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The Tech That Could Fix One of Wind Power's Biggest Problems

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Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a recent visit to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story. He found a start-up called Icewind that is building a new type of funky wind turbine designed to perform well in low-wind conditions but also to slow itself down in high-winds, preventing it from catching on fire or ripping apart. Watch the full episode of 'Hello World: Iceland': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8ZRTJQAcjU Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_confirmation=1 And subscribe to Bloomberg Politics for the latest political news: http://www.youtube.com/BloombergPolitics?sub_confirmation=1 Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbusiness Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbusiness/ Bloomberg Television brings you coverage of the biggest business stories and exclusive interviews with newsmakers, 24 hours a day: http://www.bloomberg.com/live Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/bloombergtv Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloombergTelevision Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergtv
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Daniel Ord (13 hours ago)
They should attach solar to the blades, with create more energy I believe...
Joseph Groves (1 day ago)
Seathor. Wow what a name. Isn't Iceland the coolest?
Ron Garza (2 days ago)
Imagine anything not secured on a merry-go-round (tiovivo in Spanish). It will be flung outward. So while the one blade is catching the wind, it is causing air to move outward from above and below on the other 2 vanes. An area for improvement?
shingshongshamalama (4 days ago)
Okay well where are they then?
DenverDave2 (8 days ago)
Would there be a related approach for water streams?
Hare Riti (8 days ago)
Millions were put into research of these turbines and they cannot produce more energy than the control eats up. The project was eventually put down, after years of financial and cognitive input. Contact me and I will direct you to the company, university and production chief, if you are interested.
Leif Johnson (9 days ago)
Would the Savonius vertical axis wind turbine be viable if it were made of plastic? You could make the turbines must cheaper by plastic injection molding instead of having to make a metal turbine, I think. Plus you could use recycled plastic for the turbine, couldn't you? . I am no expert but I would think that a plastic rotor could be made strong enough. Is there something I am missing?
Harley Me (10 days ago)
old technology, but still a bad choice.. LENZ vawts are ultimately more effecient from the push/pull design of the actual airfoil. mine is about the same size as that one but it puts out 1kwh of power ( MOUNTED A FOOT OF THE GROUND)
What if you made a cheaper electrostatic version of this wind power? Where the spinning of fans will cause it to mechanically rub the carpet or similar material to pvc pipe rapidly and generate large amounts of static electricity. You then convert this static electricity to AC or DC power. The taller the pvc pipe the better. Attaching pvc pipe on terrace of a tall building or top of a mountain even better. Covering pvc pipe with copper coil on the inside even more better.
Persian empire??????????????????????????????wtf
kramli krisztian (14 days ago)
Can I get the downloadable design of that Turbine ?
Victoria Brown Frank (14 days ago)
Would like information on your product.
johannes thomsen (16 days ago)
Well done friends, keep on, keep on.
69NOMAN69 noman (19 days ago)
great turbine for turbulent air! omni directional turbines rule!
Shaik Arshad (19 days ago)
I hope as solar panels reached to common people's house soon we can generate wind energy also at our home by fixing it at the the top of our home...😎😎😄😃😉😉😋😋
Craig Barton (20 days ago)
I cringed so hard when the narrator called the wind turbines "wind mills". You'll find those on picturesque fields in Holland.
Shakti Shekhawat (21 days ago)
Explore India... Its a huge market..
Sallie Skakel (24 days ago)
"One of Wind Power's Biggest Problems I thought that this videos would be about the slaughter of birds. I moved to the Columbia Hills (which flank the Columbia River in Washington State) in 2000. In 2000, anytime one looked at the sky one saw hawks and eagles circling; when driving down a country road paralleling the Columbia Hills, it seemed as if there was a raptor perched on every telephone poll. Then they built the wind farms. Now all the hawks and eagles are GONE, slaughtered by the wind turbines. WIND TURBINES ARE EVIL. Or, perhaps I should say, conventional wind turbines are evil. It looks like this design will prevent bird-kill. Perhaps it will replace conventional turbines, for efficiency reasons. DISMANTLE ALL CONVENTIONAL WIND TURBINES!!
Account New (24 days ago)
this is just crap.. its way easier to burn something and have energy
airmuseum (29 days ago)
They are placed high for the necessary propeller clearance. No energy source will ever beat nuclear for efficiency, reliability and safety...that's right... safety! Get over it.
Alex Setyapranarka (30 days ago)
It has more surface to catch the wind than the classic one
Khang Văn (1 month ago)
Hey Boom Boom Room Positive people always success. And you do Negative people earning their hard life. They chose and let them deal with it. Have a nice day
Gordon Adams (1 month ago)
I saw this tech about 20 years ago. So why isn't it catching on?
Priscilla Ross-Fox (1 month ago)
I would like to see them bird friendly
Aaron Stone (1 month ago)
It looks like a device for bitch slapping birds.
chadkincham (1 month ago)
Wind turbines currently in use are serious noise polluters, people can't stand to live near one. And they are infamous bird killers. There are people who's lives are ruined when those wind turbines are built near their homes, from the horrible noise, and they can't sell their homes and move: no one will buy them, because of the noise.
Fran Tackle (1 month ago)
Magnetic propulsion is the future of all our energy needs when used in the correct manner wtfu movement
wazza33racer (1 month ago)
In most locations........the wind does not blow 70% of the time............how have they solved that?? Wind power horse hockey.......
Beau Beaubien (1 month ago)
In Iowa I have seen Wind Turbines that were built in the 80s/90s and are still producing power
TheBigMclargehuge (1 month ago)
Wind Power's biggest problem is sustainability. Waste of money, waste of time, bad for the environment. Nuclear is key.
G Finlay (1 month ago)
Imagine if they added a few of these to all the pylons throughout the UK.
Bruno Leonardo (1 month ago)
Now in 06/2018 this project still is a project, is so "revolluctionary" but is not working, is not ready so far.
Amanda Anderson (1 month ago)
This would be great here in the Mojave desert. Even in low wind conditions it's still wind!! This would definitely give the energy company a run for it's money. I would love to have one in my backyard and get off the grid.
ComocosonoEWL (1 month ago)
You have to be pretty stupid to think "most people don't even know what it is. They think it is a sculpture or something..." Fucking idiot. That or people in Iceland are retarded. I am going to go with the "former nuclear engineer" that now makes turbines out of a small shop. Probably why he is a former nuclear engineer. lmfao
David Smith (1 month ago)
Where was Thor's hammer?
Erick G (1 month ago)
Been waiting for these guys for 2 years and they haven't come up with the turbines... Maybe they went bankrupt or something!
Rocknrolladube (1 month ago)
They should just put gears on the conventional turbines so that there is more resistance in faster wind. That the gears would just generate more power, while slowing down the turbine. A gliding transition like some Mitsubishis have.
Litecoin Lucky (2 months ago)
Who else is waiting for thunderf00t to debunk.. ;P
Marian Standen (2 months ago)
So cool, these should definitely go Global
Mikhail Alexandrovich (2 months ago)
Yeah, it's called a nuclear reactor. And instead of replying to this, type up a resume and get a job you dirty hippie
Za Ha (2 months ago)
What's the Coast of a Miniature Wind/Solar power Engine?
Chuck J (2 months ago)
NREL National Renewable Energy Labs (US) stopped all testing on VAWTs because of inefficiency, unreliability and high cost of maintenance. I live close to an NREL test site near Boulder, CO. There are many standard 3 blade designs that undergo testing. As a hobby, I did a lot of research into renewable energy, especially wind turbines. Despite looking cool, I discovered that the VAWTs were essentially worthless.
Rafaela Mora (2 months ago)
I want to know how much?
renragged (2 months ago)
I've created a solar powered wind turbine. It totally kicks ass!
bigwhitehound (2 months ago)
So how fast after learning about this tech, did the U.S. and other oil/coal kings try to ban it? Oh sorry... require a "study" to test it.
Tortuga (2 months ago)
Very little information provided.
Marek Špot (2 months ago)
Thor and Sea Thor? It´s just logical these two mythical heroes have godly powers :)
Michael Crumpton (2 months ago)
It is not even close to being a new idea. Google Savonius turbine. The Savonius wind turbine was invented by the Finnish engineer Sigurd Johannes Savonius in 1922. The Savonious gets less efficient the higher the wind speed goes. It is fine for low speed things like water pumping or low power needs, but is very low efficiency compared to conventional turbines. The fact that it starts spinning in low wind is useless, because there is nearly no usable power in low wind speeds. The power available in wind goes up as the cube of the windspeed, so doubling the windspeed gives you 8 times as much power. 7.5 minutes of 8mph wind is worth 1 hour of 4mph wind is worth 8 hours of 2mph. BTW this is not even close to windpower's biggest problem, storing electricity for when you need it is.
Score Fuxxon (2 months ago)
The problem with this tech is that it can't be built GRANDE without also having a netted cage around it which must be as big as the wheel itself if it's to be mounted anywhere near where people or animals live. In its current design, it's a so called "Bird-eater/exterminator". . ;) We have the same problem with the "S"-shaped vertical windmill. Excellent tech, but Seriously Dangerous to everyone around it. Many little kids fingers have been eaten by that one. ;)
wizbangIWD (2 months ago)
You know how they keep saying that eagles get killed by the big windmills ? ( I think it just opponents of windmills that are saying it ) it would take a very stupid bird to kill itself on one of these type. in fact I don't think anyone would believe it if they said these were killing anything. well I don't know about you, but I definitely want one of these bad boys at my house, in fact I want a dozen ! :D
Seal Clubber (2 months ago)
Haha, he looks at the company president and says, you’re idea is 100s of years old
Stu Redman (2 months ago)
I would be curious to know how many ft pounds of torque it can deliver at various wind speeds to drive a generator of a certain wattage.
lohphat (2 months ago)
Traditional bladed fans fail because the feathering gears malfunction. It's simple to twist the blades so they're not catching the wind and stop in high winds.
granskare (2 months ago)
this was old tech, I have seen this but I think BRIBERY was the feature why we did have have this type.
Bruce David (2 months ago)
Hold it a second, your name is Ashlee?
Assimilate71 (2 months ago)
If they asked, I would pass on my design for a control system that allows the turbine to continue to work through any wind velocity.
R N (2 months ago)
Thor. And SEA thor
yfelwulf (2 months ago)
And most of the time it will sit doing nothing like all wind turbines
Jake Spur (2 months ago)
Coal miners lives and livelihoods could be saved if the USA, rather the United Soviet Alliance, admits climate change is real and actually does something to improve the lives of coal miners. Wait for the impeachment and subsequent jail sentence of the orange habitual liar in the extremely white White House
Rijay Kapoor (2 months ago)
This is a great invention. Why not try this in tropical regions like Suriname
Charles Nelson (2 months ago)
Always worth pointing out that CO2 comprises just 1/25th part of ONE percent of the Earth's atmosphere...and that the dominant 'greenhouse gas' water vapour at around FOUR percent is in limitless supply. Eeeeek!
Charles Nelson (2 months ago)
Won't solve any problems. Bearing failure caused by lateral stresses caused by 'wind'...that's why.
Himanshu Aundhe (2 months ago)
Why not use governors for the regular wind turbines to combat high speeds?
Ian Meredith (2 months ago)
Aaagh! Wind turbines are not wind"Mills"! No flour is ground by a wind turbine.
SeaJayBelfast (2 months ago)
Wasn't this first designed by a Dutch company linked to TU DELFT?
creativmindplay (2 months ago)
Abdullah Raihan Bhuiyan (2 months ago)
This is so cool!
Dragzilla 66 (2 months ago)
Let's get these in Puerto Rico man.
NoTownSolace (2 months ago)
The american people would just vandalize these things
grfta Nitro (2 months ago)
A small elon musk
Marius Hagelskjaer (2 months ago)
Wind energy is pretty useless in Iceland though, they can just use thermal powerpowerplants
speidi1 (2 months ago)
I was stationed in Iceland in the early 80s. Nice country; people are oddballs. The wind blows like hell up there.
sdfkjllshadflhadfshl (2 months ago)
I assumed this would be about birds.
Eagle 367 (2 months ago)
But do they kill birds?
august (2 months ago)
If these type of wind turbines were the cutting edge on making power, then why are all the wind electric mills have 3 gigantic blades all over the world ?
Kevin Montrond (2 months ago)
Because most of the world has enough wind for the giant windmills to work. However some parts of the world don't have high wind speed. This is meant to be used in those areas.
Fred Derf (2 months ago)
Great, now how big do they hav to be to generate grid levels of power? Look at the bus stop, two big units to power a wifi hotspot and phone charger? How friggin' big would they have to be to power a whole home? Or a neighbourhood?
W. C. Orielly (2 months ago)
I want several for my back yard...
Alan M (2 months ago)
Why are they using wind power there in Iceland when they have all the geothermal they could ever need?
Shannon Gibson (2 months ago)
You need to make some changes. Check Avasva Solutions if you want to make it right.
Prakhar Sharma (2 months ago)
Guy's name is Thor and uses wind to generate electricity, sounds familiar
Cody Williams (2 months ago)
Steel and not carbon fiber? seems odd.
AzFree Az (2 months ago)
Utter bullshite the turbines are powered by the solar panel, its all crap.
Andy Knolls (2 months ago)
Iceland has the type of environment (very windy all the time) that is conducive to wind turbines, otherwise it is a waste.
Crusty Cobs (2 months ago)
That is a functional and low-cost design, wonderful
myphonyaccount (2 months ago)
If this was in California, the comments would be filled with insane conservative hatred for wind power.
Mike Ash (2 months ago)
The design looks like it might be a less bird dicing one.....I hope....keep up the innovation, testing, and pride in your work.
august (2 months ago)
I understand that wind mills kill lots of birds but nowhere near the amount that cats do, right ? I'm asking.
Roy Gould (2 months ago)
I want to see solar panels all over that tower too.
Pfsif (2 months ago)
I wanna change my name to Thor :)
Borkaman87 (2 months ago)
Rocks too are cheap, can endure hard weather and rarely overspin. What's the damn efficiency on these things? Poor reporting, immoral actually- money wasted on spinning bullshit are money not spent on actual energy solutions
bourbonfan1 (2 months ago)
suck it up, and blow it out! I'll be here ,'when you come back.
David L (2 months ago)
The fan shaped turbines are inferior- this design looks much better- like it adapts to nature
uruiamnot (2 months ago)
Nice cell phone charger for $10,000!! Maybe with all of that excess energy, I could run a can opener and an alarm clock!
Harley Me (10 days ago)
10K pfft I built my vawt for only $300 (1 kwh)
Corey Mcniel (2 months ago)
very accurate plans for something like that I found on Avasva
Shantell Amend (2 months ago)
I bought instruction from Avasva and I build it very very cheap.
Sorin Petre (2 months ago)
Practic-compact-small space
Sorin Petre (2 months ago)
Cool and robust design :)))
Robin Thomas (2 months ago)
I LOVE THEM Hope to see them in N.America.
Vincent Quayle (2 months ago)
nasty looking welds. get some ventilation.
Animus Miles-Militis (2 months ago)
It is just such a shame that traditional fossil fuel energy companies prevent such technology from truly making an effect. Greed ... what ya gunna do huh.
Animus Miles-Militis (2 months ago)
It is possible. Energy generation is currently centralised. If every household has one of these as standard then energy would become like the internet. The internet is a composite of millions of servers linked around the world. You just do the same for devices that are installed on individual properties. The problem is that energy companies are so well established and monopolise the energy market. Also there is no way to monetise energy if all everyone needs to do is make a one off purchase every 10 or so years. It is nothing to do with anything else other than economics and energy companies maintaining their billions of dollars in profits.
august (2 months ago)
Nothing will ever replace the power of fire !!

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