Vaisala and WindSim complete largest-ever validation of remote sensing in complex terrain

Vaisala, a global provider in environmental and industrial measurement, has collaborated with WindSim, a pioneer in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, on a study that demonstrates how the effects of complex terrain on wind measurements collected by remote sensing units can be mitigated. The collaboration has included the most extensive complex terrain validation of remote sensing

Energy Department announces $18.5 million for offshore wind research

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. This consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing topics, including wind plant technology

Energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions decreased in most states from 2005 to 2015

The United States has a diverse energy landscape that is reflected in differences in state-level emissions profiles. Between 2005 and 2015, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased in 43 states (including the District of Columbia) and increased in 8 states. On a per-capita basis, energy-related CO2 emissions decreased in 49 states (including the District of

Fraunhofer researches how to prevent rain erosion on turbine blades

Smalls drops, big impact: Even just minor rain erosion damage on rotor blade surfaces can impair performance and shorten the service life of wind turbines. This is according to research and development institute, Fraunhofer Iwes, which has launched a three-year study into the effect of rain erosion on wind-turbine blades. Fraunhofer has been operating a

Stem to build the first energy storage virtual power plants in Japan

Stem Inc., the global provider of artificial intelligence-driven energy storage services, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. are partnering to build  one of the first aggregated fleets of industrial customer-sited energy storage operating in Japan. This pilot will help inform Japan’s plans to develop aggregated demand response resources as flexible capacity to manage the variability from

Vestas wins 40 MW U.S. order for 80% PTC qualifying wind-turbine components

  Vestas has received an order for 40 MW of turbine components that qualify for 80% of the PTC value, under the bipartisan PATH act that Congress passed in 2015. The long-term phasedown terms set in the PATH act have resulted in nearly $50 billion of investment in the U.S., including the expansion of factories,

Iowa reduces GHG emissions, thanks to renewables

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) mandated “2016 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report” shows greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Iowa have decreased for the second year in a row. This is primarily from a decrease in power plant emissions, but also an increase in renewables. Statewide emissions decreased 2% from 2015 levels and 9% from

American Council On Renewable Energy announces 2018 Board Members

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has announced its new and re-elected Board members for 2018. Neil Gerber, Director for New Energy and Environment at IBM, and Kathy Weiss, Vice President of Government Affairs at First Solar, were re-elected to additional three-year terms. ACORE also welcomes three new Board members: John Eber, Managing Director

Bay Area Rapid Transit commits to a future powered by wind & solar

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the public transportation system of the San Francisco Bay Area, is moving forward on plans to source the majority of its electricity supply from renewables. The BART Board of Directors approved two 20-year renewable-energy power purchase agreements this week. “These agreements will ensure the District gets a majority of its electricity supply

New wind company in China chooses Vestas’ turbines for its first project

“The wind park” has selected Vestas for its first-ever wind energy project. The order includes 35, V110-2.0 MW turbines, delivered in 2.2-MW Power Optimized Mode for a project in Dezhou city, in eastern China’s Shandong Province. The wind park will leverage Vestas’ high-tower solution with a hub height of 137 meters — which has already