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

Trump’s feud: “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind . . .”

Even Bob Dylan was ahead of his time. Well, we knew that at the time. But we never imagined that any President of the United States had such strong feelings about the wind.  Obviously, the blowing of the wind is no comfort for Trump.  You should enjoy this article by Karen Heller in the Washington … Continue reading Trump’s feud: “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind . . .”

Wind turbines are having an effect on songbird communication

Mark Whittingham, Professor of Applied Ecology at Newcastle University writes on The Conversation website about a different issue concerning birds and wind turbines. We are used to reading about the deaths of birds flying into the turbines.  Well, now we are reading about how it changes their voice.   Robin hushed: wind turbines are making … Continue reading Wind turbines are having an effect on songbird communication

Understanding public reaction to wind farms

It has been an on-going debate for many years. Many in the public do not like the visual effects of on-shore wind farms. Jeremy Firestone, Professor, and Director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI) at the University of Delaware together with Ben Hoen and Joseph Rand of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, write … Continue reading Understanding public reaction to wind farms

Developments in size of wind turbines quite impressive

Wind energy is making impressive gains globally. This week there are two articles on wind energy. In this one Stanley Reed, Carsten Snejbjerg and Rasmus Degnbol explain recent developments in wind turbine technology in a recent article in the New York Times.   How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream … Continue reading Developments in size of wind turbines quite impressive

New wind turbines expected to double power capacity

The energy transition needs technical development and, as Jillian Ambrose writes in The Telegraph, the expectations are that wind turbines are going to be increasingly larger and more powerful. Britain's wind turbines catch breeze of a rising industry The sound made by 100 tonnes of steel and carbon fibre rotating 400 feet overhead is surprisingly … Continue reading New wind turbines expected to double power capacity

Innovative use of wind power

Ian Johnston writes in The Independent about how streetlights may be fitted with small wind turbines in Britain. Do you know of other such innovative uses of renewable energy technologies?   Renewable energy companies are fitting wind turbines to lampposts to make electricity Millions of lampposts could be fitted with wind turbines connected directly into … Continue reading Innovative use of wind power

European offshore wind farms are undergoing a boom

The European Union’s push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive with turbines being installed from the Irish to the Baltic Seas. Christian Schwägerl for Environment 360 writes in The Guardian about latest developments.   Europe's offshore wind industry booming as costs fall On a sunny October … Continue reading European offshore wind farms are undergoing a boom

Nestlé joins other major companies to invest in sustainable energy

Corporations investing in sustainable energy is no longer a PR exercise as it may have been a decade or so ago. It is now showing that the renewable energy sector is mainstream. Pilita Clark writes a good column in the Financial Times about a major investment in wind power by the world's leading nutrition, health … Continue reading Nestlé joins other major companies to invest in sustainable energy