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Renewable energy is slowly catching up to fossil fuels and becoming more competitive, but it still faces the same challenges as ever. The fact that the sun doesn’t always shine, the wind doesn’t always blow, and few systems can efficiently cope with the fluctuating energy demand placed upon them.

Critics view these points as proof that renewable energy has no future, whereas advocates view them as challenges that must be overcome.

Many different techniques have been tested to try and smooth out the varying generating levels that clean energy sources produce, mainly some form of energy storage system, but none has yet managed to provide an adequate solution.

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An exciting, new wind turbine produced by GE, shows hope as a potential solution to the constant problems that afflict the wind energy sector. The 1.6-100 and 1.7-100 wind turbines boast the ability of generating far more electricity when wind speeds are minimal, store excess energy for use in the future, and has a smart system that can analyse when more energy will be needed, and when the wind should blow.

The new smart wind turbines use improved blade designs that allow an increase of 20-24 percent in power. This allows the turbines to generate energy at far lower wind speeds, giving it an unmatched capacity factor of 54%. MNN explains that “the capacity factor is the actual power output over time, compared as a percentage to the theoretical power output of the turbine if it was producing at its maximum output at all times.”

The turbines also contain their own battery storage system which allows excess electricity to be saved when not needed and then used once demand increases, or when prices increase. A sophisticated analytical software systems also helps the turbines operators to predict when power will be needed, and when the wind will blow; it also will allow for communication between turbines to more effectively provide a constant supply of electricity to the grid.
GE’s 1.6-100 wind turbine
GE’s 1.6-100 wind turbine. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

Andrew Burger of Clean Technica wrote that individually the developments made in GE’s new turbines are big steps forward for the industry, but together they have the potential to be a true game changer.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

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  • Keyto Clearskies on August 13 2013 said:
    Chronicles of Mark Goldes, the Perpetual Scam Machine

    1976: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims to have developed a production-ready wind-propelled, wind-rechargeable motorcycle that can reach 60 mph:

    1998: Goldes successfully defrauds taxpayers of over four hundred thousand dollars by swindling the witless US Air Force with his "room temperature superconductor" scam.

    2005: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his company, MPI, is developing "Magnetic Power Modules":

    2008: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that "MPI is also developing breakthrough magnetic energy technologies including POWERGENIE (Power Generation of Electricity by Nondestructive Interference of Energy)." Goldes claims to have "run an electric car for more than 4,800 miles with no need to plug-in." According to Goldes, "[MPI] Revenues from licenses and Joint Ventures are conservatively projected to exceed $1 billion annually by 2012."

    2009: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his latest scamporation, Chava Energy, "has been developing enhanced theoretical and practical paths that lead towards commercialization of energy conversion systems that utilize hydrinos." He now claims to be "developing a Self Powered Internal Combustion Engine – SPICE(tm) powered by hydrinos."

    "For over 20 years Mark Goldes has claimed his company MPI has been developing machines that generate energy for free. In over 20 years his company has not presented one shred of evidence that they can build such machines...

    "For the past five years Mark Goldes has been promising generators 'next year.' He has never delivered. Like 'Alice in Wonderland' there will always be jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

    - Penny Gruber, December 2008

    - Gruber's comment was written almost five years ago - but it's just as true today - except that MPI, Goldes' corporation that he claimed would bring in one billion dollars in revenue from his imaginary generator in 2012, is now defunct. Evidently there's a limit to how many years in a row the same company can claim it will finally have something to demonstrate "next year." Now Goldes has a new scamporation, Chava Energy.
  • Mark Goldes on August 07 2013 said:
    How about an alternative to wind turbines in the form of an engine that needs no fuel?

    These engines are being prototyped. They are designed to run on atmospheric heat, a form of solar energy. Once validated by an independent lab, plastic, desktop versions will be produced to run a radio and demonstrate hard-to-believe new science.

    While one hamster power is the initial objective, to prove the concept, these engines appear scalable to large sizes.

    And can provide power without the need for wind farms or new transmission lines. They are expected to prove cost-competitive and pose no threat to birds. Most important, they will run 24/7.

    See the AESOP Institute website.

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