wind energy fundamentals Articles

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Towards a model of wind energy industry development in industrial and emerging economies

    Through the development and analysis of four in-depth case studies of the emergence of wind power industries in two industrialised and two emerging economies, the authors develop a model of sustainable energy industry development. The model demonstrates that fundamental economic indicators are insufficient for explaining new industry development. Environmental, institutional and cultural factors ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • Stop investments in fossil energy

    On November 17 2009, Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group, apologized for the firm's role in some of the activities leading to the financial crisis. 'We participated in things that were clearly wrong and have reason to regret', Blankfein said at a conference in New York, 'We apologize'. The financial crisis is maybe bad, but an environmental crisis is much ...


  • Batteries Are the Heart of Renewable Energy

    US researchers have made a vital step ahead in the pursuit to amass electricity from irregular energy resources like solar energy and wind energy. A Harvard University group has turned up with a technique to cut down the expenditure of flow battery technology that is competent of storing energy on big scales within an electrical power grid. Grid-scale storage for renewable resources could be a ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • Renewable energy and the green economy: Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009

    Ontario's Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (the 'Act') received Royal Assent on May 14, 2009. The Act's aim is to foster the growth of renewable energy projects, promote a green economy and energy conservation and to encourage the efficient use of energy. Its scope equals its intended impact on Ontario's energy sector: both are substantial. To realize its objects, the Act creates the ...


    By McMillan LLP

  • Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation

    As director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, Ellen Williams plays a pivotal role in cultivating and guiding energy technology discovery and development in the United States. Ensia recently invited Williams to share her views on what we should watch for in the wide world of energy innovation in the months and years to come. What in your ...


    By Ensia

  • Meeting the world’s growing energy needs - a strategic perspective

    Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., President & CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation, participated in a CEO Dialogue on The Future of Energy at GLOBE 2010. The focus of that Dialogue was on Leadership in the energy sector, which is perhaps more vital than in any other industrial sector in the global transformation to a lower-carbon economy. This article is a concise overview of the points Mr. Cazalot made ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • “A New World Energy Order – Critical Issues, and Challenges - Aligning Sustainability Indicators for Global Energy Systems”

    Abstract A new energy era on alignment of sustainability indicators for energy, environment and economy, seems to be emerging with the beginning of 21st century. The New World Energy Order is taking its birth, on a sustainable roadmap of environmental & economic development, after a long gestation at oil dependency under the treatise of carbon economy over past one and half century. There has ...

  • How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate?

    Original story at MIT news MIT study underscores need to examine trade-offs before choosing energy technologies In deciding how best to meet the world’s growing needs for energy, the answers depend crucially on how the question is framed. Looking for the most cost-effective path ...

  • Chemical reactions at street scale using a Lagrangian particle dispersion model

    In the context of the FEDER AIRCITY project, Paris City is modelled with a 3 m resolution with the purpose of computing pollutant concentration relevant for human exposition. This project involves AIRPARIF (Ile-de-France Air Quality Monitoring Network), for emission and immission data, CEA (French Atomic and Alternative Energy Agency) for HPC availability, National Geographic Institute (IGN) for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Who Can Benefit from PWR`s Plasma Gasification? What are the Applications?

    Plasma Waste Recycling, Inc"s unique and patent-pending Plasma Arc Gasification process gasifies, rather than incinerates, waste into energy. Using a 100% oxygen free process and the extreme high temperatures created through a blend of tried-and-true technologies utilizing a non-incinerating plasma arc method, all types of waste can be broken down into three primary outputs. The majority of ...


  • Can we do without nuclear?

    James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, considers the options for investment in low carbon electricity The euphoric phase on low carbon energy is over. There is no solution that is clean and cheap and always on. Yet we must make major investments in energy. Old coal and nuclear plants will have to close. And climate change has to be tackled or it will result in costly economic damage. So ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Upbeat oil and gas sector

    Managing risk and maximising opportunities were the central theme at this year’s IP Week, held in London last month. Over 2,000 delegates had the opportunity to hear of the challenges facing the oil and gas industry as it seeks to invest in new territories and new technologies in the drive to respond to demand growth, while considering health, safety, environmental and geopolitical ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • How Germany plans to succeed in a nuclear free, low carbon economy

    Germany has taken some fundamental energy decisions in recent months, ones that are interesting for other countries to study and learn from. The most “famous” decision recently has been to phase out nuclear power in the next ten years. This move builds on years of debate and a ...

  • How to Keep Your SymphoniePRO Data Secure

    Data matters. The accuracy, consistency, and yes, safety of measurement data keep many wind developers and analysts up at night. Customers often ask about the digital and physical security of RNRG instruments, so I sat down with Michael Fisher, product manager for our wind resource assessment (WRA) line, to get answers to the most common questions. Q: Why is data security important? ...


    By Renewable NRG Systems

  • GHG regulation under the clean air act – recent developments

    EPA’s GHG Tailoring Rule and Senate Action On October 27, 2009, EPA published the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule in the Federal Register, followed by a 60-day public comment period that ended on December 28, 2009. The proposed rule represents EPA’s effort to decrease the number of sources subject to major source ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Renewables expert hits out at electricity supply subsidies for fossil generators

    One of the UK’s leading renewable energy specialists has accused the Government of “gross hypocrisy” over the electricity supply auctions that began this week - less than seven days after the UK signed up to the landmark Lima Accord designed to cut carbon emissions. The controversial auction - which will see up to £1.8 billion in subsidies given to obsolete ...


    By UrbanWind

  • Viewpoint. The environment bottom line

    Over the last decade, environmental issues have been added to boardroom agendas around the world, and ISO 14001 has been in the vanguard of the fight for a better tomorrow. This year marks the tenth anniversary of ISO 14001, the cornerstone of the ISO 14000 series of environmental management standards. It's an ideal opportunity to highlight the successful role that ISO 14001 has played in ...


  • In Perspective: Launching a third industrial revolution

    A third industrial revolution based on new communication and energy technologies needs strong political commitments, argues David Dickson. Just before Christmas, China's official Xinhua News Agency published an article extolling the virtues of the country's incoming premier, Li Keqiang, and describing his enthusiasm for ideas that the iconoclastic US commentator ...


    By SciDev.Net

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