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2012-08-15 11:41:23.371292+00 by meuon 2 comments

SkyPump - I have to admit I like the name, and think the basic design shown is awesome. What I wonder is if it really really works in the real world, or is it just media/PR fodder? Still, the idea of a self contained wind powered electric vehicle charging station is awesome.

How many of these, including manufacturing and eventual disposal of the units and the EV's will it take to offset 1 North Korean or Chinese wood powered vehicle?

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-15 12:31:24.573246+00 by: battjt [edit history]

Looks like 2 m^2 on a short tower. Around here that would get you about 10 mph of wind or about 200W. It'll take a very long time to charge your car with that.

Never mind. I found the specs: http://www.urbangreenenergy.com/products/UGE-4K/specifications

#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-15 13:15:45.198974+00 by: meuon

Thanks for the spec sheet, I should have dug farther. It has impressive specs at > 10 meters/second, or approximately 20mph. And that is a lot of wind. I kmnow places that would work, but most places it would not.