Prototype wind turbine is first of a generation of new machines about a third more powerful than the largest already in commercial service

A new giant wind turbine is shaking up an industry that has been going from strength to strength. 13 MW turbine in the Netherlands is a test model for a new series of giant offshore wind turbines planned by General Electric. Stanley Reed discusses recent developments in an article on the New York Times website. … Continue reading Prototype wind turbine is first of a generation of new machines about a third more powerful than the largest already in commercial service

New wind power research centre in Norway will give priority to offshore wind research

A Renewable Energy Magazine news item describes the creation of a new wind power research centre in Norway, expecting its innovations to benefit Norway and the world at large. Northwind will bring together over 50 partners from research institutions and industry all around the world.   Norway Launches Major Wind Power Research Center Recently the … Continue reading New wind power research centre in Norway will give priority to offshore wind research

The exponential drop in the cost of solar, storage and power electronics is accelerating the energy transition already underway

Doug Arent and Adam Warren from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discuss in the January 2021 Issue on the Financier Worldwide website the opportunities available to invest in clean energy technologies because of their dramatic cost reductions in the past decade.   Financing clean energy: unprecedented momentum and opportunity Clean energy technologies, particularly solar photovoltaics … Continue reading The exponential drop in the cost of solar, storage and power electronics is accelerating the energy transition already underway

New project aims to utilise cutting-edge wind propulsion technology to bring down the vast carbon emissions of commercial shipping

A maritime design specialist spun out of Sir Ben Ainslie’s yacht racing team (remember Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics) will install solid 45-metre sails on cargo vessels with the aim of cutting emissions. Callum Jones discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Wind in the sails of emissions challenge … Continue reading New project aims to utilise cutting-edge wind propulsion technology to bring down the vast carbon emissions of commercial shipping

Construction of a wind-powered green hydrogen plant began in France last month

A French startup is building a wind-powered green hydrogen plant using onshore wind. Once completed it will be a world-first on an industrial scale and the hydrogen will power newly-converted hydrogen buses and refuse trucks in the region. Emilie Boyer King explains latest developments in an article on the Windpower Monthly website.   French startup … Continue reading Construction of a wind-powered green hydrogen plant began in France last month

While Germany has seen recent gains in renewable energy there is still a long way to go to reach the 65% renewable target by 2030

While all the world has been watching Germany’s ambitious Energiewende (energy transition), while there have been many improvements there are still many challenges to reach its long-term goals. Recent developments in renewables is described in a news item on the renews.biz website.   German renewables hits 'almost 50%' of consumption Renewable energy accounted for 48% … Continue reading While Germany has seen recent gains in renewable energy there is still a long way to go to reach the 65% renewable target by 2030

“If the wind industry is going to expand, they really have to move into deeper water”

Stanley Reed writes on the New York Times about recent developments in offshore wind power. The wind power industry sees an opportunity in allowing wind turbines to be pushed into deeper water.   A New Weapon Against Climate Change May Float A strange-looking contraption that could represent a new frontier in clean energy wallowed in … Continue reading “If the wind industry is going to expand, they really have to move into deeper water”

Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

The cost improvements in renewable energy technologies in recent years is staggering and now the cheapest energy options in most of the world according to new research. Giles Parkinson explains in an article on the Renew Economy website.   Solar, wind and battery storage now cheapest energy options just about everywhere Further cost reductions in … Continue reading Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

German wind energy build-up is stalling

Everyone has been watching Germany’s energy transition - energiewende - with great interest. Much of it relates to deploying renewable energy technologies.  Uwe Hessler writes on the Deutsche Welle website about how the wind industry is stalling.   German wind energy stalls amid public resistance and regulatory hurdles The German Economy Ministry has called a … Continue reading German wind energy build-up is stalling

Onshore wind farm in Saudi Arabia has announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelised cost of electricity

We see costs dropping globally for renewable energy production.  Now one wind farm in Saudi Arabia claims that it now has a world record low energy cost.  Joshua S Hill explains in an article on the Renew Economy website.   Saudi Arabia wind farm claims world record low energy cost Saudi Arabia’s 400MW Dumat Al … Continue reading Onshore wind farm in Saudi Arabia has announced what it says is a world record-low onshore wind levelised cost of electricity