Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Green Apples

… But some companies that essentially live on the Internet are moving facilities to North Carolina, Virginia, northeastern Illinois and other regions whose main sources of energy are coal and nuclear power, the report said. The report singles out Apple as one of the leaders of the charge to coal-fired energy.

Apple immediately disputed the report’s findings, saying that the company planned to build two huge renewable energy projects at its recently opened data center in North Carolina that would eventually offset much of the coal-fired and nuclear energy use.

But in a contrast that is sure to generate debate in the hypercompetitive marketplace of the Internet, the report asserts that a few other companies, including Google and Facebook, have demonstrated much more commitment to shifting some of their electricity demands to renewable sources like wind, solar energy and hydroelectric power.

via Online Cloud Services Rely on Coal and Nuclear Power, Report Says – NYTimes.com.



Airborne wind turbine

A giant kite that captures wind energy. Well, more like a tube-shaped blimp, as it’s helium-filled, although it is tied to the ground.

From a recent press release from Altaeros Energies:

http://www.altaerosenergies.com/AltaerosPressRelease032712.pdf

The AWT uses a helium-filled, inflatable shell to ascend to higher altitudes where winds are more consistent and over five times stronger than those reached by traditional tower-mounted turbines. Strong tethers hold the AWT steady and send electricity down to the ground.




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