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  • Wind Power Gets Its Day In the Sun
    Vestas and EDPR Install
    Single-Converter Wind-Solar Hybrid

    Mar. 28, 2018 - The two companies installed the demonstrator – which consists of a V112-3.0MW turbine and a new 372kW solar PV array – at EDPR’s Janda III wind farm in Cádiz, south-west Spain.

    Power from the solar PV panels is fed to the turbine as direct current, which is then converted and transformed by the turbine’s power conversion system, which Vestas upgraded especially for the project, to export power to the grid.

    By connecting wind and solar through the turbine’s electronics and using its full-scale converter, the number of converters is reduced, the two companies explained.

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  • How Does Wind Energy Work?
    We Are So Glad You Asked

    Feb. 16, 2018 -It all starts with a simple technology known as a turbine.

    There are two basic types of turbines: horizontal-axis and vertical-axis turbines. A vertical-axis turbine kind of looks like an eggbeater, but you’re probably much more familiar with horizontal-axis wind turbines. These are the turbines that typically have two or three large propeller-like blades that face into the wind. Wind turbines can be built on both land and – increasingly and to great effect – offshore in large bodies of water like oceans and lakes.

    The turbine converts the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical power.

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  • The Advantages of Off-Shore WindStudy Finds Offshore Wind Farms Have
    Powerful Advantage Over Land Turbines

    Oct. 9, 2017  Floating wind turbines at sea could create up to three times as much electricity as turbines on land, increasing the energy potential for a technology that has yet to be proven at scale, a new study suggests.

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  • Today's Wind ChallengesTop Wind Energy Challenges
    for Today, and How to Solve Them

    May 9, 2017  -Bryan Boatright, Wind Energy Technology instructor at the Laramie County Community College in Wyoming, identifies some of the obstacles that wind energy is facing in his state. Chief among his concerns is a $1.00/kWh tax levied by Wyoming's pro-coal legislature.

    As the only state that taxes wind energy in the U.S., Wyoming has effectively de-incentivized any wind energy expansion within its borders. This is to be expected of the largest coal producer in the United States, where powerful political coalitions work hard to protect their interests in fossil fuels.

  • What the Top of a Turbine Look LikeOn Top of a Wind Turbine, or On Top of the World

    Apr. 25, 2017  -Stand atop a wind turbine and you get some powerful perspective. When you’re 280 feet off the ground, your feet clinging to the deck, the breeze blowing past, you’ve got a clear view of the power of wind energy. Wath the video.

  • It's a Breeze for Dutch Trains
    Dutch Trains Are World's First
    to Run on 100% Wind Power

    Jan. 16, 2017  -The Netherlands, aka Windmill Country, is now operating 100 percent of its electric trains with wind energy.

 

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  • Wind Systems Trends to Watch
    Advanced Blade Pitch
    Systems Trends to Watch

    Dec.5, 2016  -The latest developments in blade pitch technology have opened new opportunities for wind turbine manufacturers. We will look at five key trends of this rapidly evolving technology and three important insights to keep in mind to make wise pitch system decisions, avoid pitfalls, and choose the right pitch partner.

  • Wind Farm Like Ivory SoapOffshore Wind Farms See
    Promise in Platforms That Float

    Sept.29, 2016  The sun was beating down on the leafy campus of the University of Maine one afternoon last month. But inside a hangarlike laboratory, a miniature hurricane was raging.

  • Scottish Wind: (Not Bagpipes)America’s First Offshore Wind
    Farm May Power Up a New Industry

    Aug. 22, 2016  The idea of building turbines offshore, where strong, steady wind could, in theory, generate large amounts of power, has long been seen as a vital step toward a future based on renewable energy.

  • Wind Strains the Texas Grid
    In Texas Oil Country,
    Wind Is Straining the Grid

    Aug. 6, 2016  The Lone Star state is by far the largest state for wind power, with nearly 18,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity already built and another 5,500 megawatts—nearly equal to California’s total installed capacity—planned.

  • Offshore Choices: Oil or Wind?
    Energy from Offshore:
    Engineering Firm Transitions from
    Offshore Oil to Offshore Wind

    July 22, 2016  After the most recent oil production boom in the Gulf of Mexico ended, oil producers turned to small, light offshore structures to exploit the smaller reserves in shallow waters. These structures could be built and installed quickly and easily, allowing for more gas to be extracted in a shorter timeframe.

  • High-Speed Wind Turbine Assembly
    Right Before Your Eyes
    Video by Mid-American Energy

    Enjoy this high-speed video showing the assembly of a giant wind turbine.


Denmark put its stamp of
approval on wind power

Wind power provided 18.9% of electricity production and 24.1% of generation capacity in Denmark in 2008, Denmark was a pioneer in developing commercial wind power during the 1970s, and today almost half of the wind turbines around the world are produced by Danish manufacturers such as Vestas and Siemens Wind Power along with many component suppliers.

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Adwen

8 MW Turbines
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Adwen’s AD 5-135 turbine obtaind the first Type Certificate based on the Guideline for the Certification of Offshore Wind Turbines, Edition 2012 issued by DNV GL. This new guideline updates the previous version from 2005 to fully comply with GL’s Guideline for Onshore Wind Turbines, edition 2010, and to cover IEC 61400, parts 1 and 3.


AES

Emmisions-free
energy storage
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AES Energy Storage is a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, a company that has served utility customers around the world for more than 30 years, helping them to deliver safe, reliable power.


First Wind

Their slogan is, "Clean Energy Made Here"

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First Wind is an independent North American wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind energy projects in the United States.  Based in Boston, First Wind has developed and operates 875 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity at 15 wind energy projects in Maine, New York, Vermont, Utah and Hawaii.  First Wind is also currently managing the construction of an additional project with 105 MW of generation capacity.
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Helix Wind

Small is Beautiful:
Helix Power Sees a
Small Wind Turbine On Every Rooftop

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While many companies are still pursuing big centralized wind farm projects, such as the one near Palm Springs, CA, there’s also a movement to install smaller wind turbines in backyards and on rooftops.
Scott Weinbrandt spent 25 years working in computer technology, including 10 years as an executive at Dell, the direct-sales computer giant, as well as time as a senior vice president at Gateway, the onetime San Diego computer maker that is now part of Acer. During that time, the computer industry moved from centralized mainframes to distributed personal computers.




Nenuphar

Off-Shore Wind Energy Platforms

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Nenuphar Better balance: Vertical-axis wind turbines, like this dry-land prototype developed by Nenuphar, could make offshore wind more economical. Credit: Nenuphar Wind turbines attached to floating buoys can harness stronger, more sustained winds in the open ocean.
But the floats now used for such deep-water installations may prove prohibitively expensive because the buoys needed to keep them above water are enormous. Now a project in France is turning the turbine design on its head for what developers hope will be a low-cost alternative.
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New Wind


New Wind Wind Generators
Wind power is a 2.0 by NewWind power generation system in the form of tree whose leaves act like so many mini wind turbines. Taking advantage of the lower air flow, it can operate all types of wind 360 ° turbulent and laminar, urban and natural environment. His design of biomimetic inspiration allows seamless integration into all types of landscape, whether urban or rural. All the technology is invisible; no cables or apparent generators, everything is integrated in the branches and trunks. The silence of operation vertical axis cancels the noise of traditional wind turbines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siemens

Wind Turbines With Fewer Parts

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Demand for clean power generation is growing.
With highly efficient, robust and reliable wind turbines, Siemens has a demonstrated history in delivering proven solutions to onshore, coastal and offshore sites. Siemens Wind Power’s service team is dedicated to keeping the turbines running optimally throughout their entire lifecycle. Siemens also offers integrated solutions and services that meet the demands of the entire wind energy conversion chain.
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Vestas Wind


Vespa Low Wind Turbine
Vestas launches new V126-3.0 MW turbine with structural shell blade design.
The turbine is the latest variant of the 3 MW platform on which the V112-3.0 MW is built. Vestas will continue to optimise this platform in order to offer further options to the customers.

 

Vortex Bladeless


Vortex Bladeless LogoA technological leap forward and a revolution in wind energy. A more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to produce energy.

W.R.I.S.E.


Vortex Bladeless LogoWomen of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

Answering a call for representation for women across all sectors of renewable energy, the nonprofit organization Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) has formally changed its name.