Posts Tagged ‘wind turbine’

Illuminate Highways With Turbine Light

Friday, February 5th, 2010

One way to make our cities more energy efficient is to use the energy we already use and make it go further.  That is the concept behind Turbine Light.  It uses the wind generated by cars and trucks to power the lights and recycles that energy used to produce more energy to light the highways.  It is a good idea, but there are a few issues with this concept. read more »

More Efficient Wind Turbines Look Like Jet Engines

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A company called FloDesign has created an all new wind turbine based on technology found in jet engines.  They claim that these new turbines are 3-4 times more efficient, require less space, and can operate at higher speeds than the traditional wind-mill style turbines we see installed today.

Traditional wind turbines create a wake effect much like a wake seen behind a boat.  This causes the turbines behind the front line to be less effective than the ones behind it.  Turbines after the first row tend to produce 20-30% less power.  This is due to the fact that the turbines cannot dynamically move as winds change direction. read more »

Chipotle Goes Green

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Now we’re talkin’…we can officially combine two of my favorite things.  A steak burrito bowl [with cilantro rice, black beans, lettuce, pico, a little cheese (I'm lactose intolerant but i cheat), and a small side of sour cream (so i can mix that great chipotle Tabasco in it)] with green energy.  This new Chipotle will open in Gurnee, Illinois featuring a six-kilowatt wind turbine that will help the smell of all that wholesome goodness to filter throughout the city.

“The wind turbine is a symbol of our intent to design and build our restaurants more efficiently and environmentally friendly,” Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO of Chipotle said. “We want to incorporate some elements of sustainable design into all of our new restaurants.”
In addition to the wind turbine which will generate about ten percent of the restaurant’s electrical power, the free-standing restaurant will feature:
– use of recycled drywall, recycled barn metal, and primers and paints that contain fewer chemicals;
– a variety of energy and water conservation elements inside the restaurant, including LED lighting, highly efficient faucets and toilets, and Energy Star rated kitchen equipment;
– a 2,500 gallon underground water cistern that will harvest rainwater to irrigate the landscape;
– native plants outside that will require less watering and fertilizer;
– and asphalt in the parking lot that will reflect the sun’s heat, rather than absorb it, making the entire site cooler.
Chipotle will seek LEED certification for the new restaurant, which would make it among the first LEED-certified restaurants in the country. Chipotle is a participant in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Retail pilot program.
So not only do they provide the tastiest meals on the planet, they make it green.  Now don’t you feel better about that 1000+ calories you just inhaled?