Integrating wind power in the grid Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 16.04.2014

Integrating wind power in the grid

Today, Bernard Chabot shows based on data from France how his "silent wind revolution" (larger rotors relative to generator size) could help wind power make up a far greater share of electricity supply. In the process, we would get the same amount of energy from a third less copper. read more »

German offshore and onshore wind in Q1 2014 Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 07.04.2014

German offshore and onshore wind in Q1 2014

Bernard Chabot is back today with data on production and productivity for wind power in Germany for the first three months of the year. He says that both of these sectors would benefit from what he calls the "silent revolution": larger rotors (swept areas) relative to generator size. read more »

Wind in California up and down Bernard Chabot

Wind in California up and down

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of wind power in California from 1981 to 1986, with a special focus on the capacity factors of Carter's giant new turbines installed in Tehachapi. Chabot seems to like Micon and Bonus machines better than Carter's because the former are "better adapted to the site… and their power rating is better for the weaker wind conditions." read more »

The Windy Olympics Bernard Chabot

Wind power » 21.03.2014

The Windy Olympics

The Winter Olympics are over, so it's time to hand out the metals in 10 different categories of wind power. Bernard Chabot does the honors. (Yes, we are better at statistics than at humor.) read more »

Parisian fog caused by German coal? Tim De Chant

Pollution » 19.03.2014

Parisian fog caused by German coal?

As Paris struggles with air pollution, some French are pointing the finger at Germany, which has allegedly switched to coal so much that it is responsible for smog in neighboring countries. So which way was the wind blowing, and why aren't other cities closer to Germany complaining? read more »

Future breakthroughs in wind power?

Today, we close our list of innovations in the wind sector with a look at two pioneering ideas that may have a great impact on the future of wind power. These two ideas are the kind of thing most people think of when they hear the word "innovation" – something a bit different. As an added bonus, you can download the entire series in an attractive magazine-layouted PDF. read more »

Tweaking – innovation through small steps Bard Holding

Tweaking – innovation through small steps

The biggest innovations in wind power arguably took place more than 10 years ago, but a lot of the breakthroughs from back then continue to be improved upon. Today, we focus on three of them. read more »

Intelligent innovations in wind power Siemens

Intelligent innovations in wind power

Not every innovation comes in the form of new hardware. Today, we focus on the software end of research and development. researchers have found ways to protect equipment and better integrate wind power on the grid. read more »

Reducing carbon emissions in US and EU Foto: Eva Pilz | pixelio.de

Reducing carbon emissions in US and EU

French energy expert Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of carbon emissions from the energy sectors in the EU and the US. In preparation for the upcoming climate conference in Paris in December 2015, he says "there are obviously many opportunities to increase the relevant US indicators near the level of the EU ones." read more »

Bigger and better: wind power innovations Enercon

Bigger and better: wind power innovations

Yesterday, we mentioned the offshore sector as an area where a lot of innovation has taken place over the past 10 years. Today, we focus on two things that would not have been considered possible a decade ago. Innovation made them a reality. read more »