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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Windpower

Wind


Looking North for Solutions [Canadian Windpower]

Wind Systems Magazine, Sept. 2016, by Jean François Nolet.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1284/looking-north-for-solutions

"For years, Canada’s wind-energy industry has had the potential to expand its market through exports to the United States, but it is only now — bolstered by a perfect storm of supply-and-demand drivers — that the opportunity is finally becoming concrete."

Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/09/f33/Revolutiona%CC%82%E2%82%ACNow%202016%20Report_2.pdf

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."

Energy Secretary Moniz and Interior Secretary Jewell Announce New National Offshore Wind Strategy to Drive Deployment

Energy.gov, Sept. 9, 2016.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-secretary-moniz-and-interior-secretary-jewell-announce-new-national-offshore-wind

"U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the publication of a collaborative strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States, which could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050. The strategy details the current state of offshore wind in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines, and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry."

Optimizing Lubrication [Wind Turbines]

Wind Systems, Aug. 2016, by Jesse Dilk and Jestin Hulegaard, Klüber Lubrication.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1262/optimizing-lubrication

"Since each rolling bearing in a wind turbine operates under different conditions, it often is assumed using a variety of lubricants is essential for serving all of them. For operators, this means not only added logistical efforts and expensive warehousing but also the increased risk of product mix-ups. Some newly developed greases can be used for all rolling bearings in a wind turbine."

Forecasting Wind Energy Costs and Cost Drivers: The Views of the World’s Leading Experts

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, June 2016, LBNL-1005717.
https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1005717.pdf

"This report summarizes the results of an expert elicitation survey of 163 of the world’s foremost wind energy experts, aimed at better understanding future wind energy costs and potential technology advancement. We specifically sought to gain insight on the possible magnitude of future cost reductions, the sources of those reductions, and the enabling conditions needed to realize continued innovation and lower costs. In implementing what may be the largest single elicitation ever performed on an energy technology in terms of expert participation, we sought to complement other tools for evaluating cost-reduction potential, including learning curves, engineering assessments, and other means of synthesizing expert knowledge."

What Matters When Purchasing a Small Wind Turbine?

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Mick Sagrillo.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/what-matters-when-purchasing-a-small-wind-turbine/

"What makes a manufacturer worth considering? With the plethora of small wind web sites out there, it’s might seem daunting to try to ferret out the wheat from the chaff, who is a legitimate small wind manufacturer and who is a huckster. Actually, it is simpler than it appears. Remember the discussion about turbine certification? (ST Winter 2015/2016) This is your screen. Any manufacturer not listed with a certified turbine should not be considered, period. No matter what they promise or how much they plead. Do you want to be someone’s beta test site or do you want a working wind system for decades?"

North American Wind Power Fast Facts

enerG, Mar/Apr 2016.
http://www.altenerg.com/_resources/back_issues/mar-apr-2014/enerG.MA.2014.NA.WindPower.FastFacts.pdf

"enerG Magazine's authoritative feature on the leading U.S. states Canadian provinces in wind power, and the largest wind power projects in the U.S. and Canada." 

Retooling America’s Workforce for the Wind Energy Industry

Wind Systems Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Shawn Lamb.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1172/retooling-americas-workforce-for-the-wind-energy-industry

"According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wind turbine technician profession — and opportunities for employment therein — is expected to increase by 108 percent over the next 10 years....the question remains — where will these workers come from?"

GE is Building America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Wind Systems Magazine, Apr. 2016.
http://www.windsystemsmag.com/article/detail/1183/ge-is-building-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm

"New wind farms added more than a quarter of total new power generation capacity in the United States between 2010 and 2014, reaching 75,000 MW at the end of last year. With the exception of China, no other country has more. However, despite America’s abundance of coastline, its wind farms spin exclusively on shore. But that’s about the change."

Hydrogen and a New Paradigm for Electricity Storage

North American Clean Energy, Mar/Apr 2016, by Ken Brown.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/22731/hydrogen-and-a-new-paradigm-for-electricity-storage

"A new paradigm is needed for electricity storage in the wind energy market. Today, what passes for “grid storage” are technologies providing, at most, eight to 12 hours of discharge time. If electricity generation is to be successfully weaned from fossil fuels, storage must have more than 1,000 hours of discharge time to back up renewables when they are intermittent. Sometimes the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine for long periods of time. Long discharge time provides reliability."
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