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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

FloDesign now Ogin: Good and Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

This product and company score a solid six out of thirteen red flags, and after racking up $50 M USD in investments according to reports over the past six years, have produced only a couple of...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

SheerWind Invelox: Good and Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

This product and company score eight out of thirteen red flags. They’ve racked up a couple of million in grants and investment as well, and are still getting press as if they were somehow promoting...

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

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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