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Intel tops its Silicon Valley HQ with rooftop array of 58 wind micro-turbines

One of the leading tech companies in the world has launched a pilot program for micro wind turbines on its headquarters "because it’s the right thing to do."

Innovative components pave way for cheaper wind energy

Wind turbines began cropping up across the landscapes of Spain and Germany in the 1990s'. These two countries have the highest wind energy production in the EU. But according to the Global Wind Energy Council, the global installed power capacity in Europe -- which is 134,007 MW -- has been surpassed by Asia with 141,964 MW, at the end of 2014. Show More Summary

Wind Power Could Be Coming To All 50 States, Report Says

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The United States might just be on the verge of a wind power revolution. Or, at least, the newest generation of wind turbines, featuring taller towers and longer blades, have the potential to push the country in that direction. Because...Show More Summary

New Wind Turbines Capacity Factor Could Increase From ~40% To ~60%

The engineer and economist Bernard Chabot has written an article explaining how wind power capacity factors for new wind turbines could increase from about 40% to 60%. The article is titled, “The fast shift towards the « silent windShow More Summary

Top 10 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week

In case you missed any of these, I encourage you to have a look now: Today’s Solar Panels Can Power The World, MIT Study Finds (via Solar Love) How It’s Made — Dream Car Tesla Model S (Video) Bladeless Wind Turbine — Reality Check First...Show More Summary

Giant Wind Turbines Could Boost US Renewable Energy Production

Giant wind turbines could give a big boost to renewable energy production in the US, especially in southeastern states says a new report from the US Department of Energy Giant Wind Turbines Could Boost US Renewable Energy Production was originally posted on: PlanetSave. Show More Summary

Oldest Operating Wind Turbine In World Turning 40

On May 30, the world’s oldest operating wind turbine will turn 40 years old. Tvindkraft was built in Denmark at the Tvind school in Jutland. Danish wind enthusiasts will join there again soon to celebrate the turbine’s 40th birthday....Show More Summary

Bladeless Wind Turbine — Reality Check

The Vortex Bladeless wind turbine recently covered here on CleanTechnica and many other sites is, unfortunately, yet another example of an impractical, uncompetitive wind turbine that is getting too much hype for its extremely weak results and potential. Show More Summary

TAKING WIND NATIONWIDE

DOE: Bigger Turbines Could Unlock Wind Energy Potential In All 50 States 19 May 2015 (North American Windpower) “Larger wind turbines could allow the U.S. to access untapped, stronger wind resource areas across the country and lead to wind energy development in all 50 states, according to [Enabling Wind Power Nationwide from] the U.S. Show More Summary

FIRST U.S. OCEAN WIND RISING

America Is Finally Getting Its First Offshore Wind Farm. Conservatives Are Trying to Make Sure It’s the Last. Rebecca Leber, May 14, 2015 (New republic) “…Europe has at least 70 complete [offshore] wind farms and 2,300 turbines in its waters. Show More Summary

30,000 wind turbines located in critical bird habitats

A new report predicts that widespread growth in wind power will put many migratory and endangered birds at risk

This wind turbine has no blades — and that’s why it’s better

The Vortex bladeless turbine uses the wind to vibrate instead of spin. That makes it cheaper, quieter, and more reliable than a bladed turbine.

ORIGINAL REPORTING: HOW NEW TURBINE TECHNOLOGY WILL OPEN UP THE SOUTHEAST TO WIND DEVELOPMENT

How new turbine technology will open up the Southeast to wind development; New NREL maps, fact sheets reveal an 82,000-plus MW opportunity in the region Herman K. Trabish, January 15, 2015 (Utility Dive) click to enlarge Wind turbine technology is about to open up an almost untouched sector of the U.S. Show More Summary

New Giant Wind Turbines Will Unlock Wind Resources Across The U.S.

The expansion of economical wind power could see the industry come to states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The post New Giant Wind Turbines Will Unlock Wind Resources Across The U.S. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Offshore wind turbine construction could be putting seals' hearing at risk

Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, researchers have found. They say more research is needed on how noise affects marine mammals' hearing and into engineering solutions to reduce noise levels.

Vortex bladeless turbines wobble to generate energy

Looking somewhat like a giant reed gently swaying in the wind, the new Vortex bladeless wind-driven generator prototype produces electricity with very few moving parts, on a very small footprint, and in almost complete silence. Designed...Show More Summary

This Silent, Straw-Like Wind Turbine Can Fit In Your Backyard

And quiet enough to not get your friendly neighborhood NIMBYs upset. Most wind turbines aren't exactly small enough to fit in a backyard—since a bigger size means more energy, a single blade can be longer than a football field. And wind power can be noisy enough that neighbors sometimes complain even when a wind farm is miles away. Show More Summary

UK Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Seals Deals With Vestas And E.ON

Germany utility E.ON SE is teaming up with the UK’s Green Investment Bank to invest in the Rampion offshore wind farm, set to be located off England’s southern coast, and supplied with Vestas wind turbines. The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is set to be located off Brighton in Southern England, in the English Channel. Show More Summary

Britain to press ahead with onshore wind subsidy cuts next week

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new government will next week outline implementing its pledge to reduce onshore wind farm subsidies, the new energy minister has said, which will likely scupper plans for new wind turbines.

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