Oct 22, 2018

A new wind turbine inspired by a palm tree, big as the Empire State Building

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The Energy Information Administration says the U.S. got about 11 percent of its energy from renewable sources last year. Climate scientists say that's going to have to go up a lot to ward off the worst effects of climate change.…

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A new wind turbine inspired by a palm tree, big as the Empire State Building

Oct 22, 2018
Today's land-based turbines produce 5 megawatts of power. This new one could produce 10 times more.
Wind turbines towering over deserts usually produce 5 megawatts of power each.
Melanie Conner/Getty Images

A new wind turbine inspired by a palm tree, big as the Empire State Building

Oct 22, 2018
Today's land-based turbines produce 5 megawatts of power. This new one could produce 10 times more.
Wind turbines towering over deserts usually produce 5 megawatts of power each.
Melanie Conner/Getty Images

The Energy Information Administration says the U.S. got about 11 percent of its energy from renewable sources last year. Climate scientists say that’s going to have to go up a lot to ward off the worst effects of climate change. The Department of Energy says the U.S. is one of the fastest growing markets for wind power in the world, but that’s mostly been on land. Eric Loth, at the University of Virginia, is an engineer who’s part of a team building the next generation of offshore wind turbines, inspired by a palm tree. (10/22/18)

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