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Mitsubishi and Tokyo Institute of Tech pair up to stop wasteful late-night windmills

Tim Stevens
05.10.10
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Ever see a windmill spinning at night? Probably not, since it's usually quite dark, but if you ever do, you could be looking at wasted energy. Utility companies often won't purchase evening wind power because the low demand is easily met by idling traditional facilities. Mitsubishi and the Tokyo Institute of Technology are devising a means to take that otherwise unwanted wind power and shove it straight into your electric car's battery, detecting which vehicles are plugged into the grid and ducting that juice straight to 'em so that they're bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning. Don't have an EV yet? That's okay -- this tech is at least a few years off, too.

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