Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 1:09 PM
Viridian Note 00369: Windpower '03
- Key concepts
- Windpower conference 2003,
wind energy, business, Austin
- Attention Conservation Notice
- It's very windy.
The Viridian "Embrace the Decay" Contest
(((Okay, no entries yet. How hard can this be, people?
On Monday, I leave for Europe, and no doubt in my
protracted absence, there will be a flood of entries,
causing maximum confusion to all concerned. Get going.
Why should you be entering this contest? Well, check
out this stirring testimonial.)))
I won an international award
"Igor Knezevic" <igor*flaregroup.com>
Tue May 20, 2003 06:37:52 PM US/Central
"Hi Bruce, hi all Viridian crew!
"I'd like to share some good news. I just won an
international award for best architectural visualization
at a 3d computer design festival in Copenhagen.
"Lots of ideas and inspiration that went into this work
came from Viridian List, so I thought I share it with you.
As a veteran of Viridian contests I can only say this
tower should decay too eventually. Or... how 'bout this
for Enron2 HQ?
"To see winning work and additional concepts directly, go
"Click on 'vertical village'
"While you are there, check out that sustainable white
house idea (on the same page) and gimme some comments or
"Rock on Viridians!"
"Award announcement is here:
(((That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Enter these
contests, and some day you, too, can be as Viridian as
Igor. To further tempt you, let me up the ante. Now that
the "All Thing Organic" conference has ended here in
Austin, I find myself beset with spare copies of Co-op
America's 2003 edition of the 20th Anniversary NATIONAL
GREEN PAGES. That's 215 fine-print pages about thousands
of "socially and environmentally responsible
(((First five people to enter the "Embrace the Decay"
contest get a free copy of this handy catalog, which
covers every conceivable tree-hugger knickknack, from air
purifiers and aromatherapy to yoga-mats and zipcars. If
you don't want it, I'll gleefully inflict it on someone of
(((I just got back from WINDPOWER '03, "the largest wind
gathering in America's history." And boy, am I rolling in
the conference swag. This event was huge. I got the
WINDPOWER T-shirt and fluttery rainbow wind-toy. I got
stickers. I got pens. I got lapel pins and free
magazines. I got keychains, and I turned down several
mousepads. I got a Shell WindEnergy shopping bag and
Shell Wind Post-It Notes. I got a Vestas gimme hat direct
from the Danes! Wow!)))
(((This Austin event was so big that it was rather
dizzying, but check this out: it was just the start of a
rolling thunder of state and private commercialization in
AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY: June 20-26
(((I'm speaking there)))
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE ENERGY OFFICIALS:
TEXAS RENEWABLE ENERGY ROUNDUP: Sept 26-28
(((We Viridians never miss it, and we take all our toys)))
US-MEXICO BORDER ENERGY FORUM October 23-24
NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY:
(((I dunno who is the organizer ball-of-fire here,
but that WINDPOWER crowd was there to make money.
Lotta suits, lotta ties, and acres of literal
nuts and bolts, also gears, cables, trucks, towers,
bearings, lubricants, design consultancies, legal help,
federal research labs... I do know that this gaudy burst
of Texan green energy has something to do with this
And there will be photos of the event here:
(((The show-stopper of WINDPOWER '03 was probably GE
Wind's Texas-sized "3.6s Offshore Wind Turbine." Okay,
it exists only as a prototype, whereas Shell Wind, Vestas,
and about half-a-dozen other dapper, stylish European
companies at this event were shipping some real-life wind
product. But that is General Electric weighing in with
3.6 megawatts of DOE-sponsored hurricane-sized power.
That gizmo is a true colossus; you could play football
inside its rotor diameter with room for bleachers
American Wind Energy Association
US Department of Energy:
National Renewable Energy Lab
Sandia National Laboratories:
The Mighty Shell
"A Powerful Force for Tomorrow's Generation"
Suzlon Wind Turbines, "Powering a Greener Tomorrow"
Gamesa Eolica, the elegant Spanish contingent
Nordex, "We've Got The Power"
N.E.G Micon, "For a Powerful Future"
Renewable Energy Systems , the Brito-Texans
Risoe National Laboratory, Denmark
"Risoe's research shall push the limits
for the understanding of nature's processes
and interactions right down to the
molecular nano-scale level"!
Longtime Viridian darlings Vestas
"No snappy slogan, but their furniture looked
great, and so did their hats, posters and shirts"
European Wind Energy Conference, Madrid
Wind Energy International Trade Fair, Hamburg
GLOBAL WINDPOWER 2004 Chicago
Loft Beer, a 100 percent wind-powered beer
from Colorado with a kite on the label. A little
tart and hoppy for my taste, but it's kinda
growing on me. I'll go buy more.
A MIGHTY WIND