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Ignore the Bluster – Wind Farm Power is Effective

A UK Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) research paper dismisses illusions about wind power as an energy resource. Much opposition to wind power appears to be based on the belief that it is an ineffective technology, inefficient or unreliable. This claim is untrue and it is important to get ‘beyond the bluster’ in assessing the effectiveness of wind power. The report addresses two commonly held misconceptions around two important, often misunderstood, questions:     •    Is wind power an effective way of reducing carbon emissions?     •    Is wind power a secure and reliable source of energy for the UK? It shows unequivocally that wind power can significantly reduce carbon emissions, is reliable, poses no threat to energy security, and is technically capable of providing a significant proportion of the UK’s electricity supply with minimal impact on the existing operation of the grid. The conclusions of the report note that:     •    It is inaccurate to describe the output from wind power as ‘unpredictable’.     •    In the short term, wind power output is remarkably stable and increases and decreases only very slowly.     •    The risks associated with ‘long, cold, calm spells’ have been overstated.


Wind Power Deal for Rauma

On December 20, 2011, STX Finland Oy and VentusVis Oy signed a letter of intent, the purpose of which is to develop wind park for the city of Rauma on Finland’s west coast. The goal is to get building permissions for three wind turbines within the UPM Rauma mill site and one within the area of the STX Rauma Shipyard. VentusVis Oy is a company which develops land assets owned by UPM suitable for wind power investments and STX Finland Oy offers construction, user


Certification for Siemens SWT 6.0-154 Wind Turbine Prototype

GL Renewables Certification has provided Siemens Wind Power prototype certification for its new six MW offshore wind turbine SWT-6.0-154. The prototype certification is a prerequisite for the testing of the turbine. Field testing of Siemens Wind Power's new 154-meter rotor for the six-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine began in Østerild, Denmark, on October 6, 2012. Bent Weibel, Head of Product Integrity at Siemens Wind Power


Denmark Receives Power from Anholt Offshore Wind Farm

The first CO2-free power is now being fed into the Danish power grid from Anholt offshore wind farm. On its completion next year, the farm, with its total capacity of 400 MW, will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm and will deliver power equivalent to the consumption of 400,000 Danish households. The turbine supplier is Siemens Wind Power. “We are on schedule and are therefore already now able to deliver the first green power to the Danes


Blowing in the “Vind”

(Images courtesy LADE AS)

Vindskip that is, a new ship shape claiming 60% Fuel Savings Norway is no stranger to maritime innovation, as the small Scandinavian country with a population just north of five million (according to most recent statistics from the World Bank) has a strong historical and current affinity towards anything to do with the sea. In addition, Norwegians are traditionally a population that considers environmental matters a top concern


Bill Seeks to Spark Offshore Wind Investment

According to a report on SustainableBusiness.com, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the US Senate would create incentives for investments in offshore wind energy. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the "Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act," which extends investment tax credits for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service - roughly 600 wind turbines.


UDEI Hosts Wind Energy Symposium

Cristina Archer: Photo credit UD

Experts explore future of wind energy research in two-day symposium at the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI). How would wind turbines in the ocean alter the wind flow? Is wind energy a practical solution for powering electrical grids? Forward-looking questions such as those were addressed by experts in the field of wind energy at a recent symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI)


Europe & China Offshore Wind Power Report Available

A new report looks at opportunities in the developing Sino-European offshore wind energy market. Offshore wind is the means of a reliable, intensive and abundant renewable energy. This relatively new source of electricity generation, which is capable to meet much of the populated coastal areas need for power around the world, has been also stimulating the development of marine economies with thousands of new jobs. Recently


Seat on UK Offshore Wind Board for ABB's Stephen Trotter

Stephen Trotter: Photo credit ABB

Stephen Trotter, Managing Director for ABB’s UK Power Systems business, takes a seat on new UK Government advisory board. He is to represent the electrical, cables and transmission and distribution fields on a new board set up by the Government to shape the future of project delivery in the offshore wind sector. As one of 11 industry members, Stephen will sit on the Offshore Wind Programme Board alongside other senior representatives from Government


Poland Gets Permits to Build 3 Baltic Wind Farms

Polish state-controlled power company PGE said that it had won permits to build three wind farm projects on the Baltic Sea with a combined potential capacity of 3.45 gigawatts, taking the lead in the development of Poland's offshore wind industry. Poland, which produces around 90 percent of its energy from coal, is obliged by the European Union to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix to 15.5 percent by 2020. It currently has no operational offshore wind farms.


BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), BOEM announced today.


The Switch Receives PM Shaft Generators Order

Photo courtesy of The Switch

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received another order to deliver two PM shaft generators to WE Tech Solutions of Finland.  


Belgium's Mega Wind Farm Starts to Take Shape

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  Belgium, in the Antwerp port area on the left bank of the Scheldt. In the first phase 15 wind turbines will be erected, enough to supply 35,000 Flemish households with green electricity. The ultimate ambition is to build anything from 40 to 50 turbines


European Offshore Wind Faces Make-or-break 2020 -Report

Wind power companies such as Vestas, Siemens and Dong need Europe's installed offshore capacity to more than double and costs to be cut by a fifth within five years to compete with other fuels, an industry report said on Tuesday.   The Ernst & Young report described 2020 as a


India to Roll Out $8 billion Smart City Ports

Cargo Terminal - Source: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)

 Indian shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government is working on an ambitious plan to build one smart city each at the country's 12 major ports. The plan estimates total investment of Rs 50,000 crore ($8 billion).   Government moving ahead with its ambition plan to build


Modi Urges GE to Make Ships in India

Narendra Modi (Pic by Press Information Bureau, India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited US-based General Electric (GE) to manufacture ships in India claiming that the country offers immense opportunities for the ship-building sector.  Pitching his government's 'Make in India' campaign


Unique DP System Thrusts US Offshore Wind Sector

Photo: Thrustmaster

Offshore wind construction in the U.S. sees opportunities for effective conversions of existing jack-ups into wind turbine installation vessels Thrustmaster of Texas, a marine propulsion design and manufacturing company in the U.S., is looking to give an edge to U.S


BSM Takes Management of Two SOVs

Photo courtesy of BSM

BSM is to take on the ship management of two new ULSTEIN SX175 Service Operation Vessels (SOVs), ordered as part of a WINDEA joint venture involving its parent company Bernhard Schulte. Both vessels are to be built at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway and will be operated by Bernhard Schulte


US Proposes Allowing Oil, Gas Drilling off Atlantic Coast

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed allowing for the first time oil and gas exploration in a wide swath of U.S. waters off the Atlantic Coast.   The 2017 to 2022 drilling plan begins a process that could take many years before waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina


Obama’s Address Missed Energy Opportunities -NOIA

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., January 20 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, stating that the President missed a few key points regarding domestic onshore and offshore energy production and supply, and its impact on the U.S. economy.  


ABB, Solar Impulse Join Forces for Round-the-world Flight

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  ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, is proud to accompany Solar Impulse and its crew on the plane’s flight around the world powered only by energy from the sun. Solar Impulse, based in Switzerland, announced today it will begin its historic flight between


Vindskip: Wind-powered Containership Concept

(Image: Lade AS)

The Vindskip, designed by Lade AS, comes to rescue and bring wind power back into action. It uses a hull designed to act as a so-called airfoil, or giant sail.   The Oslo-based company, the makers of the wind-powered hybrid merchant ship, said that while engines are still needed


GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy

French utility GDF Suez aims to double its power generation capacity from renewable energy in Europe between 2015 and 2025 and will focus in particular on marine energies, the company said on Tuesday.   GDF Suez, with Spain's Iberdrola and Italy's Enel


Dutch Container Terminal Signs on for Wind Power

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Signs Contract for Wind-Power Generated Electricity for Maasvlakte II Terminal   APM Terminals has signed a two-year, €5 million ($6.23 million) contract with Amsterdam-based NV Nuon Energy for the supply of environmentally-sustainable wind-generated electricity to power


Kenyan Wind Project Wins Financing

Kenya's delayed Lake Turkana Wind Power project is expected to start generating power by 2017 after the African Development Bank backed financing to build a transmission line to connect it to the national grid, the project's director said.






 
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