Wind Energy

Volatile stuff for heavy trucks

In future, commercial vehicles will not only have to emit less CO2 but also meet stricter exhaust emission limits. Many experts expect that this could herald the end for fossil…

Producing electricity during flight

Anyone who has ever flown a kite during a strong windstorm is familiar with the kind of power tugging at the kite’s line. Stunt kites and drones can utilize…

Getting blade bearings in shape for the turbines of the future

In wind turbines in the 7-10 MW range, the wind drives blades of up to 80 m in length. Blade bearings, the interface between the hub and the blades, are the…

Test Centre for Support Structures

Test Centre for Support Structures tests masts and foundations

Carbon-fiber epoxy honeycombs mimic the material performance of balsa wood

In wind farms across North America and Europe, sleek turbines equipped with state-of-the-art technology convert wind energy into electric power. But tucked…

Localized Wind Power Blowing More Near Homes, Farms & Factories

Americans are increasingly installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a new report released today.The 2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications is the first comprehensive analysis on a growing field called distributed wind, which involves generating wind energy close to where it will be used instead of purchasing power from large, centralized wind farms. Distributed wind can range from a small, solitary turbine in someone’s backyard to several large turbines that power a manufacturing facility or a neighborhood….

SWiFT Commissioned to Study Wind Farm Optimization

The event featured speakers from the DOE’s Wind Program, Vestas Wind Systems, Sandia and Texas Tech.“The Energy Department’s wind testing facilities, including…

Official Starting Signal for Research Alliance for Wind Energy

Representatives of the three partners, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), ForWind, the Center for Wind Energy Research of the Universities Oldenburg, Hannover…

Sandia Labs benchmark helps wind industry measure success

Until now, wind farm owners and operators had no way to compare their output with the output of similar operations. To benchmark the reliability of the U.S….

Wind farms: A danger to ultra-light aircraft?

For a motorized hangglider or a one-seater weighing 300 kilograms: the business of flying by ultra-light aircraft is booming. That is also why numerous…

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