Iceland may be a cold, hard place to live, but the locals sure have made the most of what they’ve got. The country runs on 100 percent renewable energy, thanks to its geothermal pockets and hydroelectric dams.
Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a visit to the capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story. He found a startup called IceWind that has designed a wind turbine to perform well in low-wind conditions but also to slow itself in high winds to prevent it from catching on fire or ripping apart.
Today the turbine is used to power the remote summer homes so popular in Iceland and industrial equipment, such as telecommunications gear, that dots the highways. By the end of the year, IceWind expects to export its turbines for use in rural areas throughout the world.
— With assistance by Ashlee Vance