Spirit AeroSystems develops innovative manufacturing technology for composites

In collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), Spirit developed an intelligent heated tool for curing composite components. The new technology can cure composite parts 40% faster at half the cost and supports a wide range of composite components across industries, from wind turbine blades to the

Commercial operations begin at 154-MW Rock Falls Wind Project

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) announced that the 154-MW Rock Falls Wind Project has begun commercial operation. Kimberly-Clark Corporation signed an agreement earlier this year with EDF RE for 120 MW of generation which marks Kimberly-Clark’s first utility-scale use of renewable energy. Rock Falls Wind Project, located in Kay and Grant Counties in northern Oklahoma, consists of

EGP-NA to build 146 MW of new wind capacity in Canada

Enel S.p.A., through its U.S.-based renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), has been awarded two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements (RESAs) for 146 MW of new wind capacity in Alberta, Canada. The tender launched by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). According to the two agreements, Enel will build two new wind

SoCalGas planning an advanced energy model that includes wind, solar & storage

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that it will partner with the University of California-Irvine’s  Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.  The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a full spectrum of diverse energy options, including solar, wind, and renewable natural gas. It

Skullerz new cap insert turns any hat into a protective device

The cause of workplace head injuries can be divided into two basic categories: object-generated impact and worker-generated impact. While the trusty hard hat has been protecting workers from object-generated impact for decades, quality solutions to protect from the everyday bumps, bruises and bangs that workers are initiating have only recently become available. Skullerz Head Protection, offered

Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program yields lowest-ever price for wind power in Canada

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) commends the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the Government of Alberta for the successful implementation of the first phase of its Renewable Electricity Program (REP), which has resulted in the lowest-ever price for wind energy generation in Canada. As announced, AESO will secure power from three new wind-energy projects representing

Emissions may cause global north-to-south shift in wind power

In the next century, wind resources may decrease in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere and could sharply increase in some hotspot regions down south, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The first-of-its-kind study predicting how global wind power may shift with climate change appears in Nature Geoscience. “There’s been a lot

Younicos upgrades battery storage at Duke Energy’s Notrees wind farm in Texas

Younicos has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 36-MW, battery-based energy storage system at the site of Duke Energy’s 153-MW Notrees Windpower Project in West Texas. The company replaced previously deployed lead-acid technology with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries. The Notrees system has been in operation since 2012, actively participating in Texas grid

EIA releases December’s U.S. short-term energy forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (IEA) has released its short-term energy outlook (STEO) for December, and into early 2018. It expects natural gas and coal shares of utility-scale electricity generation  to remain relatively unchanged through 2018. Both natural gas and coal are forecast to hover near 32% and 31%, respectively, in 2018. The IEA anticipates

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