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

China powers ahead in wind turbine industry

The global wind turbine industry has been dominated by the Danish firm Vestas for many years. Pilita writes in the Financial Times that a Chinese company, Goldwind has now overtaken Vestas to be the global leader.   China’s Goldwind becomes world’s largest wind turbine maker A Chinese company has become the world’s biggest wind turbine … Continue reading China powers ahead in wind turbine industry

Innovative financing for the deployment of wind turbines

There are companies in the US now applying the rooftop solar model to wind by installing and maintaining systems at little to no upfront cost to the customer. Diane Cardwell writes in the New York Times about latest developments.   Wind Power Spreads Through Turbines for Lease Three years ago, Ed Doody and his brothers, … Continue reading Innovative financing for the deployment of wind turbines

Reducing the number of bird deaths by wind turbines

We regularly hear about how the bird population is adversely affected by wind turbines. Joby Warrick writes in the Washington Post about a new study that offers hope for a peaceful co-existence.   The surprising way that birds and wind turbines can coexist It has long been the tarnish on one of the cleanest forms … Continue reading Reducing the number of bird deaths by wind turbines