Green energy: Urban Green Energy does it again with ViewUGE

ViewUGE give you the controlUrban Green Energy has released the ViewUGE at CES 2012. ViewUGE is Urban Green Energy’s answer to monitoring green energy production. The ViewUGE is the online energy monitoring application that ties small wind turbines with the smart grid, perfect for those who are planning to or have installed a renewable energy system and seek a reliable, remote way to monitor their energy production.

With its clean and personalized interface, ViewUGE distinguishes itself from monitoring systems implemented in other sectors. The user experience was the key consideration during the design stage of ViewUGE and exemplifies the signature user-friendliness of all UGE products.

“At UGE, we are strong proponents of using multiple technologies to get the most out of renewable energy, and ViewUGE allows for just that in a very effective manner,” noted Scott Van Pelt, VP of Engineering at UGE.

“With ViewUGE, we are allowing our customers to track a variety of renewable energy inputs, including weather data from the Urban Green Energy 1st Step Weather Station, along with their own energy consumption. This same technology will play a pivotal role in projects utilizing our wind/solar street lamps and the Sanya Skypump, the wind powered electric vehicle charging station we launched with GE this past summer.” Mesh Systems, a leader in machine to machine (M2M) communications, collaborated with UGE in the design of ViewUGE.

With installations in approximately 60 countries, including several government agencies and Fortune 100 companies, Urban Green Energy is changing the face of distributed renewable energy generation. Urban Green Energy’s goal is to put users in control of their energy source, and is doing so by designing and manufacturing more versatile wind turbines and hybrid wind/solar systems for use in applications ranging from residential to commercial, from suburban US homeowners to off-grid telecoms towers in rural Africa.

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ViewUGE allows you to simply and conveniently monitor in real-time the energy consumption of your home, business, or a specific area of your house! Simply connect it to an output of your breaker box to see how much energy your air conditioning has used today. Get to know your energy habits, and reduce your consumption to fully optimize your energy system today!

12-Volt 300 Watt Wind Generator With Charge Controller

GudCraft WG300 12-Volt 6-Blade 300 Watt Wind Generator With Charge Controller

Buy this now at Amazon.comThe GudCraft WG300 12V is popular low start up wind speed wind turbine in home yard, cabins, boats, advertising signs, telecommunications tower, etc. Thousands have been sold and are in use worldwide. People have the particular inclination for its clean, aerodynamic lines and its quiet and continuous operation. Without any doubt GudCraft WG300 accumulates more energy than any other comparable wind generator available, you’ll always see spinning in the lightest of breezes.

300 Watt Wind Generator With Charge Controller

300 Watt Wind Generator With Charge Controller

· Efficient power conversion – GudCraft WG300 generates greater ampere-hours in real wind conditions than turbines of equal and often larger diameter! That’s because between gusts, our unique high inertia alternator designs maintain momentum with a flywheel effect where other units stall. This adds up to more free wind power generated and stored for you.

· GudCraft WG300 is the lowest cost per watt of power generated. Not only is the generator efficient but volume production for our worldwide customers and in-house manufacturing ensures that we deliver a consistently high quality at an affordable cost.

· Our low friction 3-phase alternator gives a smooth and silent output. The low wind speed start up means power is almost continuously produced and certainly in the most typical conditions as well as being powerful in higher winds.

· GudCraft WG300 turbines are made from computer designed efficient aerofoil blades. They have a unique and positive one way only fit and have been tested to withstand a loading with a safety factor 10 times than the turbine’s maximum rpm.

300 Watt Wind Generator With Charge Controller

GudCraft 700 Watt 12 volt Wind Generator with 3 blades

Gudcraft 700 watt wind turbine - Buy Now
The GudCraft 700 watt wind turbine is a great starting point for a do it yourself alternative energy project.  This also would be great for an RV,  mobile home or a small off-grid house or cabin.  Get on the green energy bandwagon!  Anyone can be in using renewable energy with this complete wind turbine package.  500W niminal and 700W max wind generator is directly driven by rotor blades without other powered equipment. The high efficiency wind turbine is settled behind rotor blades, which can help to radiate heat. The whole wind turbine system consists of a generator body (including rotor blades), yaw shaft, tower, inverter control system, energy storage system (battery for off-grid system, state grid for on-grid system). Buy this wind generator now

  • 700 Watt 12 Volt system uses wind to generate power and run your appliances/electronics
  • Wind turbines include generator, 3 blades, tail, screws/bolts.
  • Constructed from lightweight, weatherproof cast aluminum
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Latest 2011 design with 3 new blades

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GudCraft WG700 12-Volt 3-Blade 700 Watt Wind Generator -the charge controller
GudCraft WG700 12-Volt 3-Blade 700 Watt Wind Generator - the charge controller

5kW ON-GRID Vertical Axis Wind Turbine – Complete System

5kW Vertical axis wind turbine - VAWT is mounted on a tower

5kW Grid-tied complete system featuring a vertical axis wind turbine 

Reliable, affordable, independent, clean electricity with zero greenhouse gas emissions!

Wind energy can be converted to electricity easily and cleanly with vertical axis wind turbines. With today’s rising gas and oil prices driving electricity costs higher and higher, it makes sense to harvest the wind but cost effective alternatives sized to generate enough power were tough to come by.
Not anymore.
Finally homeowners and small business owners have an affordable and reliable renewable energy alternative sized for their needs. Artmetco’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines put renewable energy within their reach.

Why Vertical Axis Wind Turbines from Artmetco Solutions? 
Proven reliability. Hundreds of installations around the world and our 2 year limited warranty make Artmetco a name you can trust. Choose from the 3KW, 5KW, and 10K Wind Turbines. Each turbine is made up of a durable long lasting alloy aluminum steel precision casting. Very easy to install with a beautiful design!  Average payback in less then 4 years!  Faster payback than photovoltaic systems.  Attractive design.  Virtually no environmental impact.  Silent operation.  Designed to operate reliably in hot and cold climates.  Simplified installation.  Innovative aerofoil and vertical axis wind wheel with magnetic suspension structure.

Take a look at the complete system details here for the 5kW grid-tied Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Solution

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Technical Details

  • The complete wind power solution includes: the VAWT (wind turbine), the tower, all necesary inverters and the controller
  • 34.3′ Height suitable for most residential locations without need for variance.
  • Nearly silent operation! Bird / bat friendly design.
  • Low start-up wind speed – the turbine spends less time idle and more time generating electricity.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Product Details

This system is available at It is a 5kW grid-tied Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Complete Solution

For the do it yourself’r any of these Home Wind Turbines would get you going towards a greener more sustainable lifestyle and power source.

updated: Wind Power in Kansas

Wind turbine farm-Kansas along I-70Of all the random things you take for granted is the size of the wind turbines that are along I-70 in Kansas. Not only the size of the turbines but the quantity of the wind turbines is also very impressive. Wind power is an amazing thing to harness with modern wind turbine technology however, wind is still just as inconsistent as it has always been. The wind turbines that are along the highway must be powering thousands upon thousands of homes industry and such. The fact that we, as a society, are able to harness this make everyone happy. The wind turbines in Kansas gave me hope and made me want to learn more about how many of these farms exist in that great state.
Good work Kansas and thank you for showing us how a wind power farm can exist above a working farm!

Update: This is the Smoky hills wind farm. (previously unknown)
The Smoky Hills wind farm is the largest wind farm in Kansas and more than 100 landowners are participanting in the project. Including the land used for roads, turbine foundations and maintenance buildings, less than two percent of the 20,000 acres covered by the wind farm will be removed from agricultural service.

The first two phases of the Smoky Hill Wind Farm have been completed and at peak production the wind farm can generate 250 MW of electricity. The electricity is produced by 140,000 pound Vestas V80 1.8-megawatt wind turbines.

The energy wind farm is grid tied to five local utilities: Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Midwest Energy, the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, the City of Independence, Missouri and the City of Springfield, Missouri. Again, my hats off to this renewable resource and the people and landowners that are using their land.

China Buries Obama’s Goal for Renewable Green Energy Use

Green energy- Solar power above vertical-axis wind turbine(Bloomberg-Ben Sills) – China is beating the U.S. in the race to supply clean-energy technologies to the world, helped by a government bank whose advisers include Henry Kissinger.

China Development Bank Corp., which listed the former U.S. secretary of state as an advisory board member in a 2010 bond prospectus, agreed last year to lend 232 billion yuan ($35.4 billion) to Chinese wind and solar power companies. The U.S. gave about $4 billion to their American competitors in grants and offered about $16 billion of loan guarantees. Adding in private investment, China also led.

CDB, which has almost twice the assets of the World Bank, is matching U.S. expertise with Chinese financing and manufacturing prowess to dominate a market both nations say is critical to their future. Chinese solar-panel makers such as LDK Solar Co. Ltd. were the biggest loan recipients and for the first time last year supplied more than half the global market, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which begins its annual conference today in New York.

“What China’s doing is really smart,” said Jon Anda, vice chairman of UBS AG’s securities unit in Stamford, Connecticut. “Without a clear policy path, we’ll get crushed.”

President Barack Obama said in January his country needs another “Sputnik moment” to wean itself of foreign oil. The U.S. had just slipped to third place behind China and Germany in a ranking of nations funding renewable power in 2010 as Republicans in Congress blocked the White House’s energy spending plans, according to a ranking by New Energy Finance.

U.S. Versus China

In addition to the $35.4 billion CDB pledged in corporate loans, state and private interests sank $54.4 billion into Chinese equity and project debt for clean-energy companies last year, up from $39.1 billion in 2009, according to the research company. In the U.S., which led the ranking in 2008, $34 billion was invested, trailing Germany’s $41.2 billion.

“The danger for the U.S. is that by the time it wakes up, in place of the levy it currently pays to oil despots, it will pay a levy to overseas clean-energy companies,” New Energy Finance Chief Executive Officer Michael Liebreich said.

CDB sold 673 billion yuan of debt to investors in 2009, according to the bank’s annual report. The bank that year loaned 635 billion yuan. Clean-energy loans constituted about 28 percent of all lending, according to Vandana Gombar, a New Energy Finance analyst.

Kissinger, Keating

CBD cited Kissinger as part of its 15-member advisory board alongside former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating and former American International Group Inc. Chairman Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg in its October prospectus to sell yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong.

Jessica Leporin, Kissinger’s New York-based spokeswoman, didn’t respond to voice and e-mail messages seeking comment. A person in Greenberg’s office who said she was his assistant and wouldn’t give her name declined to comment. CDB officials didn’t respond to messages left by telephone and fax.

The bank’s chairman is Chen Yuan, a former vice-chairman of the central bank whose father was a politburo member under Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who died in 1997. The son “has always been very interested in bringing in ideas from outside,” said Erica Downs, a China specialist at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “It has to do with this desire to be a world-class institution.”

China’s state-driven investment hasn’t always paid off. Chairman Chen faced criticism from the Chinese media and the public when London-based lender Barclays Plc fell as much as 93 percent following his 2.2 billion-euro investment in July 2007.

Still, CDB’s 35.3 billion-yuan profit in 2010 exceeded Morgan Stanley’s and its own 30.2 billion-yuan net in 2009.

‘Leapfrog the U.S.’

“They intend to leapfrog the U.S. in these technologies,” Will Coleman, a partner at Menlo Park, California-based Mohr Davidow Ventures, told the Senate Energy Committee on March 17. “If we don’t move forward urgently, I’m concerned that we will not only cede the current opportunity, but we’ll lose the knowledge and the experience necessary to compete.”

Obama is struggling to win support for his energy policy. The Republican-controlled House passed a budget proposal in February that will cut 2012 funds for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs by 35 percent to $1.5 billion, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The president proposed almost twice that amount.

“We’ve run into the same political gridlock, the same inertia that has held us back for decades,” Obama said during a speech at Georgetown University in Washington last week when he set a goal to cut U.S. oil imports by a third.

Space Race

In his Jan. 25 State of the Union address, Obama said the U.S. must “reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the space race.”

Green energy- Solar power above vertical-axis wind turbineAfter the Soviet Union in 1957 launched the beach ball- sized Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, President Dwight Eisenhower set up the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to energize the space program and take the lead from the Soviets. President John F. Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the moon, and by 1965 NASA’s annual budget reached the equivalent of $37 billion in 2011 dollars.

China will invest about twice that in clean-energy projects each year for a decade in a 5 trillion-yuan program aimed at steering the economy away from fossil fuels, under a five-year plan announced last month. CDB loans are expanding the manufacturing base, driving down the cost of the renewable- energy equipment it exports.

CDB’s lending to the clean-energy industry rose 32 percent last year as it granted a five-year $9.1 billion credit line to LDK Solar, the world’s largest maker of solar wafers. The bank also loaned $7.6 billion to Suntech Power Holdings Co. and $5.5. billion to Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., according to New Energy Finance data.

The loans will allow China’s solar companies to sell more cheaply than global competitors by developing less-expensive panels and will protect them from hedge funds that are shorting their shares, said Antony Froggatt, a senior research fellow on the energy and environment at Chatham House, a London-based policy adviser.

“It gives them a competitive edge which we don’t have,” Andreas Wiltsdorf, head of sales for the German solar-panel maker Conergy AG, said in an interview in London. “Speak to the Chinese guys here, and they say, ‘We have such cheap loans from the state — Easy!’”

–With assistance from Alex Morales in London and Feifei Shen in Beijing. Editors: Todd White, Reed Landberg

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California State Assembly Pushes Tough Green Energy Requirement

Solar panel farmCalifornia has consistently led the nation over the past decade in its adoption of green energy technologies. California ranked first in 2010 amongst all states in solar panel installations. This week, the state assembly approved a measure that mandates utilities to increase the percentage of electricity derived from clean, green energy sources.

The bill would force utilities to provide 33 percent of their power from renewable green energy by 2020 and now only awaits approval from the governor. Currently, laws require utilities to generate 20 percent of their electricity from green energy sources by 2020. Critics of the bill say the mandate is unreasonable considering all of California’s utilities failed to meet previous goals stipulating that 20 percent of their electricity come from renewable green energy by 2010.

Supporters of the bill, on the other hand, assert that Japan and the continuing radiation containment issues, the U.S. should be more focused on weaning itself off fossil fuels and other energy sources aside from wind power and solar power. Moreover, environmentalists claim the mandate would force the creation of around 10,000 new jobs in the time leading up to the 2020 date.

Solar power and wind power technologies have advanced greatly in the recent years and the requirement should be country wide and not isolated to California. Where solar power is less viable, usually wind power is a better solution and vise versa. In California, the adoption of both seems to have two hurdles, financial and societal. Both of which the Japanese nuclear disaster highlights. What will be the human cost in Fukushima for some nuclear power? The environmental cost of fukushima? In the worst solar disaster ever, someone might get squished by a solar array, or electrifried but they will not glow in the dark and set off geiger counters.

What do I do to help Japan? The World?

Turn off your lights, Reduce power consumption, Learn where your power comes from and START using Solar power and Wind power in your everyday lives!

I am serious as the things going on in Japan and the rest of the world. The things going on throughout the world again remind us that we can no longer fend for ourselves. We have been taught that if you sit on the couch and forget to cook your kids dinner, McDonalds has a pile of calories in unhealthy food for you to ‘surprise’ your kids with. What happened to growing our own food, using wind power to bring water up from wells (you would appreciate that shower a lot more) and now with technology we can be spoiled and yet self sufficient in more ways than you think.

Solar power and wind power have been a part of my life since a kid. When I was young, my father, added on to our house. He did some interesting things that, looking back, were very forward thinking and power concious. The room was built with a venting system that took the hot air from the ceiling and forced it through cavities below the floor, thus heating it. He also put a hot tub in the room. For that he chose solar power. I was lucky enough to see the entire installation and see how the various green energy technologies were put to use even though I will be the first to admit that it took me many years to understand why the extra effort was worth it.  I also realised he did it for me, well, future generations.
Thank you dad!

 Anyway, nice story but  What does this mean to me?

Where are the reactors in the United States of America?
USA Nuclear Reactor Map(See the whole list of  USA Nuclear Reactors )

Question: Why did you show me the map?
Answer: Because if you live in the USA and so much as have bought something at a store, YOU  have caused, in part, the need for the nuclear reactors in this picture. There are a LOT of them.

Working in the dark yet? Lights off?  kidding, well kind of. How do we make a change? Companies like Urban Green Enegy are making a difference with simple and yet fantastic things like their vertical axis wind turbines and their ‘Sanya’ streetlight.  The technology is all around us and it is really just a matter of finding it and getting it going.  Learn to be more self sufficient.  The technologies cost money, I agree and the time for change is always when the economy is down.  It takes money to make money and it takes money to save money over time.  So, DIY or do it yourself…. More to come on that but I feel better writing this, and yes, this was writen in the dark. Hopefully that explains the spelling errors.

Urban Green Energy wind turbine to be used in Bangladesh power crisis

Urban Green Energy technology is in focus againBangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announces renewable energy platform at ICT Expo, showcasing Urban Green Energy’s eddyGT 1kW vertical axis wind turbine

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, March 10, 2011 – The eddyGT 1 kilowatt (1kW) vertical axis wind turbine by Urban green energy, the New York-based manufacturer of small vertical wind turbines and hybrid wind/solar renewable energy solutions, will be showcased at the ICT Expo in Bangladesh from March 10 to 13, 2011. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the event and announce her country’s renewable energy platform.

The expo takes place at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka. Urban green energy’s turbine will be introduced to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the event as a solution to the power crisis in Bangladesh. The first pilot project will use the country’s largest bridges as the setting for wind turbines to produce energy. The total number of bridges in this pilot project is around twenty and the power load is approximately 1 megawatt.

Most of the bridges in Bangladesh are financed by the ADB and the World Bank. ADB has already shown interest in the project which is in collaboration with United SysNet Ltd.

Urban Green Energy-Sanya, the street light with a vertical-axis wind turbine

Urban green energy-sanya off-grid wind turbine run street light
Urban green energy-Eddy-gt vertical axis wind turbine on top of a Sanya in an off-grid installation.

Those people at Urban green energy have again delighted me with a unique product. The Sanya, A street light with a vertical-axis wind turbine built into the top. Talk about redefining the light pole. The Sanya streetlamp uses Urban green energy’s vertical-axis wind turbines, with customers usually picking our trademark eddy vertical axis wind turbine. eddy is the leading name for small wind power, unsurpassable in terms of reliability, efficiency, and durability. The beautiful Sanya pole includes a section that can be customized and provides a great marketing tool for our customers. From painted company logos to perforated metal sheets, numerous options are available to choose from.

 Specifications for the Sanya from Urban green energyUrban green energy Sanya street light with a eddy-gt wind turbine

  • Wind Turbine eddy
  • Rated Output 600 W
  • Rated Windspeed: 12 m/s
  • Number of Panels 1
  • Rated Panel Output 150 W
  • Dimensions 1182 x 990 mm
  • Post and LED Bulb
  • Materials Steel
  • Finish Powder Coated
  • Height 10 m
  • LED Wattage 77 W
  • Number of LEDs 1
  • Height from Ground 8m
  • Lumens 6930 LED DC Voltage 24 V