Friday, September 26, 2008
The Dutch are known for their windmills and their master artists, and this seems to incorporate a little of both. A design that seems almost a sculpture, these windmills solve many of the problems of windmill generators. They work even at very low speeds and are almost silent, which is a very big deal to many people who are bothered by the low frequency throb of typical wind power generators. They also extract power from the wind more efficiently than the fan blades that catch the wind on other models. These ‘eggbeaters’ come in two sizes at present and even the larger 2 meter one would only provide a small portion of the power currently used by the average electricity guzzling American home, but as our homes become more efficient these could be a viable option or the future.
Found on Culture Waves. Original story here.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Investment Could Create 80,000 'Green-Collar' Jobs In Ill.
Same Investment Would Create Fewer Jobs In Oil Industry, Report Says
An investment of $100 billion into clean energy technologies would create more than 80,000 jobs in Illinois, four times as many jobs as spending the same amount of money within the oil industry, according to report release from Environment Illinois.
The investment is comparable to the size of the April 2008 federal stimulus package dedicated to consumer rebates-to be an engine for job creation in Illinois and nationwide, the release said.