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Offshore wind farms can protect cities from hurricane damage

A fleet of offshore wind turbines provides clean electricity and – according to a new study –a line of defense against the fierce winds and waves of hurricanes. New research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University shows that wind farms can weaken hurricanes before they make landfall. The installations can form an artificial buffer to reduce hurricanes’ wind speeds, wave heights and storm surges. Accord...

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Alstom to supply Deepwater Wind project with turbines

Alstom has signed its first export contract with offshore wind project developer Deepwater Wind, to supply the company with five offshore wind turbines. Under the contract, Alstom will be supplying five offshore wind turbines for Deepwater Wind’s 30-megawatt Block Island pilot wind farm that is located off the coast of Rhode Island in the United States. The project, which is slated for commissioning in 2016,...

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E.ON sells majority stock on 207-MW offshore wind farm

E.ON, Germany’s largest utility, and Danish energy company SEAS-NVE have come to an agreement on the sale of shares on a 207 megawatt offshore wind farm. E.ON has agreed to sell an 80 percent stake on the Rödsand II offshore wind farm to SEAS-NVE. The transaction values the wind farm at around 470 million euro on a 100 percent enterprise basis. At closing, a loan of 280 mil...

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Vestas produces largest offshore wind turbine prototype blade

Danish wind turbine company Vestas has just produced an 80-meter prototype blade for the world's largest offshore wind turbine design. The 80-meter prototype blade is meant for Vestas' V164-8.0 MW wind turbine unit and makes use of structural shell design instead of using a spar at the centre of the blade. Spanning nine double-decker London buses, the swept area of the rotor runs at 21,124 square meters – larger...

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Offshore wind farm set to rise off coast of Virginia

More than a hundred thousand acres of the shores of Virginia is to be developed for offshore wind power generation following the completion of the United State’s second competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters. As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs and cut down carbon pollution through the development of domestic clean energy sources, the U.S....

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REpower completes 325 MW-Thornton offshore wind farm

REpower Systems SE has finished the third and final phase of the 325 megawatt Thornton Bank offshore wind farm. REpower, a subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, has finished installing the last of the 48 REpower 6M turbines in the Belgian offshore wind farm of Thornton Bank. The completed wind farm has a total output of 325 MW, with majority of the turbines having a rated power of 6.15 MW, meeting the demand for power of...

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World’s first floating wind turbine connected to the grid in Maine

A grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine has been launched off the coast of Castine, Maine. The project, led by the University of Maine, is the first concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine to be deployed in the United States and in the world. The project is supported by a $12 million five-year investment from the U.S. Energy Department. The VolturnUS 1:8 is a prototype of a design developed by...

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Iberdrola completes geotech study for 400 MW Baltic Sea wind project

Iberdrola has completed the necessary geotechnical studies to obtain project certification and planning consent for its Wikinger offshore wind farm in Germany. Wikinger is a proposed 400-megawatt wind farm in the Baltic Sea, some 35 kilometers off the coast of the German island of Rügen. Iberdrola is planning to start construction by late 2014 and have the farm on-line by early 2017. To achieve this, it needs to...

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Offshore wind to skyrocket to $170 billion by 2020

The offshore wind market is posed for sweeping growth in the coming years, with global investment forecasted to reach 130 billion euro ($170.75 billion) between now and 2020, according to Roland Berger Consultancy. Europe is at the forefront of this growth, with its countries having set themselves ambitious targets to ensure the continent’s electricity needs are to be provided by renewable energy sources by 2020...

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Japan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm

Japan is decided to turn its back from nuclear power, unveiling its plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm right on the site of Daiichi nuclear power plant devastated by earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. By 2020, the 143 wind turbines will be set up on platforms 10 miles off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, according to a NewsScientist.com report. With a capacity to generate 1 gigawatt of power, the offshore wind facility...

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