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  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Wind Energy Technologies: Technology, Market and Costs

    Technology Overview   These large wind turbines turn Midwestern wind into utility electricity. Wind turbines convert the power in the wind into electricity. By extracting the kinetic energy in the wind, wind turbines generate mechanical power. In the past, mechanical wind machines were widely used for specific tasks, such as pumping water or grinding grain. Today, wind ...

  • 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 Renewable NRG Systems

  • Innovation risk slows offshore wind foundation development

    As offshore wind technology develops ever more gigantic machines further from shore into deeper waters, it is common wisdom that new foundation technologies are needed. But are they? Monopile, and some jacket foundations, still dominate the offshore wind market in commercial operation. Prototype floating foundations are performing well in demo or pilot projects, but scaling up is only ...

  • A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power

    The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025. As the sun sets on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, Danga Beru Haba begins weaving under the glow of a single incandescent lightbulb, the only one in her home. Although she is tired from working dawn to dusk in the fields surrounding her village of ...


    By Ensia

  • Influence of exogenous and endogenous factors on the exergy analysis of 3–column array wind farm

    Influence of exogenous and endogenous factors on the exergy analysis of 3 column array wind farm for two different layouts are highlighted in this paper. Nine turbines were placed in two different layouts to analyse the influence of exogenous factors such as wind velocity, wind direction, wind distribution and distance between turbines. Endogenous factors considered were diameter of rotor, hub ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing the benefits of a provision of system services by distributed generation

    Distributed Generation (DG) units are said to have the potential to become an integral part of the future power systems. Today, DG units are characterised by high specific investment costs, but nevertheless are politically promoted because of their high degree of energy efficiency and their capability of reducing the current dependency on fossil fuels. However, at longer term DG units have to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Create new jobs & cut emissions by investing in renewable energy efficiency

    At a time when major US companies are announcing job layoffs almost daily, the renewable energy industry is hiring new workers every day to build wind farms, install rooftop solar arrays, and build solar thermal and geothermal power plants. The output of industrial firms that manufacture the equipment for these energy facilities is expanding by well over 30 percent a year. These investments both ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • 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

  • A new EE resource: Distributed people

    Energy efficiency is often described as the invisible resource. It improves our energy supply without any of the usual industry trappings: smokestacks, wind turbines, transmission lines and poles. This is one of its virtues.But efficiency’s invisibility also causes problems. Because it operates out of sight – inside walls, underneath lampshades, and in factory motors — efficiency tends to attract ...

  • Why Rare Earth Recycling is Rare (and What can We Do About it)

    Earbuds, touch screens, CFLs with a warm glow, rechargeable batteries and power windows: Most of us take these things for granted. When we do, we also take for granted a group of elements called rare earth metals, whose special electronic and magnetic properties make them a key component of many 21st century technologies. These 17 elements are actually plentiful enough — you probably have ...


    By Ensia

  • Renewable energy progress report

    What is the Renewable energy progress report and what is its purpose? The Renewable Energy Directive states that a progress report should be issued every two years. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in line with the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Developing power

    The invention of a long-lasting incandescent light bulb in the 19th century spurred on the second wave of the industrial revolution, illuminating homes, extending leisure time and bringing us to the point today where many millions of people use a whole range of devices from mood lighting to audiovisual media centers, microwave ovens to fast-freeze ice makers, and allergy-reducing vacuum cleaners ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hydro power myths Explains why various schemes such as a pool pumps or rain gutters or pumping water to a tank will not work

    Making electricity from falling water can seem like magic, and that’s led to lots of misconceptions. Here, we’ll separate fact from fiction when it comes to what microhydro systems can and cannot do. Residential-scale microhydro-electric systems have the reputation of being the holy grail of home renewableenergy (RE) systems. While they lack some of the hype, magic, and bling of ...

  • Green Energy: The highlights of 2015 - 2015 was a banner year for green energy

    No question, 2015 will be remembered as a banner year for clean energy in Canada. Perhaps surprisingly Alberta led the way as the new government there pledged to invest in clean energy. “Alberta is going to move away from coal and towards clean power,” said Premier Rachael Notley when, in November, she announced ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • Oceans of Energy

    Technologies that harness the energy of moving water or temperature differentials in the oceans promise to deliver abundant carbon-free electricity. Long before humans got hooked on fossil fuels, we learned how to harness the power of water to do work. Rivers ran mills that ground flour, sawed logs or spun looms that transformed fibers into textiles. Later generations realized that moving water ...


    By Ensia

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