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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #240 on: March 02, 2018, 11:14:13 pm »
GE Unveils the World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine  :o 

March 1, 2018 by Bloomberg

GE says the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine will feature an industry-leading 12 MW direct drive generator, enough to power up to 16,000 households annually. Image credit: GE

By Jeremy Hodges (Bloomberg) — GE Renewable Resources said it’ll spend as much as $400 million over the next few years to build an offshore wind turbine almost 100 meters taller than the Washington Monument.

The new turbine, dubbed Haliade-X, will measure 260 meters (853 feet) tall, the company said. The blades, manufactured by LM Wind Power, will be longer than a soccer field.

One 12-megawatt turbine will generate as much as 67 gigawatt hours a year, which is enough to power 5,000 households, GE said. Bigger turbines need fewer foundations and less complex grid connections than smaller units. That means a wind farm’s layout can be made more efficient, and fewer machines means less maintenance.

GE said it’ll supply the first nacelle for a demonstration in 2019 and ship the first turbines in 2021.


“The renewables industry took more than 20 years to install the first 17 gigawatt of offshore wind,” said Jerome Pecresse, president and chief executive officer of GE Renewable Energy. “Today, the industry forecasts that it will install more than 90 gigawatts over the next 12 years. This is being driven by lower cost of electricity from scale and technology.”

The costs of building and producing offshore wind farms have fallen dramatically in recent years making subsidy-free projects a reality. In 2017, the German and Dutch electricity regulators approved bids to build what will be the first offshore wind farms that depend entirely on market prices instead of government support and subsidy.

“It is important to be mindful of the challenges that come with bringing a 12-megawatt turbine to market,” said Keegan Kruger, a London-based Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst.

Foundation manufacturers and installation vessel suppliers will need to adapt to the shift toward bigger turbines, while investors must learn to finance gigawatt-scale projects operating machines that have never been used, he said.

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« Reply #241 on: March 14, 2018, 04:59:57 pm »


March 14, 2018

Insufficient transmission capacity continues to hold the US wind industry back from realizing its full potential

A Missouri judge recently ruled that the state’s utility commission “erred” in not approving the Grain Belt Express. The transmission line would transport wind from Kansas to Indiana, passing through Missouri on the way. The fate of the line now rests in the hands of the state Supreme Court. The demand for transmission to transport wind power is high -- when the Grain Belt Express was first announced, it received 4.5 times the line’s capacity in service requests from wind generators.

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« Reply #242 on: March 15, 2018, 06:02:16 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: In addition to providing higher energy harvesting, the BTC wind turbine blade, pictured below, promises to reduce or eliminate damage from hurricane force winds due its ability to twist without structural failure.


Turbine blades that bend & twist can improve their power ⚡ output

March 9, 2018 Paul Dvorak

This article comes from the Fraunhofer Research News / 1.3.2018

The share of the overall electricity market made up by wind energy continues to grow year after year. The giant rotor blades are one central part of a turbine. In the “SmartBlades” project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES and its partners developed a rotor blade, which, thanks to an innovative bend-twist coupling, is able to make more efficient use of large fluctuations in wind strength. In the follow-up project “SmartBlades2”, the concept will undergo experimental tests using a demonstrator.

The BTC blade in the extreme load test: The loads are applied via three hydraulic cylinders.

More than 28,000 wind turbines with a total output of 50 gigawatts are currently in operation in Germany: This equates to a 12.3% share of the total electricity production in Germany in 2016. This figure places the German wind energy sector at the top of the European league table, as confirmed by the German Wind Energy Association’s data. The current focus of research is now on developing this technology even further. And the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, based in Bremerhaven, is leading the way here. Within the framework of the joint “SmartBlades2” project, researchers have turned their attention to the bend-twist coupling (BTC) concept for rotor blades. The passive working coupling adapts continuously to the wind forces acting on the rotor blade. When the wind loads become too high, the bend-twists reduces the forces affecting the structure.

The rotor blades of conventional wind turbines react to changing wind strengths very slowly. A rotor blade measuring up to 85-meters long describes a circular area of 22,670 m², that’s the equivalent of four soccer pitches  :o. The wind strengths within this area can vary greatly. The pressure acting upon the blade pointing upward, for example, can be very different from the pressure on the lower blade. Conventional rotor blades cannot compensate for a single gust of wind as they are too rigid to twist. This means if there is a gust when the wind is already strong, the turbine operators turn the rotor blades completely away from the wind. This results in long downtimes during which no electricity is produced.

“The demonstrator BTC blade developed as part of this project is swept back whilst the blade tip is offset slightly to the rear in the direction of rotation. The 20-meter-long rotor blade is therefore able to rotate slightly around its own axis should strong gusts occur in order to mitigate the wind pressure to a certain degree,” explained the IWES technology coordinator for BTC blades, Dr. Elia Daniele. This reduces the forces acting upon the blade and, ultimately, the entire turbine. By using BTC blades on a newly planned wind turbine, the overall turbine weight can be reduced as the structure is subjected to lower loads. In case of existing turbines, the retrofitting of BTC blades allows the rotor diameter to be increased without having to adapt the other turbine components. This results in an increase in revenue thanks to a greater wind yield. 

Testing under realistic conditions

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« Reply #243 on: March 23, 2018, 07:25:24 pm »
Poland, One of Europe’s Biggest Polluters, Is Turning Toward Offshore Wind Power 

March 21, 2018 by Bloomberg

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By Ewa Krukowska and Maciej Martewicz (Bloomberg) — After decades of prompting coal as the guarantor of national energy security, Europe’s fourth-biggest greenhouse-gas polluter is shifting to embrace wind power.

PGE SA, which is Poland’s largest utility, wants to turn to turbines to harness the breezes in the Baltic Sea and eventually supply 2.5 gigawatts from the technology by 2030. It is considering teaming up with one of the top European players in the project and is also working to speed up investments in generation plants fired by gas and those that use combined heat and power technology, according to Monika Morawiecka, the company’s director of strategy.

The moves reflect a plunge in the cost of wind turbines and rising costs for emissions permits. With the European Union determined to clamp down on climate-damaging fossil fuels, even the most polluting utilities are starting to look at how to clean up their industries.

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« Reply #244 on: April 03, 2018, 02:53:35 pm »
Wind Power ⚡ Keeps Breaking Records In Central U.S 

By BRIAN GRIMMETT • MAR 26, 2018

Early on the morning of March 16, wind provided 60 percent of the region’s electric needs. That number set a record 🌟, breaking an earlier one set only a week and a half earlier.

Wind power also recently set records for highest peak generation at 15,690 MW and continuously sustained generation of more than 13,000 MW for three days.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) oversees the region’s power grid, covering part or all of 14 states from as far south as Texas all the way to North Dakota. SPP COO Carl Monroe said his biggest concern with continued wind growth is its unpredictability. Sometimes it produces a lot electricity, and sometimes very little.

“The holy grail in a lot of people’s minds is storage and does storage get to a cost where it’s competitive to where you can use it to offset the intermittency of the wind,” Monroe said.

In 2017, wind provided a little more than 22 percent of all electricity in the region, second only to coal.

SPP Wind Records

Wind Penetration ✨

Jan. 27, 2017 - 49.17%
Feb. 12, 2017 - 52.08%
Mar. 5, 2017 - 52.11%
Mar. 6, 2017 - 52.65%
Mar. 19, 2017 - 54.45%
Apr. 24, 2017 -  54.47%
Dec. 4, 2017 - 56.25%
Feb. 19, 2018 - 56.88%
Mar. 3, 2018 - 57.87%
Mar. 5, 2018 - 58.07%
Mar. 11, 2018 - 58.49%
Mar. 16 2018 - 60.56%
Wind Peak

Mar. 21, 2016 -  10,782 MW
Mar. 28, 2016 - 10,808 MW
Apr. 23, 2016 - 10,988 MW
Nov. 17, 2016 - 11,305 MW
Dec. 28, 2016 - 11,384 MW
Dec. 29, 2016 - 11,559 MW
Dec. 30, 2016 - 12,335 MW
Feb. 9, 2017 - 13,342 MW
Dec. 4, 2017 - 14,150 MW
Dec. 15, 2017 - 15,690 MW
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Brian Grimmett, based at KMUW in Wichita, is a reporter focusing on the environment and energy for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @briangrimmett. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.
 

To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.


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« Reply #245 on: April 11, 2018, 04:34:03 pm »


A jack-up vessel installs a wind turbine foundation at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm project in 2015. Photo: Deepwater Wind

The Biggest Problem for Offshore Wind in the United States Might Be the Ports

April 9, 2018 by Bloomberg

By Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg) — U.S. offshore wind developers have a space problem.

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Massachusetts has solicited bids for as much as 800 megawatts of offshore wind.

Finding locations big enough to assemble the huge towers and turbines and handle ships that can deliver the hardware to offshore farms is the biggest hurdle for companies eyeing a slice of the emerging market, according to Jeff Grybowski, chief executive officer of Deepwater Wind LLC, which developed the first U.S. offshore project.

“Our real challenge is finding enough port space to fit these projects,’’ Grybowski said Monday in an interview at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit in New York. Deepwater Wind used four ports to build the five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, he said.

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« Reply #246 on: April 11, 2018, 06:32:55 pm »


Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:46

Record-Breaking Wind 💨 Power Output  ⚡ in Scotland Sufficient for 5 Million Homes

By LORRAINE CHOW OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

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Scotland, which is fast on track to get 100 percent of its electricity via renewable energy by 2020    , has broken another wind power record.

The country's onshore wind turbines provided more than 5.3 million megawatt hours of electricity to the National Grid during the first three months of 2018, an impressive 44 percent increase compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis of WWF Scotland wind power data by WeatherEnergy.

Over that first quarter, enough wind power was generated to supply the equivalent of five million homes with low-carbon electricity. The best day was on March 1, when 110,000 megawatt-hours of wind power could have supplied 173 percent of the nation's entire electricity demand.

Last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to end the sale of new gas and diesel-powered cars by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK government target  ;D. And unlike England, fracking was permanently banned in Scotland last year and has technically been under halt since 2015.

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« Reply #247 on: April 13, 2018, 06:18:58 pm »


Harnessing the Wind: ‘Viking Grace’ Becomes First Passenger Ship to Use a Rotor Sail for Wind-Assisted 💨 Proplusion

April 11, 2018 by Mike Schuler

Norsepower’s rotor sail is installed aboard MS Viking Grace. Photo: Norsepower

One of the world’s most eco-friendly passenger vessels is about to get a whole lot more eco-friendly.
Finnish shipping line Viking Line has equipped its LNG-fueled Viking Grace with a rotor sail to help reduce the vessel’s environmental impact even more by harnessing the power of the wind.

The 57,565 GT Viking Grace, which has been in operation since 2013, is already considered one of the most eco-friendly cruise ferries in the world, but the addition of a rotor sail will help the vessel cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions even further when its begins wind-assisted voyages in the Baltic Sea between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden beginning on Thursday.

Developed by the Finnish company Norsepower Oy Ltd, the Rotor Sail Solution installed on the Viking Grace is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor; a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. The company first announced the project to install one of its devices aboard Viking Grace in January 2017.

While rotor sails have been in use on commercial ships before, the Viking Grace will be the first passenger ship in the world to be equipped with the technology.

The cylindrical rotor sail installed on the vessel 24 meters in height by 4 meters in diameter. As the rotor is spinning, the passing air will flow with a lower pressure on one side, creating a pressure difference that will propel the vessel forward.

Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution is already in commercial use on board the Bore’s MV Estraden, a 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier, which has achieved a 6.1% reduction in fuel consumption through use of the rotor sails, according to Norsepower. The technology is fully automated, sensing whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically.

Aboard the MS Viking Grace, the rotor sail will reduce the vessel’s carbon dioxide emissions by up to 900 tonnes per year, depending on the wind conditions, Viking Line says.

“For Norsepower, it’s an honour to be able to make the M/S Viking Grace even more environmentally-friendly by means of our novel rotor sail technology. The last traditional windjammers in the world were owned and operated by shipping companies based in Åland, so it’s fitting that Åland-based Viking Line should be a forerunner in launching modern auxiliary sail technology,” says Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower.

In addition to the Viking Grace, Viking Line has also announced it will also utilize wind propulsion in the company’s new vessel, which is due for delivery 2020. Built in China, the passenger ship will be equipped with two mechanical rotor sails supplied by Norsepower.

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« Reply #248 on: April 26, 2018, 01:56:22 pm »


Siemens Gamesa To Repower 508 Megawatts ⚡ Of US Wind 💨 💫

April 26th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill

Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded the contract to repower three wind farms in the United States for a total of 508 megawatts (MW), extending the lifespan and reliability of projects which would otherwise have reached their life’s end.

Siemens Gamesa announced on Wednesday that it had been awarded two separate contracts with US utility NextEra Energy Resources to repower three wind farms across Texas for a total capacity of 508 MW. The deal confirms the company as one of the world’s leading wind energy operations and maintenance (O&M) companies, a market which will only continue to evolve and grow in importance over the next decades. In total, Siemens Gamesa has 55 gigawatts (GW) under service around the world.

Indian Mesa Wind Energy Center

The first of the new contracts signed between Siemens Gamesa and NextEra is for the repowering of 362 of Vestas’ V47 wind turbines at the Indian Mesa and Woodward wind farms in Texas for a total capacity of 240 MW.

Siemens Gamesa will overhaul the V47 turbines to upgrade hardware and control systems and resulting in an increased output of 710 kilowatts (kW), up from the previous 660 kW, as well as extending the life of the turbines for another 10 years with an increased availability. The company will upgrade the electrical and electronic components of the wind turbines, subsequently improving performance and increasing its lifetime energy production. The overhaul is expected to be completed by the end of the year and the turbines will remain operational during the process.

“We highly value our continued partnership with NextEra Energy Resources,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Service Business Unit. “As a multi-brand service provider, we can enhance the performance of V47 turbines with our cutting-edge solutions by delivering maximum performance and optimal energy output, allowing NextEra Energy Resources to achieve the best possible return on their investment.”

King Mountain Wind Energy Center

The second agreement signed between Siemens Gamesa and NextEra is for the repowering of 210 units of the legacy Bonus 1.3 MW wind turbine at the King Mountain Wind Energy Center in Texas, making it the first time a 1.3 MW turbine has ever been repowered.

“Repowering the Bonus units demonstrates Siemens Gamesa’s commitment to maximizing value for our customers throughout an asset’s lifecycle,” added Mark Albenze. “The upgrades will improve the reliability of these units by modernizing the turbines to reduce maintenance requirements and sustain overall site availability.”

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/26/siemens-gamesa-to-repower-508-megawatts-of-us-wind/
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« Reply #249 on: April 26, 2018, 09:51:22 pm »


World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbines to Be Installed Offshore Belgium

April 25, 2018 by gCaptain

world's largest wind turbine File Photo: MHI Vestas

MHI Vestas has been awarded a contract to install the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines off the coast of Belgium.

The installation of the record-setting 9.5 MW turbines is planned for late 2019 at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

The 224 MW Northwester 2 project is the fourth collaboration between Parkwind and MHI Vestas. The wind farm will comprise 23 turbines and provide enough clean energy to power 220,000 Belgian homes.

“The Northwester 2 timing and general schedule is very challenging in the light of the timing wanted by the Belgian government. This challenging timeline has played an important role in the choice for MHI Vestas as turbine supplier having the capability of delivering the V164-9.5 MW. Parkwind is very delighted to have MHI Vestas for the fourth time as a partner,” commented the co-CEO’s of Parkwind, Eric Antoons & François Van Leeuw.

The conditional order announcement, which includes a service agreement, comes as the government has recently announced it will double offshore wind capacity in Belgian territorial waters, up to 4 GW by 2025.

The V164-9.5 MW from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is the most powerful and commercially available wind turbine in the world. With blades that are 80 m in length, one turbine can power 9,500 Belgian homes.

Parkwind today operates 552MW in the Belgian territorial waters and has a pipeline of another 554MW offshore in Belgium and Ireland.

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« Reply #250 on: May 04, 2018, 09:32:29 pm »
US Wind Development Surges As Pipeline Exceeds 30 Gigawatts

May 4th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill

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The demand for US wind energy surged through the first quarter of 2018, pushing the country’s wind development pipeline to over 33 gigawatts (GW), according to the American Wind Energy Association, which tracked new announcements of over 5,500 megawatts (MW).

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) published its US Wind Industry First Quarter 2018 Market Report this week, highlighting the continued demand for “affordable, reliable” wind energy across the United States. Specifically, AWEA tracked 3,560 MW worth of signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) by utility and non-utility customers — the strongest quarter for PPAs AWEA has seen since it began tracking them in 2013. AWEA also tracked new project announcements worth 5,523 MW for the first quarter, pushing the amount of wind power capacity in various stages of development and construction to a total of 33,449 MW — a 40% year-over-year increase and the highest level AWEA has seen since it has been tracking both categories in 2016.

“Word is out that wind power is an excellent source of affordable, reliable and clean energy,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Our industry is consistently growing the wind project pipeline as leading companies, including utilities and brands like AT&T and Nestle, keep placing orders. Strong demand for wind power is fueling an economic engine supporting a record 105,500 U.S. wind jobs in farm and factory towns across the nation.”

However, it is also worth looking at the country’s cumulative and quarterly additions, which shows that the last few years have actually seen a decline in yearly wind capacity additions, and fluctuating quarterly figures as well.

US Annual and Cumulative Wind Power Capacity Growth


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« Reply #251 on: May 17, 2018, 02:11:02 pm »


Time-Lapse: World’s Most Powerful ⚡ Offshore Wind Turbine Installed Off Scotland

May 16, 2018 by gCaptain

Photo: Vattenfall

A time-lapse video has been posted online showing last months installation of the world’s most power wind turbine at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located just off the north-east coast of Scotland in Aberdeen Bay.

The turbine is the first of 11 to be deployed at the “ground-breaking” facility and one of two turbines at the wind farm that have been modified to generate 8.8MW of clean energy from the less powerful but still impressive 8.4MW versions.

Vattenfall says the installation, which took place on April 9, marks the first time an 8.8MW model has been deployed commercially in the offshore wind industry.

Together with the nine 8.4MW turbines, the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centres (EOWDC) will have an output to 93.2MW, equivalent to 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand or approximately 134,128 tonnes of CO2 per year.

MHI Vestas has specially designed the V164-8.4 MW and V164-8.8 MW turbines which all have a tip height of 191 meters. Each blade is 80m long and the 164m rotor has a circumference larger than that of the London Eye’s.

EOWDC project director at Vattenfall, Adam Ezzamel, said: “The first turbine installation is a significant achievement and credit to the diligence and engineering know-how of the project team and contractors. For it to be one of the 8.8MW models makes it an even more momentous moment because it further endorses the EOWDC as a world-class hub of offshore wind innovation.”

The turbines were transported from Esbjerg to Aberdeen by Swire Blue Ocean’s wind farm installation vessel, the Pacific Orca, which lifted the turbines into position on the previously-installed foundations.

Check out the time-lapse below:


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« Reply #252 on: May 24, 2018, 07:01:57 pm »
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Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? 

By Michelle Froese | May 18, 2018

This article comes from Science Daily, with materials provided by Lappeenranta University of Technology.


Scientists have demonstrated that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100% renewable future.

֍ Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?

֍ What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? 🤔

֍ Won’t renewables destabilize the grid and cause blackouts?    

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard 🐉 and colleagues 🦕 🦖 presented their case  against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues. The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer each of the apparent issues.

They demonstrate that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100% renewable future.

“While several of the issues raised by the Heard paper are important, you have to realise that there are technical solutions to all the points they raised, using today’s technology,” says the lead author of the response, Dr. Tom Brown of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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“Furthermore, these solutions are absolutely affordable, especially given the sinking costs of wind and solar power,” adds Professor Christian Breyer of Lappeenranta University of Technology, who co-authored the response.

Brown cites the worst-case solution of hydrogen or synthetic gas produced with renewable electricity for times when imports, hydroelectricity, batteries, and other storage fail to bridge the gap during low wind and solar periods during the winter. For maintaining stability there is a series of technical solutions, from rotating grid stabilisers to newer electronics-based solutions. The scientists have collected examples of best practice by grid operators from across the world, from Denmark to Tasmania.

Furthermore, these solutions are absolutely affordable, especially given the sinking costs of wind and solar power.

The response by the scientists has now appeared in the same journal as the original article by Heard and colleagues.

There are some persistent myths that 100% renewable systems are not possible,” says Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen of Aalborg University, who is a co-author of the response. “Our contribution deals with these myths one-by-one, using all the latest research. Now let’s get back to the business of modeling low-cost scenarios to eliminate fossil fuels from our energy system, so we can tackle the climate and health challenges they pose.”   


https://www.windpowerengineering.com/business-news-projects/can-we-get-100-of-our-energy-from-renewable-sources/


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« Reply #253 on: May 30, 2018, 10:48:07 pm »
`Dawn’ of Asia’s Offshore Wind Boom 🌟 Lures Japanese Trading Houses

May 29, 2018 by Bloomberg

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“Asia is at the dawn of development of its offshore wind market,” Yoshio Kometani, chief operating officer of Mitsui’s infrastructure projects business unit, said in an email. “Taiwan is especially promising as it has favorable natural conditions and the government is taking initiative to improve investment and development opportunities.”

Buffeted by strong breezes in the Taiwan Strait, the island has emerged as a hot spot for clean power projects as President Tsai Ing-Wen works to phase out nuclear energy while adding 25 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025. The island is seeking to boost offshore wind capacity to 5.5 gigawatts over the same timeframe, from just 8 megawatts.

In Japan, the government is working on legislation that standardizes offshore wind development guidelines and streamline the approval process for new projects. In March, the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry updated its offshore wind map with more data on conditions and the agency is accelerating the environmental impact assessment process.

Globally, there are about 18 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and Europe accounts for more than 80 percent of that, with the rest mostly in Asia, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Asia will add 3.5 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity in 2030, more than double the 1.5 gigawatts to be added in Europe the same year, according to estimates in a December report from BNEF.

To be sure, most of Asia’s offshore wind development is occurring in China, a place where historically Japanese companies have a small footprint. The world’s largest energy user is ranked third globally for offshore wind capacity with about 2.8 gigawatts as of last year, after the U.K. and Germany, according to BNEF.

Japanese trading houses have been making moves into offshore wind in overseas markets for years, gaining experience to participate the coming Asia boom. Marubeni owns a stake in a project in the U.K. and Sumitomo Corp. owns parts of two Belgium and two other U.K. offshore wind farms.

Mitsubishi, which will start construction of a 950-megawatt wind project off the U.K. coast with partners this year, aims to double its renewable output so that it accounts for about 20 percent of its total power production by 2030. Offshore wind will play an important role in that expansion, according to Yusuke Takeuchi, who heads a power business development team at Mitsubishi.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #254 on: May 31, 2018, 05:59:28 pm »


Van Oord 💫 Wins Offshore Wind 💨 Contract in Taiwan


May 30, 2018 by gCaptain

Map shows the location of the Yunlin offshore wind farm.

Dutch marine contractor Van Oord announced on Wednesday that it has been selected as the preferred contractor for a large 640 MW offshore wind project in Taiwan.

The Yunlin offshore wind project is being developed by German wind developer wpd.

Van Oord is responsible for the design, manufacturing and installation of the wind farm’s eighty foundations, which will be constructed eight kilometers off the coast of Taiwan’s Yunlin prefecture. Work is expected to start immediately. 

Taiwan Emerging as Battleground to Expand Offshore Wind in Asia

Van Oord says the contract has a value of approximately EUR 500 million.

The Taiwanese government aims to install 5.5 GW of offshore wind projects by 2025.

The installation of the first foundations for the Yunlin project are expected to start in early 2020.

Dawn of Asia’s Offshore Wind Boom Lures Japanese Trading Houses

For Van Oord, the Yunlin project represents its first offshore wind project in Taiwan, as well as its first outside of Europe.

In Asia, and especially in Taiwan, large investments are being made in offshore wind. The Yunlin project is a great opportunity for Van Oord to show our expertise outside Europe. We look forward to working with our local partners to enable the energy transition of Taiwan,” commented CEO Pieter van Oord.

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