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Aug 04, 2015

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Composite manufacturer Markos builds, launches, and delivers high speed boats

Aug 4, 2015: Markos, a Polish composite manufacturer, built, launched and delivered two high speed boats (RIB) ordered by Madera RIBs. The composite boats are designed to work as offshore crew carriers. Markos’ main scope of production is wind turbine nacelles, hub covers, RIBs, lifeboats, rescue boats, tenders, leisure boats, technical boats and steel elements according to EN 1090. Windpower Engineering & Development…

Gamesa completes its first U.S. Overhaul and Life Extension program

Aug 4, 2015: Gamesa has successfully completed Overhaul and Life Extension upgrades to its Medicine Bow Wind Farm in Carbon County, Wyoming for wind farm owner and wind generation investor Commonwealth Bay. The upgrade package includes a 15-year comprehensive operations and maintenance agreement. The project included the application of Gamesa’s Turbine Overhaul and Life Extension programs to the wind Windpower Engineering & Development…

Boost for wind in US Clean Power Plan

Aug 4, 2015: UNITED STATES: Wind and solar power received a significant boost in the US's new and more aggressive Clean Power Plan, unveiled by President Barack Obama.

Pattern Energy acquires remaining capacity in 283-MW Gulf Wind-power Facility

Aug 3, 2015: Pattern Energy Group announced it has completed the acquisition of the remaining 170-megawatt (MW) ownership interests in the 283-MW Gulf Wind-power Facility in Kenedy County, Texas from Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) and MetLife Capital LP. “We now own 100% of Gulf Wind, which is located in a unique site on the Gulf Coast Windpower Engineering & Development…

Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Aug 3, 2015: Unlike many earthen structures, the Khamsa earth house looks quite luxurious. Atelier Koe constructed the home from concrete-reinforced bricks made from clay, which was harvested from the site on which the structure now sits. The same machine that those…

German wind tendering takes shape

Aug 3, 2015: GERMANY: An outline of competitive auction rules for setting support rates for onshore and offshore wind has been laid out in a consultation released by the German federal economy ministry.

Wind gears up for climate change impact

Aug 3, 2015: UNITED STATES: Research into the affects of climate change on global wind resources and wind turbine operating conditions is still at a very early stage.

Suzlon records Q1 profit on back of Senvion sale

Aug 3, 2015: INDIA: Suzlon has posted a net profit of INR 10.79 billion ($168.6 million) in the first quarter of its financial year, thanks to an INR 12.89 billion ($201.4 million) exceptional gain from the sale of Senvion.

DolWin Beta platform shipped to North Sea site

Aug 3, 2015: NORWAY: The converter station for the DolWin 2 grid link has left the Haugesund shipyard in Norway to begin its journey to the German North Sea.

Analysis: Danish surplus exposes grid challenges

Aug 3, 2015: DENMARK: For two hours on Friday 10 July, wind power generated the equivalent of 140% of national electricity consumption, surpassing the previous record of 135%.

Offshore Project Progress - 31 July

Aug 3, 2015: EUROPE: Recent project updates from wpd's 111MW Nordergrunde and 288MW Butendiek projects in Germany and Dong Energy's Race Bank project in the UK.

Ukraine investment unaffected by tariff cut

Jul 31, 2015: UKRAINE: The parliament's decision for a temporary reduction of the green tariff earlier this year has not affected wind power investment.

Gallery: Sandbank construction begins

Jul 31, 2015: GERMANY: The first foundations were shipped to Vattenfall's 288MW Sandbank site in June, ahead of the start of the monopiles being installed earlier this month.

Record 2.3GW installed offshore in H1 but Germany onshore falters

Jul 30, 2015: EUROPE: European offshore installations reached a record amount in the first six months of 2015, as 2.3GW was put in the water, but German onshore additions fall.

Centrica to divest wind assets

Jul 30, 2015: UK: UK utility Centrica will sell off its interests in all its wind assets and exit the wind sector a year after announcing a halt to offshore investment.

Dong sells Danish test site to EDF

Jul 30, 2015: DENMARK: Dong Energy has sold its Frederikshavn offshore wind demonstration site in northern Denmark to EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF-EN), considering it surplus to requirements.

World's largest floating turbine installed at Fukushima

Jul 30, 2015: JAPAN: A 7MW floating offshore wind turbine developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been moored at the Fukushima demonstration site, 20 kilometres offshore.

Nordex increase 2015 targets following 66% H1 earnings boost

Jul 30, 2015: GERMANY: Nordex has posted pre-tax earnings of €61.5 million in the first half of 2015, an increase of 66% year-on-year.

Sales boost Gamesa revenues in H1

Jul 29, 2015: SPAIN: A strong growth of sales in India and Latin America have helped Gamesa revenues grow 30.8% year-on-year to €1.65 billion in the first half of 2015.

Seajacks to install Veja Mate foundations

Jul 29, 2015: GERMANY: Vessels supplier Seajacks will install the foundations at the 402MW Veja Mate offshore project in the German North Sea.

Lobster-eye imager detects soft X-ray emissions

Jul 28, 2015: A group of scientists have described developing and launching their imager, which centers on "Lobster-Eye optics," as well as its capabilities and future applications in space exploration.

Tennet starts up DolWin1 grid connection

Jul 28, 2015: GERMANY: Tennet's 800MW DolWin1 grid connection has begun operating, serving the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum project.

Axpo buys out Volkswind for 3GW portfolio

Jul 28, 2015: GERMANY: German wind developer Volkswind has been acquired by Swiss energy firm Axpo Group.

Acciona reaches full BNDES-compliance

Jul 27, 2015: BRAZIL: Spanish manufacturer achieves 60% local supply ability ahead of January 2016, and makes approved supplier list of national development bank BNDES.

Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.’s first offshore wind farm (finally)

Jul 27, 2015: While offshore wind farms have been operational in Europe since the 1990s, efforts to establish any such projects off the U.S. coast have stalled amid funding and environmental concerns. And so, some eight years after it was proposed, the Deepwater 30…

Block Island offshore construction begins

Jul 27, 2015: UNITED STATES: The first foundation has been installed at the 30MW Block Island site off Rhode Island, the first at a commercial US offshore project.

Wind energy provides 8% of Europe's electricity

Jul 24, 2015: EU’s grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to a report, the impressive growth of the industry will allow at least 12% electricity share by 2020, a significant contribution to the goal of the European energy and climate package of 20% share of energy from renewable sources.

NASA wants to explore Jupiter with wind-powered robot spacecrafts

Jul 23, 2015: NASA scientists, desperate to explore Jupiter and other planets with no solid surface to speak of, have figured out a way to overcome the challenges of those gas giants. Wind-powered robots, called ‘windbots’, are the way to go, according to a team…

Siting wind farms more quickly, cheaply

Jul 17, 2015: A new statistical technique that yields better wind-speed predictions than existing techniques do -- even when it uses only three months' worth of data -- has been revealed by researchers. That could save power companies time and money, particularly in the evaluation of sites for offshore wind farms, where maintaining measurement stations is particularly costly.

Denmark just generated 140 percent of its electricity needs from wind power

Jul 10, 2015: A particularly windy 24 hours over northern Europe kicked Denmark's wind turbines into high gear, and enabled the country to generate not only all the electricity it needed, but had enough left over to share with Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Can you actually hear 'inaudible' sound?

Jul 10, 2015: Are wind farms harmful to humans? This controversial topic makes emotions run high. To give the debate more objectivity, an international team of experts dealt with the fundamentals of hearing in the lower limit range of the audible frequency range (i.e., infrasound), but also in the upper limit range (i.e., ultrasound).

Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

Jul 6, 2015: Though the obstacles to a clean energy economy are largely political, one particular technological challenge to this goal is the expense and capacity of storage batteries. The sun may shine strongly on a home rooftop, but if there is nowhere to store in…

Viaducts with wind turbines, the new renewable energy source

Jul 2, 2015: Wind turbines could be installed under some of the biggest bridges on the road network to produce electricity. So it is confirmed by calculations carried out by a European researchers team, that have taken a viaduct in the Canary Islands as a reference. This concept could be applied in heavily built-up territories or natural areas with new constructions limitations.

Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Jun 29, 2015: Things are looking up for clean energy in the US. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies, to…

Aerodynamic effects can save tens of seconds in cycling time trials

Jun 29, 2015: Will the Tour de France prologue in Utrecht get the winner it deserves? New aerodynamic research shows that riders in a time trial can save vital seconds by riding closer to the following team car. Over a short distance like the prologue of the Tour de France, that can save as much as 6 seconds: enough to make the difference between winning and losing.

Russia's renewable energy policy: Profitable for investors

Jun 23, 2015: In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in the country's energy production. New researchers demonstrates that the incentive system can make renewable energy investments in wind, solar and small-scale hydro power profitable for investors. However, in order to be profitable the investments must be within the scope of the full Russian support scheme.

Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter

Jun 21, 2015: A newly designed material, which mimics the wing structure of owls, could help make wind turbines, computer fans and even planes much quieter. Early wind tunnel tests of the coating have shown a substantial reduction in noise without any noticeable effect on aerodynamics.

Can the Republican Party accidentally save the environment?

Jun 19, 2015: You can certainly cause climate change without actually believing in it, but is it possible to save the environment while still denying climate change even exists? A new video by The Guardian suggests that Republican support for solar energy may help is…

Renewable energy from evaporating water

Jun 16, 2015: Scientists report the development of two novel devices that derive power directly from evaporation -- a floating, piston-driven engine that generates electricity causing a light to flash, and a rotary engine that drives a miniature car.

New methane bioreactor produces environmentally friendly energy, mitigates climate change

Jun 16, 2015: A new methane bioreactor boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. The new technology can help in achieving a carbon-neutral society, developers report.

Google is considering investing ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project

Jun 12, 2015: Google is reportedly stepping up their investments in renewable energy. Apple may be the world's greenest tech company, but the search engine giant is primed to get serious about clean energy sources. The company is negotiating to become an investor in…

How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

Jun 11, 2015: As divided as Americans are, there is at least one issue on which they can agree. 87% of Americans believe that renewable energy is an important part of their country’s future, while 74% of Americans support a policy of federal tax incentives that the…

How to convert US to 100 percent renewable energy

Jun 9, 2015: It's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy, experts say. A new report is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can achieve such a transition by 2050. The 50 individual state plans call for aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy, but indicate that the conversion is technically and economically possible through the wide-scale implementation of existing technologies.

IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

Jun 5, 2015: Swedish mega design retailer, IKEA is proving their allegiance to their eco-consciousness, but pledging 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) toward slowing climate change. Announced by Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall, the company plans to invest in renewable…

Design innovations are blowing in the wind

Jun 3, 2015: Researchers are using state-of-the-art modelling techniques to study the effects of wind on cities, paving the way for design innovations in building, energy harvesting and drone technology.

Insect mating behavior has lessons for drones

May 29, 2015: Male moths locate females by navigating along the latter's pheromone (odor) plume. Two strategies are involved: males must find the outer envelope of the pheromone plume, and then head upwind. Can understanding such insect behavior be useful for robotics research? Yes, according to an entomologist, whose research using computer simulations shows that such insect behavior has implications for airborne robots (drones) that ply the sky searching for signature odors.

Innovative components pave way for cheaper wind energy

May 28, 2015: Wind turbines began cropping up across the landscapes of Spain and Germany in the 1990s'. These two countries have the highest wind energy production in the EU. But according to the Global Wind Energy Council, the global installed power capacity in Europe -- which is 134,007 MW -- has been surpassed by Asia with 141,964 MW, at the end of 2014. The wind power industry is arguably the most mature -- and fastest developing -- among renewable energies. But, there is still considerable room for improvement to compete with other sources of electricity.

Preventing hydropower turbine failure

May 26, 2015: The Francis turbine is the most common type of water turbine used in Norwegian hydropower plants, and has been for many years. About half of the world’s Francis turbines are found in Norwegian plants.

Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

May 22, 2015: The compact Ecocapsule fits all the home necessities within an egg-shaped space measuring 4.5 meters (14.6 feet) in length, 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in width, and 2.5 meters in height (8.2 feet). The total usable floor space is eight square meters (86 its…

Storms and microbes are behind the mystery of the wandering stones

May 21, 2015: The 'sailing' stones of Death Valley in California are famous for apparently moving by themselves, with the phenomenon not being exclusive to this North American desert but also occurring in Spain, in the Manchego lagoon Altillo Chica. Researchers have observed that wind from winter storms generates currents that can push the stones over a surface colonized by microbes. Then once the water has vanished, the mysterious trail is left on the dry bottom of the lagoon.