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  • Don’t throw caution to the wind with offshore turbine maintenance

    The European Union’s push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive. And the sector is about to receive another boost, now that the focus on and investment in floating wind turbines is reaching fruition. This incredible feat of engineering has the potential to totally reshape offshore renewables, allowing for greater ...


    By Hansford Sensors

  • A new algorithm improves the efficiency of small wind turbines

    In recent years, mini wind energy has been developing in a spectacular way. According to estimates by the WWEA-World Wind Energy Association, the level of development of the mini wind energy industry is not the same as that of the wind energy industry, although forecasts are optimistic. The main reason is that the level of efficiency of small wind turbines is low. To address this problem, the ...

  • Wind turbines may lure bats into fatal errors

    Scientists in the US might just be about to answer one of the great puzzles of biodiversity and renewable energy: why one of nature’s most agile flyers, a creature with the most sophisticated ultrasonic tracking system, should be so fatally attracted to wind turbines. Blades on the giant towers of wind turbines can rotate faster than a bird can fly, and are known to cause huge numbers of ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Kinangop Wind Farm in Kenya to be Powered by 38 GE Wind Turbines

    One of the Largest Wind Power Generation Projects to be Built in Sub-Saharan Africa Iberdrola Engineering to Build the 61-Megawatt Wind Farm; Aeolus Kenya Developing Project Planned Energy Mix Will Give Kenya’s Population the Reliability of Supply and Contribute to the Social and Economic Development of Kenya GE ...


    By General Electric

  • Sweden’s Erikshester Wind Farm to be Powered by GE Turbines

    Six GE 1.6-100 Wind Turbines Will be Installed at Erikshester Wind Farm GE Continues to Play a Significant Role in Sweden’s Growing Renewables Industry Contract Includes Five-Year Service Agreement Further advancing its growth in the Nordic region, GE (NYSE: GE) will provide ...


    By General Electric

  • Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment to Cape Wind Offshore Wind Generation Project

    The Department of Energy today announced the first step toward issuing a $150 million loan guarantee to support the construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind project with a conditional commitment to Cape Wind Associates, LLC. If constructed, the project would be the first commercial-scale offshore wind facility in the U.S., with a capacity of more than 360 megawatts (MW) of clean energy off the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Turningpoint and FreeWave Technologies Partner to Mitigate Wind Turbine Failure Through Vibration Monitoring Solution

    AWEA WINDPOWER CONFERENCE, (Booth #1209) -- FreeWave Technologies, (http://www.freewave.com), manufacturer of the most reliable, high-performance spread spectrum and licensed radios for critical data transmission, today announced that it has been selected by Turningpoint  (http://www.turningpointwind.com/) as its wireless data communications partner for its market-leading turbine vibration ...


    By FreeWave Technologies, Inc

  • Toto Costruzioni Selects GE Wind Turbines to Power Italy’s Puglia Region

    First Order for GE’s 2.85-Megawatt Wind Turbines in Italy Toto Costruzioni’s Inaugural Wind Farm in Ponte Albanito Project Marks Sixth GE-Powered Wind Farm in Puglia, Italy GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it will supply Toto Costruzioni S.p.A. with eight ...


    By General Electric

  • First Galapagos wind turbines set to halve diesel imports

    To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Galapagos' Islands discovery, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa Monday launched a program to end the use of fossil fuels on the Galapagos by 2015.  The initiative is led by the San Cristobal Wind Project, which erected three wind turbines near the town of El Progresso on San Cristobal Island.  The wind farm is on the island that suffered the worst oil ...

  • Hydroelectric turbines of the future

    As a partner of the main plant operators and manufacturers in the world, PXL SEALS has chosen to organise a work group dedicated to sealing and guiding systems within PSPC Innov’Hydro (Structuring Project connected to the Competitiveness Hub). This project specifically brings together GE Renewable (former Alstom Hydro), EDF and other competent players in the hydroelectric sector. ...


    By PXL Industries

  • Wind Energy Update: Electrical systems faults No.1 cause of offshore turbine downtime

    Scott reports failures of electrical and controls systems are the root cause of wind turbine repairs in 50% of cases, and operators should expect an electronic or electrical subassembly failure every 2 to 2.5 years, according to Wind Energy Update’s Offshore operations and Maintenance report 2011, released today. According to the report’s authors, while the failure rate event of electrical ...


  • GE Secures Orders for 110 Megawatts of GE’s Brilliant 2.5-120 Wind Turbines in Germany

    Orders Support Germany’s ‘Energiewende’ Initiative to Increase Highly Effective, Cost-Efficient Decentralized Power Generation Capabilities in Low-Wind Regions 44 Highly Efficient 2.5-120 Turbines to be Installed at Multiple German Wind Farms GE’s Brilliant Turbines Harness the Power of the ...


    By General Electric

  • ACCIONA Windpower introduces its 3 MW wind turbine at PowerExpo 2008 Exhibition in Zaragoza

    ACCIONA Windpower, ACCIONA's wind turbine manufacturing and supply division, today introduced its AW-3000 machine at PowerExpo 2008 Exhibition in Zaragoza, Spain. The new 3 MW rated capacity wind turbine expands the company's range of products in the multi-megawatt market segment. Designed to leverage the proven strength and high reliability of the company's AW-1500 machine, the AW-3000 offers ...


    By ACCIONA Energy

  • GE Applying MRI Magnet Technology to Cost-Effectively Scale-Up to 15MW Wind Turbines

    With the wind industry moving toward larger wind turbine platforms in the future, GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today announced it has begun work on the first phase of a 2-year, $3 million project from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a next generation wind turbine generator that could ...


    By General Electric

  • Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2

    Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2 One of the largest acoustic consulting firms in Australia, “Renzo Tonin & Associates” was engaged by the New South Wales Department of Planning ...


    By NTi Audio AG

  • Largest wind R&D study underway at NREL

    Strong winds are a common research partner for scientists working at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Recently, those gusting Colorado winds helped usher in a new milestone for wind technology research and development. NREL and Siemens Power Generation 'flipped the switch' starting the blades on a Siemens 2.3 megawatt wind turbine installed as part of a cooperative research and ...

  • £6.3 million boost for offshore wind innovation

    Offshore wind innovation has today been given a real boost with the announcement of the first three winners under the second call of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration scheme, and the launch of a fourth round of this competition. Offshore wind has tremendous potential ...

  • Wind Energy Today: Submarine Cable O&M: Cost Critical Strategies for Offshore Wind

    Scott reports roughly 27% of an offshore wind farm’s capital expenditure is ploughed into cable, cable installation and grid connection. For a generic park size of 500MW, a capital investment of €72 million is expected to be spent on export cables, and €24 million on inter-array conductors. These costs are augmented by precautionary measures, say the report’s authors. An estimated €840,000 is ...


  • Offshore wind farm construction noise can displace harbour porpoises

    Noise caused by construction of Germany’s first offshore wind farm caused significant habitat disturbance for harbour porpoises, according to a recent study. Its results suggest that porpoises avoided areas up to 20 kilometres from the noise source during construction of the wind farm’s foundations. Development of offshore wind farms plays a major role in the shift towards renewable ...

  • French Developers and GE Fuel Wind Energy Growth in France

    GE to Provide 27 Advanced Wind Turbines to Meet Europe’s Highest Reliability, Availability Standards Developers Boralex and InnoVent Invest in GE Culture of Health, Environment and Safety for New Wind Farms in France 77 Megawatts of New Wind Energy Will Help France Reach Renewable Energy Goal of 23 Percent by ...


    By General Electric

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