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Year in Review: Top 10 Energy in Transition blog posts from 2016

As we find ourselves at the beginning of 2017, we’d like to take a moment to look back at our most popular blog posts from the 2016, which included hot topics around energy efficiency, wind, solar, renewable integration, smart metering, and energy ...

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How the wind energy industry can reduce financial, economic, and reputational risks caused by fires

How the wind energy industry can reduce financial, economic, and reputational risks caused by fires

The significant increase of global use of wind power, does present some challenges for wind turbine manufacturers, wind farm operators and other parties involved. Particularly fire protection is becoming a major concern, as the risk of wind turbine f ...

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Merit Order Effect In The Transitional Tender Process In Germany

Merit Order Effect In The Transitional Tender Process In Germany

How to compare your project with peers for the coming transitional tenders The recent decision of the cabinet on the new EEG 2017 (German Renewables Energy Act) has been digested and the new legislation is available in its final version. As time w ...

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UK windiness: First semester in 2016 lower than long-term expectations – what does this mean for you?

UK windiness: First semester in 2016 lower than long-term expectations – what does this mean for you?

Monitoring and recording wind speed trends can be beneficial to assess project performance. But interpreting and truly understanding those trends are where the real value lies. The UK Wind Index DNV GL maintains a UK Wind Index, which enables o ...

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The future of control systems in wind energy

Where next for wind turbine control? The control of wind turbines is not a new endeavour, nor is it niche. In fact, as early as 1990, over 70 published references were available on the various aspects of wind turbine control [1]. Now, a little ove ...

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Stop putting wind turbines on buildings!

Stop putting wind turbines on buildings!

A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle outlined why the new Public Utilities Commission headquarters at 525 Golden Gate Avenue isn’t quite as green as planned.  The LEED Platinum building was “touted as the most energy-efficient buildin ...

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Will fracking kill the wind industry in the southern plains states?

Will fracking kill the wind industry in the southern plains states?

Television and newspapers have picked up the recent report and associated maps released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Report entitled “One-year seismic hazard forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from induced and natural earthq ...

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Have Wind PPA Prices Hit Bottom?

Have Wind PPA Prices Hit Bottom?

In 2010, Sandia National Laboratories published a paper titled “Sweep-Twist Adaptive Rotor Blade – Final Project Report.” The report detailed the findings of a 6-year cooperative research effort with Knight & Carver Wind Group, now UpWind S ...

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Harmonic resonance in renewable energy sources – An old problem with a new twist

The issue of harmonic resonance is often overlooked while developing large wind and solar power plants. If this concern is recognized only when construction of these projects is nearing completion, commercial operation may have to be delayed till har ...

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Performance upgrades for wind turbines: is free energy really free?

Performance upgrades for wind turbines: is free energy really free?

Performance upgrades are a hot topic in wind energy today; they comprise various modifications made to existing wind turbines in order to increase energy capture. The seemingly free extra energy is hard to turn down. But what are the hidden costs of ...

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