wind energy production potential Articles

  • Analysis of vertical wind shear in the Southern Great Plains and potential impacts on estimation of wind energy production

    This paper describes the analysis of near-surface wind speeds in Western Oklahoma. The goals of this research are to characterise the nocturnal low-level jet (LLJ) in the region, and to assess the impact wind variability, vertical shear and the LLJ on wind energy calculations. Results show the seasonal variability in wind characteristics as well as in the vertical wind shear, and also illustrate ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Energetic and exergetic assessment of solar and wind potentials in Europe

    This paper deals with a physics–based assessment of renewable energy potential in Europe, particularly solar and wind energy sources, using two literature models. A sensibility analysis with the weather data is first done. Actual temperature, pressure, relative humidity, global radiation and wind speed data are employed to develop energy and exergy maps for Europe, based on iso–areas of land–use. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Productivity of small wind turbines for various wind potentials conditions: application in Bulgaria and Corsica

    Less or more accurate power curve models are generally used to simulate the wind turbine electrical production versus the available wind speed. However, if such models are adapted to large machines, this is not the case for small ones. The objective of this paper is to study the impact of different small-scale wind turbines power curves and wind distributions on the electrical production. An ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Wind energy today and in the 21st century

    Wind energy is the most promising of the new renewable sources of energy. By the end of 1998, the global installed capacity of modern grid connected wind turbines was some 10,000 MW, and the growth rates of installations worldwide are 30%-40% annually. The cost of wind energy was reduced by 30% between 1991 and 1997 and the cost reduction is foreseen to continue. This article reviews the reasons ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ocean Thermal Energy and Water Production

    Introduction The scarcity of potable water is a growing problem worldwide, particularly in arid regions and among developing countries. Compounding this problem is the increasing contamination of freshwater sources, which comprise only about 2.5% of all water on Earth. Of this small portion, only 0.5% of the total fresh water available is found in easily accessible sources such as ...

  • Corporate GPM Guide 9: Diversifying corporate energy purchasing with wind power

    Wind power is the fastest-growing form of renewable electricity and constitutes a substantial portion of green power products in the United States. Corporate energy buyers can incorporate wind into energy portfolios in a variety of ways: through utility-offered green pricing programs, renewable energy certifi cates (RECs), long-term power contracts, or on-site generation. In addition, corporate ...

  • Measuring Offshore Wind Resources

    To select the right offshore wind site, estimate the future energy output of a wind farm, and determine the best layout for the turbines, project developers must conduct wind resource assessment (WRA) campaigns on site. This is a critical phase of the successful development of wind farms. WRA campaigns on terrestrial sites have traditionally been performed using meteorological towers equipped ...


    By NRG Systems

  • Wind power growth in the US

    Last year was a banner year for renewable energy in the United States, especially for the wind industry. As the recent REN21 Renewables 2007 Global Status Report highlights, the industry broke all past global records, installing 5,244 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy capacity in 2007, or 30 percent of all new U.S. capacity added. This brings the cumulative national total close to 17,000 ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Belgium Wind Power Market 2025: Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE)

    RnRMarketResearch.com adds report “Wind Power in Belgium, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 – Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles” to its store.   “Wind Power in Belgium, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), ...


  • Community Wind Power for Renewable Income

    CONSIDERING its incredible history and environmental benefits, wind power is one of the most underutilized sources of renewable energy. Stretching back as early as 200 BC, communities have been harvesting the wind for power. However, the scale and popularity of wind power is only now starting to reach critical mass as concerns of climate change rise and energy usage continues to soar. While ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Ontario`s Wind Power Sector at a Crossroads

    Despite having Canada's largest population and being home to an energy-intensive manufacturing sector, Ontario was slow to adopt wind power. As recently as 2006, only 10 turbines were spinning in the province. However, the province is currently home to more than 1,750 MW of wind power and plans are in place for this figure to increase to 7,500 MW by 2018. The Policy Environment ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Logistics Planning in Offshore Wind Farm Development

    “In the offshore wind power industry, logistics planning is the dominant driver to avoiding costly mistakes,” highlighted Jim Lanard, President, Offshore Wind Development Coalition. The technologies needed to set up offshore wind farms are available in the US, and what is needed the most is a focus on logistics that would make them happen efficiently, he added.  A speaker at the ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • The effect of ocean waves on offshore wind turbines

    The Ocean has a varying surface roughness where the roughness length is determined by the characteristics of the waves. In this paper, a method is established where the roughness length of the ocean is calculated from the wind speed and the fetch length. The fetch length depends on the wind direction and a case study is performed for a wind turbine exposed to wind blowing in two opposite ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Finland Wind Power Market Capacity & Generation to 2025

    ReportsnReports.com adds report “Wind Power in Finland, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 - Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, Regulations and Company Profiles” to its store.   "Wind Power in Finland, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 Capacity, Generation, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Investment Trends, ...


  • Offshore Wind Versus Solar in the Eastern US: An Unexpected Rivalry

    Less than a decade ago, offshore wind energy and solar PV were similarly priced energy sources. Unsubsidized installed costs for both exceeded $5 per watt, or more than double that for land-based wind. Despite their cost, both technologies were seen as the best hopes for supplying urban centers with green power, especially in the BOSNYWASH (Boston-New York-Washington, DC) corridor of the eastern ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Geothermal Energy Technologies

    Technology Overview   Nowhere is the raw power of geothermal resources more evident than at the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park. (Joel Renner)  Geothermal energy is natural heat from the Earth's interior where temperatures reach greater than 7000°F. The heat is brought to the surface as steam or hot water—created when water flows through heated, permeable ...


  • Pumped hydro storage softens blow of wind imbalance penalties

    Quarry Battery is developer of the £160 million ($249.2 million) Glyn Rhonwy pumped hydro facility in Wales which will be the UK’s first grid-scale electricity storage facility for decades. The facility will produce nearly 50 MW of electricity using pumped hydro technology. As more fossil fuel-fired generation is taken offline and wind capacity grows, grid operators will ask wind ...

  • Wind Tops 10 Percent Share of Electricity in Five U.S. States

    A new picture is emerging in the U.S. power sector. In 2007, electricity generation from coal peaked, dropping by close to 4 percent annually between 2007 and 2011. Over the same time period, nuclear generation fell slightly, while natural gas-fired electricity grew by some 3 percent annually and hydropower by 7 percent. Meanwhile, wind-generated electricity grew by a whopping 36 percent each ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Life cycle assessment of a 150 MW offshore wind turbine farm at Nysted/Roedsand, Denmark

    The purpose of this life cycle assessment (LCA) was to illuminate and describe the potential environmental impacts caused by an offshore wind turbine farm (WTF) throughout its lifetime and use this knowledge in the planning and improvement of future WTFs. The LCA was based on experience from the LCA on Danish electricity and district heating [1] as well as the offshore WTF project at ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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