Ireland's Windpower objectives part 2

Ireland’s official commitment to achieving ambitious 2020 renewable electricity targets primarily from wind power remained unchanged in 2012. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows the sharing of Ireland's markets and planned projects. read more »

A (silent) revolution in the wind sector

Over the past few years, a dramatic shift has taken place in the type of wind turbine installed, as the US market shows. The focus is clearly on raising capacity factors by increasing tower height and rotor blade length relative to generator output. Despite already high capacity factors exceeding 40 percent, Bernard Chabot says 60 percent is within reach. read more »

Ireland's Windpower objectives part 1

Ireland’s official commitment to achieving ambitious 2020 renewable electricity targets primarily from wind power remained unchanged in 2012. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows the sharing of Ireland's markets and planned projects. read more »

World's oldest operating wind turbine turns 40

If you can make it up to Denmark on May 30, you can take part in a special birthday. Tvindkraft, a 1 MW Turbine built as a school project, will be turning 40. The machine was built right under the noses of heavily funded R&D projects by aerospace engineers. Their turbines were scrapped after only a few years. As guest author Paul Gipe explains, this one keeps turning. read more »

New community wind farm in UK is largest ever

This month, construction of the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm was completed. In the next few months, three 3 MW Enercon wind turbines are expected to start power production. A comparison with a recent German committee project is illustrative. read more »