wind turbine

A New Wind Turbine Generates Back The Energy It Takes To Build It In Just 6 Months

July 2, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Turbine Return on Energy Investment

A new study finds that wind turbines have an energy payback of six months, which is comparable to the best solar photovoltaic systems. In other words, in their first six months of operation, large wind turbines produce the same total amount of energy that was needed to produce and install them.[read more]

Photos: Is GE's Space Frame Tower the Future of Wind Power?

March 9, 2014 by Herman Trabish

GE Space Frame Tower

Greentech Media got an early look at GE's new space frame wind turbine tower in advance of its official debut at next week’s European wind industry conference. The space frame advances the potential of GE to deliver taller towers capable of more power production at a lower cost.[read more]

Climbing Up GE’s Brilliant Wind Energy Turbine

June 24, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Wind Energy Turbine

With the launch of the first three GE brilliant wind turbines approaching, the world’s leading turbine manufacturer invited media to its test center to see its machine in operation and take a look at the inner workings.[read more]

Lib Dems MP Stands up For Wind Turbines

November 6, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

Cheltenham Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood stood up for wind energy this week, opposing a bill for a new rule dictating wind turbines should be 2km from houses. The bill introduced by a few anti wind energy MP’s could bring an overnight halt to the UK’s renewable energy progress if passed. Horwood explained the problem with an example close...[read more]

Flapping Wind Turbine Inspired by Bumble Bee Wings

November 4, 2009 by Big Gav

TreeHugger has a post on some biomimicry being applied to wind turbine design - Flapping Wind Turbine Inspired by Bumble Bee Wings. VentureBeat has more.The xBEE has a19-foot wingspan and swoops in a majestic back-and-forth pattern. Green Wavelength CEO Sabri Sansoy (an MIT grad with a master's in Aeronautics and Astronautics) says, "the...[read more]

NREL Installs Siemens Wind Turbine

October 27, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

The US energy department DOE has installed a new wind turbine on its premises near Boulder, Colorado. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has commissioned the 2.3 megawatt turbine on its National Technology Center site as part of an R&D project with Siemens. The wind turbine has been commissioned in...[read more]

10 Megawatt Superconductor Turbines on Their Way

February 14, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

Alternative technology company AMSC announced this week that it has signed a contract with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to investigate and assess the economics of a 10 MW “high temperature superconductor” wind turbine. The company’s website says that it is already developing full 10MW wind...[read more]

The financial markets might be in trouble but renewables are seeing boom times!

November 6, 2008 by Tom Raftery

Photo Credit pseudorlayaA couple of interesting announcements were made in Ireland recently.On the 8th of Oct., Eirgrid, the Irish grid operator launched their Grid25 strategy (pdf warning). In the strategy document they announced they are spending €4 billion reinforcing the Irish distribution grid in the expectation of a 60% rise...[read more]

Vestas Quietly Opens First North American Blade Plant

March 3, 2008 by Tim Hurst

Danish wind-energy giant, Vestas, has apparently already opened the doors to its $60 million, 400,000 square foot blade manufacturing facility in Windsor, Colorado. Even though the plant was not officially scheduled to open until this week, The Coloradoan has reported that manufacturing stealthily began as much as four weeks ago. The...[read more]