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Neptune Teaches Mariah How To Help Earth

A Reason For Fish Swimming In Schools Leads To Better Wind Efficiency AND Revisiting A Wind Catcher Start-up

dn19492-1_300Mariah: In November, 2008, Forced Green posted an article called “…And They Call The Wind Mariah…”   About a green start-up company called Mariah Power that was regonized as “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science in 2008, for their Windspire vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT).

Since then, they have hit the ground running and on April 5th, 2010 Mariah Power officially changed its name to Windspire Energy Inc. The change was made to clarify confusion in the marketplace between the corporate name – Mariah Power – and the product name – Windspire.

Want one – or a hundred?

That said, the old sales adage – location, location, location – can now refer to green energy. Especially in the realm of VAWT.

Neptune: Professor John Dabiri, director of the Biological Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), has a research program at a CalTech field laboratory called FLOWE (Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy). With support by the National Science Foundation and Windspire Energy, the primary objective of this research is to achieve significant increases in the power extracted per unit land area of wind farms. This directly translates to reductions in land use and transmission costs for traditional onshore wind energy efforts, while making urban and offshore wind farms a more practical solution in the future.

5KS5fKInspiration for FLOWE’s research comes from the turbulence created by fish schools. One reason fish swim in schools is that it allows them to speed up the water around them and travel up to six times further than swimming alone. Modifying the hydrodynamic mathematical equations for this effect for aerodynamic results, the team found optimum turbine placements.

Only vertical turbines can be utilized and benefit from this research because the most common three-propellered horizontal (HAWT) turbines require significant inter-turbine spacing in order to avoid destructive aerodynamic interference between turbines. But a VAWT farm positioned in this way could generate 10 times the power of the normally more efficient HAWT farm of the same area.

The sea teaches the wind how to help the planet …
…and they still call the wind Mariah …..
as the green future unfolds.

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  1. Theresa Says:

    Thanks for the fish swimming in schools fact, I did not know that. I always figured it was for protection and only protection. The fact that it speeds up their swimming abilities… a new one on me 🙂
    .-= Theresa´s last blog ..How Much Would You Pay For Visitors =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … I did not know about the fish either but what a cool way to explain how everything works.

  3. Do it Yourself Hydroponic Gardening Says:

    We need to be expanding rapidly into these technologies and considering our impact on the planet. Thanks for these articles.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Hydroponic … I wholeheartily agree that we need to get rolling. Looks as if you have! Good Luck!

  5. Layla White in Canada Says:

    The change in name makes sense because it does get confusing. Maybe they should have just renamed their product to Mariah. I kinda like Mariah though but it’s just me.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Layla …. I like Mariah as well their reasoning is sound.

  7. Tom Says:

    This new understanding of building better way of harnessing the power of nature like that of the wind proves the fact that if we will only focus our time and effort it is possible to come up with greener technologies…

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Tom … Yes it is and is happening daily! 😀

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Orlando …. You are welcome! 😀

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