Posted on March 10th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.
MAKE has released an update to its Q1/2016 Global Wind Power Market Outlook, presenting an analysis of global and regional wind power installation forecasts through 2025.
The reported 32.9 GW of grid-connected capacity and 30.5 GW of installed capacity in China in 2015 greatly exceeded industry expectations. Final data for China is pending completion of MAKE’s quality assurance, but the rush in China at the end of 2015 to maximize expiring feed-in-tariff (FIT) levels is symptomatic – albeit an extreme case – of a broader dynamic facing several of the industry’s mature markets.
Near-term growth in wind energy is largely driven by a winding down of policy incentives in countries such as Germany, the U.S. and China. A 2018 policy-induced demand peak represents an inflection point, as markets adjust to a lower level of incentives, a transition to a new support mechanism or even a void in support.
Posted on March 10th, 2016 in wind by Spencer R.
New law threatens wind power in Poland
The Polish government plans to unveil new legislation that could swing the country’s energy mix even more towards coal and favor biomass energy production over the nascent wind power industry.
Although Poland was one of 195 nations that backed the Paris deal on climate change in December, it sought a special status for coal. Not surprising, given that most domestically consumed electricity in Poland is generated by coal-fueled power stations. What's more, every post-communist government has been paralyzed by fear of industrial unrest should they attempt to reform the loss-making coal industry.
Under EU rules Poland is also required to produce 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, up from around 11 percent today. This means choosing which renewable sources to support - and then how to do so.
Posted on August 5th, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
In many ways, it’s an obvious solution. For many centuries, world trade over the oceans was propelled by wind power alone. Now that we’re seeking an alternative to the fossil fuel-burning vehicles that enable our modern standard of living, some people are turning again to renewable solutions such as wind to power our tankers, bulk carriers and container ships. Globalisation and economic growth might mean a direct reversion to the wooden sailing boats of yore makes no sense, but there are several 21st-century ideas that could make wind-powered shipping commonplace again.
Posted on July 23rd, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
Gently spinning windmills have been a cornerstone sight along the Dutch countryside since the 1890s. With the population increasing into more built-up, urbanized areas, positioning more wind-powered turbines to power busy cities could be impractical.
The Dutch Windwheel, however, is generating energy in a completely different direction.
The state-of-the-art creation is from Dutch architects Doepel Strijkers, who designed the 173-meter-high (570 foot) structure to utilize wind, water and an electric field in an electrostatic wind-energy converter that can directly produce a current for power.
Posted on July 16th, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
Researchers tracking the movements of seals discovered that the flipper-wielding predators are drawn to offshore wind farms and underwater pipelines. These kinds of manmade structures might serve as artificial reefs and delectable hunting grounds, according to a new study published in Current Biology this week.
A team led by Deborah Russell from the University of St. Andrews tagged over 100 harbor seals (Phoca vitulina, pictured) and gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) on the British and Dutch coasts of the North Sea using GPS tags attached to their fur at the back of the neck.
Posted on July 15th, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
The Australian newspaper’s campaign against wind farms continued this morning with a page one story from the paper’s environment editor Graham Lloyd.
Lloyd writes about purportedly “groundbreaking” German research which, he infers, may provide a plausible basis for claims about wind turbines having direct effects on health.
The results showed that humans could hear sounds of eight hertz, a whole octave lower than had been previously assumed, and that excitation of the primary auditory cortex could be detected down to this frequency.
Posted on June 16th, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
Are renewables pushing up the cost of electricity? That’s the claim made by Alan Moran in an opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review this week.
Moran, executive director of Regulation Economics and a former director at the Institute of Public Affairs, argues that increasing investment in renewables and particularly wind energy will cost consumers billions of dollars. The high operating costs and requirements for backup when the wind isn’t blowing are the problem, he argues.
Posted on June 8th, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
In a radio interview this morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised what he described as the “potential health impacts” of wind farms.
Yesterday’s article in The Australian by Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonjhelm highlighted some very good points about wind turbine noise and its effect on people living near them. People are complaining of a range of health related problems and are attributing them to wind turbines. The question is: what is the cause of these health problems?
Posted on May 10th, 2015 in wind by Spencer R.
This new wind turbine wobbles elegantly in the wind, generating electricity without rotating blades. “It looks like asparagus,” says David Suriol, one of the founders.
A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless has produced a wind turbine that takes advantage of the vortices produced when wind moves around an obstacle.
Posted in wind by Spencer R.
Costa Rica deserves a huge round of applause, and perhaps even a high five, for managing to produce all of its electricity from renewables for 75 days straight. According to the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the country hasn’t had to burn fossil fuels to supply the grid with electricity so far in 2015, a stretch that has never been previously attained by any nation. Of course, we don’t mean all of their energy has come from renewables as their vehicles, for example, still use fossil fuels, but what they have achieved is extremely laudable.