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2605, 2022

Renewable energy continues to break records in 2022

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

  Globally, the renewable energy sector continues to break records. Solar, wind and other clean sources generated 38% of the world’s electricity in 2021, surpassing coal (36%). For the first time, solar and wind generated 10% of this share of electricity, according to research from global energy think tank Ember. Taken together, wind [...]

1805, 2022

Windlift engineer & Chapel Hill native Ellie Funkhouser

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: Employee Highlight|

Meet Eleanor Funkhouser, also known as Ellie. As one of Windlift’s tech engineers, she splits her time between designing and testing individual components and subsystems of the Airborne Power Generator (APG) and testing the entire system as a whole. She joined the team in January 2021, quickly demonstrating tenacity and creativity in solving [...]

1205, 2022

Latest IPCC climate report finds nature as our best solution to the climate crisis

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Climate Change|

Credit: Lukasz Szmigiel The United Nations recently released a new climate report built upon a previous assessment released in February. The last IPCC climate report focused on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability; this report provides an updated evaluation of global mitigation strategies and pledges and examines emission sources. In other [...]

2704, 2022

How you can take climate change action

By |April 27th, 2022|Categories: Climate Change|

  We can all play a role in combating climate change. While we need transformative change to limit warming below 2 degrees celsius, every action matters. Taking personal steps to limit your carbon footprint impacts carbon emissions and gives individuals a sense of agency. Below are a few ways to take climate change [...]

2204, 2022

Finding hope during the climate crisis

By |April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Climate Change|

But first, check out a few ways to get involved in Earth Day. Earth Day is an international movement that celebrates the beauty and significance of our life-giving planet. It started in the 70s to generate support for environmental protections and has grown into an international movement that is increasingly important.  There are [...]

604, 2022

Flying planes on and off the clock

By |April 6th, 2022|Categories: Employee Highlight|

A little background Thomas Burroughs has been a Windlift employee since it was only a small team of five. He joined in 2018 after graduating from NC State University, where he studied aerospace engineering. A long-time Research Triangle resident, he lives in Durham with his fiancée and two dogs: A corgi and a [...]

3003, 2022

A look inside Windlift’s unique SBIR funding

By |March 30th, 2022|Categories: General|

Many startups keep the lights on with funding from venture capitalists or angel donors. Windlift is supported by both – and something else. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is a highly competitive program that offers financial and technical R&D support for technological innovation and private-sector commercialization.  Windlift has won 5 SBIR [...]

2503, 2022

How did renewable energy become so inexpensive so fast?

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Industry|

Historically, fossil fuels dominated the global power supply because they were the cheapest energy source. This has changed dramatically in the past decade. Electricity from renewable energy is now less expensive than fossil fuels in most parts of the world.  Wright's law and associated learning curves are the underlying drivers for renewables' dramatic [...]

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