All Blog Posts Tagged 'wind' (46)

Robots lend a helping hand in lifting up-tower in wind

In reference to our Downwind section of our February issue of Windpower Engineering & Development, brothers Keith and Bruce Schlee have designed a robot that can assist in wind farm operation and maintenance. Here are some recent photos of the first test and latest lifting robot, the HR 1000-LL. …

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Added by Kathie Zipp on March 16, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Stunning shots of the world’s wind farms

In preparation for Global Wind Day (June 15) the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is holding a contest for wind farm photos. Photos will be accepted until May 6. Here are some of the imaginative submissions.…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on March 16, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

Collapsing Cooling Towers...So Cute

My friend sent this to me since he knows we're in the business of renewables. I can't help but feel sorry for the towers. Why did they have to make them look like the Kool-Aid man…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on February 21, 2012 at 6:15am — 1 Comment

Mariner 5 mystery solved

The Mariner 5 spacecraft was launched in 1967 to carry a complement of experiments to probe Venus's atmosphere by radio occultation, measure the hydrogen hard ultraviolet spectrum, and sample the solar particles and magnetic field fluctuations above the planet. Data analyzed from Mariner 5 in 1971 found a small but…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on September 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

R&D lab considers 15-MW wind turbine from superconducting magnets

GE says its experience with superconducting equipment from its healthcare MRIs is applicable to generators for wind turbines. High torque at low rotational speeds may let wind turbines product up to 15 MW and without a gearbox."] [/caption]



GE Global Research, the technology development arm of GE, says it has begun work on the first phase of a 2-year, $3 million project from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a next generation wind-turbine generator that could support… Continue

Added by Paul Dvorak on September 1, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Lake Erie sharing agreement, a precedent for future projects?



Being a Cleveland native, I've taken special interest in the offshore wind project planned for Lake Erie. For those of you who aren't as familiar with the story, an initial 5-7 turbines are slated for construction in 2013. But what's especially interesting to me is the agreement to share revenue…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on June 2, 2011 at 7:58am — No Comments

What will the think of next?

I recently came across a site with a number of interesting "eco-marine" water crafts. From wind, solar, and hybrid marine-powered ships, the company, Eco Marine Power, says it aims to develop ships that use less fuel and emit less pollution.

 

Furthermore, in July 2010, a project was started in Japan to develop a commercial system for using wind power and solar energy on-board ocean going vessels. This project…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on April 26, 2011 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Trends in Wind for AWEA 2011

The American Wind Energy Association's Windpower 2011conference and expo is approaching quickly and Windpower Engineering magazine is putting together a special section of their May issue just…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on April 11, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: How important is it to look to nature for innovation?

My editor passed along an interesting article to me this morning. 

 

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created an artificial leaf that uses solar cells to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, while creating energy in the process. Daniel Nocera, who lead the…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on March 29, 2011 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Renewable Energy World Conference Recap



If you were hungry to hear about the newest products and trends in the clean energy industry, the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo appeased your appetite. With almost 200 vendors and suppliers displaying equipment, products, and…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on March 14, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Rotary sail

I have gotten permission to set up an improved device on a peak in Massachusetts. Yeah!

Added by alan lefavour on March 2, 2011 at 5:42am — 4 Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: What alternative source is the best new fuel for cars?



With everything from algae to used french fry oil, engineers have been able to get cars going on fuels other than oil and gas. I even read an article recently on a car powered by wind

 

But even though these alternative…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on February 28, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: what's up with small wind?

As many of you probably know, AWEA's Small and Community Wind Conference and Expo is going on in Portland, Oregon. I read this entry by a blogger who is at the conference and found her thoughts interesting and....question worthy!


She notes that commercial wind farms sprouting up around Oregon have sparked…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 9, 2010 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

Kathie's Question of the day: What makes a permitting process effective?

Here's one for all you who like to look at the legal side of things.


Virginia has adopted a new permitting process to make it easier to develop wind projects.…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 18, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Kathie's question of the day: Is global warming a threat to wind turbines?

Here we go again on day two of the week and I got another question to pick your brain with.


I read an article naming research that has found countries relying on wind energy to supply clean power are set to get less juice for their buck as global warming continues.


Apparently University of Texas (Austin) researcher Diandong Ren has found that as temperatures rise, electricity generated by wind turbines will…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 16, 2010 at 9:01am — 4 Comments

Kathie's question of the day: is the U.S. wind industry slowing down or picking up?

Happy hump day everyone. By lunch today we'll have made it to the halfway point in our work week. But to keep those braincells sharp enough to make it to Friday I have a question to spark some stimulation.


Is the U.S. wind industry slowing down or picking up?


If you listened to AWEA's webcast last Friday, you'll know…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 10, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments

Kathie's question of the day: is the GOP shrinking the wind market?

Hey all,


I read an article concerning an interview with Angelika Pull, communications director for the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The author spoke with Pullen about differences between wind energy development in Europe and the U.S.


Pullen says that with GOP power in the U.S. usually doesn't "bode well" for renewables. She explains that she is confident in Europe's goal of…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 9, 2010 at 7:35am — 3 Comments

Nordex Opens New Wind Turbine Plant

from Design World



Nordex USA celebrated the official opening of its flagship wind turbine manufacturing plant in the US. Representing a $40 million investment, the 150,000 square foot plant is one of the most modern production facilities in the…
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Added by Susan Rawlings on October 29, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

New Gear and Gearbox Optimization Software Reduces Time to Part and Improves Product Performance

In response to the gear market’s need for optimization software, which has been lacking for many years, Excel-Lent™ gear/gearbox design and analysis software has been developed by Excel Gear, Inc. (Roscoe, IL) and written in Visual Basics.Net. This software has been written by engineers who also design and manufacture gears for their own use, according to company president N.K. “Chinn”…

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Added by Susan Rawlings on October 19, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Is the Great Lakes Wind Project really that great?

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation of Northern Ohio has partnered with GE to develop one of the first freshwater wind farms in the U.S. The project will consist of 5, 4-MW direct drive offshore turbines, for a total of 20 MW in the waters of Lake Erie. Construction on the initial phase is tentatively scheduled to commence in late 2012. By 2020, LEEDCo aims to see 1,000 MW of renewable electricity being generated from lake winds and believes the economies of scale that can be…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on October 19, 2010 at 10:09am — No Comments

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