Distributed Wind Articles

  • With the Right Policies, Wind Could Provide 30% of Europe’s Power by 2030

    Wind energy has the potential to provide up to 30% of Europe’s power by 2030 according to figures released today by WindEurope in its Outlook to 2020 and Scenarios for 2030 reports. According to WindEurope’s projections, Europe could be on course for an average ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Mechanical vs. Ultrasonic Anemometers for Wind Turbine Control

    What do you think? Does the replacement of mechanical wind sensors trough ultrasonic anemometers in wind turbine control pay off after less than a few years? Free Cost Benefit Analysis about Replacement of Mechanical Wind Sensors Anemometers are vital components of utility-scale wind turbines and determine the performance of the turbine’s ...

  • Karl Erik Widell, professor emeritus at the University of Aalborg, Institute of Energy Technology, played a key role in the development of MagFan

    Six decades of experience and knowledge Professor Widell’s career spans over almost six decades since he graduated, and includes several advanced R&D projects for The Danish Defence Research Board, ABB, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, Grundfos and many other leading companies worldwide. As a leading specialist in aerodynamics on wind turbines, turbo compressors, steam turbines and ...


    By DACS A/S

  • Africa’s green energy challenge: Mega projects, off-grid or somewhere in between?

    South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy. A 310-megawatt wind farm sprouting up in a remote, barren landscape near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya has the clean energy world buzzing — and for good reason. Africa’s largest wind farm, with 365 towering turbines, is creating more than 500 stable jobs in an ...


    By Ensia

  • Does Wind Turbine Blade Length Really Matter?

    Simply put: Longer wind turbine blade length means greater power production. Blades capture the wind which forces the rotation of the rotor; longer blades means more area for the wind to push against, which means greater force and rotational power. However, how much difference does blade length make overall, in comparison to other factors? There is a standard formula that can be used to apply the ...

  • Record 13bn euro invested in offshore wind in 2015: 3GW new capacity

    Offshore wind investments in Europe doubled in 2015 to €13.3 billion in a record year for financing and grid-connected installations.   A total of 3,019 MW in new offshore wind capacity came online in European waters in 2015, more than double what was connected to the grid in 2014. Europe's total offshore wind capacity is now 11,027 MW. A further 3,034 MW of capacity - spread across ten ...


    By WindEurope

  • Denmark generates 140% of energy from wind power

    On July 09, 2015, Denmark reached a renewable energy milestone by becoming the first country to generate 140% of its energy needs with wind power. According to The Guardian, the surplus energy was redistributed to neighboring Germany, Norway, and Sweden. The ...


    By XPRT Media

  • How do you bring electricity to 620 million people?

    Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet. In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power ...


    By Ensia

  • Off-Grid Hybrid Systems in Thailand - Case Study

    Project: Water Treatment Solution Product scope: System design, supply of equipment , commissioning of 5 systems by Fortis Wind Energy & Independent Energy The Netherlands Project: Off-Grid Hybrid Systems in Thailand In February 2015 “Fortis Wind Energy” & “Independent Energy” from The Netherlands together with ...


    By Fortis Wind Energy

  • Official market forecast for South Africa’s Wind Energy Industry released

    2015’s official Wind Energy Forecast for the South African market was released today detailing the key market trends in 2015 for wind energy in in the country.  Leading experts from Vestas, Siemens, Barclays, and Green Cape discussed key questions facing this year’s wind energy market inside the 8 page report.  This January, experts ...

  • Feasibility Study of Wind Power in India - 2014

    This is an Investor Series report which provides the information on: Wind Turbine Design and Characteristics Permits and Licensing Site Selection Criteria Economics and Financial Model Operations and Maintenance Modern Trends in Wind Farms Case Study in Wind Sector Grid Connection ...


  • Wind Energy Market in China 2014

    This latest market research report titled Wind Energy Market in China 2014 analyses how the renewable energy sector is gaining importance in China and how wind energy has become an indispensable part of this sector. With the gap in demand and supply of energy increasing at a steady pace, it has become necessary to look beyond conventional sources for generating energy. This has led to a shift in ...


  • Optimal sizing of a hybrid energy system for a semi-arid climate using an evolutionary algorithm

    The use of a genetic algorithm (GA) for optimal sizing of an off-grid hybrid renewable energy system (HRES) is reported. As a pre-feasibility analysis and to determine the appropriate HRES type to be studied, wind energy potential and solar irradiation are first examined for the considered region (Tehran, Iran). These are inputs of the algorithm, and are assessed throughout a year utilising ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Power generating landmark signifies 'new era for wind energy' says renewables expert

    The vital role that wind power can make in the race to solve Britain’s growing ‘Energy Trilemma’ has been underlined by new figures revealing its growing importance to keeping the nation’s lights on, says one of Britain’s leading renewable energy experts. Paul ...


  • Better grid interconnection essential for wind energy growth in Europe

    With a dramatic fall-off in government support for wind power in one of its superpower countries, Spain, Europe’s wind industry is concerned. Marc Height reports from Barcelona. From a wind industry leader to a focus of concern for the industry in Europe, things have changed in Spain pretty quickly. In January, the country made headlines by becoming the first in the world to source the ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Wind power prefeasibility study for agricultural applications in Kerman, Iran: a case study

    In the present paper, wind characteristics have been analysed for three agricultural sectors in Kerman (30°15'N,56°58'E), Iran. Wind data collected from three synoptic stations for the period of July 2006 to June 2011 at the height of 40 m has been used to study the monthly and annual wind energy potential. Two statistical methods (Meteorological and Weibull) have been applied to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A new application of hydrogen

    A new application of hydrogen is being deployed which is helping solve humanity’s ever-evolving energy woes. Traditionally, hydrogen has a large number of applications – used in everything from industrial products to food packaging. Ammonia used in fertilizer and industrial processes amounted to 160 Million tons worldwide in 2011; hydrogen is a primary component in ammonia. The market ...


    By Verde LLC

  • Medium scale wind turbine near colchester case study

    In September 2009 planning permission was granted for a medium scale wind turbine on a farm near Colchester. The wind turbine, which has a maximum blade tip height of 49m, was installed in Spring 2010. Green Dimension undertook the feasibility work, stakeholder consultations and the preparation of the successful planning application on behalf of the farmer. Key stakeholders included ...


    By Green Dimension

  • Iowa and South Dakota Approach 25 Percent Electricity from Wind in 2012: Unprecedented Contribution of Wind Power in U.S. Midwest

    Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Wind Surpasses Nuclear in China

    Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over the next few years as wind surges ahead. Since 2007, nuclear power generation has risen by 10 percent annually, compared with wind’s explosive growth of 80 percent per year. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

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