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New offshore wind energy and transnational grid projects will boost use of submarine power cables

August 19th, 2014 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

The worldwide market for submarine electrical cables has surged over the past decade. Eighty wind turbines are now under construction in the German North Sea.  They will eventually generate enough power for some 400,000 homes. That power will travel via advanced cables buried along several miles of ocean floor, part of a growing move toward […]

Archimedes Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine is the world’s most efficient urban wind turbine

June 5th, 2014 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine The Rotterdam-based tech firm The Archimedes has introduced its Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which is said to have an energy yield that is “80 percent of the maximum that is theoretically feasible.” That’s quite the assertion, given that most conventional wind turbines average around 25 to 50 percent. (Video) […]

Germany generates 74% of power needs from renewable energy

May 16th, 2014 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

An offshore wind turbine near Rostock. Germany. Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continues, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday last Sunday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, […]

They sound like science fiction, but these 5 energy technologies are getting close to reality

May 8th, 2014 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Space-based solar Some newer clean energy sources are becoming mainstream industries with low prices and established financing models like solar panels and wind turbines. But even in this era of emerging predictable clean energy, there are some pretty weird, experimental and ambitious energy projects under development. And they’re trying to move out of the lab and […]

Altaeros Energies floating wind turbine churns out electricity and Wi-Fi

April 2nd, 2014 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

Altaeros Energies floating wind turbine. This floating turbine, developed by Altaeros Energies could someday travel to every remote corner of the globe. There, they could deliver electricity and Internet connectivity to people and villages living off-the-grid. (Video)    

The future of wind power

March 18th, 2014 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

Sheerwind “What if you could scoop the air? Scoop it and move it downward, amplifying its kinetic energy along the way, concentrate it to a single point of intensity, the way a magnifying glass concentrates sunlight to a single incendiary point?”    

U.S. wind power accounts for 4% of energy for first time ever

March 10th, 2014 at 1:58 pm » Comments Off

The wind energy industry started 2014 with a record 12GW of wind capacity under construction. Wind power in the U.S. accounted for more than 4% of the energy on the grid last year. This is the first time this milestone has been breached. However, the distribution of wind power across states varied greatly, with some […]

UK gets more electricity from offshore wind farms than all other countries combined

February 25th, 2014 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The UK is currently far ahead of countries like the US and China. The UK doesn’t get enough credit for its pioneering work in offshore wind power. They have helped push forward the industry and everybody else will benefit from these advances, in the same way that Germany helped turbocharge the solar industry over the past decade and […]

New battery material could make storing hours of power from wind and solar sources less expensive

January 13th, 2014 at 5:33 pm » Comments Off

Novel energy storage materials flow from the white containers into a fuel-cell like device in the foreground, where they generate electricity. It would be great if utilities would be able to store the power that wind farms generate at night when no one wants and then be able to use it when the demand is […]

Global wind power capacity expected to skyrocket

October 31st, 2013 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

Wind power could generate as much as 18 percent of global electricity by 2050. Wind energy only accounts for a small percentage of global electricity production even though we have seen more wind farms popping up over the last few years. Wind power generates only 2.6 percent of the world’s electricity, according to a new […]

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