Apple Takes to the Wind

When we think Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), we think Mac, MacBook, iPhone, iPad, maybe even Apple TV, but there would be very few who think iWindTurbine. However, clean energy just may be where Apple is heading if its new patent is any hint.

The wind turbine, for which Apple recently filed for a patent, is based on heat storing fluids and friction from the turbine, and it could theoretically offer consistent energy when wind is inconsistent. The turbine would likely generate power for Apple’s data centers, which would mirror Google’s own wind-powered data center.

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One of the core components of our CHEAT SHEET Investing Framework focuses on catalysts that will move a company’s stock. While a wind turbine may not be a selling product — though with Apple’s cult following, it may find ready and willing customers — it would be a renewable energy power-source, like the solar farms Apple is working on for other data centers, and could save the company money every day.

As Apple’s stock has been down lately, and the company continues in its battles with Samsung (SSNLF.PK) — one of Apple’s main parts suppliers — it would be good for Apple to show a little self-sufficiency. Putting more of its resources on its own power-grid would boost the company’s image and save it money, which could help turn around its recent sell-off.

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