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2610, 2022

Wind Turbine Blades Could Be Recycled Into Gummy Bears

By |October 26th, 2022|Categories: Industry|

Everything has a downside, even renewable energy. Conventional wind turbines rely on massive blades and towers, which carry a hefty carbon footprint – though not when compared to fossil fuels. The carbon pollution produced during a wind turbine’s life cycle ranges from five to 26 grams of CO2-equivalent per kilowatt-hour. CO2-equivalent is simply [...]

1210, 2022

Pedro Silhy, UAV design engineer and model radio control planes enthusiast

By |October 12th, 2022|Categories: Employee Highlight|

Pedro Silhy flies gliders in more ways than one. He joined Windlift in June of 2021 as a UAV design engineer but had been flying model radio control aircrafts for years. He’s currently creating a 102-inch glider that he hopes to enter into a competition.  Background  Pedro, born and raised in El Salvador, [...]

2909, 2022

Puerto Rico needs reliable, self-sustaining power in the wake of hurricanes

By |September 29th, 2022|Categories: Airborne Wind Energy, Climate Change|

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, Sept. 18, ripping down power lines and deluging the island with flash floods and mudslides. Puerto Rico’s entire population lost power, and roughly ⅓ lost running water. This comes just five years after Hurricane Maria swept through, killing about 3,000 people and leaving many [...]

2109, 2022

A looming copper shortage could stall the renewable energy transition

By |September 21st, 2022|Categories: Industry|

Transitioning to renewable energy is an increasingly necessary step in combating climate change. But there’s a catch—a limited supply of input metals—particularly copper, a keystone metal for all renewable technologies.   Reaching the goals of the Paris climate agreement would quadruple mineral demand by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s latest report. [...]

709, 2022

Renewable energy generates a record 28% of electricity in the United States

By |September 7th, 2022|Categories: Industry|

Even before the Inflation Reduction Act came into play, renewable energy in the United States was breaking records. The amount of electricity generated by renewable energy hit a record 28% in April, demonstrating the growing importance of renewable energy in the U.S. energy markets.  Wind, solar and hydroelectric dams produced only 8.6% of [...]

1008, 2022

Resilient power for emergency: Untethering first responders from unreliable backup power

By |August 10th, 2022|Categories: Airborne Wind Energy, Climate Change|

Electricity is the backbone of modern society. It propels us through our everyday life by powering our devices, our homes and our businesses. Without it, we’re left in the dark. There are several causes of outages, with severe weather being the leading reason. Hurricanes have caused nine out of the top 10 power [...]

2007, 2022

Freeing energy from the grid

By |July 20th, 2022|Categories: Airborne Wind Energy|

The Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to disrupt trade and production, exerting a drag on the global economy while pushing up inflation. The World Bank forecasts a rise in food and energy prices for the next three years, with Americans already feeling prices at the gas pump with a national average of $4.68 [...]

2306, 2022

Race car mechanic turned composite designer

By |June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Employee Highlight|

Professional race car mechanic – an unexpected profession for one of our Windlift employees. In college, Brayden Summerlin earned a degree in race car building. While Brayden is a car enthusiast, he decided composite design was the lane he wanted to stay in.   As a composite technician, he now spends his time [...]

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