Wind Power Edition

In April the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change published a study which found that only a small portion of the public remains opposed to wind farms. The government has invested in onshore wind, seeing it as a key element in the effort to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. With public support so high we ask why the UK taxpayer still subsidises onshore wind project to the tune of £1.2bn a year.

Moreover, we speak to a GlobalData analyst about whether Europe’s infrastructure can support the offshore wind market. We explore some of the latest technology, such as the Siemens B75 which, with a record-breaking 75m blade, will generate around 65% more energy than previous best models, and ask why small wind turbines of less than 50kW are beginning to play a more significant role in electricity generation and how new technologies are improving the economics of small turbines.

We also profile the first phase of the London array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, investigate a new system that allows excess energy be stored as liquid air before being transported to the grid and take a look at new wind farms under construction.

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Changing Perceptions
With public support for onshore wind in the UK reportedly at a record high, Future Power Technology investigates why the UK taxpayer continues to subsidise onshore wind to the tune of £1.2bn a year.
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Supporting the Offshore Wind Boom
Offshore wind has the potential to become a major source of energy, but can Europe’s infrastructure support the rapidly growing market? GlobalData senior analyst Prasad Tanikella investigates.
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Big, Bigger, B75
Siemens has developed the world’s longest wind turbine blades. We profile the specialist technology and skill required to build, transport and assemble them.
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Scaling down
Small wind turbines are beginning to play a significant role in electricity generation, but, as we find out, there are still many challenges to be faced before it reaches its full potential.
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A Vast Array of Knowledge
The world’s largest offshore wind farm is now fully operational, but the London array’s developers are already looking ahead to newer, bigger projects. Future Power Technology finds out more.
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Liquid Air
Can excess energy be stored as liquid air before being transported to the grid? Yes, says inventor Peter Dearman, who tells us about his new system.
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Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm
The 288MW Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm will be situated 32km west of the island of Sylt in the North Sea area of Germany.
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Post Rock Wind Farm
The 201MW post rock wind farm is located in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties of Kansas, US.
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Next Issue

As the power mix shifts, with natural gas and renewables playing a bigger role in the future, the need grows for efficient and flexible gas turbines. We take a look at the latest innovations in turbines that will power the next generation of natural gas-fuelled plants, and profile new power plant projects using the latest technology.

Alstom has consolidated its position in the burgeoning tidal power market with its acquisition of tidal turbine manufacturer tidal generation limited from Rolls-Royce. We find out more about Alstom’s plans for the company and its 1mw turbine being tested at the European marine energy centre, and ask if technologies to harness tidal energy are ready to step up to the forefront of renewable generation.

We also take a look behind the rapid growth of the market for wind power technology, with a particular focus on innovations in gearbox and direct drive systems for wind turbines, and profile new wind power projects under construction.

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