Distributed Wind News

  • Microsoft announces largest ever wind energy purchase

    Microsoft inked its largest wind energy deal to date earlier this month, signing two agreements representing 237 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity, bringing Microsoft’s total investment in wind energy in the U.S. to over 500 megawatts. Microsoft has contracted with Allianz Risk Transfer to acquire energy from the new 178 MW Bloom Wind project in  Kansas, as well as with Black Hills ...

  • Government Support for Offshore Wind Creates Massive Economic Opportunity for Britain

    RenewableUK says the UK government's announcement on November 9 of the next round of competitive auctions to support offshore wind will provide a boost for British industry. "It's great news that the Government is supporting offshore wind. This will enable our world-leading industry to deliver significant investment to the UK. The competitive auction process is continuing to drive down ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Gamesa Finalizes Development Of Off-grid System Prototype

    November 10, 2016 -- Gamesa has achieved a new milestone in the development of its off-grid technology with the installation and start-up of a lithium battery for energy storage at the company's prototype in La Muela (Aragon). Gamesa's ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • RTI Wins Department of Energy Funding to Research Smart Grid Security Leveraging the Data-Distribution Service (DDS) Standard

    November 8, 2016 -- Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity platform company, recently announced it received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support continuing smart grid ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Don’t throw caution to the wind with offshore turbine maintenance

    The European Union’s push away from fossil fuels toward renewables, along with falling costs, has seen offshore wind thrive. And the sector is about to receive another boost, now that the focus on and investment in floating wind turbines is reaching fruition. This incredible feat of engineering has the potential to totally reshape offshore renewables, allowing for greater ...


    By Hansford Sensors

  • Conference to Examine Microgrids for Energy Resiliency and Off-Grid / On-Grid Applications

    Global microgrid capacity is expected to grow from 1.4 GW in 2015 to 7.6 GW in 2024 under a base scenario, according to Navigant Research.* The drivers behind this growth range from the need for greater grid reliability and resiliency, to the integration of more renewable ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Gamesa completes the installation of its turbine production-boosting Energy Thrust programme at 28 wind farms (872 MW)

    In addition, he company has renewed its operations and maintenance service agreement covering 286 turbines at several facilities in Spain and Portugal. Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has concluded implementation of its Energy Thrust programme for a French utility at 28 wind farms located in Spain, Portugal, France and Poland. This ...


    By Gamesa

  • AWS Truepower Delivers Solutions to CAISO for Integration of Solar into Grid Operations

    AWS Truepower, LLC, an international leader in wind and solar energy consulting and engineering services, has delivered on a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot funded project awarded in 2013 worth $799,970 to help California Independent System Operator (CAISO) more reliably incorporate solar energy into its system. AWS Truepower, along with project team members Pacific Northwest National ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • California ISO Seeks to Increase Renewables While Maintaining Grid Reliability

    The California Independent System Operator Board of Governors earlier this week (8/31) accepted proposed tariff revisions that will ensure solar, wind and battery storage resources can provide needed grid services. In doing so, renewable resources will adjust their system controls so that power voltages and currents remain in sync with grid operations. "California has a history of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Energy Department Reports Show Strong Growth of U.S. Wind Power

    Annual reports analyzing the wind energy industry released today by the Energy Department show continued rapid growth in wind power installations in 2015, demonstrating market resilience and underscoring the vitality of the U.S. wind energy market on a global scale. Wind power provides clean energy to homes and businesses, reduces climate-changing carbon pollution, and boosts America’s ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Scotland to be home of world’s largest floating wind farm

    The world’s largest floating wind farm will have a home off the east coast of Scotland.   The first prototype for this proposed wind farm was installed off the coast of Norway, by the Norwegian energy company, Statoil. The company is now expecting to have the Scottish wind farm, composed of five 6MW wind turbines, operational by 2017.   The Hywind wind project is a part of 40 ...


    By Orenda Energy Solutions Ltd.

  • The Netherlands to build the largest, cheapest wind farm in the world

    The first phase of the Borssele offshore wind farm will be 700MW, and generate 22.5% more electricity than anticipated, enough power for 1 million homes. The government would like to expand the initial wind farm from 700MW to 3,500MW with the addition of 4 more wind farms. To give some perspective, the largest wind farms built in Europe last year, on average, was roughly 337.9MW. According to the ...


    By Orenda Energy Solutions Ltd.

  • FLOWSTAR-Energy forecast for wind turbine

    CERC are providing forecasts of hourly power output for an operational wind turbine in a rural area near Inverurie, Scotland (see the map) for up to 4 days ahead. The predictions enable the turbine owner to plan energy usage. An example is shown in the figure. The live forecasts can be seen at the bottom of the CERC home page. The forecasts are calculated using our own ...

  • New wind turbines to replace old in Germany

    Many of Germany’s wind turbine projects began in the late 1990’s and are now faced with declining output, thanks to wear and tear. Now with newer technologies surpassing old, and larger available wind turbines, it makes sense to start replacing older systems with new. As a result, Nordex will be replacing 16 legacy wind turbines with 9 newer models by the end of the year, at the ...


    By Orenda Energy Solutions Ltd.

  • Lake Erie wind farm receives $40 million in government funding

    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has invested $40 million into the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. Local wind energy firms were vying for the project, and finally Lake Erie Energy Development Co (LEEDCo) received the go ahead in a decision that surprised some. Their proposal includes six, 3.45MW wind turbines with an innovative type of ...

  • NREL Distributes Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Round Four Funding

    The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is awarding four subcontracts under the fourth round of funding through DOE's Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). The CIP aims to help manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines improve their turbine design and manufacturing processes while reducing costs and improving efficiency as they work ...

  • Wind adds 13GW new capacity in 2015: 44% of all new power

    Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid – 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe’s electricity needs. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European ...


    By WindEurope

  • Spain’s 500MW wind auction inadequate. Government risks missing 2020 renewables target

    Spain’s 500MW wind power auction last week was too small to satisfy demand and the country risks missing its 2020 target for renewables. The auction is Spain's first under the new support scheme for renewable energy projects since the government implemented a series of harsh retroactive cutbacks to the country's feed-in tariff in 2013. A backlog of projects that have struggled to ...


    By WindEurope

  • Carmanah Reports Resignation of Director

    Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) (“the Company”) today announces the resignation of Peter Berrang from the Board of Directors. “Peter has been active and involved with Carmanah throughout his board tenure” said Michael Sonnenfeldt, Chairman of the Board. “In fact, it was Peter’s initiative that led to board reform and the ...

  • Noupoort wind farm erects first wind turbine

    Noupoort Wind Farm (80MW), in South Africa’s Northern Cape, has announced that it has completed the erection of the first of its thirty-five wind turbines. This is a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm, with the next major construction milestone being the energisation of the substation. All the wind turbine foundations were completed ahead of schedule last month and the main ...


    By Mainstream Renewable Power

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