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North Sea Wind Power Hub to supply renewable energy to 80 million

The North Sea Wind Power Hub, an artificial island in the North Sea that could supply renewable energy to 80 million people in Europe is set to open in 2027. The hub will send electricity via long-distance cables to six European countries.

Wind farms could take a serious hit from global warming

New climate modeling data predicts that climate changes due to global warming will weaken winds that blow across much of the Northern hemisphere, possibly leading to big drops in clean wind energy.

Shell technology ventures into cleantech markets

Amsterdam - Global oil and gas companies have not always been great supporters of renewable energy sources but with the growing demand for all-electric vehicles and clean energy, some energy companies refuse to be left behind as the world moves forward.

Xcel Energy to invest billions in new wind farms in seven states

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. announced this week it is proposing to build 11 wind farms in seven states in the Southwest, the Upper Midwest, and Colorado, using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large part of it.

Floating wind turbines — the next generation of wind-farms

Brest - French companies Nass & Wind and naval defence contractor DCNS recently presented details of their next generation floating wind turbine development programme at the Thetis Marine Renewable Energy show held in Brest on April 10 and 11.

Op-Ed: Tragedy & Hope — A massive oil slick, and massive wind generators

As Shell confirms a massive oil spill in the North Sea, an equally massive windfarm is launched from a Belfast shipyward to generate clean, renewable energy for Britain.

Major offshore wind farm to be built off north Wales coast

Construction is due to begin next year in Wales on one of the largest wind farms in the world, renewable energy firm RWE-Innogy has announced.

Wind Farms in Upstate New York Interfering with Weather Radar

In upstate New York, wind farms are interfering with the National Weather Service Doppler radars, making it difficult to interpret the data that they are seeing. The wind turbines spinning blades are creating false data that is misinterpreted as storms.

Impact of renewable energy on oceans needs investigation

Universities of Exeter and Plymouth researchers have published a paper saying research is needed to asses the impact of renewable energy developments on marine life.

Wind farm may have killed Taiwanese goats

A farmer claims he has lost more than 400 animals after eight giant wind turbines were installed close to his grazing land.

Saharan solar panels could power Europe

Europe’s electricity needs could be met by solar panels in the Sahara desert, according to a scientist at a major climate change conference in Copenhagen. Thus North Africa could become the main exporter of electricity to Europe.

Alternative Financing for Wind Farm Projects

Community-owned wind farms may have the potential to make a major contribution to the UK's energy mix, helping to provide project developers with alternative sources of finance.

Six Major Wind Farms Planned for Ontario

The Ontario government has signed contracts with six major wind farms. The deals boost the province’s wind power capacity by nearly 500 megawatts.

Ecologists Allay Fears for Farmland Birds from Wind Turbines

Wind farms pose less of a threat to farmland birds than previously feared, researchers at Newcastle University have found. The European Commission has set a target of generating 20% of EU energy from renewable sources by 2020.
 

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A wind farm in the U.S. using Vestas wind turbines.
A wind farm in the U.S. using Vestas wind turbines.
Vestas Wind Energy
Research is underway to insure that wind turbine component parts will continue to live up to their f...
Research is underway to insure that wind turbine component parts will continue to live up to their functional life of over 20 years.
Vestas Wind Energy
Offshore wind in Europe hit new milestone in 2017  with United Kingdom accounting for half of new ca...
Offshore wind in Europe hit new milestone in 2017, with United Kingdom accounting for half of new capacity.
WindEurope
U.S. landowners typically receive $3 000–$5 000 annual rental income per wind turbine  while farme...
U.S. landowners typically receive $3,000–$5,000 annual rental income per wind turbine, while farmers continue to grow crops or graze cattle up to the foot of the turbines.
The Brazos Wind Farm
Potential global wind power in coming years. Top images represent the next 40 years  bottom images r...
Potential global wind power in coming years. Top images represent the next 40 years, bottom images represent the next 80 years. Left images represent lower emissions, right images represent higher emissions scenario. Red areas are wind power hotspots, blue areas are reductions. White areas are uncertain.
Nature Geoscience/Kris Karnauskas/CIRES
Wind Turbines above Walla Walla River in Washington state.
Photo taken: Jan. 23  2006.
Wind Turbines above Walla Walla River in Washington state. Photo taken: Jan. 23, 2006.
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Artist s impression of a Winflo offshore wind-farm with floating wind-turbines.
Artist's impression of a Winflo offshore wind-farm with floating wind-turbines.
Winflo - DCNS Press Release
Blue areas represent a drop in wind power between 2020 and 2040; wind farming in the Northern hemisp...
Blue areas represent a drop in wind power between 2020 and 2040; wind farming in the Northern hemisphere may see reduced yields in the coming decades due to climate change.
Nature Geoscience/Credit: Kris Karnauskas/CIRES