good To Be True . . .

July 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Scams, Frauds, & Flakes--Tell-Tale Signs[more]

Category: News on Small Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Vortec Vortec

Energy Ball--A Review

May 23, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

I've been putting off writing anything about the "Energy Ball" simply because there are too many of these "inventions" for one person to track, analyze, and report on. Like many of these...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Small Turbine Product Reviews

An Open Letter to Inventors by Mick Sagrillo

April 9, 2008,   by Mick Sagrillo

Specifically to inventors of vertical axis wind turbines and rooftop wind 'technology breakthroughs'

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Mag-Wind Pyramidal Power

July 13, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The pyramids have always been thought to contain some magical power. Maybe they do. Maybe Mag-Wind has found a way to tap into this magical power, because they certainly are not going to get much...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind, Mag-Wind

Response by Paul Gipe to Dr. David Anderson Renewable Devices Swift Turbines

July 3, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Your claims cannot be substantiated by the data made available to the public and it is likely they cannot be verified in the field. [more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Renewable Devices Swift

US Wind Turbine/Bos's Warning

October 1, 2002,  

by Paul Gipe October, 2002 in a posting to awea-wind-home news group. Mike is Michael Klemen, Bos is Ken Bosley. Mike, Am I missing something? I haven't followed this closely and I may have missed...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Stirring Up a Hornet's Nest: New Turbine Generates Controversy

September 14, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

"We're not a very sophisticated company," Bob Green says humbly. Others agree. The awea-wind-home web site is buzzing with questions about the audacious claims of Green and his company, Thermodyne...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

New Zealand Sunday Star-Times: Storm over Wind Energy (Vortec 7 DAWT)

July 6, 1997,   by Daniel Riordan

AS WIND turbine generator Vortec Energy gets ready for a 10-city roadshow: to promote its $10m public offering an overseas expert has warned small investors to steer clear, saying the company's...[more]

Category: Vortec, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines Vortec

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