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American-made wind turbine blades

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:29pm
New research is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes US blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages.

Ahoy, offshore wind: Advanced buoys bring vital data to untapped energy resource

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:48pm
Two large buoys that are decked out with advanced scientific instruments will help more accurately predict offshore wind’s power-producing potential.

Bats versus wind turbines

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:41pm
Wind turbines are responsible for the death of numerous bats. In a recent study, scientists determined the origin of these animals: they do not only come from local areas but many had been already on a long migratory journey. Who then bears responsibility not only for the protection of native bat populations, but also for the populations from other countries, a European study asks.

Worldwide water shortage by 2040

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:31am
Water is used around the world for the production of electricity, but new research results show that there will not be enough water in the world to meet demand by 2040 if the energy and power situation does not improve before then.

How to power California with wind, water and sun

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:43pm
New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy prices.

Seals forage at offshore wind farms

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:38am
By using sophisticated GPS tracking to monitor seals' every movement, researchers have shown for the first time that some individual seals are repeatedly drawn to offshore wind farms and pipelines. Those human-made structures probably serve as artificial reefs and attractive hunting grounds, according to a study.

Fires are major cause of wind farm failure, according to new research

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:46pm
Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to research. Wind farming is one of the leading industries in the renewable energy sector. However, the industry faces a number of challenges, such as opposition by wind farm lobbyists. Today's research suggests that incidents of wind turbines catching fire are a big problem that is not currently being fully reported.

Scientists create new battery that's cheap, clean, rechargeable ... and organic

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:26pm
Scientists have developed a rechargeable battery that is all organic and could be scaled up easily for use in power plants where it can make the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating a large-scale means to store energy for use as needed. The batteries could pave the way for renewable energy sources to make up a greater share of the nation's energy generation.

New study uses blizzard to measure wind turbine airflow

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 1:24pm
A first-of-its-kind study using snow during a Minnesota blizzard is giving researchers new insight into the airflow around large wind turbines. This research is essential to improving wind energy efficiency, especially in wind farms where airflows from many large wind turbines interact with each other.

Wind turbine payback: Environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 8:33am
Researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. They conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working life of 20 years will offer a net benefit within five to eight months of being brought online.