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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #210 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.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #211 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.”


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« Reply #212 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

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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.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #213 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.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #214 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.” 


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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #215 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
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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #216 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.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #217 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: Øyvind Gravås / 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: Øyvind Gravås / 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.

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