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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


What Are Transient Loads, and How Do I Reduce the Effect On My Turbines?

Wind Systems, Oct. 2015, by Doug Herr.

"In the wind industry today, there is more discussion than ever on loads in the drivetrain of turbines. A significant amount of work has been done over the past few years to show that transient loads, particularly transient torque reversal loads, are occurring more often than expected. NREL’s Gearbox Reliability Collaborative has discussed transients and developed test cells to better understand the dynamics within the drivetrain."

Outside-the-Box Renewable Energy Microturbines

Power, Oct. 2015, by Kennedy Maize.

"Rooftops with arrays of tiny wind-powered microturbines and hydro microturbines generating power as water flows through municipal drinking water systems or the outflow of municipal sewage treatment systems?  They’re real."

New Standard Bridges the Gap in Commissioning [Windpower]

North American Windpower, Sep. 2015, by Ron Widup.

"A new electrical standard defines expectations and performance during wind farm commissioning." ANSI/NETA ECS-2015 Standard for Electrical Commissioning Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems (NETA ECS)

Unlikely Bedfellows: Unlocking Wind Microgrids with Fossil Fuels

North American Clean Energy, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Marc Hoffman.

"With advancements in the renewable microgrid platform, there’s good news on the horizon: two unlikely bedfellows—wind and fossil fuels—can make beautiful music together after all."

2014 Wind Technologies Market Report

U.S. Department of Energy, August 2015.

"According to the 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report, total installed wind power capacity in the United States grew at a rate of eight percent in 2014, bringing the United States total installed capacity to nearly 66 gigawatts (GW), which ranks second in the world and meets 4.9 percent of U.S. end-use electricity demand in an average year. In total, 4,854 MW of new wind energy capacity were installed in the United States in 2014."

Rooftop Wind Power in Cities is Here

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by William Becker.

"In 2003, just twelve pioneering renewable energy years ago, multiple wind energy innovators in the USA and worldwide, all seemed to see the coming confluence of technical breakthroughs that could bring on a revolution in electric wind power technology. That confluence continues today with little media notice. Primarily in U.S. cities like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, wind power experimenters recognized a platform from which they could build and launch the next generation in Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) electric power technology."

Wind Educational Institutions In The U.S

Wind Systems Magazine, July 2015.

Lists educational institutions in the U.S. that offer wind education programs.

Why RECs Matter: The Case for Renewable Energy Credits

North American Windpower, July 2015, by Roger W. Rosendahl.

"RECs can be a meaningful incentive and a flexible facilitator of renewable portfolio standards."

Microsoft’s 2-Year Journey to 285 MW of Wind Energy

Rocky Mountain Institute Blog, Aug. 6, 2015, by Stephen Abbott.

"Over the past two years, Microsoft has contracted for 285 MW of renewable power from two off-site wind energy projects. These two wind farms—capable of generating enough electricity to power 125,000 U.S. homes—could not have been built without the long-term off-take agreement provided by Microsoft, demonstrating the large-scale impact that companies can have on renewable energy deployment. The Business Renewables Center (BRC), an RMI-convened initiative and member-led platform, is working to accelerate corporate procurement of off-site renewable energy such as Microsoft’s, by bringing together corporate buyers, project developers, and service providers."

The Next Generation of Wind Energy

Buildings, June 2015, by Jenny Morton.

"Considering wind energy but don’t have the space for a large turbine? Utility-scale models aren’t the only option that can turn gusts and breezes into renewable power. Unlike its taller cousins, a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) has a compact footprint and can be installed on rooftops or a corner of your property. This design flexibility makes it a suitable alternative for urban locations where a traditional turbine is out of the question. Learn how a VAWT can help your facility generate clean power when space is limited."
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