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  • Europe`s onshore and offshore wind energy potential

    The exploitation of renewable energy sources can help the European Union meet many of its environmental and energy policy goals, including its obligation to reduce greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol (EC, 2002a) and the aim of securing its energy supply (EC, 2002b; EC, 2005). As early as 1997, the European Union set an ambitious 2010 indicative target of 12 % for the contribution of ...

  • 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)

  • Energetic and exergetic assessment of solar and wind potentials in Europe

    This paper deals with a physics–based assessment of renewable energy potential in Europe, particularly solar and wind energy sources, using two literature models. A sensibility analysis with the weather data is first done. Actual temperature, pressure, relative humidity, global radiation and wind speed data are employed to develop energy and exergy maps for Europe, based on iso–areas of land–use. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Offshore windpower: a major new source of energy for Europe

    After several decades of theoretical developments, desk studies, experimental wind turbines and prototype wind farms, the first large-scale commercial developments of offshore wind farms are now being built. To support and accelerate this development, the European Commission funded a project, "Concerted Action on Offshore Wind Energy in Europe" (CA-OWEE), which aimed to gather, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Energy support measures and their impact on innovation in the renewable energy sector in Europe

    Governments support energy production and consumption in order to meet social, economic and environmental objectives, and they have been doing so for decades. In times of economic crisis, public budgets and household incomes come under pressure. At the same time, countries need to kick‑start their economies by creating new employment opportunities in emerging industries such as the ...

  • Aiming High Rewarding Ambition in Wind Energy - Report

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY With 392 GW installed, wind energy can be the single largest source of power generation in the EU by 2030 ahead of coal and gas. Wind energy already plays a significant role in the European power sector. In 2014, the wind industry installed 11,791 MW in the EU - more than gas and coal combined. Today wind energy can meet 10.2% of Europe’s electricity demand ...


    By WindEurope

  • 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 Foundation

  • Europe should embrace `clean revolution`

    Companies have to courageously embrace the clean revolution but political leaders have to be ambitious enough to allow the economic certainty to invest in the technologies of tomorrow in all of the EU member states, writes Steve Howard, chief sustainability officer at IKEA, in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv. Steve Howard is chief sustainability officer at IKEA, one of the 70 companies calling ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe

    Climate change — the risk to cities and Europe Climate change is happening, projected to continue and poses serious challenges for cities. Extreme weather events resulting in hazards such as heatwaves, floods and droughts are expected to happen more frequently in many parts of Europe. The impacts are stark: flooding can damage or wash away homes, businesses and ...

  • Positive developments in wind sector

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure and an honour for me to welcome you to this year's European Wind Energy Conference, which yet again brings together numerous policy makers, the wind energy industry and other market players. I would like to thank EWEA for the invitation to chair this opening session. Introduction Of all renewable energy technologies, wind energy has delivered the most ...

  • The Future Cost of Wind Power

    Chapter 1 The economics of wind power Wind power is capital intensive with most of the investment required upfront. The largest capital cost component is the turbine itself which can account for between 40% and 80% of the total capital cost of an onshore wind installation. Costs offshore are higher because of the more expensive operating environment and the greater difficulty establishing ...

  • New methods for measuring the wind

    Although computer models of wind flow over terrain have improved dramatically in the past few years, there is still no substitute for data recorded at the site. So you want to build a wind farm. Good for you. With the global drive towards a low carbon economy, it is surely the right way to go for many individuals, companies and, indeed, Governments around the world. As information from the ...


  • Weather claims and wind safety

    Anybody working in the construction industry either here in the UK or anywhere else in the world is likely to know that the weather can present us with particular hazards. While rain, ice and snow are particularly dangerous to work in, we must always be aware that the wind is also likely to make conditions unsafe, particularly for those who work at height and those who ...

  • 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 ...

  • Towards efficient use of water resources in Europe

    Resource efficiency within boundaries of sustainability Managing water sustainably in a 'green' economy means using water more efficiently in all sectors and ensuring that ecosystems have the quantity and quality of water needed to function effectively. Water ecosystems are vital assets, delivering essential services to our societies and economies, and thereby playing a key role in European ...

  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Trends and Projections in Europe

    Untitled Document Abstract The actual and projected progress (by 2010) of the EU and candidate countries towards reaching their targets under the Kyoto ...

  • Wind in power 2014 European Statistics

    Wind power capacity installations During 2014, 12,819.6 MW of wind power was installed across Europe, of which 11,791.4 MW was in the European Union. Of the capacity installed in the EU, 10,308.1 MW was onshore and 1,483.3 MW offshore. In 2014, the annual onshore market increased in the EU by 5.3%, and offshore installations decreased by 5.3% compared to 2013. Overall, EU wind ...


    By WindEurope

  • EI enters offshore wind arena

    The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9) was formed in 2012 to provide leadership on health and safety issues in the offshore wind industry. The G9 brings together nine of the world's largest renewable energy developers Centrica, DONG Energy E.ON. RWE Innogy. Scottish Power Renewables. SSE. Statkraft. Statoil and Vattenfall - to form a group that places health and safety at the ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Reducing avian collisions with wind turbines

    Wind is an important renewable energy source for Europe. The wind power capacity installed in 2014 could produce enough electricity to meet over 10% of the EU’s electricity consumption. However, wind power structures can also be harmful to birds, which can collide with turbines. This study assessed methods of reducing avian collisions with wind turbines and makes several practical ...

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