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Apple Files Patent for On-Demand Power Generation from Wind Turbines at Any Time

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Apple has filed a patent that makes wind turbine power more flexible and allows access to power even when a turbine is not actively generating power at a given time.

The patent filing includes "a set of rotating blades to convert rotational energy from a wind turbine into heat in a low-heat-capacity fluid." The heat energy stored in the fluid can be transferred to a "working fluid" which can then be used to generate electricity, Apple said.

Apple views the invention as means to grow more independent from traditional power sources such as coal power plants that are typically needed to complement green power sources such as wind turbines, which may not always be able to provide enough power. While operating, the company said that the rotational kinetic energy of the blades can be translated into heat and stored in a capacity fluid.

The patent filing provides information on a very high level and low detail that, if approved, will cover a wide range of concepts to store heat energy generated by wind turbines in fluids.  With Apple growing its data centers and exploring alternative power sources, we expect to see more patents in this range surfacing in the foreseeable time.

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    crewton , January 2, 2013 12:38 AM
    They are mocking it because Apple is basically trying to patent the thermodynamics of solar power...which they neither invented or were the first to come up with.
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    kracker , January 2, 2013 12:11 AM
    What next, a patent on electricity?
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    nieur , January 2, 2013 12:08 AM
    This is like giving patent about flywheel
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  • 22 Hide
    nieur , January 2, 2013 12:08 AM
    This is like giving patent about flywheel
  • 24 Hide
    kracker , January 2, 2013 12:11 AM
    What next, a patent on electricity?
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    madjimms , January 2, 2013 12:34 AM
    I thought of this about 5 years ago... *cries*
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    crewton , January 2, 2013 12:38 AM
    They are mocking it because Apple is basically trying to patent the thermodynamics of solar power...which they neither invented or were the first to come up with.
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    davewolfgang , January 2, 2013 1:00 AM
    WTF??!?!? This should immediately be denied first thing tomorrow morning when the office opens. If it's not - then it will be even MORE clear iCrapple has paid someone off (not that we all haven't already known they have someone paid-off at the patent office)...
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    noob2222 , January 2, 2013 1:19 AM
    Apple has nothing to do with power generators and should not be allowed to meddle in fields that they don't even have a product in. This is nothing but a lawsuit patent. FU APPLE.

    Besides this is already used by homeowners that have solar/wind generators. Its called a Battery Array, it stores energy when the device is running and uses the stored energy when it isn't currently functioning.

    homeowners to get sued by APPLE for owning batteries and installed wind generators 10 years ago.
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    mman74 , January 2, 2013 1:20 AM
    I would like to patent a method for life forms to consume oxygen through nasal passages. I call it respiration. As I am not a doctor, my patent filing too also provides information only at a very high level and low detail that, if approved, will cover a wide range of animal species including the genus known as homo-sapiens. Unfortunately I haven't paid anyone off at the patent office, but I am still cautiously optimistic about my chances of success.
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    Anonymous , January 2, 2013 1:55 AM
    One day Apple will file patent on SUN
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    danwat1234 , January 2, 2013 2:00 AM
    The 2nd life of hybrid and electric vehicle batteries are well suited to buffer the energy collected by wind farms for the power grid.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 2, 2013 2:27 AM
    What's next? A patent for shaking your phone to charge it?
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    bejabbers , January 2, 2013 2:30 AM
    Quote:
    The patent filing provides information on a very high level and low detail


    You can't patent an "idea". That's like patenting the "idea" of something that you haven't invented. The "I thought of it first" method shouldn't be valid for something like this. Patents are designed to protect innovation, not passing thoughts.
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    tanjo , January 2, 2013 2:50 AM
    Hey, it's not like they were granted the patent. You know it'll never be since it's already in use/not new.

    This is Apple grasping at straws.
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    iniudan , January 2, 2013 2:52 AM
    If they accept that patent, they need to dropped in a boiler powered by wind turbine, just to teach them what they just approved.

    Now if the patent was an artificial liquid compound perfected for such task, that would be different, but wtf is that crap.
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    noob2222 , January 2, 2013 3:37 AM
    tanjoHey, it's not like they were granted the patent. You know it'll never be since it's already in use/not new.This is Apple grasping at straws.

    This hasn't stopped apple yet from patenting things that are not new.



    apple patents ideas from movies, steve jobs was a sci-fi junkie that patented movie props.

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-10/tk-predictions-past-steve-jobs-fulfilled
    http://gizmodo.com/5454430/the-tablets-of-our-dreams
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    eodeo , January 2, 2013 3:39 AM
    Troll+Apple=Trapple?
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    Afrospinach , January 2, 2013 3:42 AM
    noob2222Apple has nothing to do with power generators and should not be allowed to meddle in fields that they don't even have a product in. This is nothing but a lawsuit patent. FU APPLE.Besides this is already used by homeowners that have solar/wind generators. Its called a Battery Array, it stores energy when the device is running and uses the stored energy when it isn't currently functioning.homeowners to get sued by APPLE for owning batteries and installed wind generators 10 years ago.


    You can't patent an idea. You need a specific method to go with it, your battery array is safe.
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    fred_111 , January 2, 2013 3:45 AM
    All energy storing methods are known and they are not subject for a patent.
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    noob2222 , January 2, 2013 3:51 AM
    afrospinachYou can't patent an idea. You need a specific method to go with it, your battery array is safe.

    And yet another case of patenting an idea.

    http://www.dailytech.com/EDITORIAL+Apples+Patent+Didnt+Look+Much+Like+the+iPad++or+Samsung+Tab+101/article22685.htm

    idea patented in 2004, product not until 2010.

    http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2010/11/23/protecting-ideas-can-you-patent-an-idea/id=13495/

    I just invented it 6 years before it was possible. I patented the Idea of my invention.
    All rectangles with rounded edges are mine - Steve Jobs.
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    sundragon , January 2, 2013 4:09 AM
    otacon72No it's not. It's about storing thermal energy in a liquid, probably some kind of molten salt, then using that to boil water to drive a steam generator when there's no wind. Solar power plants already use the concept to produce power after the sun goes down. If you're going to hate on Apple at least make sense.


    Their hate comes from irrational emotion? Don't waste your time trying to use logic - Making money is now evil - having ideas and protecting them are horrible things to do - GE, Mitsubishi (they make wind turbines, and now Apple are doing this... How evil... Sigh

    Sent from my Nexus 7
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    sundragon , January 2, 2013 4:14 AM
    bejabbersYou can't patent an "idea". That's like patenting the "idea" of something that you haven't invented. The "I thought of it first" method shouldn't be valid for something like this. Patents are designed to protect innovation, not passing thoughts.


    You obviously don't understand the way patenting works... There are details when you apply for a patent that aren't included in this lame article... You can't apply for patents willy nilly (unless, of course you want them tossed out and you want to waste money)...

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