wind energy site assessment Articles

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • WorldWaves wave energy resource assessments from the deep ocean to the coast

    Abstract WorldWaves is a global wave and wind climate package developed through EU and industry sponsorship over many years. The offshore data incorporates global hindcast and operational wave and wind data from ECMWF, validated and calibrated with independent satellite and buoy data worldwide. These data, which may comprise full directional wave spectra time series, are used as ...


    By Fugro OCEANOR AS

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...


  • Case study - Building energy generation & usage

    A Scottish council looking to make financial savings due to recent budget cuts needed to make decisions on whether renewable energy could improve the efficiency of their existing buildings. They wanted a time saving system that would allow them to get instant live data whenever they needed it and which would store the data in an easy to read format so that they didn’t have to spend ...


    By Logic Energy Ltd.

  • 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 SERIES

  • Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Property | Managing the Risks Part II

    Part II of Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Property | Managing the Risks The First entry can be found at Part I Risk and Exposures in the Life Cycle of a Project The typical renewable energy project involves multiple parties: tax equity investors; equity investors; local utilities; engineering, procurement, ...

  • Cooperation between Southern-Eastern Mediterranean countries and the EU: The Renewable Energy Sector

    Issue: Renewable energy technologies are becoming more widespread in southern Mediterranean countries, thanks to developed countries’ cooperation programmes and international aid. However, it is still not clear what is the best way for programmes to meet real renewable energy needs. Relevance: The European Community Development Programme has begun to focus on the question of how it may develop ...


  • Where do renewable energy purchases fit into a GHG inventory?

    I recently presented at the 7th Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) World Forum Summit, a gathering of experts brought together by Berlin-based think tank Thema1 “to foster and facilitate international discussion on how to assess, reduce, and communicate the impact of goods and ...

  • Risk zoning in relation to risk of external events (application to IRIS design)

    The design basis for any plant and site is closely related to the effects of any postulated external events and the limitation of the plant capability to cope with accidents, that is to perform safety functions. As a prime example of an advanced reactor and Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) with enhanced safety, the International Reactor Innovative and Secure (IRIS) has been considered in this work. In ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fugro acquires consultancy to boost renewables business

    Fugro Renewables (Wallingford, U.K.) announced that it has acquired ERT, an Edinburgh-based environmental consulting firm, to complement its suite of services provided to developers of offshore wind, wave, and tidal power projects. “From feasibility studies and initial assessments to site surveys and investigations, construction services, and ultimately, decommissioning, Fugro ...

  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) – Boston and suburbs - Case Study

    The MWRA is a state government agency that provides wholesale water and sewer services to 2.5 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users. It also monitors outflows in Cape Cod Bay and Boston Harbor using a range of advanced technologies. As an industrial user of electricity, agency officials are looking to reduce economic volatility from electricity costs and to improve energy ...

  • Using Lidar for WRA Campaigns: Your Questions Answered (Part I)

    In the course of conversations with wind developers new to Lidar technology, a number of questions seem to come up regularly. In this and future blog posts, I will attempt to answer these questions in some detail to benefit others who might be pondering them as well. Two very practical questions have to do with how WINDCUBE® ...


    By NRG Systems

  • Micro Hydro Systems A basic overview of a hydro system with components explained

    If you have a suitable site, harnessing the energy in a stream or creek can be the most cost-effective way to make renewable electricity. Compared to the sun and wind’s variability, a stream’s flow is relatively consistent, making microhydro-electric system output the most predictable of all the renewable energy (RE) electrical systems. Hydro resources are also the most site specific, ...

  • 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 ...

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