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

  • nieur
    This is like giving patent about flywheel
  • kracker
    What next, a patent on electricity?
  • madjimms
    I thought of this about 5 years ago... *cries*
  • crewton
    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.
  • davewolfgang
    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)...
  • noob2222
    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.
  • mman74
    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.
  • One day Apple will file patent on SUN
  • danwat1234
    The 2nd life of hybrid and electric vehicle batteries are well suited to buffer the energy collected by wind farms for the power grid.
    What's next? A patent for shaking your phone to charge it?