Nation’s Largest Wind Farm Coming to Oklahoma

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by

The Wind Catcher Energy Connection project, which includes a massive 800-turbine wind farm under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle, is getting closer to lift-off. Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a subsidiary of major utility American Electric Power, announced this week a settlement with various parties, including Walmart, allowing the $4.5 billion project to move forward. According to […]

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Consumers in Germany were paid to use electricity this holiday season

Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 by

The cost of electricity in Germany has decreased so dramatically in the past few days that major consumers have actually been paid to use power from the grid. While “negative pricing” is not an everyday occurrence in the country, it does occur from time to time, as it did this holiday weekend. This gift to energy consumers […]

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Flower-like wave energy turbines could power the coasts of Japan

Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017 by

Along Japan’s coasts are structures called tetrapods. These pyramid-shaped concrete wave breakers serve to reduce the strength of crashing waves to prevent erosion in key spots along the shoreline. Researchers at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have created a technology that, like the tetrapods, helps protect the shoreline, but also […]

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World’s first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by

The towers, which stand taller than Big Ben, are floated into place.Statoil Wind power technology is growing at a rapid pace with larger turbines and more efficient design putting puff into the sails of the renewable energy industry. Now, we’re set to see the world’s first floating wind turbines anchor off the coast […]

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Europe’s renewable energy revolution

Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017 by

More than 2km down a dark tunnel deep inside a Norwegian mountain, a drilling machine is boring out holes in the rock. It’s part of a major project that will connect Britain to Norway’s huge hydroelectric power supplies, passing power lines through the mountain near Kvilldal, southwest Norway, before laying the world’s longest undersea […]

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Large-scale floating offshore wind power is finally here

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017 by

Offshore wind energy has been growing like crazy in the last few decades—so much so that there’s even talk of serious talk of multi-gigawatt offshore wind farms in the US in the not too distant future. But offshore wind has so far been limited to areas where the seafloor is relatively shallow, and where […]

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How An Ancient Technology Could Revolutionize Wind Energy

Posted on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 by

A bladeless wind energy convertor inspired by the sailing boats of Ancient Carthage is set to breeze past traditional turbines in terms of efficiency, according to its Tunisian developers. A Tunisian start-up has taken inspiration from the sailing boats of Ancient Carthage to develop a bladeless, non-rotating wind energy convertor that is more efficient […]

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New energy storage plant could ‘revolutionise’ renewable sector

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by

Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could “revolutionise” the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks. The plant will use a motor-generated flywheel to harness kinetic energy from the grid at times of over-supply. This will then be released from submerged turbines at times of supply […]

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World’s largest floating windfarm gets green light in Scotland

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by

The Scottish government has granted consent for the world’s largest floating offshore windfarm to be developed off the coast of Peterhead. Oil and gas giant Statoil will build a 30MW pilot park consisting of five floating 6MW turbines, which could power nearly 20,000 homes. The project will be the UK’s first ever floating windfarm development, […]

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By 2018, Dutch rail will be fully powered by wind

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by

The Netherlands, a nation that’s been keen on harnessing the power of the wind since pretty much forever, has announced that in an effort to slash transport-related carbon emissions, its entire electric train network — all 1,800 miles of it — will run on energy produced at European wind farms. To be clear, Dutch […]

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