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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #150 on: December 17, 2016, 06:17:57 pm »
Statoil :D Wins U.S. Offshore Wind Lease Off New York

December 16, 2016 by gCaptain

Norwegian energy giant Statoil has been declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale of 79,350 acres offshore New York.

The win will allow Statoil the opportunity to explore the potential development of an offshore wind farm to provide New York City and Long Island with a significant, long-term source of renewable electricity.

Statoil submitted a winning bid of $42,469,725 during the online offshore wind auction concluded Friday by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

“We are excited to have submitted the most competitive bid in a highly attractive project, Statoil’s first offshore wind lease in the United States. We now look forward to working with New York’s state agencies and contribute to New York meeting its future energy needs by applying our offshore experience and engineering expertise,” says Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil´s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions.

The lease comprises an area that could potentially accommodate more than 1 GW of offshore wind, with a phased development expected to start with 400-600 MW. The New York Wind Energy Area is located 14-30 miles (30-60 km) offshore, spans 79,350 acres (321 km2), and covers water depths between 65 and 131 feet (20-40 meters).

Next Statoil will conduct studies to better understand the seabed conditions, the grid connection options and wind resources involved in the lease site.

“We will work closely with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on these studies and throughout the permitting process, and in connection with power offtake options,” says Rummelhoff.

The State of New York projects that offshore wind will be a significant part of the renewable energy generation needed to meet its Clean Energy Standard in 2030.

The United States’ first offshore wind farm, the Block Island Wind Farm, went live on December 12 and is expected to hit full power next month.

“The US is a key emerging market for offshore wind – both bottom-fixed and floating – with significant potential along both the east and west coasts. As today’s announcement shows, Statoil is well positioned to take part in what could be a significant build out of offshore wind in New York and other states over the next decade. This effort is in line with the company’s strategy to gradually complement our oil and gas portfolio with viable renewable energy and other low-carbon solutions,” says Rummelhoff.

In Europe, Statoil is developing an offshore wind portfolio with the capacity of providing over 1 million homes with renewable energy. Statoil currently holds a 40% share in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm in the UK, which has been in production since 2012. The Dudgeon offshore wind farm, also located offshore Norfolk in the UK – and the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland – will come in production in 2017. Earlier this year, Statoil acquired 50% of the Arkona offshore wind farm in Germany, which will come in production in 2019.

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« Reply #151 on: December 28, 2016, 01:35:02 pm »
Amazon to Flip the Switch on Massive Wind Project in North Carolina

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By Robynne Boyd

Before the ball drops on New Year's Eve, 104 wind turbines scattered across 22,000 acres of farmland near Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will begin churning out electricity.

It will be the South's first large-scale wind farm. At 208 megawatts, Avangrid's facility has the capacity to capture enough of the sky's kinetic energy to power 61,000 homes. But instead of homes, this electricity will run data centers for Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.

Wind generates about 5 percent of U.S. electricity, but that figure is steadily rising. In fact, at 41 percent, wind power was the largest source of new electricity production in 2015. None of that, however, came out of the Southeast. The region imports 3.8 gigawatts of wind energy from the Midwest (enough to power 10 million homes for as little as 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour), but wind farms themselves, similar to solar, have almost no penetration here.

"Wind is so new in the Southeast; I think there has been a fear of the unknown," said Katharine Kollins, president of Southeastern Wind Coalition. "Having the Avangrid project up and running will be important for people to see wind farms firsthand and up close."


Except for the occasional hurricane, the South isn't known to be particularly windy—at least not compared with Plains states like Iowa, where the wind accounts for nearly a third of total electricity generation. But great potential exists in this void and with new turbine technology, some southern states are getting ready to tap into it.

"The biggest change in the industry has been turbine advancements," said Simon Mahan, director of the Southern Wind Energy Association, an industry organization. Taller turbines, like those at Avangrid's Amazon Wind Farm, can reach higher, stronger winds, and longer blades are able to harness gentler breezes. "This is opening the South as the next frontier for wind energy," Mahan noted.

Indeed, wind turbines have gone through a growth spurt. Since the 1990s, hub height has risen from 45 to 300 feet, which is as tall as the Statue of Liberty. And blades now extend more than 180 feet in length.

In addition to technology, improvements in energy policy, such as renewable energy standards and the federal Production Tax Credit, have enabled wind's price tag to plummet 90 percent over the past 25 years, making it more alluring in the competitive energy market.

According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Southeast could become the Most Improved Player in coming years, particularly as the national energy mix continues to change. "If I'm thinking realistic numbers, the Southeast could easily support a few gigawatts of wind," Kollins said.

Over the next 12 years, 46 coal power plants around the country (including 19 in the Southeast) are due to retire, despite the incoming Trump administration's promises to bring back the coal industry by removing regulations that protect clean air and water. Improved energy efficiency will help, but those retired plants' electricity contribution, about 15,600 megawatts, will need to be replaced with something. And that something will likely be a combo of cheap natural gas and renewables, which together provided 45 percent of the country's electricity last year.

"A company or utility looking to decrease its costs needs to be looking to buy wind and solar right now," Mahan said. "At the end of the day, if it's cheaper to do, why not?"  ;D

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #152 on: December 30, 2016, 08:06:36 pm »
WATCH: Subsea Cable Installation at Nordsee One Offshore Wind Farm

December 29, 2016 by gCaptain


Check out this video by Siem Offshore explaining wind farm inner array grid cable installation at the Nordsee One OWF project in the German North Sea. The subsea cable installation work began in summer 2016 using cable laying vessel Siem Aimery and installation support vessel Siem Moxie.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #153 on: January 07, 2017, 02:58:11 pm »
Solstad Construction Vessels Find Offshore Wind Work
January 6, 2017 by gCaptain

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Norwegian supply vessel company Solstad Offshore has entered into a contract with Dutch energy company Dong Energy Wind Power for charter of Soltad’s multipurpose construction vessel (CSV) Rem Installer and a second CSV down the road.

Solstad Offshore announced Friday that the contract for the Rem Installer covers a firm period of 23 months with a six-month options. A second CSV will be selected at a later stage for a firm period of 7 months with an 8-month option, the company said.

The contracts will commence in February 2017 for the Rem Installer, which will be renamed Normand Jarl. The contract for the second vessel will commence April 1, 2017.

Solstad Offshore said in its announcement that the contract is strategically important for the company’s contintued commitment to the renewable energy segments.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #154 on: January 16, 2017, 07:51:32 pm »
This startup's wind generator flaps its wings like a hummingbird    


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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #155 on: January 26, 2017, 07:04:50 pm »
 

It's Windy in Long Island

The Long Island Power Authority approved plans for a 90 megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm off the shore of Long Island, the nation's largest project to date.

The $740 million project will begin construction in 2020, powering 50,000 homes upon completion and moving New York closer to Gov. Cuomo's goal of developing 2,400 MW of offshore wind power by 2030. At 256 square miles, the farm is large enough for the developer, Deepwater Wind, to build as many as 200 turbines in years to come.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has awarded 11 sites for offshore wind farms, including along the coasts of Massachusetts, Delaware, and Virginia.

http://customwire.ap.org/.../stories/U/US_WIND_ENERGY

Agelbert  NOTE: Trump hates wind turbines with his typical lack of objective reasons for this animosity. For example, he talks about bird deaths from wind "mills" (he can't seem to call them by their proper name  ;)) but TOTALLY ignores the gargantuan bird deaths from OIL Refineries, Chemical Manufacturing Plants, fossil fuel power plants AND nuclear power plants. I wonder how this PUPPET of the fossil fuel industry will try to sabotage this wind project. Make no mistake, he will definitely try to sabotage it. Logic is not his thing. He is a man on a profit for the polluters mission.

Keith Olbermann thinks Trump is nuts. I think he is a megalomaniac, but I don't think he is off his rocker. That said, I agree with Olbermann that Trump's actions lately certainly have not been rational. The video aside, it is fascinating to watch the right wingers try to imagine Trump's actions as "reflecting a reasoned approach."  ::) The straw grasping attempts by the right wingers to give legitimacy to that POS POTUS are pathetic. But I'm sure the "greed is good" crowd will keep trying celebrate their megalomaniac leader.      

A Plea to Trump Fans: This Man Is Dangerous

Oh, and I hate to brag, but I DID accurately predict that it would RAIN on Trump at the Inauguration.  ;D


Washington, D.C. presidential inauguration weather history

By Justin Grieser

January 16, 2013

Agelbert NOTE: This article is informative, as well as being educational (before 1937 inaugurals were held in March - BUT the weather was actually COLDER than the average of January 20th inaugurals!  :o). Anyone who reads this article objectively (i.e. someone who isn't a climate denier propagandized fool or a propagandist liar working for the fossil fuel industry) and then looks at the forecast for January 20, 2017 will not fail to notice the accelerating trend of Global Warming.

SNIPPET:

What are typical weather conditions on Inauguration Day in the nation’s capital? And which years had the warmest, coldest, wettest or snowiest ceremonies?





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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #156 on: January 27, 2017, 07:36:48 pm »
European Offshore Wind Forecast to Add 3.5GW Capacity in 2017

January 26, 2017 by Bloomberg

SNIPPET:


“We’re set to reach 25 gigawatts total capacity by 2020 – double today’s level,” WindEurope Chief Executive Officer Giles Dickson said. 




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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #157 on: January 31, 2017, 06:51:49 pm »



Wind Turbines Pose No Significant Threat To Human Health 
 

There are no significant adverse effects to human health stemming from wind turbines, according to a study by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

Scientists analysed the health risks wind turbines might pose due to noise emissions (including subsonic noise), ice throw, light emissions and shadows, as well as disturbances based on subjective perception of turbines.

If turbines are operated correctly, “the health risk potential is very marginal,” the study said. Technological progress had considerably reduced detrimental impacts of turbines, making them less dangerous for human health than CO2-emitting coal plants, the UBA said.

However, it added there often were “fears and reservations among residents concerning potential health risks, in spite of clear scientific indications” that would be best countered by closely involving the public in the planning and construction of wind turbines near their homes from the start.

For more information, read the CLEW dossier The People’s Energiewende.

https://www.cleanenergywi...against-transmission-line


Greens criticise Schulz’s omission of climate protection statement

The German Green Party has criticised the Social Democrat candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, for not having taken a clear stance on climate protection yet, news agency dpa reports. The Green’s parliamentary group chairman Anton Hofreiter told dpa that in the current grand coalition government with Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party, Schulz’s SPD party had slowed down the Energiewende and ignored climate protection. “I haven’t seen Schulz setting a course on this matter yet,” Hofreiter told the news wire. However, he said he regarded pro-European Schulz as an “interesting candidate” whose nomination by the SPD could “only benefit” the election battle if it motivated people to take an interest in politics.

 
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

“Changed land use causes more CO2 than expected”


Forest clearance and other changes to the landscape are responsible for more CO2-emissions than previously thought, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found. “Forests, grasslands and fields contribute considerably to climate protection” by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, KIT said in a press release. Comparing the absorbance patterns of natural and transformed landscape now suggested that vegetation’s capacity to store CO2 was even “greater than expected. [...] In any case, our results support efforts to prevent further large-scale forest clearance in order to protect the climate,” KIT added. 

 
tageszeitung (taz)

“Driving a car is not a fundamental right”


Driving cars might be very dear to large parts of the German population, but it is not a fundamental right and can be harmful to health and environment, writes Svenja Bergt in an opinion piece in tageszeitung (taz). Instead of half-hearted diesel bans, she proposes private car bans for inner cities. “Delivery transport, street cleaners and ambulances fill up on green power. Bicycle rentals on every other street corner. Public transport every three minutes. Parks instead of parking. Then residents in towns in valley basins could breathe freely even at times of thermal inversions,” Bergt writes.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #158 on: February 10, 2017, 02:31:37 pm »

Wind Power Becomes America's Largest Renewable Resource

SNIPPET:

"American wind power is now the number one source of renewable capacity, thanks to more than 100,000 wind workers across all 50 states," said Tom Kiernan, AWEA CEO.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #159 on: February 10, 2017, 07:18:21 pm »

Wind Overtakes Coal Power in Europe as Turbines Head Offshore
February 9, 2017 by Bloomberg

File photo shows the Gode Wind 2 offshore wind farm. Photo credit: Dong Energy (at article link)

By Jessica Shankleman

(Bloomberg) — Wind farm developers installed more power than any other form of energy last year in Europe, helping turbines to overtake coal in terms of capacity, industry figures show.

European wind power grew 8 percent, to 153.7 gigawatts, comprising 16.7 percent of installed capacity and overtaking coal as the continent’s second-biggest potential source of energy, according to figures published Thursday by the WindEurope trade group. Gas-fired generation retained the largest share of installed capacity.

With countries seeking to curb greenhouse gas emissions that causes climate change by replacing fossil fuel plants with new forms of renewable energy, investment in wind grew to a record 27.5 billion euros ($29.3 billion) in 2016, WindEurope’s annual European Statistics report showed.

“Wind and coal are on two ends of the spectrum,” said Oliver Joy, a spokesman for WindEurope, in an e-mail. “Wind is steadily adding new capacity while coal is decommissioning far more than any technology in Europe.”

The group underscored that wind, which only produces power intermittently, hasn’t yet overtaken coal share in total power generation.

European wind investment increased 5 percent in 2016 from a year earlier driven by the offshore segment that attracted 18.2 billion euros, the report said. That offset a 29 percent investment decline in the onshore market.

© 2017 Bloomberg L.P

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #160 on: February 17, 2017, 06:38:10 pm »
Global Energy News | Tue Feb 14, 2017 | 11:35am EST

Wind power briefly sets record as source for electricity in U.S.   

By Scott DiSavino

Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday  :o  , the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid.

SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.

Wind power in the SPP region has grown significantly to over 16,000 MW currently from less than 400 megawatts in the early 2000s and is expected to continue growing. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

"Ten years ago, we thought hitting even a 25 percent wind-penetration level would be extremely challenging, and any more than that would pose serious threats to reliability," SPP Vice President of Operations Bruce Rew said in a statement.
 
"Now we have the ability to reliably manage greater than 50 percent wind penetration. It's not even our ceiling," Rew said.

Wind power briefly reached 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, SPP said on Monday, beating the previous penetration milestone of 49.2 percent. Wind penetration is a measure of the amount of total load served by wind at a given time.
 
Currently, wind is the third biggest source of generation in the SPP region, making up about 15 percent of capacity in 2016 behind natural gas and coal. This is the first time that wind was even briefly more than 50 percent of the source of electric power at any U.S. grid, according to SPP.

"With a (generation) footprint as broad as ours, even if the wind stops blowing in the upper Great Plains, we can deploy resources waiting in the Midwest and Southwest to make up any sudden deficits," Rew said.
 
Of the 11 states that received more than 10 percent of their power from wind in 2015, the top five are Iowa at 31 percent, South Dakota at 25 percent, Kansas at 24 percent, Oklahoma at 18 percent and North Dakota at 18 percent, all at least partially located in the SPP grid, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Some of the biggest wind farms in the grid are operated by units of Sempra Energy, BP Plc, EDP Energias de Portugal SA, Southern Co and NextEra Energy Inc.

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« Reply #161 on: February 23, 2017, 07:52:18 pm »
Shell     ;D Looks Beyond Dutch Waters for Offshore Wind Investments

February 22, 2017 by Bloomberg

By Jessica Shankleman

(Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc may contract to build offshore wind farms in the U.K. and across Europe, after winning a bid to build one of the cheapest projects on record last year, Shell U.K. chair Sinead Lynch, said in an interview.

Europe’s biggest oil supplier is exploring opportunities across Europe for offshore wind, Lynch said at a press event on Wednesday at a Shell service station outside London, where she was opening the company’s first U.K. hydrogen refueling station.

Shell in December won a bid with Eneco Holding NV, Van Oord NV and a unit of Mitsubishi Corp. to build the Borssele III and IV wind farms with a combined capacity of 680 megawatts near the Dutch port city Zeeland. The power-purchase contracts to supply electricity at 5.45 euro cents (5.7 U.S. cents) a kilowatt-hour were the second-cheapest ever worldwide and slightly higher than the 4.99 euro cents a kilowatt-hour contract that Vattenfall won in September to build Denmark’s Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm.

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“We are looking long and hard at how we might build a business in offshore wind,’’ she said.

Offshore wind meets Shell’s criteria for new technology investments of having scale, and being an area where it can compete “and win,’’ she said. Its experience in complex offshore project management naturally lends itself to the emerging renewable technology.

“It’s also about marketing energy so once you produce your wind you need to market the power,’’ she said.

© 2017 Bloomberg L.P

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Agelbert NOTE: If this means SHELL is moving into Renewable Energy for real, and this is not just a marketing ploy like BP's "Beyond Petroleum" head fake into solar panels, then good for them. We shall see. At any rate, anything that gives Rex Tillerson and Trump (both mortal enemies of ANY Renewable Energy)  the Wind Power finger makes my day.    
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« Reply #162 on: March 05, 2017, 11:24:39 pm »
Western Plains Wind Farm near Dodge City

March 2, 2017 10:57 AM
 
Kansas wind helps power company set new milestone  ;D

By Dan Voorhis

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SNIPPET:

Westar Energy said that with the start of operations this week at its Western Plains Wind Farm near Dodge City, it can now meet a third of its electrical needs with wind energy. 

Westar owns the 280-megawatt Western Plains wind farm in Ford County. It was developed by Infinity Wind and built by Mortenson Construction. The housings of the Siemens turbines at the wind farm were made in Hutchinson.

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« Reply #163 on: March 06, 2017, 10:33:04 pm »
Denmark just ran a day entirely on wind energy — again  ;D

Mihai Andrei March 3, 2017
 
SNIPPET:

The transition is fully underway. If we are looking for cheap, competitive and reliable, I don’t see much alternative to wind’ says Wind Europe spokesman.

Denmark was a pioneer in developing commercial wind power during the 1970s, and today a substantial share of the wind turbines around the world are produced by Danish manufacturers. They’ve maintained that motivation through the years, as Denmark’s recent history clearly shows the country’s commitment towards renewable energy. In 2015, 42% of Denmark’s energy came from wind, and they’ve had several days in which their energy came entirely from wind — even one in which Denmark produced 140% of its energy needs from wind. Yes, they’ve recently had another one of those days.

The Scandinavian nation generated 97 gigawatt-hours (GWh) on 22nd February, and it was a great day for renewables all around the continent. That day, 18.8 per cent of the European Union’s electricity demand came from wind. Wind Europe spokesman Oliver Joy said this was yet another testament to the resilience of renewables.

“It’s very impressive but what it demonstrates is that renewable can truly be a solution to Europe’s needs,” said Mr Joy, speaking to The Independent. The trend is also spreading to other European countries. “Denmark is just the latest example that we have seen in the latest months. In 2016 we saw the UK was powered without coal for 12 and a half hours, Germany went some days on renewable, and Portugal went four straight days on renewable. It shows energy transition is underway in Europe and arguably further ahead than anywhere else in the world.” 

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« Reply #164 on: March 22, 2017, 01:34:05 pm »



Researchers create mesmerizing tornado simulation :o algorithm [with video]


Article:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/math/tornado-simulation-algorithm-20032017/

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Those tornados will get stronger and stronger, thanks to all the free energy the trapped IR heat in our atmosphere is generating from the burning of fossil fuels. The only upside to such a turbulent atmosphere is that average wind speeds will increase all over the planet (bull market for VERY STRONGLY BUILT wind turbines    - and underground houses  :D ). But seriously, some ships (bulk carriers and even TANKERS!  :o are installing vertical roller wind turbine cylinders to save on fuel. With a lot of wind around those cylinders are a good deal in the sea AND on land where HIGH winds are the norm.

Rotor Sails under testing - they make them MUCH BIGGER than that for large ships like bulk carriers and tankers (see below).



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The Oceans Are Heating Faster

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