In this month’s issue we wrap up the latest developments and innovations in wind power.
Wind is the fastest growing energy source in the world with capacity doubling every three years. By 2012 the wind sector will employ over 1 million people and by 2013 over $100 billion in wind turbine technology is expected to be sold.
In this month’s edition we track the top players in the wind industry, look at growth potential in the US small wind market and look at the policies needed to encourage further investment in wind power. We also take an indepth look at Whitlee wind farm, Europe’s largest onshore wind farm and Roscoe wind farm, the largest wind farm in the world.
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Wind Takes Off in Europe
Wind energy has seen dramatic growth in recent years, with more new installations in Europe than any other power-generating technology in 2008 and 2009. Bruce Douglas, COO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), looks at where the sector currently stands. Go to the article.
The Top Wind Players
The wind power industry is evolving rapidly as renewable energy markets go from strength to strength. We round up the leading developers and manufacturers of wind turbines and farms. Go to the article.
India Rides on the Wind
Wind power is helping India to lead the way among developing economies when it comes to harnessing renewable energy. The Indian Wind Energy Association’s Anil Kane explains how improvements in technology, combined with strong government policy, are set to drive Indian wind power even further. Go to the article.
A New Giant on the Skyline
The world’s largest wind energy converters, the Enercon E-126, are being installed at the Estinnes wind farm in Belgium. At 7MW rated output, the turbine has blades 59m long mounted on a 135m tower. It takes the world’s largest crawler crane to lift the rotor into place. Go to the article.
Reaching the Target
Offshore wind farms may prove to be the UK’s energy saviour, but better policies are needed to improve cost effectiveness. A report by Modern Power Systems analyses the Carbon Trust’s views on the matter. Go to the article.
In our industry projects section we take a close look at major wind farms and new projects under construction worldwide.
Roscoe Wind Farm – Roscoe Wind Farm is the world’s largest onshore wind farm, situated 45 miles southwest of Abilene in Texas, US. Go to the article.
Alpha Ventus Wind Farm – Alpha Ventus Wind Park is Germany’s first offshore wind farm, located 45km north of Borkum island in the North Sea. Go to the article.
Whitlee Wind Farm – Whitlee Wind Farm, the largest onshore wind farm in Europe was commissioned in May 2009 and has 140 turbines generating 322MW of electricity. Go to the article.
Next month’s edition
In next month’s edition we look at the latest technological developments that are giving solar power a solar glowing future. We also investigate Masdar City, one of the world’s most ambitious renewable projects, being built on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.
We also look at the 400MW Ivanpah solar power complex currently being developed in the Mojave Desert, which when completed will almost double the amount of commercial solar thermal electricity produced in the US today.
In our industry projects section we take an in-depth look at Holaniku at Keahole Point, the world’s first micro-scaled concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. We also take a detailed look at micro CSP and its implementation in the Kona desert, along with the Andasol solar power station in Spain, Europe’s first parabolic trough solar power station which has the potential to generate 150GWh per year from each if its three plants.
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