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Apr 18, 2015

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Investment consortium acquires ownership in a 1,100-MW wind portfolio from EDP Renewables

Apr 17, 2015: A consortium led by Fiera Axium Infrastructure has acquired a minority ownership interest in a 1,100-megawatt (MW) portfolio of eight operating wind farms located throughout the United States from EDP Renewables (EDPR). The consortium is composed of Fiera Axium Infrastructure U.S. L.P., Swiss Life Funds (Lux) Global Infrastructure Opportunities S.C.A., SICAV-SIF, and John Hancock Life Windpower Engineering & Development…

Moxa converters now connect industrial devices in remote locations

Apr 17, 2015: Moxa, a global provider of communications technology for the Industrial Internet of Things, is helping connect PROFIBUS devices with its ICF-1180I and ICF-1280I PROFIBUS-to-Fiber converters, which also feature Class 1 Div 2, IEC Ex, and  ATEX certification for deployment in hazardous locations. Paul Wacker, Product Marketing Manager for Moxa explained: “As the world moves towards Windpower Engineering & Development…

Xcel Energy named No. 1 utility wind provider for 11th consecutive year

Apr 17, 2015: For the 11th consecutive year, Xcel Energy has been named the country’s top utility wind energy provider by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the national trade association. For more than a decade, Xcel Energy has led the nation in providing wind energy to its customers “Xcel Energy is proud to have grown the use Windpower Engineering & Development…

Brazil approves 3.9GW of wind for next auction

Apr 17, 2015: BRAZIL: Brazilian regulator Empresa de Pesquisa Energetica (EPE) has approved 3.9GW of wind projects for an upcoming 4.2GW alternative sources auction.

Gallery: France-Spain 2GW HVDC link

Apr 17, 2015: FRANCE/SPAIN: Siemens has commissioned the high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between France and Spain to transport wind energy between the two countries.

EC approved German offshore state aid

Apr 16, 2015: GERMANY: The European Commission (EC) has approved government support for 20 offshore projects under state aid rules.

Analysis: UK political parties' wind plans light on detail

Apr 16, 2015: UK: The Conservative party, senior partner in the two-party coalition that has governed the UK since 2010, has pledged to "halt the spread of onshore wind farms" if it wins power in the general election on 7 May.

US jobs increased 40% in 2014 - AWEA

Apr 16, 2015: UNITED STATES: The number of jobs in the industry increased 40% in 2014, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Gode Wind construction starts

Apr 16, 2015: GERMANY: The first foundation at Dong Energy's 582MW Gode Wind project in the North Sea has been installed.

Vestas sets out share-based incentives scheme

Apr 15, 2015: DENMARK: Vestas has restructured the way its board of directors and executive management are rewarded.

Siemens wins 100MW deal in Canada.

Apr 15, 2015: CANADA: Siemens has secured an order for a 100MW project in Canada from the Northland Power-backed Grand Bend Wind Limited Partnership…

US provides $1.75 million for bat protection

Apr 15, 2015: UNITED STATES: The US government will invest $1.75 million in five projects developing initiatives to protect sensitive bat species against the affects of wind turbines.

Senvion wins 45MW UK orders

Apr 15, 2015: UK: Senvion has won four orders from UK developer Blue Energy to provide 45MW of turbines to projects in the country.

Enel secures South Africa deals worth 425MW

Apr 14, 2015: SOUTH AFRICA: Enel Green Power has secured three energy supply contracts with state-utility Eskom totalling 425MW.

Neart Na Gaoithe to use Siemens turbine transformer

Apr 14, 2015: UK: Mainstream Renewable Power will use Siemens' new offshore transformer module, instead of a substation, at its 448MW Neart Na Gaoithe project in Scotland.

Acciona wins 129MW deal in Mexico

Apr 14, 2015: MEXICO: Acciona has been awarded a 129MW deal by an unnamed company for a project in Mexico.

Senvion launches first NES turbine

Apr 14, 2015: GERMANY: Senvion unveiled the first turbine to use its "New Electrical System" (NES) at Hannover Messe on 13 April.

Gamesa begins G132-5MW blade fit

Apr 14, 2015: SPAIN: Gamesa has begun fitting blades to its 5MW prototype onshore turbine at its research facility in Alaiz to create the G132-5MW turbine.

Foundations complete at Zuidwester

Apr 13, 2015: NETHERLANDS: Foundations have been completed and the first tower installed at the 90MW Zuidwester project, along the Ijsselmeer lake.

Gamesa wins 98MW deals in China

Apr 13, 2015: CHINA: Gamesa has been awarded two contracts in China to provide turbines totalling 98MW.

New Senvion 3MW variant

Apr 13, 2015: GERMANY: Senvion has launched a new system for its 3MW-platform range to focus on improving grid connectivity.

Low US wind speeds cut production

Apr 13, 2015: US: In the first quarter of 2015, wind speeds in California and Texas were the lowest in 47 years, according to weather monitoring firm Vaisala.

Wind investment falls 30% in Q1

Apr 10, 2015: WORLDWIDE: Investment in clean energy has fallen to its lowest level in two years, according to figures by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Shifts in electricity generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

Apr 7, 2015: In four years following the 2008 recession, the US coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar, and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new. Few of the new jobs were added in states hardest hit by coal's decline, particularly West Virginia and Kentucky.

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

Apr 1, 2015: In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power by 2017. Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a city a…

Stormy weather ahead for wind farms?

Mar 30, 2015: Researchers will study the vibrations of wind turbines at a large Chilean wind farm along with health impacts on nearby residents. The goal is to make wind turbines more acceptable. Currently, scientists lack sufficient understanding of wind turbines' noise and best ways to mitigate the effects, they say.

Tree Shaped Wind Turbines to be Installed in Paris

Mar 23, 2015: Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesA French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be […]…

Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050

Mar 18, 2015: A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office titled "Wind Vision: A New Era of Wind Power in the United States" finds that wind energy could supply 35 percent of the country's electricity by 2050. That is enough…

The Eiffel Tower Installs Two Wind Turbines

Mar 16, 2015: Energy Industry | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesThe 126 year old Eiffel Tower is going green! A pair of camouflaged VisionAIR5 wind turbines were installed inside the scaffolding on the second floor, and are expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year. That’s enough to power the tower’s entire first floor; including history exhibits, a souvenir shop and restaurants. The […]…

Possible Dual Rotor Technology for Wind Turbines

Mar 15, 2015: Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesIowa State Aerospace Engineers Anupam Sharma and Hui Hu are exploring the possibility of adding a smaller, secondary rotor to wind turbines. The engineers studied the base of existing turbines and found two major problems. First, they are big round structural pieces that don’t harvest any wind energy because they are not shaped like an […]…

Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

Mar 10, 2015: It seems the answer–to the world’s energy woes–truly is blowin’ in the wind, as worldwide wind power production nearly doubled last year. The year 2014 saw about 51,477 megawatts worth of wind capacity installed, which amounts to a 44 percent increase…

Benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Mar 9, 2015: Aerospace engineers are developing dual-rotor technology to improve the energy harvest of wind turbines. The idea to look for better performance by adding a second rotor to wind turbines came from a previous study. The researchers used wind tunnel tests to see how hills, valleys and the placement of turbines affected the productivity of onshore wind farms.

Meet the Makani Energy Kite

Mar 8, 2015: Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesBack in 2013 Google purchased a company called Makani, creators of the Energy Kite. Their goal is to make wind energy pricing competitive with fossil fuels, and they believe a new approach is needed. The Energy Kite is a new type of wind turbine, designed to generate more energy using 90% less materials. “Makani’s energy […]…

Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Mar 6, 2015: Style isn’t the only thing that’s big in Tiny Heirloom’s luxurious and beautifully detailed tiny homes—the custom base model package starts at a hefty $65,000 price tag. For that price however, clients can expect high-end materials like granite countertops…

The Lateral Axis Wind Turbine

Mar 5, 2015: Energy Inventions | Wind Power | Wind TurbinesSri Lankan inventor Leelananda Jayasuriya just sent us this concept for a Lateral Axis Wind Turbine. The turbine functions just like a Ferris Wheel, with the blades orbiting in an epicyclical path around the central shaft. Leelananda believes there are many advantages to his design: it can rotate with the direction of the wind, it […]…

Swedish Strawscaper harvests energy from the wind with a kinetic hair-covered shell

Mar 4, 2015: Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so unlike anything before that it defies reference. Take Belatchew Lab Architecture’s Strawscraper, a skyscraper covered in hair that can harness the energy of the wind. The building looks as though it belongs…

Borrowing from whales to engineer a new fluid sensor

Mar 2, 2015: Researchers have borrowed from biological structures called tubercles that humpback whales use to maneuver in the ocean to make a piezoelectric energy harvester for use as an airflow or fluid speed and direction-sensing device.

Wind-powered freighters

Feb 27, 2015: To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With VindskipTM, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software will ensure an optimum use of the available wind energy at any time.

UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

Feb 25, 2015: UGE VisionAIR5 "The location for the wind turbines, 400ft (120m) above ground level, was strategically chosen to maximize energy production, allowing the wind turbines to harvest the steady winds at the height of the installation and offset the Tower’s…

Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

Feb 23, 2015: Apple has just announced plans to construct two new data centers in Europe, and like all current Apple data centers, the facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Constructed at a total cost of $1.9 billion, the data centers will each measure…

World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

Feb 18, 2015: Wind power in the U.K. is about to get a big boost, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm was just approved for the Yorkshire coast. The Guardian reports that the U.K. energy secretary just approved an array of 400 turbines to be built about 80 miles…

China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

Feb 17, 2015: pic Of all the nations on the planet, China is not the first place that comes to mind when the subject of green energy is on the table. Yet, China is trying. In 2014, wind farms created 23 percent more power than the previous year. Although China still…

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Feb 17, 2015: Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for urban settings; it's compact and quiet, and its yearly output averages between…

Numerous bats killed by German wind turbines: Migratory bats at risk

Feb 11, 2015: Numerous bats are killed by German wind turbines. The number of such turbines, already very high, is planned to be increased further. More than two-thirds of bats being killed by wind turbines on German ground are migrants on their way between summer and winter habitats. Due to its geographical location in Europe, Germany has consequently a central responsibility for the conservation of migratory bats.

Fishing vessel transformed into a wave power plant

Feb 9, 2015: Researchers are demonstrating that it is possible for a redundant fishing vessel to be used as a power plant. The first vessel of its kind is now anchored offshore in the Stadthavet area west in Norway, with the aim of generating electricity from the natural forces of the sea.

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Feb 8, 2015: Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green space and includes a number of interactive art installations…

Solar and wind power will be the cheapest forms of energy in the future

Feb 5, 2015: A new study demonstrates that an energy system based completely on renewable forms of energy will be economically viable in the future. Within ten years, solar and wind power will be the cheapest forms of energy production for Asia's largest energy markets.

Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

Feb 3, 2015: President Obama's fiscal budget for 2016, which was release on Monday (2/2) afternoon proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion fund "to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper…

How is noise produced by wind power plants experienced?

Feb 3, 2015: The disruptiveness of the noise generated by wind power plants in Finland is the focus of a new study that combines the measurement of the noise produced by wind power with the noise experienced by humans in relation to sound pressure levels and the time and frequency behavior of sound.  …

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Feb 2, 2015: A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in the next two years, with solar PV leading the pack in…