The tantalizing prospect of deep-water wind farms, using vast, floating turbines, is coming closer to reality. Until now, commercial offshore farms have all featured “bottom-mounted” turbines in depths below 50 meters. This has allowed the UK, with its shallow coastal waters, to install 538 offshore turbines totaling 1,708 megawatts... Read more
The world was producing nearly 238 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy as of the end of 2011, with the fastest development of new capacity taking place in China and India. That total comes to about 3 percent of the world’s current electricity consumption, according to the World Wind Energy... Read more
LEGO is helping a new crop of wind turbines sprout up in the North Sea off of Germany’s coast. No, not plastic building-block turbines like the ones the Danish toy company once put out in a partnership with turbine-maker Vestas. But giant, honest-to-gosh, 3.6-megawatt wind turbines from Siemens …... Read more
Nuke-rejecting Germany plans to expand its renewable energy base even further with a new offshore power wind-energy plant featuring 80 massive turbines with rotors 120 meters (394 feet) across. Siemens Energy plans to supply the 3.6-megawatt (MW) for the Amrumbank West project in the North Sea. Being developed by... Read more
After several years of courtship, Siemens and Shanghai Electric are tying the knot and looking to raise a giant offspring together: the fast-growing Chinese wind-energy market. The companies have come together in two new joint ventures: one focused on wind turbine research, development and production, the other to specialize... Read more
GE is joining forces with a company planning to develop one gigawatt — that’s 1,000 megawatts — of wind-energy projects across India. GE Energy Financial Services and India-based Greenko Group both plan to invest in a new venture to increase wind power across India. GE will invest $50 million... Read more
Canada is now generating more than 4,600 megawatts of electricity from wind power, enough to power more than one million homes … which sounds like quite a bit until you realize that’s just 2 percent of the nation’s total electricity demand. Not that the country is a slouch in... Read more
Two wind farms under development in northeast Illinois are expected to add another 300 megawatts of clean-energy capacity to the state, which is fast becoming a leading wind power in the US. The Settlers Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois County and the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm in Iroquois and... Read more
GE is using MRI — magnetic resonance imaging — technology to research ways to dramatically boost the energy-generating capabilities of wind turbines. Part of a two-year, $3-million project from the US Department of Energy (DOE), the effort is aimed at developing a wind turbine generator that could support large-scale... Read more
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized a $102-million loan guarantee to Record Hill Wind LLC, which plans to develop a 50.6-megawatt wind power plant and an eight-mile-long transmission line with grid interconnections near the town of Roxbury in Maine. The project, to be developed and managed by... Read more