Wind Energy Monitoring 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

  • 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 Renewable NRG Systems

  • Masdar Institutes integrated innovation in water and energy

    Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is a ‘living laboratory’, in the words of Professor Taha Ouarda. ‘It is a pioneering experiment whose lessons and results need to be used to duplicate the experiment in other places,’ he adds. This need is due to the focus of the experiment. ‘The elements most important in this region are water and energy,’ notes ...


    By Aquatech Global Events

  • Record 13bn euro invested in offshore wind in 2015: 3GW new capacity

    Offshore wind investments in Europe doubled in 2015 to €13.3 billion in a record year for financing and grid-connected installations.   A total of 3,019 MW in new offshore wind capacity came online in European waters in 2015, more than double what was connected to the grid in 2014. Europe's total offshore wind capacity is now 11,027 MW. A further 3,034 MW of capacity - spread across ten ...


    By WindEurope

  • `Modeling the Integrated Expansion of the Canadian and U.S. Power Sectors with the Regional Energy Deployment System` Study

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a study entitled "Modeling the Integrated Expansion of the Canadian and U.S. Power Sectors with the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS)”. Funded by OE, this study documents a development effort that created a robust representation of the combined capacity expansion of the U.S. and Canadian electric sectors in the NREL ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Micropower system modeling with Homer

    The HOMER Micropower Optimization Model is a computer model developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assist in the design of micropower systems and to facilitate the comparison of power generation technologies across a wide range of applications. HOMER models a power system's physical behavior and its life-cycle cost, which is the total cost of installing and operating ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • Future inside – smart environmental sensing technology

    SHM30 snow depth sensor in Antarctica (photo: Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum Bremerhaven) A lot of sensing technologies have changed recently: Ultrasonic wind measurement replaces cups and vane systems, closed anemometer designs offer better protection from ...

  • Brazil transmission: what impact on O&M?

    Brazilian wind developers may increasingly have to factor transmission links into their operations and maintenance (O&M) plans if grid connection delays persist in the market. Bloomberg earlier this year reported that firms such as CPFL Energia, Brazil’s largest private sector utility, with more than 1.3GW of wind farms in operation or under construction, were stepping forward to bid ...

  • Terminal characteristics of type 1 wind generating systems with magnetic saturation

    This paper proposes a simple method of incorporating magnetic saturation in determining terminal characteristics of a type 1 wind generating system employing a squirrel–cage induction generator. In determining the terminal characteristics, the generator is represented by its traditional per–phase equivalent circuit as well as two–axis model. In both cases, the magnetic saturation is carefully ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Feasibility Study of Wind Power in India - 2014

    This is an Investor Series report which provides the information on: Wind Turbine Design and Characteristics Permits and Licensing Site Selection Criteria Economics and Financial Model Operations and Maintenance Modern Trends in Wind Farms Case Study in Wind Sector Grid Connection ...


  • 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 ...

  • Remote sensing estimation of actual evapotranspiration and crop coefficients for a multiple land use arid landscape of southern Iran with limited available data

    The Gareh Bygone Plain is an arid area, south of Zagros Mountains, in Southern Iran, where a floodwater spreading project has been implemented for artificial recharge of groundwater. Knowledge/mapping of actual evapotranspiration for the mainland uses (natural pasture, irrigated crops and tree plantations) is of major importance for water management in this remote area. The Surface Energy ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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.

  • The Energy Revolution is Here

    We live in an exciting time. Yes, glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, and in my new home in the Western United States, earlier snowmelts, longer summers, and hotter temperatures have made wildfires 400 percent more frequent. And yet, there are encouraging signs we are in the midst of an energy revolution that is sure to transform our climate, our economy, and our lives for the better. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Looking back to look forward - Dr Bernie Bulkin

    In 2014 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists, the oldest of the Energy Institute’s predecessor organisations. We will be publishing throughout the year a series of interviews with eminent figures from the world of energy, reflecting on how the past can inform the future. This month we have Dr Bernie Bulkin FEI, one-time Chief ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • New Magnetic Materials For Extracting Energy From Tides

    The main objective of the MAGNETIDE project is to create a new sort of generator that changes the mechanical energy prepared by the development of the tides into electric energy. Scientists have adjusted the generator's outline with the goal that parts fabricated utilizing PIM, Powder Injection Molding, could be introduced. This might decrease the expense of these frameworks and additionally ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • Insurers Have Huge Role As Clean Energy Investors

    Conversations about climate change and the insurance industry usually focus on catastrophic storms and their damaging financial ripples for insurance providers. Given skyrocketing extreme-weather losses in recent years, it’s surely a legitimate issue that should be making insurers re-think their business models. But insurers have another important role on the climate issue, which is how to ...


    By Ceres

  • Business model innovation for sustainable energy: how German municipal utilities invest in offshore wind energy

    Offshore wind energy is considered to have tremendous potential for Germany’s future electricity supply. Due to the technology’s capital intensity, however, offshore wind energy has so far been considered the domain of large utilities. Municipal utilities on the contrary traditionally have strong ties to their community and conduct low risk business models at the regional and local level. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Application of neural network to wind energy conversion systems

    In the previous study, the energy generation of two WECS deployed at Darling site were estimated using the statistical–based technique. A total energy generation of 178.43 MWh at 50 m and 196.17 MWh at 70 m height were estimated from both WECS for the month of January 2010. In this study, the energy generations of both WECS for the same month were estimated using a developed wind power predictor. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Stabilisation of grid connected wind farms using doubly–fed induction generators with FACTS controllers

    The impact of the wind generation on the power systems is no longer negligible if high penetration levels are going to be achieved. It is very important to boost the transfer capability of the transmission system while improving the utilisation of transmission assets to accommodate high penetration of wind power on the network. Hence, more sophisticated control schemes using advanced power ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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