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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:54:17 pm »



New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector

November 8, 2017

By Jennifer Delony Associate Editor

Control of the governor’s seat in New Jersey is moving to a Democrat — a shift that could be a big win for wind power in the state’s waters.

Phil Murphy won the New Jersey gubernatorial election yesterday over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Despite having legislation in place since 2010 calling for mechanisms to support offshore wind development, including authorization of offshore wind energy credits, New Jersey never achieved any progress on that front.  :P  >:(

Speaking to Renewable Energy World in September, Shiva Polefka, associate director, ocean policy, for the Center for American Progress, said that if Murphy won the race for governor, “New Jersey could very quickly spring to life as a major new market for offshore wind development.”

As part of his campaign platform, Murphy in April, called for a plan to establish a New Jersey offshore wind target of 3,500 MW by 2030.

Ocean Wind LLC, an Řrsted company, and US Wind Inc. hold leases for offshore wind development in New Jersey waters. Earlier this year, both companies requested that BOEM extend the term for the commercial leases from March 2017 to March 2018. BOEM approved the requests, and site assessment plans for the lease areas are due in March 2018.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/11/new-democratic-governor-in-new-jersey-could-ignite-state-s-offshore-wind-sector.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 27, 2017, 07:02:30 pm »

Iberdrola Completes Installation Of Wind Turbines At 350 Megawatt Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm

October 27th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

Spanish utility Iberdrola has this week completed the installation of 70 wind turbines at the 350 megawatt Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German area of the Baltic Sea.



The Wikinger offshore wind farm is a flagship offshore wind project for Iberdrola, which committed €1.4 billion to the 350 megawatt (MW) projected located off the northeastern coast of the German island of Rügen. Iberdrola, working alongside turbine manufacturer Adwen and subcontractor Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, completed installation of all 70 AD 5-135 wind turbines, which will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 350,000 German households, representing 20% of the energy demand in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and avoiding 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The first wind turbine installation was completed in February of this year, with construction being conducted by Fred Olsen’s vessel Brave Tern (see below) one of two self-elevating, self-propelled jack-up vessels dedicated to installing offshore wind turbines.


“I am very proud of our team for their hard work on this project,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s project manager Alexandra Koefoed. “We have worked closely with our client Adwen and park operator Iberdrola to safely and efficiently complete installation. Our experience working on the Adwen 5MW turbines on Global Tech I was invaluable.”



 

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/10/27/iberdrola-completes-installation-350-mw-wind-turbines-wikinger-offshore-wind-farm/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:32:45 pm »

"... arrangement enables the site owner to get the turbine installed on site without any up-front costs.  :o  ;D The whole thing is paid off through charges for the electricity."

   
WIND e-20 vertical axis wind turbine from the Michigan-based company CGE Energy


Return Of The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine: The Force Awakens

October 26th, 2017 by Tina Casey

SNIPPET:

The micro wind market has taken its share of lumps in the past, but the industry has developed new standards in recent years with an assist from the US Energy Department and other stakeholders. With that in mind let’s take a look at the WIND e-20 vertical axis wind turbine from the Michigan-based company CGE Energy, which just got a nice shoutout from Wind Power Engineering magazine.

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/10/26/return-vertical-axis-wind-turbine-force-awakens/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:44:50 pm »



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If you have a fear of heights or small spaces, this might not be the job for you.

Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians

October 23, 2017

By Michele Capots

Want to hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you.

It’s the fastest growing occupation of the decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and employment numbers are expected to more than double over the next 10 years.


So, what exactly is a wind turbine technician? How do you become one? What skills and training do you need?

We did a deep dive into the field to answer those questions. This should help you get started.
What is a Wind Turbine Technician?

A wind turbine technician, also known as a windtech, installs, inspects, maintains, operates, and repairs wind turbines. They are able to diagnose and fix any problem that could cause the turbine to shut down unexpectedly.

The median annual wage of a windtech is $52,260. Salaries range from $36,000 to more than $76,000, based on experience and training.

A few of the job duties include: inspecting the exterior of the towers; climbing the towers to inspect, troubleshoot, or repair equipment; collecting turbine data for testing and analysis; performing routine maintenance; testing electrical components, systems, and mechanical and hydraulic systems; and replacing worn out or malfunctioning components.



Work Environment

If you have a fear of heights or small spaces, this might not be the job for you.

Technicians do most of their work in the nacelle, where sensitive electronics are housed. Since they are built compactly, technicians must be comfortable working in confined spaces. In addition, they also work on top of the nacelles, where they might have to replace instruments that measure wind speed and direction or work with large cranes. To do this, they are standing literally hundreds of feet in the air. To protect them, they wear fall protection, full body harnesses that are attached to the nacelle.

Job Skills


Windtechs must be able to use mechanical skills and be capable of climbing ladder systems, often 260 feet high, to heights of the turbine nacelle. During this climb, they bring tools and equipment that weigh more than 45 pounds, and in most cases, use climb assist equipment to get up the turbine quicker. They must always exercise good judgement and be able to document their findings.

Education

Most windtechs learn their trade by attending technical schools. Associate’s degree programs for wind turbine technicians usually take two years and are offered at technical schools and community colleges.

Internships and Apprenticeships

Windtechs receive more than 12 months of on-the-job-training, in addition to coursework. Part of this may be an internship with a wind turbine servicing contractor.

Apprenticeships are another option offered by unions and individual contractors. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical instruction and 2,200 hours of paid on-the-job-training, according to Department of Labor apprenticeship program standards. These apprenticeships focus on safety, first aid, CPR training, electrical, hydraulic and mechanical system maintenance, and more.


To enter an apprenticeship program, workers must be at least 18 years of age; have earned a high school diploma; be physically and mentally able; and have one year of high school or equivalent algebra with at least a C average.

Now, are you ready to join the fastest growing job in the country?  

This article was originally published by the U.S. Department of Energy in the public domain.
Lead image credit: NREL


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/10/everything-you-need-to-know-about-wind-turbine-technicians.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:46:03 pm »

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Opens Up Off Scotland
 

October 18, 2017 by Mike Schuler


Photo credit: Řyvind Gravĺs / Woldcam / Statoil

The first offshore wind farm to use floating wind turbines has started producing power for the Scottish energy grid in what could be the start of offshore wind’s push into deeper and more favorable waters for renewable energy production.

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, was officially opened Wednesday by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opens the wind farm. The project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar,

The 30MW pilot wind farm is located in the North Sea about 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and will power approximately 20,000 households. The park, made up of five Siemens 6MW wind turbines, covers an area of about 4 square kilometers, and is located in water depth ranging from 95-120 meters. The area sees an average wind speed of about 10 meters per second.

“Hywind can be used for water depths up to 800 meters, thus opening up areas that so far have been inaccessible for offshore wind. The learnings from Hywind Scotland will pave the way for new global market opportunities for floating offshore wind energy. Through their government’s support to develop the Hywind Scotland project, the UK and Scotland are now at the forefront of the development of this exciting new technology. Statoil looks forward to exploring the next steps for floating offshore wind,” says Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of the New Energy Solutions business area in Statoil.

The onshore operations and maintenance base for the project is located in Peterhead, Scotland, while the operations center is located in Great Yarmouth. The project feature a 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy, dubbed ‘Batwind’. Battery storage has the potential to mitigate power intermittency and optimize output.


An illustration showing the floating wind turbines used in the Hywind Scotland project. Credit: Statoil

“It’s fantastic to see Hywind Scotland up and running. The project is a great success for the teams at Statoil and Masdar and for Scotland, where floating wind could really flourish due to our accessible deeper waters,” said Sian Wilson of Crown Estate Scotland, which leases seabed acreage to developers on behalf of the Scottish Government. “We are committed to continuing our work to encourage floating offshore wind projects, which will in turn drive down costs, benefitting the whole sector—as well as the climate and consumers.”

According to Rummelhoff, Statoil is looking to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind project to € 40-60 €/MWh by 2030. “Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, floating offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in the growth of offshore wind going forward,” she said.


Floating turbine tow-out. Photo credit: Řyvind Gravĺs / Statoil

The Hywind project is also adding to Statoil presence in the UK. In Aberdeen over 1,500 are employees in the final phase of commissioning the Mariner oil field, one of the largest upstream UKCS developments in the last ten years. The field us due to come on-stream in 2018. Statoil also operates the Sheringham Shoal wind farm in the UK, which has been in production since 2012. The Dudgeon offshore wind farm in the UK, also operated by Statoil has now been completed and is also in production. In 2016 Statoil also acquired 50% of the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany, which will deliver power in 2019.

Here’s some video of the project:


http://gcaptain.com/hywind-sctoland-worlds-first-floating-wind-farm-opens-up-off-scotland/

Agelbert NOTE: Getting Statoil to smell the Renewable Energy Coffee is like herding fossil fueler cats. But, thanks to some very good cat herders in Scotland AND Norway (photo of one below  ;D), Statoil is well on the way to abandoning their profit over planet 'business model' for a Renewable Energy based real world business model.

"Statoil knows I mean RE BUSINESS!"
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:34:28 pm »




The Truth About GE's Latest Wind Tech Patent Lawsuit

October 9, 2017

By Attorney at Law Josué A. Villalta
   
Which way is the wind blowing? If you are a wind energy manufacturer or a developer looking to implement or expand wind energy farm operations, this is a question you must be asking yourself when it comes to the potential effects recent litigation between major manufacturers will have on the wind power industry.

On July 31, 2017, GE sued Vestas Wind Systems A/S and its U.S. subsidiary for patent infringement   , pitting the number one and number two wind turbine manufacturers in the United States according to the American Wind Energy Association. GE accused Vestas of infringing GE’s U.S. Patent No. 7,629,705 with several of its wind turbine products. The patent covers a method of controlling the operation of a wind turbine generator so that it remains connected to the power grid during and subsequent to a low voltage dip, which may be caused, for example, by large electrical loads, lighting strikes or short circuits.

This is the second time GE has sued a competitor for infringing this patent. In 2010, GE sued Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the fifth largest wind turbine manufacturer, for infringement of the ’705 patent in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The court awarded GE approximately $170 million in damages and a permanent injunction. However, GE and Mitsubishi later settled the lawsuit in 2013. Though the terms of the settlement were not disclosed, it likely included a cross-license of intellectual property between the parties.

GE has not indicated the amount of damages it seeks from Vestas in the present lawsuit. However, GE alleges that Vestas has willfully infringed its patent, noting that GE subpoenaed Vestas’ US subsidiary and one of its electrical engineers during the Mitsubishi litigation, and that Vestas would therefore have been aware of GE’s ’705 patent. A finding of willful infringement would entitle GE up to treble damages.

Vestas has indicated it believes GE’s lawsuit is without merit and that it intends to challenge it. Given its size, Vestas has leverage it can exert to push back against GE in the litigation. For one, Vestas has approximately 560 U.S. patents, which its attorneys are no doubt reviewing to identify possible counterclaims against GE for infringement of Vestas’ patents. Vestas will also likely look to the details of the Mitsubishi litigation for additional arguments it can make to challenge GE’s patent. However, GE’s patent has already survived several validity challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Nevertheless, as with the Mitsubishi case, the litigation between GE and Vestas will likely result in a settlement, likely including a cross-license of intellectual property, and the settlement terms will depend on the relative leverage the parties are able to apply.

Vestas will be under pressure to resolve the lawsuit as soon as possible to avoid the uncertainty of litigation affecting existing or new agreements with developers for the supply of wind turbines. The longer the litigation continues, the greater the level of uncertainty such developers may feel, possibly causing them to opt for another wind turbine supplier. Vestas’ potential counterclaims against GE may have the same detrimental effect on GE. Therefore, a prolonged legal battle between the parties is likely to do more harm than good to both parties, as well as the U.S. wind power industry as a whole.  :(

GE’s lawsuit against Vestas, following on the heels of GE’s lawsuit against Mitsubishi, will no doubt cause other wind energy manufacturers to more closely evaluate the potential risk that the ’705 patent poses to their wind turbine businesses. Given that GE has now asserted the ’705 patent against both Mitsubishi and Vestas, and that the patent has survived several validity challenges, GE may continue to vigorously assert its patent against wind energy competitors.

Wind energy manufacturers may also want to ensure they have an adequate program for identifying and mitigating potential intellectual property risks. For example, a program for periodically monitoring and reviewing newly issued competitor patents can identify patents that pose a potential barrier to commercialization of the company’s products, allowing companies time to develop strategies for mitigating infringement risk.

Further, companies should seek to grow their intellectual property portfolios and continue to pursue patent protection for their innovations. Not only can patents allow a company to protect its investment in innovation by allowing it to exclude others from practicing its inventions without permission, but patent assets may be useful negotiating tools when faced with a lawsuit from a competitor.

As the U.S. wind energy market continues to grow, competition is likely to increase between wind energy manufacturers. Companies will no doubt continue to seek ways to leverage any advantage they may have to maintain or grow their market share, including using intellectual property assets on their technology, if necessary via lawsuits, to do so.

Lead image credit: GE

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/10/the-truth-about-ge-s-latest-wind-tech-patent-lawsuit.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 08, 2017, 05:01:11 pm »



New Delhi: India's wind power tariff fell to a record low of Rs2.64 per unit in an auction conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) for 1 gigawatt (GW) of wind power contracts that ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning. While ReNew Power Ventures Pvt.

Wind Energy Selling for 4 Cents per kWh in India

October 5, 2017

By Utpal Bhaskar, LiveMint with Comment by Jennifer Runyon Chief Editor

SNIPPET:

In an auction on October 5, 2017 in India, developers said they could build a 250-MW capacity wind farm and sell the power for Rs2.64 [US $0.041] per kWh.

That’s lower than the cost of coal-fired power in the country  , which sells for Rs3.20 [US $0.049] per kWh. The government, which was seeking up to 1000-MW of capacity received bids for 2,892 MW of capacity, almost three times what it sought. Winning bidders are ReNew Power Ventures, Orange Sironj Wind Power Pvt., Inox Wind Infrastructure Services, Sembcorp Industries Ltd’s Green Infra Wind Energy Ltd and Adani Genergy Energy (MP) Ltd.

India seeks 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. Solar in India is also reaching record-low pricing. Some question whether projects can actually be built at these low prices.  — JR

Read more at LiveMint

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/sMC62YoWv4LybaPZnKivMM/Indias-wind-power-tariff-falls-to-a-record-low-of-Rs264-pe.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 27, 2017, 10:23:40 pm »


New study: Offshore wind creates new homes for fish

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Author: Greg Alvarez

A new study should excite ocean anglers as well as fans of ocean energy: Offshore wind farms act as artificial reefs, scientists say, creating new habitats and food sources for fish.

Researchers studied the offshore wind farms appearing with increasing regularity in Europe. As MIT Technology Review just reported:

Naturally, these (offshore wind turbine bases) become home to complex ecosystems. In the North Sea, where most of the European farms are being built, these ecosystems are dominated by blue mussels. These feed by filtering phytoplankton from the water. Mussels are also a food source for other marine animals, such as fish and crabs, and this has the potential to significantly alter the food web.

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The research team concluded that a typical offshore turbine can support up to four metric tons of shellfish.  :o  ;D

“Once all the planned wind farms are in operation, they will provide habitat for mussels that are equal to 20 percent of the current stock from natural mussel beds along the coast,” the study finds. It was published by Kaela Slavik at the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Coastal Research in Germany.

That’s a lot of food that attracts schools of fish to offshore wind projects. As MIT reported:

Mussels are also food for larger species such as crabs and certain fish, which are themselves prey for seals. So it’s no surprise that seals have already begun to migrate to off shore wind farms off the coast of Denmark.

Anecdotally, fisherman are already finding this to be true at America’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

“People who are fisherman totally understand it’s an artificial reef,” said Captain Hank Hewitt, a local Rhode Island fisherman, in the below video. “It’s going to build life. Now we actually know where the fish are going to be.”

It’s exciting that this new ocean energy resource also has such positive environmental benefits. Because as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said this morning at a National Clean Energy Week event in Washington, D.C., “offshore wind has enormous potential.” 


http://www.aweablog.org/new-study-offshore-wind-creates-new-homes-fish/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:48:04 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: If the following news meant that automobile manufacturers where going make more EVs with 100% renewable energy electricity, I would consider it progress. Unfortunately, these brain dead car executives will use the wind power mostly to make more polluting gas guzzlers.   Go figure.   ::)

GM to run Ohio, Indiana factories with 100 percent wind power

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 by  GREG ALVAREZ

SNIPPET:

Last week I predicted it wouldn’t be long before we had more news on Fortune 500 wind power purchases. Well, a whole seven days passed before there were new deals to report.  ;D

WIND POWERS THE OPEN ROAD FOR GM

GM just announced wind power purchase agreements with projects in Ohio and Illinois. The automaker is buying enough wind-generated electricity to power the Ohio and Indiana factories that build the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado, and the GMC Sierra.

“Technology is driving solutions for mobility and safety in our vehicles, as well as the new energy solutions that build them,” said Gerald Johnson, GMNA vice president of Manufacturing and Labor. “This is the way we do business: offering vehicles that serve our customers’ lifestyle needs while providing sustainable solutions that improve our communities.”

GM already has plans to soon power 100 percent of its Arlington, Texas, plant using wind, where over 100,000 SUV’s are made every year. Wind’s low cost, down 66 percent since 2009, has made it an attractive option for GM as it works toward meeting its 100 percent renewable goal.

OTHER BUYERS JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON

GM isn’t alone in the headlines this week, however. Kimberly-Clark, maker of products like Kleenex and Huggies, also announced a new wind deal in recent days. The company will soon source about 33 percent of its electricity needs from wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas.

“It’s a powerful demonstration of sustainability initiatives having both great environmental and business benefits,” said Lisa Morden, Kimberly-Clark’s global head of sustainability.

full article:

http://www.aweablog.org/gm-power-ohio-indiana-factories-100-percent-wind/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:35:49 pm »

File Photo: MHI Vestas

World’s Largest Wind Turbines to Be Installed in UK North Sea

September 18, 2017 by Reuters

SNIPPET:

The 9.5 MW turbine  :o  , made by a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Denmark’s Vestas , has the world’s largest capacity, designed to challenge an 8.0 megawatt turbine by Siemens Gamesa, the market leader in the growing offshore market.

http://gcaptain.com/worlds-largest-wind-turbines-to-be-installed-in-uk-north-sea/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:21:04 pm »



GE Targets Low-to-Medium Wind Speed With Newest 4.8-MW Wind Turbine

September 12, 2017

By Renewable Energy World Editors

         
GE Renewable Energy this week unveiled its new 4.8–158 onshore wind turbine, the company’s largest high efficiency turbine to date.

The wind turbine is equipped with a 158-meter rotor and a range of tip heights up to 240 meters. The combination of a larger rotor and tall towers enables the turbine to take advantage of higher wind speeds and produce more energy, said the company.

According to GE the turbine’s 77-meter high-tech carbon blades, improved loads and controls, and taller, more cost-effective towers were developed thanks to close partnerships with LM Wind Power, Blade Dynamics and GE’s Global Research Center. The blades also feature one of the industry’s smallest Bolt Circle Diameters, keeping manufacturing and logistical costs to a minimum, said GE.

The company said that it took input from more than 30 customers around the world and also leveraged the intelligence gathered from across the company’s 30,000+ fleet of wind turbines to create this new generation asset.

Pete McCabe, President & CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind Business said, “The 4.8–158 design…is well suited for low-to-medium wind speed regions worldwide — examples include Germany, Turkey and Australia — as well as for mechanisms like auctions, as countries around the world are putting an increased emphasis on lowering the cost of energy.”


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/09/ge-targets-low-to-medium-wind-speed-with-newest-4-8-mw-wind-turbine.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:43:54 pm »

Vroon’s new walk-to-work vessel VOS Stone. Photo: Vroon

Newbuild Walk-to-Work Vessel VOS Stone Finds Work at German Offshore Wind Farm

September 13, 2017 by gCaptain

SNIPPET:

The state-of-the-art vessel is a subsea-support walk-to-work vessel. Its sister vessel VOS Start is currently employed at the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. Both vessels have been purpose-built to support operations in the renewable energy industry and walk-to-work projects in the oil and gas industry.

Like with the VOS Start, VOS Stone will be fitted with motion-compensated offshore gangway and a 50T active-heave-compensated crane. The vessel can provide accommodation for up to 60 personnel, not including crew.

Full article:

http://gcaptain.com/newbuild-walk-work-vessel-vos-stone-finds-work-german-offshore-wind-farm



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:36:42 pm »

 

New record: on Monday, 20% of Europe’s energy came from wind ;D
LAST UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2017 AT 3:55 PM BY MIHAI ANDREI


SNIPPET:

These are the countries with the highest shares of wind in their electricity production:

1. Denmark: 83% = 74 GWh
2. Ireland: 54% = 51 GWh
3. Germany: 42% = 576 GWh
4. Portugal: 29% = 39 GWh
5. United Kingdom: 29% = 210 GWh
6. Netherlands: 25% = 72 GWh
7. Spain: 24% = 160 GWh
8. Belgium: 19% = 40 GWh
9. France: 15% = 166 GWh
10. Italy: 12% = 101 GWh

Full article:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/wind-solar-energy-14092017/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 09, 2017, 10:23:23 pm »

 

 April 27, 2017

Will Maryland Pioneer Offshore Wind Farming in America?

Despite a climate-denying federal government, two new offshore wind farms could bring thousands of clean jobs to Maryland's Sparrow's Point


http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18941:Will-Maryland-Pioneer-Offshore-Wind-Farming-in-America%3F
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:20:42 pm »




How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half — A National Lab Report

August 31, 2017

By Liz Hartman

SNIPPET:

New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.

This new finding is outlined in a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that examines the future of wind power plants—backed by the supercomputing power of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories.

It’s part of DOE’s Atmosphere to Electrons initiative, which focuses on maximizing efficiencies at the plant level (i.e., how wind turbines interact with one another and the atmosphere) rather than treating each wind turbine as an individual unit. The next step is for DOE to apply high-performance computing to this grand challenge of better understanding the complex physics that control electricity generation by wind plants.

The Wind Plant of the Future



http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/08/how-to-cut-the-cost-of-wind-energy-in-half-a-national-lab-report.html



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:37:53 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Unlike a nuclear power plant, with pollution and cleanup costs for centuries , a wind farm can be safely and quickly decommisioned after the turbines become obsolete or wear out. 



World’s First Offshore Wind Facility Completely Dismantled

Sep 8, 2017

By Power Engineering Editors
         
DONG Energy announced its Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the world, has been dismantled.

The company established Vindeby as a demonstration project to prove offshore energy generation was possible. However, after 25 years the company determined the 11 wind turbines were worn down.

Blades, nacelle and the towers were dismantled individually by a mobile crane and placed on board a jack-up vessel. The concrete foundations were broken down with hydraulic demolition shears, a hydraulic hammer and milling tools.

"This is the first time we're dismantling an offshore wind farm, but luckily, we've been able to draw on our vast experience from constructing offshore wind farms and working offshore," said Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer in DONG Energy. "In cooperation with the winning contractors, we developed the dismantling method and entered a long process with the authorities to obtain all necessary permits." 

Many of the components will be reused as spare parts for other wind turbines, while the blades will be reused in a noise barrier concept and a research project at DTU Risř. One turbine will become part of the exhibition at the Danish Museum of Energy.

Over its lifetime, Vindeby generated 243 GWh of power from its 11 turbines.  Each of the turbines had a capacity of 0.45 MW, and had a blade length of 17 meters and a hub height of 37.5 meters.


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/09/video-world-s-first-offshore-wind-facility-completely-dismantled.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:38:33 pm »



Vestas Joins With Tesla to Combine Wind Turbines With Batteries 

September 1, 2017

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/09/vestas-joins-with-tesla-to-combine-wind-turbines-with-batteries.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:40:22 pm »


#AmericanWindWeek highlights: An outpouring of support   

AUGUST 10, 2017

By Greg Alavarez, the Writer and Content Manager for AWEA. He is the head editor and writer for Into the Wind, and oversees AWEA's online content and opinion writing. Greg holds a Master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University's School of International Service. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Journalism from Lehigh University.

SNIPPET:

We still have three days to go in the first-ever #AmericanWindWeek, but it’s time to check in and see what people are saying. Simply put, the response so far has been amazing.

Thousands of everyday Americans, advocacy groups, lawmakers and businesses from across the country have shared the reasons that U.S. wind power is important in their lives. Let’s get right to the highlights!

Great pictures and heartwarming comments about people who obtained stable, Renewable Energy based, employment:

http://www.aweablog.org/americanwindweek-highlights-outpouring-support/



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:08:26 pm »

Explore every American wind farm and wind factory on our new interactive map
 

MANUFACTURING AUGUST 10, 2017

by Hannah Hunt

Our first-ever American Wind Week is in full swing, delivering exciting updates on the falling costs of wind, progress in the offshore wind market, and overwhelming public support for wind across the country.

But we’re not stopping there.

Today we’ve released a new interactive map that allows anyone to easily view the location of every utility-scale wind project and wind-related manufacturing facility in the United States, visualizing the growth of America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity over time.

Why did we build this map? We know that wind power is providing economic benefits to all 50 states, creating jobs and deploying wind projects in rural communities each year. This map helps to visualize, for the first time, the footprint of the U.S. wind industry, and in more detail than ever before.

The default map view shows all online utility-scale wind projects. However, there’s also a time-lapse feature built in to show the progress of wind power capacity built over time. The time-lapse feature begins in 1981, when the first modern projects were built in California. It then continues through 2017, where wind project development is now strongest in heartland states like Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Beyond the time lapse, users can zoom in and click on individual symbols to find more details about each online wind project, including the name of the project, when it came online, the size of the project, the number of wind turbines, and its congressional district.

The map also includes the locations of the more than 500 active U.S. wind-related manufacturing facilities. When users click on each factory, they’ll discover the name of the company and the type of wind component they produce.

AWEA’s new map uses only a small percentage of the full wind project and manufacturing data available to AWEA members through Market Database Pro, a comprehensive, interactive database of all online, under construction, and advanced development wind projects, and all active wind-related manufacturing facilities. Over 50 data points are provided at both the project and turbine level, with advanced interactive mapping services including filtered search capabilities, summary maps, and political boundaries.



Click on the map to access our new interactive tool (at link below).

The wind industry currently supports over 100,000 U.S. jobs across all 50 states, with nearly 85,000 MW of installed capacity at the end of the second quarter of 2017. That’s enough to power 25 million American homes. Take time to explore our new map to discover where these economic benefits are being delivered.

http://www.aweablog.org/explore-every-american-wind-farm-factory-new-interactive-map/

Agelbert NOTE: Fossil fuelers, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2017, 07:22:04 pm »



National lab: Wind power has become historically low-cost

August 8, 2017

by Hannah Hunt: Senior Research Analyst with AWEA focused on wind industry data and analysis, with applied GIS experience.

Talk about good timing: Building on our first-ever American Wind Week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) released its annual Wind Technologies Market Report today.

LBNL’s findings confirm that U.S. wind energy costs continue to fall, technology continues to advance and performance continues to improve. This has helped the wind industry sell energy at historically low prices to electricity customers, increasing demand from utilities and corporate purchasers alike. As a result, the outlook for the industry is strong.

All of this activity drives job creation– new wind jobs are up 32 percent since 2015 and now top 100,000.

Let’s look at the report’s highlights:

Wind energy has become historically cheap

LBNL examined wind power purchase agreement (PPA) prices across the country, finding that the average levelized PPA price fell to about $20/megawatt hour (MWh) last year. That is a 66 percent price reduction since 2009. PPA prices have fallen across the country, varying by region, with the lowest prices found in the interior.


The low prices reported by LBNL confirm similar recent reports. For example, late last year Wall Street management firm Lazard reported a two-thirds reduction in the unsubsidized levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for wind since 2009.

As those other analysts have noted, wind energy is now the lowest-cost option among all energy sources. PPAs not only provide cost-competitive pricing today, they also allow utilities and corporate purchasers to secure price stability over periods of 10, 20, or even 30 years, providing a hedge against future fuel price increases.

It has gotten much cheaper to build new wind turbines

LBNL reported that it now costs 33 percent less, on average, to install a new wind turbine than the peak reported in 2009 and 2010. Similar to PPA price data, installed costs were lowest in the interior states. Installed costs include all expenses before a wind project comes online, including turbine purchases, balance of plant, and interconnection costs. As turbine purchases are considered the most expensive component of a wind project’s installed costs, decreases in turbine prices were cited by LBNL as the primary factor in cost decreases.


Technology advancements increased wind project performance


Cost reductions continued in 2016 even as wind turbines grew larger, which is a remarkable accomplishment. For turbines installed in 2016, LBNL reported a 13 percent increase in average rotor diameter length over the previous 5-year average, as well as an 11 percent increase in average rated turbine capacity. These technology improvements enable wind turbines to optimize their performance and produce more electricity by reaching stronger, steadier winds. Increased rotor diameters in particular helped to boost new wind turbine performance, with wind projects built in 2014 and 2015 reporting a 42.5 percent average capacity factor in 2016, compared to a 32.1 percent capacity factor for projects built between 2004-2011.

A new finding from the report also reveals how increased performance is being pursued through site customization. That means different turbine models throughout the same wind farm are used to ensure projects reach peak performance. Nearly 25 percent of all wind projects installed in 2016 used multiple turbine configurations from the same turbine manufacturer.

The report supports AWEA data that wind power is now the leading source of renewable energy capacity in the country

The wind industry deployed 8,203 megawatts (MW) in 2016, for a total of 82,143 MW of installed capacity at the end of the year—enough to power 25 million average American homes. That strong installation activity pushed wind power past conventional hydropower to become the largest renewable energy capacity source in America. AWEA’s 2017 second quarter market report confirms strong continued activity, with new wind farm development up 40 percent over this time last year.

The outlook for the wind industry is strong

While the LBNL report notes strong growth is expected to continue through 2020, the report does conclude with a balanced discussion of factors affecting the outlook for the U.S. wind industry in the 2020s.

It lists many positive factors, including “the potential for continued technological advancements and cost reductions enhance the prospects for longer-term growth, as does burgeoning corporate demand for wind energy and continued state (renewable portfolio standard) requirements. Moreover, new transmission in some regions is expected to open up high-quality wind resources to development.”

Some have focused on the report’s discussion of potential economic challenges for the industry, including competition from natural gas and solar. However, it should be noted that those challenges are nothing new and have in fact been listed in every version of the report this decade. Thanks to the innovation and productivity of American workers, the wind industry has been able overcome those challenges by greatly exceeding cost reduction expectations, and we expect that successful track record to continue.

LBNL’s full report provides valuable insights on wind industry market and technology trends. We’re excited to see that wind energy is more cost-competitive than ever, with momentum in place to supply 10 percent of the country’s electricity by 2020, while adding another 50,000 jobs to our 100,000-strong wind energy workforce over the same time frame.

http://www.aweablog.org/national-lab-wind-power-become-historically-low-cost/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 08, 2017, 07:38:59 pm »



Utilities Shifting Away from Wind, Solar PPAs

August 8, 2017

By Chris Martin, Jim Polson and Mark Chediak, Bloomberg

utilities
         
There’s a new model emerging for growth-starved utilities looking to profit from America’s solar and wind power boom.

American Electric Power Co. is using it for a $4.5 billion deal that’ll land the U.S. utility owner a massive wind farm in Oklahoma and a high-voltage transmission line to deliver the power. NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida unit is using it to build solar farms. And in April, the chief executive officer of Xcel Energy Inc. said he’d use it to help add 3.4 GW of new wind energy over the next five years.

Here’s how it works: Some utilities that for years contracted to buy electricity from wind and solar farm owners are now shifting away from these so-called power purchase agreements, or PPAs. They’re instead seeking approval from state regulators to buy the assets outright and recover the costs from customers through rates. While the takeovers are being branded as a cheaper way of securing power, saving ratepayers millions in the end, they also guarantee profits for utilities.

“We keep wondering why utilities are always signing PPAs that pass the cost through to customers,” said Amy Grace, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “If you put it in your rate base, you can get a guaranteed return on it. There’s a big upside to ownership.”
With the cost of building solar and wind farms sliding and electricity demand weakening, owning renewables is a more attractive proposition than ever for utilities.

The price of wind has come down enough that it’s going to be competitive with anything else  ;D you’re probably going to propose to build out there,”
Kit Konolige, a New York-based utility analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, said by phone Wednesday.


Biggest Hurdle

The catch, of course, is regulatory buy-in. AEP will need approval from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and federal regulators to purchase the 2,000-MW Wind Catcher farm from developer Invenergy LLC, build a 350-mile (563-kilometer) transmission line and bake the costs into customer rates. The planned to file these plans with regulators on July 31.

American Electric wants regulatory approvals by April, Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Akins said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call Thursday. Central to the project are $2.7 billion of U.S. tax credits for wind production. No rate increase will be needed, he said.

Full article:


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/08/utilities-shifting-away-from-wind-solar-ppas.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 28, 2017, 06:47:53 pm »

USA’s Largest & World’s Second-Largest Onshore Wind Farm (2 Gigawatt Farm) To Be Built In Oklahoma

July 27th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

SNIPPET:

North America’s largest independent renewable energy company, Invenergy, has announced that it is partnering with GE Renewable Energy to build the 2 GW Wind Catcher onshore wind farm, which will be the world’s second largest and the United States’ largest wind farm once completed.

Announced on Wednesday, Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy revealed that they would be teaming up to build the 2 gigawatt (GW) Wind Catcher onshore wind farm, currently under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle. The 2,000 megawatt (MW) wind farm will consist of 800 GE 2.5 MW wind turbines — GE’s latest wind turbine model, which is specifically designed for siting efficiency, allowing for higher energy production.
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“GE is delighted to be a part of the groundbreaking Wind Catcher project with Invenergy and American Electric Power,” said Pete McCabe, President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business. “We look forward to putting our teams to work in these communities as we continue to move toward our goal of ensuring that no one has to choose between sustainable, reliable and affordable energy.”

The Wind Catcher onshore wind is part of the larger, $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection that will also see the construction of approximately 350 miles of dedicated, extra-high-voltage power lines.

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/27/invenergy-ge-team-2-gw-worlds-second-largest-us-largest-onshore-wind-farm/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 27, 2017, 02:45:23 pm »




Floating Turbines  for Hywind Scotland Offshore Wind Farm in Transit

July 20, 2017

By Renewable Energy World Editors
 offshore wind


         
Five floating turbines for the Hywind offshore wind farm this week began their journey from Stord, Norway, to Buchan Deep, 25 km east of Peterhead in Scotland, according to Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, a co-owner of the project.

The 6-MW turbines, which are placed on top of ballasted steel cylinders, were assembled outside Stord this summer and now are being individually towed to Scottish waters, the company said. Each turbine’s journey takes four days of sailing across the North Sea. Final installation procedures will take two to three days per turbine, with installation scheduled to be finished by the end of August. 

In addition, the loadout of the cables for the project will begin in Halden, Norway, the company said. An installation vessel will go to Kristiansand, Norway, to pick up vertical anchors and buoyancy modules before heading to Peterhead for pull-in of the export cable. The cable will then be laid out in Buchan Deep with the second end connected to one of the floating wind turbines. After installing the export cable, the remaining four infield cables will be installed by the end of September.

Earlier this year, Masdar acquired a stake in the Hywind project, which is majority owned by Statoil :o  ;D.

Lead image credit: Masdar

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/07/floating-turbines-for-hywind-scotland-offshore-wind-farm-in-transit.html

Agelbert NOTE: It's nice to see that a Fossil Fuel Corporation (i.e. Statoil, NOT the U.S. Big Oil IDIOTS) can see the Renewable Energy writing on the wall and has begun the transition.  ;D May any Fossil Fuel Corporation that doesn't transition away from fossil fuels to Clean Energy GO BANKRUPT SOON!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:12:01 pm »

Vattenfall & Stadtwerke München Inaugurate 288 MW Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm

July 25th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

SNIPPET:


The Sandbank project is made up of 72 wind turbines, and is expected to provide renewable electricity equivalent to what is used by 400,000 German households, avoiding 700,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

“It is our ambition to power climate smarter living and to become CO2 free in one generation,”    said Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President of Vattenfall and Head of Business Area Wind. “I think the start of Sandbank is a further proof to Vattenfall’s strategy of continuing to push the transformation of our production portfolio towards renewable energies.”

Full article with great pictures:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/25/vattenfall-stadtwerke-munchen-inaugurate-288-mw-sandbank-offshore-wind-farm/

Agelbert NOTE: It is a joy to know that the Fossil fuel Fascist Industry gets major heartburn from this massive progress towards a viable biosphere free from dirty energy:   

The main reason the fossil fuelers get so upset about this type of news is that every single ton of CO2 emissions that is avoided is a LOSS of Profit over people and planet for the Fossil Fuel Fascsists. You see, those dirty energy crooks and liars can't buy our politicians without those ill gotten profits.

GOOD!


 



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:07:05 pm »

Why do wind turbines have 3 blades? ???

Hint: Cost of blades and centrifugal force considerations.     

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 21, 2017, 12:09:18 pm »


Video spotlight: How to build and maintain wind farms 

We’re right at summer’s midpoint, and news this time of year can be a little slow. But these warm weather months don’t mean a slow down for the men and women building and maintaining wind farms.

The long days and clear skies have them forging ahead with new construction and routine upkeep. Here’s a trio of videos providing some insight into what they’re up to:

Xcel Energy shows us the steps that go into building a wind farm:



E.ON takes a look at how you keep wind turbine blades in tip top shape once a project is up and running:


Finally, Acciona explains how these construction and maintenance procedures let us generate electricity out of thin air: 





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:03:36 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Oh the irony!   



First US Offshore Wind Installation Vessel to be Built with Oil and Gas Expertise  :o  ;D

Expected delivery of the Jone-Act-compliant vessel is late 2018.

June 30, 2017

By Jennifer Runyon Chief Editor

SNIPPET:

The vessel will be based on a US-built barge. Zentech plans to install four truss legs with spud cans, a proven oil and gas design, and integrate them into a newly built hull.

In late 2016, the first U.S. offshore wind farm was commissioned off the coast of Rhode Island. In constructing the Block Island Wind Farm, developer Deepwater Wind had to use a wind turbine installation vessel —Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern — from Europe because no boat big enough to install the vessels existed yet in the United States. Because of U.S. regulations in the Jones Act, Brave Tern was not permitted to touch the shore , meaning that other U.S.-flagged vessels had to transport equipment from the U.S. coast to the installation site, adding additional cost to the installation of the project.  >:(

The Zentech and RRI vessel will solve that logistical headache. The company said that the vessel will also act as an oil and gas crane jack-up for decommissioning in 300-ft water depths when not in service for installing and/or maintaining wind turbines.

Design of the Jones Act vessel should allow it to navigate the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, the company said. It will be able to carry and install components for at least three complete turbines, up to 9-MW capacity  , according to the company. The vessel’s jacking system will be rated at a capacity of 16,000 tons, extending the unit’s service life.

The company said that the vessel may one day be able to install four 8-MW fully assembled wind turbines and will be ready for anticipated 10-MW capacity machines in the future.

“With larger scale offshore wind projects following Block Island, the U.S. market requires forward-looking marine logistics,” said Andy Geissbuehler, Managing Partner of Renewable Resource International.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/06/first-jones-act-compliant-us-offshore-wind-jack-up-installation-vessel-to-be-built-with-oil-and-gas-expertise.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:42:15 pm »

World's Largest Wind Turbine Will Be Taller Than Empire State Building 

https://www.ecowatch.com/worlds-largest-wind-turbine-2449212399.html

Agelbert NOTE: Unlike onshore wind turbines, Offshore wind turbines are not limited in size and diameter by highway overpass heights and highway widths. So, these new giants will be far more efficient, AND RELIABLE, than any fossil fuel or nuclear power plant that has EVER been built. Therefore, expect Trump and friends to go to great lengths to keep these Renewable Energy Marvels from going up in our oceans and the great lakes. The Fossil Fuelers have NEVER been about a level ERoEI (energy return on energy invested) playing field. And as to the claim of these crooks and liars that they provided, and still provide, a polluting product because we-the-people "wanted" them to, as government subisies of polluting fuels for a century attest, just throw the following quote at them: ;D
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"There is a nice legal concept called estoppel. If you argue that you didn't kill the Major in the library with the Ming vase because you were in bed with his wife, you are estopped from pleading self-defence. In the same way, polluters are estopped from arguing that they were only complying with public policy as laid down in the law, because they spent tens of millions shaping those policies and laws to their advantage." James Wimberley

The fossil fuel industry is hell bent to trash the beauty and life that is left on our biosphere. Don't let them get away with it!





11 Stunning Photos of the World's Newest Biosphere Reserves 

https://www.ecowatch.com/un-biosphere-reserves-2449056861.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 27, 2017, 01:11:30 pm »

 

Onshore Wind Generates Nearly A Quarter Of Northern Ireland’s Electricity

June 27th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

SNIPPET:

While obviously, Northern Ireland is a smaller country — it is only 17% the size of Scotland, for example — the UK as a whole only sources 6% of its electricity from onshore wind, so Northern Ireland is definitely doing well. 


“Crossing this 1 GW threshold shows just how much of a success story onshore wind is in Northern Ireland,” explained Rachel Anderson, Chair of NIRIG. “Onshore wind remains one of the vital growth areas to our modern low-carbon economy, so we need to ensure that politicians here join us in securing a bright future for this technology.” 


Renewable electricity is making a massive contribution to Northern Ireland, creating jobs, bringing inward investment and enabling local regeneration,” added RenewableUK’s Executive Director, Emma Pinchbeck. “Northern Ireland is making the most of its great onshore wind resources, embracing a mature technology which is now the cheapest way to generate electricity bar none, helping to keep consumers’ bills down.”



https://cleantechnica.com/2017/06/27/onshore-wind-generates-nearly-a-quarter-of-northern-irelands-electricity/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:01:29 pm »

Record one-year capacity increase in India

7 April 2017 by Suuhas Tenddulkar,
 financial year, finishing on 31 March 2017, according to the ministry of renewable energy.

INDIA: A total of 5,400MW of new wind capacity was installed in India over the last financial year, finishing on 31 March 2017, according to the ministry of renewable energy.

It beat the country’s previous one-year record of 3,423MW, set in 2015-16, by over 57%. Cumulative capacity across India now stands at 31,117MW.

Nearly two-fifths of the year’s new capacity was added in March alone as developers rushed to avail themselves of the generation-based incentive (GBI) benefits, which were in force until the end of the month.

Andhra Pradesh, a relatively late entrant to wind power, installed 2,190MW, followed by Gujurat with 1,275MW, and Karnataka with 882MW.

Other states adding wind power were: Madhya Pradesh (357MW), Rajasthan (288MW), Tamil Nadu (262MW), Maharashtra (118MW), Telangana (23MW), and Kerala (8MW).

Despite the expiry of the GBI scheme, installations for the current financial year are expected to exceed 5GW, considering the size of the pipeline and the additional 1GW of capacity that was awarded through auctions in March.

Another encouraging sign for wind development in India is that states such as Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh have taken concrete steps to set-up their first projects.

http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1429951/record-one-year-capacity-increase-india

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