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Jul 01, 2015

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SafeWorks acquires DualLift

Jul 1, 2015: SafeWorks today announced its acquisition of DualLift, a Germany-based manufacturer of traction hoists. With complementary product offerings, the combined companies are the largest manufacturer of traction hoists in the world. Founded nearly 70 years ago, SafeWorks offers fully-integrated manufacturing and engineering solutions for customers that require aerial access for construction, repair or maintenance. Driven by customer Windpower Engineering & Development…

SeaPlanner confirmed as proprietary software at Gemini farm

Jul 1, 2015: SeaPlanner and part of SeaRoc Group have been confirmed as the proprietary software for the Gemini offshore wind farm operated by Van Oord. SeaPlanner has been live on the project since the beginning of 2015 and has been selected for its Induction Manager, Personnel Manager and Operations Manager modules on the Netherlands based wind farm. The Windpower Engineering & Development…

CfD payments to be withheld during negative pricing

Jul 1, 2015: UK: The UK's contracts for difference (CfD) subsidy payments will be withheld during periods of negative pricing, despite widespread disagreement with the plan during consultation.

Gamesa to build San Pedro II wind farm on Chilean island

Jul 1, 2015: Gamesa has achieved an important milestone in its sales and product strategy, having secured the first order for its G128-5.0 MW turbine in the Latin American market. Specifically, the company has been contracted by Transantartic Energia and Chile’s Bosques de Chiloe to build the San Pedro II wind farm on the Chilean island of Chiloé, Windpower Engineering & Development…

UK's Sparta data-sharing initiative to continue

Jul 1, 2015: UK: The UK's system performance, availability and reliability trend analsysis (Sparta) programme will continue as all ten offshore developers sign up.

Vestas wins 537MW in US deals

Jul 1, 2015: UNITED STATES: Vestas has been awarded three orders totalling 537MW. in the US, including two from SunEdison,…

Veja Mate completes financing

Jun 30, 2015: GERMANY: Highland Group Holdings, a subsidiary of the Laidlaw Capital Group, has made a final investment decision (FID) on the 402MW Veja Mate offshore project in the North Sea.

Vestas signs two deals in Northern Europe

Jun 30, 2015: DENMARK/FINLAND: Vestas has been awarded two turbine deals, in Denmark and Finland, totalling 72MW.

Vague promise for wind auction in Spain

Jun 30, 2015: SPAIN: Spain's paralysed wind sector has reacted warily to the government's promise of three lifelines, including a 500MW wind power auction for the mainland to be issued July or September this year.

Gamesa wins first Latin American 5MW turbine deal

Jun 30, 2015: CHILE: Gamesa has won the first Latin American order for its 5MW turbine to be used at a project on Chiloe Island, Chile.

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.

Denmark names new energy minister

Jun 29, 2015: DENMARK: The new Danish government has named Lars Christian Lilleholt as its new energy minister, following a general election earlier this month.

MHI-Vestas favoured for Horns Rev 3

Jun 29, 2015: DENMARK: MHI-Vestas has been named as the preferred turbine supplier for Vattenfall's 400MW Horns Rev 3 project in the North Sea.

Offshore Project Progress - 29 June

Jun 29, 2015: EUROPE: Recent updates from the Arkona Becken Sudost project in the German Baltic Sea, and the sites of Greater Gabbard, the Burbo Bank Extension and the Kentish Flats Extension in the UK.

Gas Natural acquisition underwhelming

Jun 29, 2015: SPAIN: A closer look at Spanish utility Gas Natural's €260 million acquisition of 201MW of online domestic wind assets last week contradicts local press claims of a market revival in Spain.

Vestas awarded 185MW Chilean deal

Jun 29, 2015: CHILE: Vestas has won a 185MW deal from Latin American Power (LAP) to supply its turbines to a project in Atacama, central Chile.

Russian plan to sell wind power to North Korea

Jun 29, 2015: RUSSIA: RAO Energy System of East is considering construction of 40MW projects to export electricity to North Korea.

Gallery: Siemens' service vessels unveiled

Jun 26, 2015: GERMANY: The Esvagt Froude and Esvagt Faraday purpose-built offshore service operations vessels are the first dedicated offshore wind service operations vessels of their kind.

Vestas secures US and UK orders

Jun 26, 2015: UNITED STATES/UK: Vestas has been awarded a 150MW order by EDF Renewable Energy to supply a project in Texas and a 66MW order in the UK from Infinis Energy.

Floating wind energy is achievable at £85/MWh

Jun 26, 2015: UK: A report by the UK Carbon Trust finds that floating wind projects could deliver energy for as low as £85/MWh (€119/MWh) by 2050.

Blade breaks at Nordsee Ost

Jun 25, 2015: GERMANY: A blade on a Senvion 6.15MW turbine has broken off at RWE's 295MW Nordsee Ost project.

Middle East and Africa to add 27GW in next decade

Jun 25, 2015: MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA: More than 27GW of wind power will come online in the Middle East and Africa between 2015 and 2024, predicts Make Consulting.

Vestas criminal case dropped against Norremark

Jun 25, 2015: DENMARK: The Danish state prosecutor has dropped the criminal case against former Vestas CFO Henrik Norremark because of a lack of evidence.

UK to sell off GIB stake

Jun 25, 2015: UK: The UK government will sell off part of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a bid to attract more private funding.

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.

Offshore wind turbine construction could be putting seals' hearing at risk

May 20, 2015: Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, researchers have found. They say more research is needed on how noise affects marine mammals' hearing and into engineering solutions to reduce noise levels.

Shifting winds: An early warning for reduced energy

May 12, 2015: Chinook winds can precede large shifts in wind power output from wind farms -- a challenge for companies seeking to provide a constant stream of green energy to consumers. By establishing a connection between local meteorological events and power grid output, the researchers hope that they may ultimately help grid operators more accurately predict fluctuations in flow and manage the grid accordingly.

Could this giant straw be the solution to the problems with wind turbines?

May 8, 2015: Could a bladeless wind generator be the answer to solving the issues with wind - and save a few bird lives in the process? It can if you believe that the same technology we use to get your milkshake to your mouth could also power a community. Vertical a…

Wind turbines: Generating eco-friendly power with metal rotor blades

May 7, 2015: Wind turbines deliver environmentally friendly electricity. Yet the fiber-reinforced plastics often used in very large rotor blades are almost impossible to recycle. Not so with steel blades: since these are composed of steel, their recyclability exceeds 90 percent. Plus they cost significantly less than comparable plastic blades.

Vulnerable grassland birds abandon mating sites near wind turbines

May 6, 2015: Shifting to renewable energy sources has been widely touted as one of the best ways to fight climate change, but even renewable energy can have a downside, as in the case of wind turbines' effects on bird populations. In a new paper, a group of researchers demonstrate the impact that one wind energy development in Kansas has had on Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido) breeding in the area.

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.

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…