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Aug 03, 2015

Wind Energy

Ming Yang ranked third in newly-installed Chinese wind power capacity

Jul 31, 2015: Ming Yang Wind Power Group (“Ming Yang”) has been ranked third in China’s newly-installed wind power capacity in a recent update released by the China Wind Energy Association (“CWEA”) detailing the wind power generation in China from January to June 2015. In a recent news release, CWEA detailed that China’s newly installed wind power capacity during the first half of 2015 was 10.1 Windpower Engineering & Development…

Electric vehicles and Smart Grid get a boost from eMotorWerks intelligent charging stations

Jul 31, 2015: OSIsoft and eMotorWerks recently announced that eMotorWerks has incorporated OSIsoft’s PI System within its cloud-based Smart[Grid] charging platform through a Connected Services Agreement. This revolutionary new solution will further optimize EV charging while improving grid stability. The solution will provide scalable real-time data storage, real-time availability, and streamlined data flows between eMotorWerks’ platform and Independent Service Windpower Engineering & Development…

Senvion ranked second in wind installations in Germany

Jul 31, 2015: With the installation of exactly 100 turbines in the period from January 2015 to June 2015, Senvion is now the second largest manufacturer of wind turbines in Germany to date in 2015. The company has installed wind turbines in Germany with a total capacity of over 285 MW in the first six months of this Windpower Engineering & Development…

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.

Gamesa wins UK repowering deal

Jul 27, 2015: UK: Gamesa 2MW turbines will be used by E.on and Energy Power Resources to repower the Ovenden Moor project in West Yorkshire, north England.

Sinovel fails to block US criminal case

Jul 27, 2015: UNITED STATES: US Court of Appeal denied Sinovel's petition to block proceedings of a criminal case against the Chinese manufacturer over allegations it stole intellectual property from AMSC.

Court clears Siemens in Enercon dispute

Jul 27, 2015: UK: Enercon-owned Wobben Properties has lost its UK patent infringement case against Siemens over use of a storm control system on its offshore turbines.

Siemens wins 162MW orders in Ireland and Scotland

Jul 27, 2015: IRELAND/UK: A total of 52 Siemens 3MW turbines have been chosen for three projects in Ireland and Scotland.

Jordan to build 315MW wind farms

Jul 27, 2015: JORDAN: The government has approved the construction of five wind power plant totalling 315MW.

Offshore Project Progress - 24 July

Jul 24, 2015: EUROPE: Recent project updates from the Borkum West 2 in Germany, the Netherlands' Westermeerwind site, Nobelwind in Belgium and Dong's Burbo Bank Extension project in the UK.

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.

Navitus Bay director leaves for tidal project

Jul 24, 2015: UK: The project director of the 970MW Navitus Bay offshore project has stepped down from the role weeks before the final planning decision is announced.

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.

American energy use up slightly, carbon emissions almost unchanged

May 20, 2015: Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow charts.