Will vertical axis wind turbines replace traditional design?

Harry Cockburn asks in an article on the Independent website if we are about to see a revolution in turbine design.   ‘More efficient’ vertical turbines should replace traditional design on wind farms, researchers say Farm of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (Oxford Brookes University) New research suggests the now-familiar sight of three-blade wind turbines should … Continue reading Will vertical axis wind turbines replace traditional design?

‘Skybrators’ can generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, says green start-up

Clean energy technologies are evolving and one company has pioneered a new approach to wind power by forgoing the need for turbine towers and blades.  Jillian Ambrose explains in an article on The Guardian website.   Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home The giant windfarms that line hills and coastlines … Continue reading ‘Skybrators’ can generate clean energy without environmental impact of large windfarms, says green start-up

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