wind tower Articles

  • 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 status, barriers, and opportunities

    In the wake of the oil crisis in the early 1970s, governments around the world were anxious to diversify energy supply away from fossil sources, and so harnessing the wind was seen as an important component of this policy initiative. A decade of research saw a Danish designemerge as the industry standard: the three-bladed, horizontal axis, upwind machine. A modern wind turbine comprises a tubular ...

  • Adoption hurdles and challenges with small wind turbines

    Adoption Hurdles and Challenges with Small Wind Turbines Wind energy is very promising. It can be harvested without any costs, and like solar panels, wind turbines are environmentally-friendly. However, such machines are not living up to their potential. Some users have reported low efficiency rates, unpredictable performance and costly adoption barriers. ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • What’s the Future of R&D in the Wind Industry?

    When the wind industry finally reacted to the world’s financial crisis—it didn’t fully hit us until 2010—at once, we lost both an incredibly vibrant global wind market and sufficiently robust profit margins. The market recovery is rebounding nicely now, thanks largely to government incentives, but profit margins will probably never fully recover—at least, not to the ...


    By NRG Systems

  • How much wind is needed to power a home turbine?

    First do you have what it takes? Whether you are considering a small rooftop unit or a large residential turbine you need to know how much wind power is in your area. Wind resource maps, published by the US Department of Energy show airflow speeds at 50 meters (150 feet) above the ground and are a great resource in deciding if you are in a viable location. That's great if you are installing a ...


    By Bosworth Instrument

  • CU-Boulder leading study of wind turbine wakes

    While wind turbines primarily are a source of renewable energy, they also produce wakes of invisible ripples that can affect the atmosphere and influence wind turbines downstream -- an issue being researched in a newly launched study led by the University of Colorado Boulder's Julie Lundquist, assistant professor in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences department. The study, called the Turbine ...


  • 115. Calgary’s wind powered LRT an incredibly successful system: Nenshi

    The C-train in Calgary is one of the greatest examples of electrified transport in Canada. It is overwhelmingly popular with residents – it boasts an average weekday ridership of 325,000. It has kick started smarter, denser development around its stations. And best of all it and the City of Calgary’s operations are 100 per cent powered by renewable energy. “It's hugely important ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • Tillsonburg: From tobacco farming to building wind turbine blades

    The story of Tillsonburg is probably close to the ideal example of what the Ontario government was looking for when it enacted the Green Energy Act in 2009. A small town of 16,000 people in southwestern Ontario, Tillsonburg’s history is famously celebrated in Stomping Tom Connor’s distinctive drawl when he sung about making seven ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • The Water-Energy Nexus

    Different types of electricity generation require differing amounts of water. Except for photovoltaic solar and wind power, which require no water to produce energy. However there is a substantial water requirement for all forms of electricity generation in making the raw materials and constructing and maintaining the plant. Thus although wind-power has a very low water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Rural house and smallholding, Cornwall

    The owners of this smallholding in Cornwall, England, expect a payback time of 5 years from their high energy producing turbine. Project cost: £45,000 - Estimated payback time: 5 years Background Located outside the market town of Camelford, the oweners of this property are commercial and residential builders and developers whose clients include many farms, homes ...


    By Gaia-Wind Ltd.

  • Monopiles to remain Dominant Offshore Foundation in Europe: Consultant

    Monopiles will be Europe’s dominant offshore wind foundation for the next five years despite increasing turbine capacity, Tim Fischer, Head of Wind at German consultancy Ramboll, said. Monopile projects have dominated the offshore wind market but windfarms are moving towards larger turbines requiring larger foundations. While many proponents are promoting ...

  • Brazil transmission: what impact on O&M?

    Brazilian wind developers may increasingly have to factor transmission links into their operations and maintenance (O&M) plans if grid connection delays persist in the market. Bloomberg earlier this year reported that firms such as CPFL Energia, Brazil’s largest private sector utility, with more than 1.3GW of wind farms in operation or under construction, were stepping forward to bid ...

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