Twitter round-up: Mike Hudema’s tweet on vertical-axis turbine most popular tweet in September 2020

23 October 2020 (Last Updated October 25th, 2020 13:17)

Power Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on wind power in September based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

Twitter round-up: Mike Hudema’s tweet on vertical-axis turbine most popular tweet in September 2020
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The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the  influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on wind power in September 2020

1. Mike Hudema’s tweet on vertical-axis turbines

Mike Hudema, director of communications at CanopyPlanet, a non-profit organisation focused on protecting the climate, shared a video of World Economic Forum (WEF) on vertical-axis wind turbine developed by Stanford University.

The video details how the wind turbines produce a fraction of the power of a traditional turbine but when put together produce ten times more than normal turbines, using blocked air between the turbines.

Unlike traditional turbines, the vertical-axis turbines are cheaper, safer and use less space. The turbines are currently in the testing stage.

Username: Mike Hudema

Twitter handle: @MikeHudema

Retweets: 296

Likes: 493

2. Simon Holmes’ tweet on wind and solar generation per capita

Simon Holmes, senior advisor at Energy Transition Hub, a collaborative venture focused on energy transition challenges, shared a chart representing the growth in wind and solar power generation capacities across various countries between 1990 and 2019. Denmark topped the list with rapid growth from 119Kwh to 2,965Kwh followed by Germany and Sweden with 2,077Kwh and 2,040Kwh respectively.

Denmark, the US and the Netherlands started producing power through wind and solar energy in 1990. Denmark currently stands first in the list, while the US and the Netherlands stand in the eighth and 16th position with generating capacity 1,250Kwh and 974Kwh respectively,

Username: Simon Holmes

Twitter handle: @simonahac

Retweets: 112

Likes: 254

3. Joshua D. Rhodes’ tweet on ERCOT’s future wind projects

Joshua D. Rhodes, a research associate at the University of Texas, shared an article on the scheduled wind capacity planned to be added by Texas electric grid, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

The operator is planning to add wind capacity equal to that added over the last five years. The overall wind capacity is expected to increase to 31,069MW from 23,860MW in 2019, the article noted.

Username: Joshua D. Rhodes

Twitter handle: @joshdr83

Retweets: 58

Likes: 172

4. David Roberts’s tweet on preference of wind over nuclear energy

David Roberts, an author of energy and climate change at Vox, an online platform covering news and opinions, shared an article on a poll conducted by market research firm Morning Consult on the energy sector.

The poll revealed that 49% of people in the US viewed nuclear energy as unfavourable, while zero emission energy sources such as wind and solar were considered favourable. Approximately 10% of the respondents wished to choose wind energy to power their house, if they had influence on utility company, the article noted.

Username: David Roberts

Twitter handle: @drvox

Retweets:30

Likes: 139

5. Assaad Razzouk’s tweet on China’s wind farms

Assaad Razzouk, CEO of Sindicatum Renewable Energy, a clean energy company, shared an article on China’s progress in wind farms over land and sea amid the pandemic. China is currently leading in new offshore installations and by 2030, the country is expected to reach 52GW capacity.

The move towards building wind capacity was aimed at developing a new industry to create jobs and reduce dependence on coal-based energy production. Construction of wind farms is mostly concentrated on the east coast due to strong winds, population availability for consumption and ease in transmitting power.

Username: Assaad Razzouk

Twitter handle: @AssaadRazzouk

Retweets: 74

Likes: 129

6. Erik Solheim’s tweet on impact of wind turbines on environment

Erik Solheim, former director at United Nation Environment Programme, shared an article of WEF on the negative impacts of wind farms on the surrounding environment. The influencer noted that wind turbine blades lead to the death of six to eight white-tailed eagles every year.

Wind energy is expected to generate 6% of the total global electricity demand by 2023, which will further increase the bird’s fatality rate. Norway researchers conducted an experiment at the Smola wind farm and found that painting one blade of the turbine with black colour decreased bird’s fatality rate by 70%.

Username: Erik Solheim

Twitter handle: @ErikSolheim

Retweets: 31

Likes: 81

7. Svein T veitdal’s tweet on UK’s wind energy plans

Svein T veitdal, director at Klima 2020, a green business development and climate consulting firm, shared an article on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s renewables energy plans announced at the virtual round table meeting at the UN.

The article noted that Johnson plans to make huge investments in renewables to meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Johnson added that the UK has huge potential for wind energy, which should be tapped by embracing new technologies.

Username: Svein T veitdal

Twitter handle: @tveitdal

Retweets: 30

Likes: 59

8. Sammy Roth’s tweet on California’s electric generation data

Sammy Roth, energy reporter at LA Times, shared California’s electric generation data in 2019. While electricity generation from various sources such as natural gas, wind, nuclear and coal declined, contribution of solar and hydro power sources increased by 11.4% and 10.7%, respectively.

Wind energy accounted for approximately 6.82% of in-state generation capacity, according to the data.

Username: Sammy Roth

Twitter handle: @Sammy_Roth

Retweets: 34

Likes: 54

9. Mark Z. Jacobson’s tweet on wind powered car carrier ship

Mark Z. Jacobson, director of atmosphere and energy programme at Stanford University, shared an article on Enter Wallenius Marine’s Oceanbird, a wind powered car carrier. The  ship uses its 80ft-tall wings for propulsion instead of sails, while its fins are capable of collapsing down to 45ft whenever ship encounters bridges or rough seas.

Developed by Wallenius Marine in collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SSPA, the ship is expected to be launched by 2025.

Username: Mark Z. Jacobson

Twitter handle: @mzjacobson

Retweets: 16

Likes: 40

10. Peter Hannam’s tweet on diminishing complaints over wind farms

Peter Hannam, an environment editor at The Sydney Morning Herald, shared an article on the annual report shared by the Office of the Wind Commissioner on the decline in number of complaints filed over wind farms in 2019. The influencer noted that community concerns over wind farms seem to be diminishing once the operations commenced.

The data indicated that complaints on proposed farms are higher than those on operating farms. National Health and Medical Research Council, a research body, conducted a year-long study on the effect of wind farms on human health but found no consistent evidence, the article added.

Username: Peter Hannam

Twitter handle: @p_hannam

Retweets: 21

Likes: 36