LEGO reintroduces Vestas wind turbine set, now made with plant-based plastic

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Lego Group just released a new LEGO Creator Expert set that focuses on sustainable energy. The company announced its Vestas Wind Turbine creation at New York Climate Week in hopes to encourage creativity while spreading the word about renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Lego collaborated with Vestas to make the new wind turbine structure. Not only does the set represent renewable energy, but the plastic pieces are made from recycled plants. This is the first time Lego has issued a set made… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Sleek fiberglass visitor center is a beacon for wind energy in Denmark

The wind turbines at Thisted, Denmark don’t just generate renewable energy—these massive structures are among the world’s largest offshore wind turbines and have become a big draw for tourism too. In light of the site’s popularity, Cubo Arkitekter was tapped to design the Østerild Visitors and Operation Center that offers insight on wind energy and other sustainable technologies.

Completed last year in the National Park Thy, the nearly 7,000-square-foot Østerild Visitors… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s most powerful wind turbine installed off the coast of Scotland

A record-breaking, world’s most powerful turbine was just installed of the Scotland coast. Developer Vattenfall announced this week that installation is complete on 11 turbines – two of which were upgraded to have a boosted capacity of 8.8MW – in Aberdeen bay. In total, the installation generates 93.2MW of energy, enough to power 70-percent of Aberdeen’s domestic needs.

Vattenfall said that nine 8.4MW turbines were installed off the coast, and two other turbines with an enhanced capacity of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

rsted’s massive new offshore wind farm will generate power for 1 million homes

Offshore wind farms keep getting bigger and bigger. Ørsted, formerly DONG Energy, started construction on Hornsea Project One, the latest offshore wind project poised to claim the trophy. They installed the first of 174 monopiles at the wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. When Hornsea Project One is operational, it could produce power for more than one million homes.

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Google signs new contracts to offset 100% of its energy use with solar and wind power

100 percent of technology giant Google’s energy use will now be offset with solar or wind power. Thanks to contracts in recent days with three wind energy plants, the company boasts more than three gigawatts of clean energy capacity. Google’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure Sam Arons said on LinkedIn the company is “the largest corporate purchaser of renewables on the planet.”

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Tesla earns contract for world’s first solar, wind and storage project

Tesla has won its first contract with Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, to supply its Powerpack batteries for a project that combines solar power, wind power, and Tesla’s storage technology in which is being described as the first such project in the world. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Colorful tent cathedral in French village billows peacefully in the wind

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Germany, Denmark, and Belgium to boost offshore wind 5-fold within the next decade

To curb carbon emissions which are contributing to climate change, Germany, Denmark, and Belgium have entered into an agreement which entails increasing the amount of wind power 5-fold within the next decade. This means that by the year 2027, the countries will collectively increase energy generated via wind from 13.8 gigawatts to more than 60 gigawatts.

To accomplish the task, the governments of all three nations have pledged to work with more than 25 private companies, such as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Giant wind tunnel lets Shaolin monks fly while fighting in China

The legendary Shaolin monks in Henan, China do more than ancient kung fu—they can even fly thanks to the help of Latvian architect Austris Mailītis. His firm, Mailītis Architects, recently completed the Shaolin Flying Monks Temple, a unique levitation pavilion and theater with a giant wind tunnel that allows the monks and the general public to experience flight. The mountain-shaped structure draws inspiration from the surrounding Song mountains in central China with a site-sensitive design that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

A new flapping wind turbine in Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, the field has been limited in its ability to apply new understandings of animal and human motions to machines, according to TYER wind. In the wind energy sector, this limitation has resulted in fairly simple, and relatively inefficient turbines. Using 3D Aouinian kinematics that he pioneered, Anis Aouini is disrupting that space with a new turbine modeled on the unique articulations… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building