The U.S. wind energy industry saw strong growth in the first half of 2016

  American wind power is as strong as it has ever been through the first half of 2016, with a near-record level of projects under construction or in the advanced stages of development. Just today, Alliant Energy announced plans to expand its Whispering Willow wind farm in Iowa, investing $1 billion to add another 500 … Continue reading The U.S. wind energy industry saw strong growth in the first half of 2016

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Molten Storage and Thermophotovoltaics Offer New Solar Power Pathway

A new wrinkle on an old technology – solid-state thermophotovoltaics (TPV) – could provide a high-efficiency alternative for directly converting high-temperature heat from concentrated solar thermal to utility-scale electricity.   New computer modeling suggests that high temperature TPV conversion – which captures infrared radiation from very hot surfaces – could one day rival combined-cycle turbine … Continue reading Molten Storage and Thermophotovoltaics Offer New Solar Power Pathway

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Offshore wind energy in Europe draws €14 billion investment in first half of 2016

The European offshore wind power industry attracted a record €14 billion in new investments during the first six months of 2016.   Seven projects reached final investment decision this year, financing a total of 3.7GW of new capacity. The UK accounted for nearly three-quarters of the new investments. The volume of new grid-connected installations in … Continue reading Offshore wind energy in Europe draws €14 billion investment in first half of 2016

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Gamesa increases net profit by 42% to €138 million

Gamesa ended the first half of 2016 with record orders, revenues and returns. The company reported €138 million in net profit in the first half, a 42% increase, on €2,192 million in revenues (+33%), and €2301 million in EBIT, plus a record 1,180 MW in order intake. This performance, which is higher than projected at … Continue reading Gamesa increases net profit by 42% to €138 million

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European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in countries surrounding the North Sea. In nearby European nations, the cost of wind is now 30 percent lower than nuclear, a promising development in the push for renewable energy around the world. At the rate of present installations, … Continue reading European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

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Geronimo Energy sells second wind farm to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

Geronimo Energy, LLC (“Geronimo”) is pleased to announce the sale of the Apple Blossom Wind Farm (“Apple Blossom”) to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a leading developer of renewable energy and natural gas infrastructure, and a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Apple Blossom is a 100-megawatt wind farm located in Huron County, Michigan. Apple … Continue reading Geronimo Energy sells second wind farm to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

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Completion of first round-the-world solar flight

The following is a statement from IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin on the completion of the first circumnavigation of the globe by the Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: “I am delighted to congratulate Solar Impulse on its pioneering round-the-world flight fuelled entirely by energy from the sun. This remarkable … Continue reading Completion of first round-the-world solar flight

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Blue Circle approved for 40 MW wind energy project in Vietnam

The Blue Circle, a Singapore-based wind energy developer, has received an investment certificate from Vietnamese authorities for its 40-megawatt project in Ninh Thuan province, south Vietnam.   The certificate to the Blue Circle and its Vietnamese partner, TSV, opens the process to sign a long-term lease and power purchase agreement with EVN, the national power … Continue reading Blue Circle approved for 40 MW wind energy project in Vietnam

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U.S. wind energy investment grows during the second quarter: Over 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity are now under construction

U.S. wind energy industry activity approached record levels in the second quarter as utilities and other purchasers locked in record low wind costs. Over 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity are now under construction or in advanced stages of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2016 … Continue reading U.S. wind energy investment grows during the second quarter: Over 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity are now under construction

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Senvion to supply its first off-grid wind power project in Australia’s outback

Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a contract with EDL to supply wind energy to a hybrid micro-grid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in South Australia. In addition to two Senvion MM92 turbines from the company’s two-megawatt (MW) portfolio, the project will also use a unique combination of solar and … Continue reading Senvion to supply its first off-grid wind power project in Australia’s outback

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Wind power in Australia: Siemens secures follow-up onshore wind farm

Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply, install and commission 32 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2 megawatts and a rotor diameter of 113 meters, for the Hornsdale Stage 2 onshore wind farm in South Australia. Stage 2 is an addition to the Hornsdale Stage 1 wind farm project, for which Siemens … Continue reading Wind power in Australia: Siemens secures follow-up onshore wind farm

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Wind energy in Brazil: Gamesa awarded debut order by renewable energy producer Voltalia

Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has secured its first order from fast-growing electricity producer Voltalia, listed in the Paris stock exchange. Gamesa will supply with 27.3 MW at Voltalia’s Vila Acre wind facility in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, in North-Eastern Brazil. Gamesa will supply 13 of its G114-2.1 MW … Continue reading Wind energy in Brazil: Gamesa awarded debut order by renewable energy producer Voltalia

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Front groups release another garbage in-garbage out study, inadvertently show benefits of wind energy

Front groups for competing energy sources are attempting the same debunked attack on wind energy for the fifth time, this time with cookie-cutter attacks on renewable energy in a dozen states. The latest reports were paid for by the Interstate Policy Alliance, a hired gun for tobacco companies and other special interests headed by Rick … Continue reading Front groups release another garbage in-garbage out study, inadvertently show benefits of wind energy

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Senvion 6.2M152 in the running for first floating French wind farm

Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has especially adapted its 6.2M152 wind turbine to the floating offshore foundation developed by the EolMed consortium, led by Quadran. A consortium led by French-based Quadran and a consortium of French group Eolfi and Chinese nuclear group CGN have won tenders for pilot floating wind parks off … Continue reading Senvion 6.2M152 in the running for first floating French wind farm

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China CGN wins French wind power contract

China nuclear giant CGN said Monday that it had partnered with French new-energy firm Eolfi on a winning tender for a floating wind power project in France. A consortium led by CGN European Energy and Eolfi won the 24MW project, which will be in the sea off the island of Groix in Brittany, it said. … Continue reading China CGN wins French wind power contract

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Developing reliable renewable energy sources

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does our consumption of natural resources. Many of these resources are non-renewable, so research into renewable sources of energy is vital. Research led by Bournemouth University’s Dr Zulfiqar Khan is tackling this issue through reducing corrosion, improving heat transfer and fluid dynamics, and using nano coatings to … Continue reading Developing reliable renewable energy sources

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NAVANTIA delivers Jacket type foundations to Iberdrola for Wikinger wind farm

On July 21st. Navantia has delivered to Iberdrola the first ‘jacket type’ foundations for Wikinger offshore wind farm, which have been built in Navantia’s Fene shipyard by the consortium Navantia-Windar. Thus, throughout August it will be carried out the delivery of the remaining components, and the contract signed on 18 December 2014 between the two … Continue reading NAVANTIA delivers Jacket type foundations to Iberdrola for Wikinger wind farm

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Transforming Wyoming into wind energy leader comes with challenges

David Throgmorton was ready for an energy boom in 2008. He bought vocational training kits for high school and middle school students. He helped establish a festival to promote a new energy future. He even preached a new tomorrow to grade school students. But here in Carbon County, where fossil fuels once were king, Throgmorton … Continue reading Transforming Wyoming into wind energy leader comes with challenges

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Murdoch and the Coalition’s latest wind energy myths

Dodgy data, the Coalition and the Murdoch Press have again presented a spectacular performance in renewable energy misinformation, writes Giles Parkinson. IT APPEARS that the South Australian conservative Opposition may have been the original source for the dodgy numbers that formed the basis of an erroneous front page story on TheAustralian last week, about wind generation in the state. RenewEconomy understands from … Continue reading Murdoch and the Coalition’s latest wind energy myths

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Offshore wind energy is making its way to the U.S.

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ocean Conservancy, where she focuses on the Smart Ocean Planning, Ocean Acidification and Trash Free Seas programs. For the past twenty years Dr. Whitehouse has used her marine science expertise to advise clients on a variety of environmental policy issues. … Continue reading Offshore wind energy is making its way to the U.S.

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