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Apr 28, 2015

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Offshore project progress - 27 April

Apr 28, 2015: WORLDWIDE: Recent project updates from the UK, Virginia in the US, a German transmission network, and Denmark's 600MW Kriegers Flak project.

Wind leads Vattenfall investment

Apr 28, 2015: SWEDEN: Vattenfall's investment in wind reached SEK1.96 billion (€209 million) in the first quarter of 2015, up from SEK 1.18 billion a year earlier.

Dong upbeat on Q1 results

Apr 28, 2015: DENMARK: Dong has announced a first quarter net profit of DKK1.7 billion (€227 million) an increase of DKK200 million on the same period last year.

Gamesa wins 194MW in India

Apr 28, 2015: INDIA: Gamesa has been handed six contract deals in India with a combined capacity of 194MW.

California Tribe installs first renewable hybrid microgrid

Apr 28, 2015: The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is installing the first California Tribal renewable microgrid system this summer in Loleta, California. The Bear River Band’s new energy system is the only system of its kind combining wind energy, solar energy, and advanced energy storage. “Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria has a long-term investment in Windpower Engineering & Development…

Goodbye PTC, hello yieldcos, and more observations on the U.S. wind market in the years ahead

Apr 27, 2015: Wind industry growth should expect a bumpy ride with the expiration of the PTC, although yieldcos, a recent financial idea, may provide some financing relief. The second 10 years in the working life of most turbines will be a big question mark, but the advent of reliable data analytics shows good potential for lowering wind’s Windpower Engineering & Development…

New pressure intensifier for wind power applications

Apr 27, 2015: Scanwill Fluid Power has launched a new series of MP-2000 XP pressure solutions that are designed with an additional side outlet port, so that the oil from the high-pressure side is returned directly to tank. This ensures the intensifier and the cylinder are always supplied with cool and filtrated oil. The MP-2000 XP series is Windpower Engineering & Development…

Offshore reported incidents up 55%

Apr 27, 2015: EUROPE: A health and safety incident report by the G9 offshore group shows the number of reported incidents last year increased 55% compared to 2013.

Siemens' SylWin1 network commissioned

Apr 27, 2015: GERMANY: Siemens has completed its SylWin1 grid connection in the North Sea, handing it over to transmission operator Tennet.

Dong seeks views for Walney Extension fund

Apr 27, 2015: UK: Dong Energy, developer of the 660MW Walney Extension in the Irish Sea, is asking for feedback about a community fund it is considering launching if the project goes ahead.

Goldwind announces 390% profit increase in Q1

Apr 27, 2015: CHINA: Goldwind has announced net profits of around CNY 249 million ($40 million) in the first quarter of 2015, up 390% on the same period of last year.

A2Sea to install Burbo Bank Extension

Apr 24, 2015: UK: Vessels provider A2Sea has been awarded the turbine installation contract by Dong Energy for the 258MW Burbo Bank Extension in the Irish Sea.

Dominion's Virginia pilot delayed

Apr 24, 2015: UNITED STATES: Dominion Virginia Power said it "remains committed" to developing an offshore project in Virginia, despite having to postpone its 12MW pilot.

Offshore project progress - 24 April

Apr 24, 2015: EUROPE: Recent updates from Principle Power's WindFloat project, Nordergrunde, Borkum West 2, and three UK projects.

AMSC-Sinovel case given court date

Apr 24, 2015: CHINA: The long-running $450 million trade secret case between AMSC and Sinovel is expected to be heard on 11 May.

Administrators to sell Reef Subsea plough

Apr 24, 2015: UK: A subsea plough owned by Reef Subsea UK is to be auctioned off after the firm entered administration last month.

WindFloat passes state aid test

Apr 24, 2015: PORTUGAL: The European Commission has approved government support for the WindFloat project, as part of an ocean energy scheme in Portugal.

Gallery: Inside Alstom's Saint Nazaire facility

Apr 24, 2015: FRANCE: Alstom opened its new factory in France in December, where it will make its 6MW Haliade offshore turbine.

ABB $30m deal for Brazilian projects

Apr 23, 2015: BRAZIL: ABB has been handed the contract to supply substations to two project clusters in northeast Brazi by local developer Casa dos Ventos.

Industrial virtual factory lowers costs and reduces emissions

Apr 23, 2015: Scientists have developed a cloud-based, easily customized, modular software platform for improving the sustainability performance of industrial products by lowering production costs and reducing emissions. The platform provides a virtual collaborative environment for organizations that are jointly developing the same product and/or service. The system, created during the recently completed EPES (Eco-Process Engineering System for composition of services to optimise product life-cycle) project, effectively combines a context-aware approach, cloud services, industrial internet, collaborative networks, simulation and assessment of environmental impacts.

Goldwind wins 120MW EPC deal in South Africa

Apr 23, 2015: SOUTH AFRICA: Goldwind has secured an engineer procure and construct contract from BioTherm Energy for 120MW for a project South Africa.

Hornsea 1 seabed survey completed

Apr 23, 2015: UK: One of the industry's largest seabed surveys has been completed at Dong Energy's 1.2GW Hornsea 1 project in the North Sea…

Gamesa wins 50MW deal in Uruguay

Apr 23, 2015: URUGUAY: Gamesa has been awarded an order for a 50MW project in Uruguay from Spanish developer Smartener…

Senvion wins 18MW Italian deal

Apr 23, 2015: ITALY: Senvion has been awarded a contract by Burgentia Energia to supply turbines to an 18MW project in Basilicata, southern Italy.

Tesla to unveil a battery on April 30 that will slash your home’s energy costs

Apr 22, 2015: It's finally official, almost. Two months ago Tesla told the world they had developed a battery to take your house completely off-grid, and just a couple of weeks ago Elon Musk teased that the company would unveil a new non-automotive product at their a…

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…