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    • • All About Wind Energy (Free Download)
      The Facts About Wind Energy

      Climate Reality Project - For thousands of years, people across the globe have harnessed the power of wind in one way or another – whether to pump water, grind grain, or propel boats. But today, wind has become a powerful way of generating electricity. And better yet, it’s renewable and doesn’t pollute the air we breathe.

      Cities, states, countries, and companies around the world are increasingly turning to wind energy to power our world. But, thanks to Big Polluters, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. In this e-book, we set the story straight and give you the facts so you know what to say the next time you hear a Big Polluter talking point about wind power.

    • • 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.

    • • The Advantages of Off-Shore Wind
      Study 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.

    • • Hornsea Project Two (HP2)
      (Right Off the Yorkshire Coast)
      Hornsea Project Two, North Sea

      Sep. 19, 2017  (Power Technology) — Hornsea Project Two (HP2) is being constructed within the Hornsea Zone of the North Sea, UK. With a total capacity of approximately 1.4GW, the wind farm is expected to be the largest of its kind worldwide.

      Project developer Ørsted (previously Dong Energy) gained the rights to the project in August 2015 through the acquisition of SMartWind, a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Financial Services.

      The scoping report for the project was completed in 2012. The consent application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for examination in January 2015 and completed in March 2016.

    • • What the Top of a Turbine Look Like
      SOn 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.

    • • Nearly Half of Danish Power Comes From Wind
      Over 47% of Their Energy was

      Jan. 3, 2020(CleanTechnica),- Power generated by wind turbines at sea increased to 18 per cent last year from 14 per cent in 2018, while onshore wind accounted for 29%.

      Denmark is a world leader in renewable energy and is way ahead of its nearest rival Ireland, which generated 28 per cent of its energy from wind in 2018.


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    • • 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.

    • • 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 Soap
      SOffshore 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: (Bagpipes Not Included)
      SAmerica’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.

    • • 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.

    • • How Wind Turbines Work
      What You Need to Know

      July 23, 2021 (ZME Science) -They look like airplane propellers running circles on the spot, spinning round and round all day long. Wind turbines take the kinetic energy from the wind and use their giant rotors to capture some of it turn it into electricity, and they may play a key role in saving us from catastrophic climate change. Let’s take a closer look at how wind turbines actually work.

      Wind turbines are based on a simple principle, in essence: the wind turns the blades, which causes the axis to rotate, which is attached to a generator, which produces electricity. The stronger the wind, the more electricity is generated. That’s why we usually see industrial-scale wind farms with high towers and large blades across the world: larger blades can gather more power and are more efficient. But while the basic principle is simple, the technology is complex.


    Wind Power Stories (In the past year)

    • •  Wall Turbines Could Revamp Urban Renewable Energy
      Wind Turbines are Incorporated
      Into the Walls of Building

      Oct. 19, 2021, (ZME Science) -The number of wind turbines across the world has grown exponentially thanks to plummeting costs. By now, people have grown accustomed to huge wind turbine farms that dot some landscapes, either onshore or offshore. But unlike solar panels, residential wind turbines are less affordable and accessible, being seen as too cumbersome and wind-dependent, and this is most evident in urban areas. You’ll be hard-pressed to find wind turbines in Manhattan, whereas rooftop solar installations abound.

      It’s this predicament that inspired designer and entrepreneur Joe Doucet to fill the gap in our renewable energy generation toolkit with an out-of-the-box solution: rather than harnessing the wind with huge blades suspended on tall towers, Doucet invented a flat wind turbine that can be incorporated into walls.

    • • Biden Calls For a Big Expansion of Offshore Wind
      Where Might These Turbines Go?

      Oct. 19, 2021, (THE CONVERSATION) -President Biden has set a goal for the U.S. to achieve net-zero emissions economywide by 2050. That will require an unprecedented expansion of renewable energy to replace fossil fuels that release climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

      The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that U.S. offshore wind resources could provide over 2,000 gigawatts of generating capacity – nearly twice as much electricity as the nation uses every year. For context, the capacity of a large fossil fuel or nuclear power plant is about 1 gigawatt.

    • • GE Renewable Wind: More Power to You
      The World’s Most Powerful Offshore
      Wind Turbine Just Got More Powerful

      Oct. 5, 2021, (Renewable Energy World), -GE Renewable Energy's prototype Haliade-X offshore wind turbine, the most powerful in the world, has reached a production output of 14 megawatts, the company announced Tuesday.

      Initially certified for 12 MW, the Haliade-X reached an output of 13 MW last year. The updated Heliade-X 14 MW can produce up to 74 GHh of gross annual energy production.

    • • Windmills Can be 3-D Printed
      And GE Renewable
      Energy is Doing Just That

      Sep. 16, 2021, (WINDPOWER MONTHLY)-Turbine manufacturer plans to begin trials of additive manufacturing for offshore wind turbine nacelles in 2022

      GE Renewable Energy will work with research partners to develop the world’s largest 3D printer for offshore wind applications, as it hopes to streamline production of key components for its Haliade-X turbines.

      It will work with German research body Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (Fraunhofer IGCV) and German additive manufacturing technology firm Voxeljet on the 3D printer.

      The partners believe the planned advance casting cell 3D printer will be capable of printing moulds to cast components for the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine’s nacelles.

    • • The Nation’s First Port Designed For Offshore Wind
      The New Jersey Wind Port is
      Designed to Serve as a Hub for
      the Offshore Wind Industry

      Sep. 10, 2021, (Renewable Energy World), -New Jersey officials broke ground last week on the nation's first purpose-built port for the offshore wind industry.

      The New Jersey Wind Port is designed to serve as a hub for the offshore wind industry along the East Coast, with access to more than 50% of available U.S. offshore wind lease areas. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

      “Investing in offshore wind is vital to building a stronger, greener economy that creates high-paying jobs to support a robust recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and paves the way for long-term, equitable growth,” said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

    • • Norway’s Revolutionary “Wind Catching System”
      This Floating Structure
      Can Power 80,000 Homes,
      The Company Claims

      Sep. 9, 2021, (ZME Science)-We’ve seen some remarkable innovations in wind energy in recent years — so much so that within a decade or so, wind energy went from a fringe alternative to cost-competitive with cheap, polluting fossil fuels. But most of these innovations took place “behind the scenes”, in the materials and mechanisms powering wind turbines. Seen from afar, a wind turbine developed yesterday looks pretty similar to one made ten years ago.

      But that may soon change. A company in Norway wants to redesign offshore wind farms. According to the company, its 1,000-feet (304-meter) tall structure can generate five times more energy than the largest existing wind turbines, and at a lower cost to boot.

    • • The World’s First Recyclable Wind Turbine Blade
      Closes the Sustainability
      Loop in Wind Energy

      Sep. 8, 2021, (ZME Science)-While up to 85% of a wind turbine’s parts can be recycled, its blades have remained a constant thorn in the industry’s side. While that remaining 15% might not seem like a big deal, it’s worth remembering that wind turbines are behemoths, whose blades measure at least 40 meters nowadays and can weigh seven tones. We expect thousands of wind turbines to be decommissioned over the next few decades, so that translates to a lot of waste destined for landfills.

      Although these blades are non-toxic and, technically speaking, safe for landfills, the lack of recycling options is seen as inherently incompatible with the wind industry’s commitment to sustainability and full circularity.

    • • A Bid For World’s First Energy Island Project
      Denmark's North Sea Energy Island
      Will Initially Produce 3 GW of Energy

      Sep. 7, 2021, (Renewable Energy World)-Global offshore wind leader Ørsted is adding to its team in hopes of winning a bid to build the world's first artificial energy island.

      Denmark's North Sea energy island will produce 3 GW of energy, with a long-term expansion goal of 10 GW, using 200 offshore wind turbines. Ørsted is adding industrial construction experts Aarsleff, Bouygues, and Van Oord to its bid for the project.

    • • The Benefits of Floating Wind Turbines
      Technology Could Help Power a
      Clean Energy Transition If
      it Can Overcome Various Hurdles

      Aug. 29, 2021, (The Guardian)-In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 meters) above the water.

      The world’s first floating wind-farm, a 30 megawatt facility run by the Norwegian company Equinor, has only been in operation since 2017 but has already broken UK records for energy output.

    • • The Largest Off-Shore Wind Turbine of its Kind
      It's 264 Meters Tall

      Aug. 24, 2021 (Renewable Energy World), -Chinese manufacturer MingYang Smart Energy has unveiled a 264-meter tall, 16-megawatt capacity offshore wind turbine.

      The MySE 16.0-242 becomes the world’s largest hybrid drive wind turbine with a 242-meter diameter rotor, 118-meter long blades, and 4,600 m2 swept area. The model is capable of generating 80,000 MWh of electricity every year, enough to power more than 20,000 households.

    • • Wind and Solar to Produce Green Ammonia
      ACME Signs Agreement with Omani
      Government Body for $3.5 Billion

      Aug. 24, 2021 (WINDPOWER Montly), -Indian renewables developer ACME plans to build a 3.5GW wind-and-solar complex to produce green ammonia in Oman.

      It has signed an agreement with an Omani government authority for the $3.5 billion project in the Port of Duqm, next to the Arabian Sea.

      The project would use output from 3GW of solar PV and 500MW of wind capacity to produce 2,400 tonnes of green ammonia per day.

      Green ammonia can be made by using renewable electricity to power electrolysers producing green hydrogen and then adding nitrogen. It can be used for fertilizer and shipping fuels.

      The developer aims to export this green ammonia to demand centers in Europe and Asia, it explained.

    • • Windbreaks Could Boost Wind Power
      Sounds Contradictory, But is it?

      Aug. 10, 2021 (ScienceNews) -Windbreaks may sound like a counterintuitive idea for boosting the performance of a wind turbine. But physicists report that low walls that block wind could actually help wind farms produce more power.

      Scientists already knew that the output of a single wind turbine could be improved with a windbreak. While windbreaks slow wind speed close to the ground, above the height of the windbreak, wind speeds actually increase as air rushes over the top. But for large wind farms, there’s a drawback. A windbreak’s wake slows the flow of air as it travels farther through the rows of turbines. That could suggest that windbreaks would be a wash for wind farms with many turbines.

    • • Saudi Arabia’s First Wind Farm
      is Now Connected to the Grid
      If Oil Rich Saudi Arabia
      Can Do It Why Not Everyone Else?

      Aug. 9, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Oil-rich Saudi Arabia has connected its first wind farm to the grid, according to reports from Aljazeera and local media.

      The 400-megawatt Dumat al-Jandal wind farm – developed by EDF Renewables and Masdar – is made up of 99 wind turbines, the reports said.

      Construction of the wind farm began in 2019 and is part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

    • • California's Floating Wind Power Plan
      It Will Boost Their Power Supply

      July 22, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - Northern California has some of the strongest offshore winds in the U.S., with immense potential to produce clean energy. But it has a problem. Its continental shelf drops off quickly, making building traditional wind turbines directly on the seafloor costly if not impossible.

      Once water gets more than about 200 feet deep – roughly the height of an 18-story building – these “monopile” structures are pretty much out of the question.

      A solution has emerged that’s being tested in several locations around the world: making wind turbines that float.

    • • A World-First: Green Hydrogen-to-Homes Heating Network
      The H100 Fife Project

      July 5, 2021 (Energy Central) -SGN's world-first hydrogen-to-homes networks will use clean offshore wind power to heat homes while cutting out carbon.

      The emergence of wind power as a large-scale source of clean energy is a key part of the hydrogen growth puzzle. It provides the scale necessary to generate large amounts of clean power needed for electrolysis – the process that creates hydrogen.

    • • Largest Single Wind Project Come to New Jersey
      Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Awarded Contract to Develop 1,510 MW of Wind Power

      June 30, 2021 (ATLANTIC SHORES) -Today, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind(Atlantic Shores) a contract to develop 1,510 megawatt (MW) in offshore wind energy, enough to power over 700,000 homes. Atlantic Shores is a 50-50 joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US, and its Lease Area is located approximately 10-20 miles off the coast of New Jersey between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light.

      In total, the 1,510 MW project will bring $848 million in guaranteed local economic benefits to the state. This is the largest single project in New Jersey and the third largest in the United States.

    • • Wind-power That Fits in Your Backpack
      A Powerful Solution to
      Your Device-Charging Problem

      June 18, 2021 (INHABITAT) -A modern problem of the off-grid and outdoorsy lifestyle is how to keep your devices powered. Battery packs are one option, but they have limited use and can be heavy and bulky.

      The team at Aurea Technologies has come to the rescue with the Shine Turbine, a compact and lightweight wind-powered turbine that offers renewable energy to outdoor enthusiasts who need to recharge electronic devices.

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    • • US R.E. Giant Refuses to Pay Ransom to Hackers
      Invenergy Was Reportedly Hacked
      by a Russian-linked Ransomware
      Cartel, But Won't Be Giving
      In to Their Demands

      June 14, 2021 (WINDPOWER Monthly)-Wind farm developer Invenergy was reportedly hacked and threatened with the release of personal details of its CEO by a notorious ransomware gang over the weekend.

      The US clean energy firm does not intend to pay any ransom after discovering unauthorized breaches on some of its information systems, according to the Financial Times.

      Operations at its 12.2GW operational wind fleet were not impacted during the hack.

    • • Offshore Wind Will Play a Major Role in D.O.E.'s Plans
      Collaboration Increases Reach
      and Impact of NREL R&D

      June 13, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House have made offshore wind a centerpiece of plans to strengthen the nation’s energy infrastructure, announcing a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 — a huge leap from the 42 megawatts (MW) currently in operation.

      Not only could this provide enough electricity to power 10 million American homes and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 78 million metric tons, it could also support as many as 77,000 new jobs.

    • • Oil & Gas Now Has a Competitor in the Gulf of Mexico
      It's None Other Than Wind Power

      June 10, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-If you are feeling a sudden frisson of excitement issue out from Louisiana, it’s not just you. Clean power fans in the Pelican State are eager to shed a generations-old oil and gas legacy in favor of offshore wind turbines, and the US Department of the Interior has just served up the opportunity on a golden platter.

    • • Green Hydrogen Plant to Go Online in France
      An Offshore Hydrogen Production
      Plant Powered by a Floating Wind
      Turbine Will Launch in 2022

      June 4, 2021 (offshorewind.biz), -The hydrogen production system will be installed at the SEM-REV demonstration site, off the coast of Le Croisic in France where it will be linked with the Floatgen wind turbine. According to Centrale Nantes, this will be the world’s first offshore green hydrogen production facility to go into operation.

      The project will be set up by French renewable hydrogen project developer Lhyfe, in collaboration with Chantiers de l’Atlantique, who will install the electrolyser on GEPS Techno’s floating platform at the SEM-REV site and connect it to various marine renewable energy sources, including Floatgen.

    • • Maps Show Where U.S. Wind and Solar Need to Grow
      This is So That
      America Can Meet Its Goals

      (NY Times Climate Forward), May 28, 2021 - The United States is now aiming to bring emissions down to net-zero by 2050, meaning the country would eliminate as much greenhouse gas as it emits. To reach that goal, Americans will need to get a lot more of their energy from renewable sources like wind and solar farms.

      One of the most recent studies on the subject, Princeton University’s Net-Zero America Report, charted five pathways to net-zero, and all of them required the United States to exceed the current pace of building for solar panels and wind turbines.

    • • Biden Opens California’s Coast to Wind Farms
      The Idea of Erecting Wind
      Farms in the Pacific Ocean Had Long
      Been Dismissed as Impractical.

      (NY Times Climate Forward), May 25, 2021 -The notion of wind farms churning in the Pacific Ocean, creating clean energy to power homes and businesses, has long been dismissed because of logistical challenges posed by a deep ocean floor and opposition from the military, which prefers no obstacles for its Navy ships.

      But evolving technology and a president determined to rapidly expand wind energy have dramatically shifted the prospects for wind farms in the Pacific.

    • • Making Wind Turbine Blades Fully Recyclable
      Wind Energy Joins
      the Circular Economy

      (NY Times Climate Forward), May 19, 2021 -A coalition of industry and academic leaders has developed a new technology to enable circularity for thermoset composites, the material used to make wind turbine blades.

      The new technology delivers the final step on the journey toward a fully recyclable wind turbine value chain and was developed by a newly established initiative called CETEC (Circular Economy for Thermosets Epoxy Composites).

    • • First Big Offshore Wind Farm
      Approved Near Martha’s Vineyard
      It’s a Breakthrough For the Industry

      (THE CONVERSATION), May 11, 2021 -The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change.

      On May 11, 2021, the U.S. government issued the final federal approval for the Vineyard Wind project, a utility-scale wind farm that has been over a decade in the planning. The wind farm’s developers plan to install 62 giant turbines in the Atlantic Ocean about 15 miles off Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with enough capacity to power 400,000 homes with clean energy.

    • • The Efficiency of Vertical Wind Turbines
      Why They're Better than Horizontal Ones

      Apr. 29, 2021 (INHABITAT)-Research carried out by Oxford Brookes University has found that vertical turbine designs could make large wind farms more effective. In the study, the researchers compared traditional wind turbines to vertical turbines to determine the effectiveness of alignment. They found that the vertical turbines were more efficient, improving each other’s performance by up to 15%.

    • • Can Birds Be Kept Safe as U.S. Wind Farms Expand?
      Citizen Science Data Should Help Guide
      Where Wind Turbines are Built, Scientists Argue

      Apr. 12, 2021 (ScienceNews) -Wind energy is surging in the United States. In 2020, turbines generated about 8% of the country’s electricity — roughly 50x the share of wind-generated electricity in 2000 —according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While the growth is a positive step toward curbing climate change, scientists say, it could be bad news for birds.

      An estimated 140,000 to 500,000 birds die each year due to turbine collisions. Bird deaths could soar to 1.4 million per year if the U.S. Department of Energy achieves its goal of expanding wind energy to 20 percent of the country’s electricity demand by 2030.

    • • The US Just Set Ambitious Offshore Wind Power Targets
      What it Will Take to Meet Them

      Mar. 21, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change.

      The Biden administration announced on March 29, 2021, that it would accelerate the federal review process for offshore wind projects and provide more funding. It also set a goal: Develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity this decade – enough to power 10 million homes with clean energy. To put that in perspective, the U.S. has just 42 megawatts today.

    • • Major New Windfarm Port Announced - Creating 3,000 Jobs
      A New port on Teesside (UK)
      Will Build the Next Generation
      of Offshore Wind Projects

      Mar. 10, 2021 (The Northern Echo) -Teesworks Offshore Manufacturing Centre, on the River Tees, will receive up to £20 million and will begin construction later this year to update the port with new infrastructure – helping to revitalise the historic industrial heartland.

    • • Coal Country Wyoming Reluctantly Pivots to Wind Farms
      The Tiny Town of Rawlins
      Will Soon be Home to One of the
      Nation’s Largest Wind Farms

      Mar. 5, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -The coal layered underground helped bring settlers to this scrubby, wind-whipped part of southern Wyoming, where generations found a steady paycheck in the mines and took pride in powering the nation.

      But now, it is energy from the region’s other abundant energy resource — the wind itself — that is creating jobs and much-needed tax revenues in Carbon County.

    • • 2020 Was The Greatest Year For Wind Installations
      More US Wind Power Capacity
      Was Installed in 2020
      than in any Other Year

      Mar. 4, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -According to recent data released from the Energy Information Administration(EIA), in both 2019 and 2020, project developers in the United States installed more wind power capacity than any other generating technology.

      In its Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, annual wind turbine capacity additions in the United States set a record in 2020, totaling 14.2 gigawatts (GW) and surpassing the previous record of 13.2 GW added in 2012. After this record year for wind turbine capacity additions, total wind turbine capacity in the United States is now 118 GW.

    • • NC ‘Primed for $100bn US Offshore Wind Bonanza’
      BVG Associates Forecasts State’s
      Manufacturers Can Address
      and Supply Equipment For the
      Entire East Coast Market

      Mar. 4, 2021 (reNEWS.BIZ) -North Carolina could potentially attract a $100bn market opportunity from the growing offshore wind energy industry, according to a report released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

      The report, produced by BVG Associates, forecasts the US east coast will see a total offshore installed capacity exceeding 40GW by 2035.

    • • Industrial-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Farm in Spain
      Iberdrola Plans to Spend
      €1 Billion On the Project

      Feb. 19, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Iberdrola is planning what it says will be the first industrial scale floating offshore wind farm in Spain. The 300-MW project will cost more than €1 billion said the company. It will be located off the Spanish coast.

      The renewable facility could become a driver of the country’s industrialization and job creation, said Iberdrola, estimating that it would provide more than 2800 jobs per year in research, design and engineering before the wind farm becomes operational in 2026.

    • • We Can Now 3D Print Wind Turbine Blades
      GE Awarded DoE Grant
      to Research That Technology

      Feb. 8, 2021 (Renewable Energy World)-GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business were recently selected by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to research the design and manufacture of 3D printed wind turbine blades.

      The GE business units will partner with the Oakridge National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Lab on a 25-month $6.7 million project to develop and demonstrate an integrated additive manufacturing process for novel high-performance blade designs for the future of large rotors.

    • • Building an Artificial Island as a Clean Energy Hubs
      It's What's Next Up For Denmark

      Feb. 5, 2021 (ENN Network)-Denmark has approved a plan to build an artificial island 50 miles offshore in the North Sea to act as a clean energy hub that produces and stores wind energy , several news outlets reported. The island, equal in size to 18 football fields, will be linked to Danish offshore wind turbines to supply power to 3 million households, as well as to generate green hydrogen for use in shipping, aviation, and industry.

      The $34 billion project will have an initial capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) — eventually growing to 10 GW — and is expected to be operational in 2033.

    • • South Korea Unveils Plan for World's
      Largest Offshore Wind Farm
      The Cost Will be $43 Billion

      Feb. 5, 2021 (REUTERS)- South Korea unveiled a 48.5 trillion won ($43.2 billion) plan to build the world's largest wind power plant by 2030 as part of efforts to foster an environmentally-friendly recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The project is a major component of President Moon Jae-in's Green New Deal, initiated last year to curb reliance on fossil fuels in Asia's fourth-largest economy and make it carbon neutral by 2050. [S6N29P01A]

      Moon attended a signing ceremony in the southwestern coastal town of Sinan for the plant, which will have a maximum capacity of 8.2 gigawatts.

    • • Four Key Considerations for the
      Development of U.S. Offshore Wind Projects
      Recent Congressional Action Extends Tax Credits, Reach of “Jones Act”

      Feb. 1, 2021 (Renewable Energy World)-Today, the U.S. has one offshore wind project in commercial operation – the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island – but there are more than a dozen major offshore wind projects in various stages of development across the U.S. These projects have the potential to provide thousands of jobs in the U.S. and a significant amount of clean, reliable energy to many of the country’s biggest cities, given the proximity that the offshore wind installations would have to coastal population centers.

    • • Texas Now Generates More Electricity From Wind Than Coal
      Natural Gas is Still King in
      Texas, But it Could be a Tenuous Crown

      Jan. 25, 2021 (ZME Science)-Everything is bigger in Texas, and wind power is apparently not an exception. Since 2015, wind power has more than doubled in the state and, last year, Texas received 22% of its electricity from wind. Coal supplied only 18%, down from 28% just five years ago.


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    • • US Offshore Wind Is Off To The Races (At Last!)
      Now There's An Awful
      Lot Blowin' in the Wind

      Jan. 24, 2021(CleanTechnica),-This is the year offshore wind goes from learning to walk to an all-out sprint. The first two weeks of 2021 contained big news for this critical source of clean energy, and this week’s inauguration of President Joe Biden will put a stiff wind into the industry’s sails. By the end of 2021, the Biden administration will likely have approved two projects and be in the process of reviewing up to a dozen more on the eastern seaboard, stretching from North Carolina to Massachusetts.

    • • Robotic Wind Blade Repair
      BladeBUG Inspects, Resurfaces, and
      Repairs Wind Turbine Blades Remotely

      (CleanTechnica),Here’s a story about a tiny little bit of technology that could have a significant impact on renewable energy, particularly wind turbines. Efficiency is a big deal in the world of wind and solar energy. Dust, dirt, pollen and bird droppings can reduce the efficiency of solar panels, so people have invented ways to wash them in order to keep them producing electricity as efficiently as possible.

      Wind turbines have blades that can be hundreds of feet long and weigh thousands of pounds. Not only do they operate high up in the air, many are located miles offshore where accessing them is both difficult and hazardous.

    • • Spin Once and this Wind Turbine
      Can Power a Home for a Day
      Two Offshore Wind Parks
      Have Already Secured Their Use

      (ZME Science), Dec. 9, 2020 -Renewable energy is gradually taking over fossil fuels as their costs drop and technology improves. Now, General Electric announced the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world, with two wind farms having already secured their use. This could be big news for wind energy in the very near future and according to calculations, a single spin of the turbine can supply a day’s worth of energy for one or two houses.

      The Haliade-X 13 MW turbine can generate up to 64 to 74 GWh of gross annual energy production, saving up to 52,000 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of taking 11,000 vehicles off the road.

      It has a bigger rotor, longer blades (107 meters), and a higher capacity factor, which makes it less sensitive to wind speed variations and increases its ability to generate more power at low wind speeds. GE claims the Haliade-X can capture more annual energy production than any other offshore wind turbine.


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    • • Biggest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Constructed in the UK
      Will Power Up Six Million Homes Per Year

      (ZME Science), Dec. 1, 2020 -The UK, already the world’s leader in offshore wind, is getting ready to start construction of what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind park, Dogger Bank. The British utility company SSE and the Norwegian energy firm Equinor agreed to invest $8 billion in the project, which will be used to build the first two phases.

      Dogger Bank is an isolated sandbank within the central to southern North Sea spanning UK, German, Danish and Dutch waters. The area was a landmass connecting the UK to mainland Europe. As the sea level rose after the last ice age, Dogger Bank became an island before being completely covered by water about 8,000 years ago.

      The wind farm is being developed in three phases, Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B, and Dogger Bank C, located between 130km and 190km from the North East coast of England.


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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.
     

    GE’s Haliade-X Offshore Wind Turbine

    Prototype Operating at 13 MW

     

    Rotterdam, October 22nd 2020 -- GE Renewable Energy announced today that its Haliade-X prototype, the world’s most powerful wind turbine operating to date, has been optimized and is now operating at a 13 MW power output. The prototype will undergo a series of tests to perform different types of measurements and obtain its type certificate in the coming months.
    The Haliade-X 13 MW, which is an uprated version of the prototype that has been successfully operating in Rotterdam since November 2019, recently secured its provisional type certificate§ and set a new world record by generating 288 MWh in one single day.
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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.