wind energy site assessment Articles

  • An integrated assessment for wind energy in Lake Michigan coastal counties

    The benefits and challenges of onshore and offshore wind energy development were assessed for a four‐county area of coastal Michigan. Economic, social, environmental, and spatial dimensions were considered. The coastal counties have suitable wind resources for energy development which could contribute toward Michigan's ten percent renewable energy standard. Wind energy is cost‐effective with ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • Carnedd Wen Wind Farm

    In 2005 npower renewables began investigating the possibility of building one of the largest wind farms in Wales. The farm would consist of 65 turbines standing up to 137 metres high on around 2,600 hectares (ha) of hillside near Llanbrynmair in Powys. To help enhance the impact of the wind farm, npower renewables propose an extensive habitat restoration scheme following clearance of over ...


    By WYG

  • 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 Renewable NRG Systems

  • Amassing Wind Information

    Wind is a variable resource, but not an indecipherable one. Second Wind encourages harnessing the full range of wind sensing technologies that are available today. When it comes to wind information, much attention is focused on the choice of wind measurement technology and data collection practices in wind resource assessment and project design. Right now, wind data plays a limited role in the ...


  • Clean energy study questions cost-effectiveness of Site C project

    The Independent Power Producers Association of BC (Clean Energy BC) has released a report it commissioned from an independent British strategic advisory professional services firm that suggests smaller clean-energy plants might be a viable option to the proposed Site C dam.* The study from London Economics International (LEI) finds the savings could come from “right-sizing and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Wind modelling based on wind input data conditions using Weibull distribution

    Weibull distribution can be used to model the wind speed distribution at a particular site and hence, it can help in wind resource assessment (WRA) of a site. By calculating the shape (k) and scale (c) parameters for Weibull distribution, the wind speed frequency curve for a site can be made. Once this wind speed distribution for site is determined, it can be convolved with the power curve for a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • Estimation of capacity credit for wind power in Libya

    This paper presents the results of a study that evaluated the wind potential at the central region of the Libyan coast and estimated the capacity credit of wind power in the national network. Several sites were investigated to choose the most suitable sites for wind farm establishment. Different sizes of Wind Energy Converter Systems (WECSs) were selected to estimate the wind potential. The sizes ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Interactive Resources Wins National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contract for Roof Structural Assessments for Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

    Richmond CA, October 19, 2010   – Richmond architecture and engineering firm Interactive Resources was recently awarded a contract by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide solar feasibility studies for 24 California K-12 school buildings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Sequoia Foundation ...


    By Interactive Resources

  • Green tech cost assessments must be country-specific

    Designing efficient mechanisms for allocating climate funds to the developing world will require country-specific assessments of the cost of scaling up renewable energy technologies, says climate researcher Michael ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • Pumped hydro storage softens blow of wind imbalance penalties

    Quarry Battery is developer of the £160 million ($249.2 million) Glyn Rhonwy pumped hydro facility in Wales which will be the UK’s first grid-scale electricity storage facility for decades. The facility will produce nearly 50 MW of electricity using pumped hydro technology. As more fossil fuel-fired generation is taken offline and wind capacity grows, grid operators will ask wind ...

  • Sizing the clean economy: a national and regional green jobs assessment

    The "green" or "clean" or low-carbon economy-defined as the sector of the economy that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit-remains at once a compelling aspiration and an enigma. As a matter of aspiration, no swath of the economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal and potential job creation. Yet, the clean economy remains an enigma: hard to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Renewable energy marketplace

    ALLU Group markets two types of equipment for use in biomass energy operations. The ALLU Screener Crusher bucket attaches to a front-end loader. The bucket is designed to aerate, crush, screen and mix at one time. The Screener Crusher has a rigid steel frame, onto which horizontally rotating screening and crushing drums are mounted. All the drums rotate in the same direction. There are several ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • Cliffs farm wind turbine installation project – network connection and planning advice case study

    Background F Culshaw. a diversified farm business at Cliffs Farm in Lancashire, sought advice from Envirolink Northwest about solving delays to its 2.25 MW wind turbine development on land at Cliffs Farm. Envirolink Northwest supported the client through contract negotiations with all parties concerned, and provided post planning consent advice. The advice given helped to achieve ...


    By Envirolink Northwest

  • Financing the sustainable energy transition: a “smart” role for international public finance

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that between 2011 and 2035, an average of US$316 billion will be needed annually to limit atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations to 450 parts per million, consistent with the internationally agreed target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The IEA also estimates that some 80 percent of new electrical ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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