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Mar 27, 2015

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New York to develop R&D lab for next-generation electric grid

Mar 26, 2015: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York Power Authority and SUNY Polytechnic Institute have signed an agreement to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York’s electric grid. The facility, to be called the Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe) Windpower Engineering & Development…

What I’ve learned from the wind industry

Mar 26, 2015: It’s 2008 and I’m about to attend my first-ever WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition. Standing at the entrance of the exhibit hall inside Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, my nerves seem to be growing along with the hustle and bustle inside the room. Frantic final touches are being made before the doors officially open to Windpower Engineering & Development…

The value of a virtual SCADA infrastructure

Mar 26, 2015: Heath Pratt / Manager of SCADA Services / Upwind Solutions / A wind farm typically has several OEM servers operating as a real-time SCADA, database, and remote-access servers. These take up substantial space and require a lot of manpower to ensure peak performance. Some servers at aging wind farms may be close to or Windpower Engineering & Development…

Research shows the cooling effect of electric vehicles

Mar 26, 2015: A study in this week’s Scientific Report by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly than conventional vehicles by uncovering two hidden benefits. They show the cool-factor is real – in that electric vehicles emit significantly less heat.  That Windpower Engineering & Development…

Vestas receives 40-MW order for wind farm in the state of Maine

Mar 26, 2015: Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the United States for 13 V112-3.075-megawatt (MW) turbines for the Passadumkeag wind farm in Penobscot County, Maine. The order was placed by Passadumkeag Windpark, LLC, an affiliate of Quantum Utility Generation, LLC. The project’s scope includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines and a five-year Windpower Engineering & Development…

GE acquires a 16-MW wind farm in the UK

Mar 26, 2015: GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, announced that it’s signed an agreement with SSE plc, one of the largest generators and suppliers of energy in the UK, to acquire the 16-megawatt (MW) Langhope Rig wind farm, which is nearing construction completion near Hawick, in the Scottish Borders. Situated approximately 55 miles south of Windpower Engineering & Development…

Time-domain reflectometer locates electrical faults in cables, from 7m to 6 km

Mar 26, 2015: The handheld devices, TDR 500 and TDR 510 from BAUR Prüf- und Messtechnik GmbH, troubleshooters get new and robust time-domain reflectometers for length determination and fault location in power and data cables. Various settings that are uncomplicated to define make a variety of applications possible for the user, whereby the measurement accuracy is always 1%. This precision Windpower Engineering & Development…

Siemens signs long-term service extension for Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm in North Wales

Mar 26, 2015: Siemens has signed a long-term agreement with Rhyl Flats Wind Farm Ltd., 50.1% owned by RWE AG, to continue providing service and maintenance at the Rhyl Flats wind farm off the coast of North Wales for the next 15 years. Siemens has been providing service and maintenance for the 25 SWT-3.6-107 turbines at Rhyl Flats Windpower Engineering & Development…

Catalyst from Rutgers U. promises more efficient H2 generation, better fuel cells

Mar 26, 2015: Editor’s note: This article is based on the findings of a patent-pending HER (hydrogen evolution reaction) catalyst Ni5P4 as reported in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Energy & Environmental Science. If successful, the catalyst could provide a way to inexpensively generate and store excess wind power, as hydrogen. The catalyst’s operating stability and efficiency will Windpower Engineering & Development…

GE acquires a 16MW project in UK

Mar 26, 2015: UK: SSE has sold GE its Langhope Rig project in southern Scotland for an undisclosed amount.

Vestas wins 40MW deal in US

Mar 26, 2015: UNITED STATES: Vestas has secured an order for a 40MW project in the US from Quantum Utility Generation.

Ontario expects 1.7 GW of new wind generation by 2016

Mar 25, 2015: Editor’s Note: Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Canada is projecting that more than 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of wind power will be grid-connected by September 2016. The report, which covers April 2015 to September 2016, forecasts about 2.3 GW of new supply will be incorporated into Ontario’s existing generation fleet. Furthermore, the first energy Windpower Engineering & Development…

Nordex wins 111MW South African order

Mar 25, 2015: SOUTH AFRICA: Nordex has won a contract to supply the turbines for a 111MW wind project in South Africa.

Hitachi completes 5MW offshore prototype installation

Mar 25, 2015: JAPAN: Hitachi has completed the construction of its 5MW downwind offshore turbine at a coastal site near Kashima city in central Japan.

Wind boosts Longyuan performance

Mar 25, 2015: CHINA: Longyuan Power group has posted strong results for 2014, with the wind business propping up the ailing coal division.

Nexans picked for Belgium grid upgrade

Mar 25, 2015: BELGIUM: Elia, the Belgian transmission system operator (TSO), will use Nexans' EHV cables for its Stevin grid route, the 380kV upgrade of the grid between Zomergem and Zeebrugge.

Vestas wins 36MW deal in Denmark

Mar 25, 2015: DENMARK: Vestas has secured an order for a 36MW project in Denmark from European Energy.

Brazil plays catch-up on transmission lines

Mar 24, 2015: BRAZIL: Expansion of transmission lines is already being planned for the new wind projects that will emerge from energy auctions later this year.

Dong, Siemens and Vattenfall join UK climate alliance

Mar 24, 2015: The UK arms of Dong Energy, Siemens and Vattenfall have joined the Aldersgate Group, a UK-based alliance to influence policy on climate change and sustainability.

Suzlon shareholders approve Senvion sale

Mar 23, 2015: INDIA: Suzlon shareholders have approved the sale of German turbine manufacturer Senvion to Centerbridge Partners.

Acciona wins 195MW deal in Brazil

Mar 23, 2015: BRAZIL: Acciona has been handed an order for a 195MW project in Brazil from Atlantic Energias Renováveis and venture capitalist company Actis.

Ikea buys 38MW Polish project

Mar 23, 2015: POLAND: A consortium of developers has sold a 38MW wind farm in Poland to furniture retailer Ikea.

Nordex sales jump 21%

Mar 23, 2015: GERMANY: Nordex has posted results showing a 21% increase in sales in 2014 helped by stronger performance in Asia and the Americas.

Scandinavian developers in 1.6GW merger

Mar 23, 2015: NORWAY: Two Scandinavian wind developers are merging to create a new company with a pipeline of almost 1.6GW.

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 […]…

Question of the Week: are conglomerate OEMs the future?

Mar 20, 2015: WORLDWIDE: Top OEM figures from Make Consulting last week showed an increased preference for multinational conglomerates as Siemens and GE take the top two positions. Windpower Monthly asks Totaro and Associates and Neas Energy about why conglomerates appear to be more popular than smaller players.

Vestas wins 122MW deal in Sweden

Mar 20, 2015: SWEDEN: Vestas has been handed an order for a 122MW project in Sweden from Allianz Capital Partners.

EWEA CEO Thomas Becker resigns

Mar 19, 2015: EUROPE: Almost two years after taking up the role, Thomas Becker has resigned as CEO for the European Wind Energy Association, citing personal reasons. His deputy, Malgosia Bartosik, will act as interim CEO.

Gallery: Vergnet's collapsible turbine

Mar 19, 2015: WORLDWIDE: Vergnet's turbine has been designed to cope with adverse weather. This week's Windpower Monthly gallery shows it in its various stages.

Vestas secures 48MW Chinese deal

Mar 19, 2015: CHINA: Vestas has been handed a contract by CGN Wind Power to supply 48MW of turbines to a project in Fujian province, south-east China.

Goldwind completes 50MW Pakistan project

Mar 19, 2015: PAKISTAN: Goldwind has completed the installation of 33 GW77/1500 turbines for the Three Gorges First (TGF) wind farm in Pakistan.

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…