These are the kinds of power generation technologies that come from more creative minds. Japanese onsen (hot spring spas) are now being seen as a possible power source, without interrupting the water supply to the spas. A micro-generator is used to harness the energy from the water as it passes through. A number of Japanese companies are now making these units that are as big as 250 kW.
A California inventor has developed a prototype flying wind turbine. The small wing can be quickly deployed or taken down and moved where needed. A larger version could potentially generate a considerable amount of electricity with a fraction of the construction and materials involved in traditional wind turbines.
Both of these show how innovation can change the idea of power generation in considerable ways. H/T to Keven Meyerson for both articles.
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