China’s Wind Power Blows Away Researchers

Posted on May 6th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

Consulting firm GlobalData have released a new report on wind power across the world. Research shows that China has the highest wind power globally and that wind power in the country could treble in just 15 years.

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Colorado wind power rising; 1,880 turbines and Xcel, Vestas plan more

Posted on April 12th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

Colorado wind power is rising with 1,880 huge turbines erected across the prairie, twisting white blades as long as soccer fields, a cleaner source of energy replacing fossil fuels.

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North America Could Add 75 GW Of Wind Power By 2025

Posted on April 7th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

According to MAKE’s latest wind power outlook for North America, unprecedented long-term policy certainty in the U.S., along with a new climate-conscious government in Canada, will enable nearly 75 GW of total wind power growth in the region from 2016 to 2025.

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Clear Skies From Wind Power

Posted on March 30th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

Did you know over 17 million Americans have asthma? Or that every year it’s responsible for more than 10 million doctor visits and 1.8 million trips to the emergency room?

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Momentum building behind U.S. wind energy

Posted on March 28th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

U.S. wind energy advocates scored a second victory after the federal government gave its support to a transmission line to service the wind power sector.

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Flexible Turbines Could Enable Cheaper, More Efficient Wind Power

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

(manufacturing.net)

A team of researchers from universities and federal laboratories believe that a palm tree-inspired design could be crucial to developing more efficient offshore wind energy.

The turbine concept would place massive blades on the downwind side of wind towers and be comprised of segments that could adjust to reduce stress during high winds.

Conventional turbines feature blades that are upwind of the tower, which become difficult to manufacture, deploy and maintain at higher electrical output levels.

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Block Island Wind Farm Kicks Off 2016 Construction

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

(nawindpower.com)

At a temporary manufacturing facility inside ProvPort in Providence, R.I., Deepwater Wind and GE – along with Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and several members of Rhode Island’s political and labor leaders – updated attendees on the progress of the Block Island Wind Farm, slated to be the first offshore wind farm in the U.S

“From Providence and Quonset Point to the waters off of Block Island, the Ocean State is leading the growth of a new American Industry,” explained Jeffrey Grybowski, Deepwater’s CEO, at Friday’s event. “This work at ProvPort brings one of the world’s most innovative companies to the City of Providence. And, just as important, we’re putting more Rhode Islanders to work and giving them the experience they need to help grow this industry.”

GE – which completed its acquisition of Alstom’s offshore wind unit last year – is supplying five Haliade 150-6 MW wind turbines for the Block Island Wind Farm. Last November, the first five of 15 total tower sections arrived by ship at ProvPort. The 95-foot-tall sections were offloaded at a new temporary manufacturing facility built by GE at the port.

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Acciona Finds Variable Wind Power Can Help Balance Spanish Grid

Posted on March 15th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

(BloombergBusiness)

Acciona SA is seeking to use wind farms to balance the Spanish national grid in times of peak demand, a job that’s typically done by fossil-fuel or hydropower plants.

The Alcobendas, Spain-based company is in a trial phase to be accredited by the Spanish grid operator to act as a backup power supplier, able to deliver extra capacity of 1 gigawatt, it said in an e-mailed statement. The renewable energy developer has about 5 gigawatts of wind power installed in the country.

“Getting wind to provide upwards regulation is an important step to integrating renewables,” said Monne Depraetere, analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The issue is that is requires curtailing wind farms so they can increase output at any given time, meaning other plants such as gas or coal plants need to run instead of wind, which is generally more costly.”

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Toyota Partners in Making Wind-Power Hydrogen for Fuel Cells

Posted on March 14th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

(ABC News)

Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power.

Fuel cells are zero-emission, running on the power created when hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to make water. But to have a totally clean supply chain, the hydrogen must also be cleanly made. Right now, most hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels.

In a project announced Monday, hydrogen from the wind-power plant Hama Wing in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, will be compressed and transported by truck to power fuel-cell forklifts at four sites in the area — a factory, a vegetable-and-fruit market and two warehouses.

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Detroit Zoo commits to 100% wind power

Posted on March 11th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.

(power-technology)

Detroit Zoo has kicked the New Year off with a clean start, and has shifted to exclusively using renewable energy for all its operations. It is the first zoo in the US to earn verification by Green-e Marketplace, which certifies organizations that are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. This means that the zoo now uses 100% Green-e certified wind energy sourced from US wind farms, reducing its environmental impact significantly.

The zoo, with 125 acres of naturalistic habitat in Royal Oak, Detroit, purchased enough megawatt-hours (Mwh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the current electricity use at the zoo, and if its energy needs increase or decrease, the amount of Mwh can be adjusted accordingly.

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