The Mine Kafon Is A Wind-Blown Minesweeper That’s Made Out Of Bamboo and Biodegradable Plastics.

Mine Kafon  -  Massoud HassaniDeveloped by Afghanistan-born designer Massoud Hassani, the Mine Kafon is a $40 biodegradable minesweeper that is propelled by the wind. In January, the Mine Kafon was nominated for a “Designs of the Year 2012” award from London’s Museum of Design. Mr. Hassani’s inspiration for building the Mine Kafon came from the wind-blown toys he played with as a kid.

The Mine Kafon includes a GPS that tracks its path and each unit can detonate several landmines before it’s inoperable. In the video, the Mine Kafon is being wind-blown in the desert but the simple idea could also be self or push propelled and work on any walking path hiding landmines. [Crave and Treehugger]


Uprise Energy’s Portable Power Center (PPC) Is A Transportable Wind Turbine. Didn’t I Already See This Video?

The Portable Power Center (PPC) simulation video created by Upside Energy of San Diego looks great. A transportable 50 kW wind turbine that fits in a shipping container would be beast (sorry kids for using beast). Looking forward to seeing this renewable energy generating solution on the road.

In other news, The Onion created an awesome parody of the TEDTalks videos. I’m looking forward to seeing compostable cars powered by compost on the road. [Treehugger]


The Wind Wants A Job: Promises If Harvested, It Will Cover The World’s Electrical Demand Times 20.

Airborne and land based wind turbines.Kate Marvel, Ken Caldeira and Ben Kravitz researched and reported that there are enough surface winds on the planet to supply 400 terawatts (TW) of power. And if we tapped into high-altitude winds with airborne wind turbines, we could produce approximately 1800 TW. Currently, the world consumes 18 TW.

Meeting our energy demands with wind turbines will affect surface temperature and precipitation but not substantially. The team estimated that by not clustering the wind turbines in one region, the climate changing effect of demand-meeting wind power generation can be minimized to around a 0.2 (F) and only affect precipitation by roughly 1%.

Jubbling’s take: generating renewable wind power at this scale seems like a more viable way to slow down the effects of climate change. Especially when it’s compared to other solutions like the geo-engineered crazy, Greenland-sized space mirror. Just sayin. [Science Daily via e360]


DONG Snapping… Up Offshore Wind Farms.

Dong snaps up offshore wind farm headline.This is actually good news for wind power. According to DONG CEO, Carsten Krogsgaard Thomsen, DONG is expanding its offshore wind farm properties to “strengthen our already ambitious development pipeline in German waters.”

This might be the only time an article opens with the headline DONG Snaps and it’s a good thing. [Business Green]


NQJW Ninth Edition: Las Vegas Going Dry, Scrubba Wash Bag, More DONG… Energy News

Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.

  • Las Vegas bets on desert water pipeline as Nevada drinks itself dry – Lake Mead is drying up so what’s Las Vegas to do? Plan B is all about piping groundwater and drying out neighboring states. Conservation? That would be plan Z. [Guardian]
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  • Scrubba Your Clothes with This Washing Machine In a Bag
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    The Scrubba wash bag is a great solution for people in the wilds who actually care about how they smell. Double bonus: the Scrubba wash bag comes with a clothesline. [Gizmodo]

  • Dong Energy splashes out £40m on Centrica’s Irish Sea offshore wind plan – Positive news about wind power – awesome. Getting to mention DONG Energy again – awesome2. [Business Green]
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    Ok Kids, You Can Have Your LEGOs Back

    Parent company of LEGO Group invests in wind power.Kirkbi A/S, the parent company of LEGO Group, is investing $534 million into an offshore wind turbine farm built by DONG Energy off the coast of Germany. Their investment will give them a 32% stake in the operation that will produce 277 megawatts of electricity and qualify LEGO products as WindMade so they can attach the label to their packaging.

    Two nice things about this story: LEGO’s are now built [indirectly] by wind power and I get to drop a DONG [Energy] without calling somebody one. [Reuters via Grist]