Wind Energy Projects Articles

  • Forecasting Exercise - Case Study

    Objective: In 2005, AEE promoted a project related to the prediction of wind farm energy production, known as the Prediction Exercise. The project was financed by AEE and by companies that own the parks, as well as by a subsidy from the PROFIT programme of the ...

  • TOWERPOWER - Case Study

    Objective: TOWERPOWER was focused on the development of a real-time remote monitoring system to diagnose the aging of the metal structure of offshore turbines. The ultimate goal was to reduce maintenance costs in offshore wind energy. ...

  • Offshore wind installation vessel capacity to tighten after 2020

    The existing fleet of turbine and foundation installation vessels is well suited to serve the European offshore wind market in the short and mid-term but it will not be sufficient to support installation demand after 2020, Michael Guldbrandtsen, senior consultant at MAKE Consulting, told Wind Energy Update. The next 2-3 years will continue to be dominated by orders for jack-up ...

  • 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

  • How can we ensure the race for clean energy doesn’t leave the world’s poorest citizens behind?

    As in other places around the world, Mexico’s wind boom runs the risk of bypassing the poor, which is why we need new global standards. Wind power is booming in Mexico. With more than 3,200 megawatts in operation, the country is on par with Japan. By 2018 it expects to have ...


    By Ensia

  • Animation: How Wind Turbines Work

    The windmill, which converts wind into rotational energy to mill grain or pump water, has been around since antiquity. It’s even been claimed that Ancient Babylonians planned to harness wind as early as almost 4,000 years ago, as part of a scheme for one of Hammurabi’s ambitious irrigation projects. By the end of the 19th century, wind energy took on a whole new meaning as engineers ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Over 170 Non-State Actors Have 80-100% Climate Commitments

    A report by CDP and The Climate Group reveals that over 170 major companies, states, regions, and cities around the world have committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-100%, or procuring 100% of their power from renewable sources. ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low

    States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals set forth in the President’s recently-announced Clean Power Plan may have just received an unexpected boost from wind energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ...


    By Ensia

  • 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 ...

  • DOE announces third round of START program

    On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance that provides tribal governments and entities with ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What is the Impact of Seabed Conditions?

    Eirik Byklum, Statoil, has commented that: “developers have learnt the hard way that poor conditions on the sea bed can have a very negative impact – they are much more aware of this and its cost implications” How important are seabed conditions for your offshore wind business? Alongside distance to shore, water depth, and wind conditions, seabed consistency has a major ...

  • Boom-or-doom riddle for nuclear industry

    The headline figures for 2014 from the nuclear industry describe a worldwide boom in progress, with 73 reactors presently being built and another 481 new ones either planned or approved. The World Nuclear Association (WNA) official website paints a rosy picture of an industry expected to expand dramatically by 2030. It says that over the period 1996 to 2013 the ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Growing Pains: Current Disadvantages of Renewable Energy

    As renewable energy projects continue to be a growing piece of global energy production, it is easy to assume that they will automatically have less of an impact on the environment and people than conventional fossil fuels. Renewable energy is an appealing way to avoid carbon emissions, use fewer resources and provide energy security and jobs. But it is not perfect, and despite the many positives ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Insurers Have Huge Role As Clean Energy Investors

    Conversations about climate change and the insurance industry usually focus on catastrophic storms and their damaging financial ripples for insurance providers. Given skyrocketing extreme-weather losses in recent years, it’s surely a legitimate issue that should be making insurers re-think their business models. But insurers have another important role on the climate issue, which is how to ...


    By Ceres

  • How to ‘green’ your energy supply

    Organisations can become more sustainable by saving energy on site, and they can also make moves to ensure that the energy they import comes from more sustainable sources. Marc Height looks at some of the options. Companies like Apple and Google do a good job of making renewable energy sound cool. Their highprofile and well publicised renewable power ventures will no doubt go some way towards ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Ireland`s growing potential in Wind Energy

    For a nation battling double digit unemployment and near total dependency on imported fossil fuels to meet its energy needs, the growing job creation potential of renewable energy in Ireland is like a breath of fresh air. The Irish government has been battling growing unemployment for the last five years - currently at 14.8 percent - while at the same time seeking ways to lower the country's ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Basin Electric - wind and waste heat

    Location: Waste Heat Recovery projects in Culbertson, MT and Garvin, MN – Wind Projects Located in South Dakota and North Dakota Project Start Dates: 2009 – 2011 Element Markets is helping Chevrolet meet its CO2 reduction goal, and simultaneously helping a large Midwest power cooperative earn revenues needed to support its clean energy projects. This ...


    By Element Markets LLC

  • TMY – typical meteorological year - What should it represent and what means P50, P70 and P90

    Technical Top Tip courtesy of Suntrace Solar Resource Assessment 1. What is a TMY? A Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) is a data set giving values in high time resolution. It shall well represent the characteristic meteorological conditions of average years at a site. Energy performance calculations to predict ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Sempra Generation invests in 250 MW Colorado wind farm

    Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (San Diego, CA), has made an investment in the Cedar Creek II Wind Farm in Colorado that will make Sempra an equal partner with BP Wind Energy in the development of the project. The Cedar Creek II project is a 250 MW facility located near New Raymer, in the high prairie about 90 miles northeast of Fort Collins. The project’s entire ...

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