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Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon they say will offer a cheap renewable energy to communities off the grid.

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Deutsche Welle (Apr. 20, 2011) — German harbors are counting on offshore wind farms. The Bremen Wind Energy Agency estimates that wind turbines will be installed at sea producing ten gigawatts of power by 2020 - the same amount of energy as 15 power plants.
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Cheap Wind Power? Just Listen to Turbines Talk to Each Other, Say Researchers

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Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Mar. 12, 2015) — The price of wind power may soon compete with conventional fossil fuels, according to researchers in the United States. Engineers are fitting wind turbines with sensors to extend and increase their efficiency by optimizing how rotor blades adjust to changing wind patterns. Ben Gruber has more. Video provided by Reuters
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Wind Energy Company Touts Giant Blades

Wind Energy Company Touts Giant Blades

AP (May 29, 2013) — A Danish wind power company says its manufacturing facility in Colorado is making the biggest blade for wind power in the US It says the V117 blade is nearly 60 meters in length, longer than half a football field.
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