07 Oct '11, 8pm

Inflatable Wind Turbine Designed to Double as LED Billboard

inventor Dean Kamen makes it clear he doesn't see this as a game-changing energy generator. Instead, he views it more as a cool way to create a little power and perhaps an outdoor messaging system ... in low-wind situations the inflatable's mobility would allow the operator to pack it up and move it to a better power-producing spot. Also, by being much lighter in weight than traditional turbines, "the inflatable sail wind turbine may be installed in various locations that a heavier and/or larger conventional wind turbine may not (be), for example ... on the roof of buildings." And then there's the advertising angle. Using "light emitting diodes ... powered by energy generated by the wind turbine," the patent application suggests, could create "an image on the blades" that "may include, but are not limited to, pictures, text, symbols, numbers, the date and time, weather for...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/inflatable_wind_t...

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