Many people simply know it as the best search engine, but not so many are aware of Google’s latest Green Energy Project or their previous Project Loon. Well, they may not be dealing with rocket science or Particle Physics, but when it’s a matter of green energy from Google, more and more people would definitely be keen on the part of the story that explains how the technology works.
Google X, Google’s innovation unit is currently working on a green energy project that is bound to make a significant change in energy production in the near future. Google has recently partnered with Makani Power, a wind-power company based in California, to develop a slightly new and cheaper way of generating wind power.
Though the project still focuses on wind energy in general, Google X found an innovative way of reducing the costs incurred in setting up wind turbines.
They do this by allowing the wind turbine’s blades to circulate in free space while attached to a long tether which holds the blades in space. This, however, is merely the basic mode of its operation. In reality, the Google’s Green Energy Project uses complicated robotics to generate the desired electricity.
While speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Astro Teller, the captain of Moonshots for Google X, revealed that acquiring a single wind turbine would also burden you with 300 tons of steel. However, you only get power from the tips of the blades that circulate in air, and so the 300-ton steel is indeed dispensable.
Teller went on to say that: “If you acquired a long tether which you would use to attach to the blades, you can still generate power by relying on this tether.” Surprisingly, this technology already exists, but it is new in the wind power generation.
Harnessing the power of wind turbines without the 300-ton structures might seem far-fetched, but Google X maintains that instead of using the massive structures, they can use blades similar to mini airplanes which are launched into the air when the speed of wind is strong enough to support their flight. The blades then remain tethered to the ground, similar to the way a kite operates.
Consequently, there will also be more free space on the wind power farms since the steel structures would be out of the picture.
Astro Teller believes that the project will become a success and it will open a path to cheaper wind-energy production. This is because the new improved wind turbines will be fairly easy to deploy than the traditional wind turbines.
Compared to their recent project, Project Loon, which was aimed at bringing Wi-Fi to the remote regions in Africa, the Green Energy Project is bound to receive much more appraisal since it may slightly reduce the cost of electricity in countries that harvest wind energy.
Implementation, however, is not going to turn around in the next month, but judging by the fact that it was Google X that came up with the Google Glass and they currently own Makani Power, it is rather difficult to predict what’s on their calendar. With Astro Teller’s collection of “Peter Pans with PhDs” working on the project, you can bet things will turn out much faster than expected.