MidAmerican Wind, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables whose parent company is MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, today announced its agreement to acquire the 168-megawatt Alta Wind VII and the 132-megawatt Alta Wind IX projects from California Highwind Power, a subsidiary of Terra-Gen Power, LLC. The projects are in Tehachapi, Calif., and will feature a total of 100 Vestas 3-megawatt V90 wind turbines.
NCC Construction Sweden has been commissioned to construct a total of 123 base plates, with associated roads, for two wind farms on the borders between the Swedish counties of Västernorrland and Jämtland. The client is Statkraft SCA Vind AB and the total order value is SEK 460 million, which will be registered in the fourth quarter.
Thankfully some American clean wind energy projects won’t be kept waiting. [repostus hash=1f6b4f6a74835780a6a35f3d2a503f2b title=Obama+Admin+Fast-Tracks+7+Solar%2FWind+Projects+as+part+of+%26%238220%3BWe+Can%26%238217%3Bt+Wait%26%238221%3B+Renewable+Energy+Strategy host=Clean+Technica short=1kmc9 snip=%C2%A0+The+Obama+Administration+is+putting+seven+solar+and+wind+energy+projects+on+%E2%80%9Cfast-track%E2%80%9D+review+for+federal+permitting+and+review%2C+part+of+President+Obama%E2%80%99s+%E2%80%9CWe+Can%E2%80%99t+Wait%E2%80%9D+strategy+for+catalyzing+further+growth+in+US+renewable+energy.+Spread+across+four+western+states%2C+the+projects%26hellip%3B thumb=2715199 jump=1]
This is an interesting offshore wind energy experiment taking place at Sandia National Laboratories. The subject: vertical-access wind turbines, a technology used in the 1980s. [repostus] Offshore Use of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Gets Closer Look by Sandia Labs (via Clean Technica) Do the best offshore wind turbines operate with a horizontal or vertical-axis mechanism? That question is being reexamined by Sandia National Laboratories’ wind energy researchers who are now re-evaluating vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) to help solve some of the problems of…
Thanks to Andrew at Clean Technica for news on this Illinois wind farm. [repostus hash=55ffbf73ac7a63b80bae4f0bfdbbdfcb title=E.ON+Climate+%26amp%3B+Renewables+Secures+%24150mm+for+Illinois+Wind+Farm host=Clean+Technica short=1duPD snip=Some+welcome+news+on+the+US+wind+energy+front%3A+E.ON+Climate+%26+Renewables+North+America+on+June+4+announced+it+has+secured+%24150+million+of+institutional+equity+financing+for+its+150MW+Pioneer+Trail+Wind+Farm+from+Bank+of+America+Merrill+Lynch.+Located+in+central+Illinois%E2%80%99+Ford+and+Iroquois+counties%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F2116584 jump=1]
From Clean Technica Cleantech News Roundup (Solar, Wind, EV, Geothermal, Biogas, Hydro, & More) (via Clean Technica) Some more cleantech news from around the interwebs: –>Page 1: Solar News (you are here) –>Page 2: Wind News –>Page 3: Transportation & Energy Efficiency News –>Page 4: Biogas, Geothermal, & Hydro News –>Page 5: Policy & Other News Solar Kyocera Solar to supply 34 MW of solar panels for…
Scientists and engineers in the U.S. Army are working to develop mobile energy solutions that capture renewable power from the sun and wind. Photo: cobalt123 Reported on Clean Technica Army Scientists Developing Deployable Renewable Equipment (via Clean Technica) Renewable energy options are very important these days for the Unite States Army, especially when it concerns soldiers stationed in remote combat outposts. Soldiers face a barrage of challenges when it comes to having available energy – a necessity for everything from…
“Meant for YOUR rooftop, uses magnetic coils instead of traditional turbine parts… NO sound at all. …very lightweight so moves in slightest breeze, but tough – can handle sustained winds up to 45 mph.”
Interesting graphic from redOrbit on North Sea wind patterns. Information like this should be used in all schools as a part of renewable energy studies. [repostus hash=657debc2626645128c07783bc3c0e35c title=As+The+Wind+Blows host=redOrbit short=19TAG snip=This+Envisat+image+shows+the+wind+fields+over+the+North+Sea+around+Denmark+and+northern+Germany.+The+image+is+centered+over+the+Jutland+Peninsula+of+Denmark%2C+with+the+German+state+of+Schleswig-Holstein+in+the+lower+half.+The+wind+fields+are+derived+from+radar+observations%2C+with+the+speed+values+ranging%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1586739 jump=1]
For those wondering about recent news on Texas wind farms increasing temperature. This story comes from The Christian Science Monitor. [repostus hash=9b40319f8044dd7c840cdc69979602ac title=Don%26%23039%3Bt+believe+the+headlines.+Wind+farms+do+not+cause+%26%23039%3Bglobal%26%23039%3B+warming. host=The+Christian+Science+Monitor short=1at9U snip=By+Trevor+Quirk%2C%C2%A0Contributor+posted+April+30%2C+2012+at+3%3A33+pm+EDT+All+energy+technologies+have+nuances+and+drawbacks.+New+research+published+in+Nature+Climate+Change+found+that+wind+farms+are+no+exception.+Specifically%2C+the+study+found+that+large+tracts+of+wind+turbines+in+remote+areas+of+Texas+appear%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1692785 jump=3]
This was originally posted on Clean Technica. Airborne Wind Turbine Video from Altaeros Energies – Seeing Is Believing (via Clean Technica) Tina Casey reported on a helium-based airborne wind turbine from Altaeros Energies capable of delivering electricity from elevations ranging from 350 feet to 1000 feet, The image used for her post was a donut, reflecting the shape of the device. Now Altaeros Energies has released a You Tube…
Offshore wind energy news from Clean Technica: [repostus hash=c4a518833dac046c5dc28ea999d1ce4a title=Dong+to+Erect+First+6-MW+Siemens+Offshore+Wind+Turbine host=Clean+Technica short=19txz snip=%C2%A0+Dong+Energy%2C+a+large+European+energy+company%2C+has+received+full+consent+to+test+Siemens%E2%80%99+new+6-MW+offshore+wind+turbines.+It+will+install+two+test+turbines+at+its%C2%A0Gunfleet+Sands+wind+farm+in+South+East+England.+This+will+mark+Dong%E2%80%99s+first+UK+demonstration+project+and+the+first+time+this+large%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1516236]
Thanks to Zach Shahan, we learn the American Wind Energy Association has released the 2011 market report on wind energy. Zach has put this information in an easy-to-read format that won’t strain your eyes from too much research. Wind Energy Institute photo credit: NoWin [repostus hash=30a434bdd8481c7e163abaec45cd9329 title=Wind+Energy+Facts+from+AWEA+2011+Annual+Market+Report host=Clean+Technica short=19l0y snip=%C2%A0+The+American+Wind+Energy+Association+%28AWEA%29+released+its+2012+annual+market+report+on+wind+energy+at+the+end+of+last+week.+For+a+succinct+look+at+some+of+the+industry%E2%80%99s+key+stats+and+facts%2C+here%E2%80%99s+a+bullet-point+list+of+them+I%E2%80%99ve+put+together+for+you+%28more+wind+power+lists+at+the+bottom+of%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1496221]
For those following the fortunes of wind energy to serve communities, read this post by John Farrell concerning a refundable federal tax credit. Photo: stevendepolo [repostus hash=e8e92c0819b338285e360c031ab68fc8 title=This+Could+Be+Big+%26%238212%3B+Refundable+Federal+Tax+Credit+Could+Remove+Barrier+to+Community+Wind host=Clean+Technica short=19s4V snip=%C2%A0+Since+it+will+take+a+battle+to+extend+federal+tax+credits+for+wind+power+anyway%2C+why+not+make+community+wind+development+easier+at+the+same+time%3F+Last+month%2C+President+Obama%E2%80%99s+Treasury+Department+released+proposed+reforms+to+a+number+of+business+taxes+including+the+federal+Production+Tax+Credit%26hellip%3B thumb=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.1.rp-api.com%2Fthumb%2F1512419]
World’s Most Efficient Wind Turbine to Make European Debut at 50-Megawatt Fina Enerji Project in Turkey
GE announced this order at the European Wind Energy Association’s EWEA 2012 in Copenhagen. The project will mark the first European installation of the GE 1.6-100 machine, which offers the highest efficiency of any wind turbine in its class.
Good news from the UK regarding the creation of new jobs using wind energy.
According to information from Cleantech Group, the number of venture deals for clean technology rose in the first quarter of 2012 even though the dollar total of the funding deals declined modestly. The firm reports that early-stage deals appear to be on the rise again, and the mergers and acquisition market remains strong.