Wind turbines for 30 years? Craig Morris

Innovation » 11.12.2014

Wind turbines for 30 years?

Wind Power Monthly reports that German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon is working on a 4 MW turbine designed to remain in operation for three decades. Ironically, this turbine would slow down the German market if it proves to be a success. read more »

The Pioneer of Community Wind in Japan Hokkaido Green Fund

Wind power » 10.12.2014

The Pioneer of Community Wind in Japan

In September 2001, a wind turbine started its operation in Hamatombetsu, the northern part of Hokkaido. The wind turbine is called “Hamakaze-chan”[1], whose name was given by local elementary school children. It was the first citizen funded wind power project in Japan, and the adventurous attempt of a non-profit organization Hokkaido Green Fund (HGF) opened up the series of community based renewable energy development. A guest post by Shota Furuya. read more »

Will German wind market double? German Expert Commission on Energiewende

Forecasts » 05.12.2014

Will German wind market double?

Germany has a target of 2.5 gigawatts of newly installed wind power capacity per year. But if the repowering of old systems is included, the market looks much different. read more »

Wind projects and economy in China Foto: Gamesa

Country Report » 03.12.2014

Wind projects and economy in China

Since 2003 the market in China divided into power generation and power grid. Power generation sectors are now open for all investors and power grids are still controlled by the government. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows the sharing of China's markets and planned projects. read more »

A matter of the Hertz Foto: Hendrik Heißelmann

A matter of the Hertz

Have a ball! The traditional anemometer gets a new competitor – here's how it works. read more »

Bavaria against wind power Nordex SE

Policy » 20.11.2014

Bavaria against wind power

Last week, the Bavarian government implemented the long-awaited 10-H rule, which will effectively put an end to wind power in the state. Yet, public support for wind power among Bavarians remains quite high. read more »

Mexicos wind energy and its energy economy Foto: Gamesa

Country Report » 19.11.2014

Mexicos wind energy and its energy economy

Wind power increased its contribution in Mexico. Since 2007 several parks were built in the middle of America. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows, how the future market of Mexican wind power looks and which projects are planned. read more »

Germany opens first commercial offshore wind farm Siemens press picture

Development » 16.11.2014

Germany opens first commercial offshore wind farm

This month, Meerwind Süd|Ost went into operation with a total capacity of 288 megawatts. One of the two major investors is Blackstone of the US, a firm that a German minister called “locusts” less than a decade ago. read more »

Wind research Foto: Pedro Sala/ Fotolia

Wind research

Almost nothing is known about fires inside of wind turbines. An international team of scientists is is looking at the causes and possible remedies. read more »

The changing face of wind farm funding Foto: Commerzbank

The changing face of wind farm funding

For the second year running, wind energy industry has been building turbines at a dizzying rate. But, although the numbers are dizzying, it's not getting any easier for wind farm developers to find funding. read more »