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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #195 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

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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

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #196 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: 





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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #197 on: July 23, 2017, 11:07:05 pm »
Why do wind turbines have 3 blades? ???

Hint: Cost of blades and centrifugal force considerations.     

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #198 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

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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.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #199 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

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« Reply #200 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

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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.

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https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/27/invenergy-ge-team-2-gw-worlds-second-largest-us-largest-onshore-wind-farm/
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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #201 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

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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.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #202 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/


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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #203 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/

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« Reply #204 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/



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« Reply #205 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
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« Reply #206 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 Risø. 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.


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« Reply #207 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

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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



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« Reply #208 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


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« Reply #209 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

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http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/wind-solar-energy-14092017/
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