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    A New Start After The Disaster - Puerto Rico Offers a Unique Opportunity 10/06/2017
    ...A New Start After The Disaster - Puerto Rico Offers a Unique Opportunity It is well known how difficult and cost-intensive it is to convert... an existing electricity grid so that it can absorb fluctuating amounts of renewable energy. Puerto Rico now has the opportunity to show how quickly...
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    Wind industry development up 40% in strong second quarter 07/31/2017
    ... capacity, with more than 52,000 commercial wind turbines currently operating in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. AWEA will celebrate the rapid growth of the industry and its benefits to rural America with its first-ever “American Wind Week,” Aug. 6-12, featuring tours of wind farms and factories and other opportunities to learn more about wind power. The week’s festivities will be capped with a community fair at noon on Saturday, Aug. 12 in the town square in Fowler, Indiana, population 2,300, whose economy has been transformed by the business from several nearby wind farms. ...
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    Near-record growth propels wind power into first place as America’s largest renewable resource 02/10/2017
    ... first utility-scale wind farm announced earlier today, there are now more than 52,000 individual wind turbines in 41 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. GM...
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    US: American wind power sets sights on doubling in five years 05/25/2016
    ... Collegiate Wind Competition is also on site. It challenges hundreds of university students from across the country and Puerto Rico to create research-driven...
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    US: American wind power hits the ground running 04/29/2016
    ....” There are now more than 48,800 wind turbines operating in 40 states plus Puerto Rico and, for the first time, Guam – enough to power 20 million average homes with 74,512 MW of total installed capacity. Turbines were installed at seven projects across six states this quarter; Oklahoma led the country with 270 MW of wind capacity installations, followed by Iowa (154 MW), Utah (62 MW) and New Mexico (32 MW). More wind power is on the way. Construction starts in the first quarter bring the total to 10,100 MW now under construction, with an additional 5,100 MW in advanced stages of development and nearing construction. Texas remains the leader for total installed capacity and reported construction activity. The Lone Star State accounted for over 54 percent of construction underway during the first quarter. The Plains region of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska came next with 18 percent of construction activity, followed by the Midwest at 12 percent. The Department of Energy Wind Vision report, released last year, shows that wind power can double in the next five years to supply 10 percent of U.S. electricity demand by 2020 and double again to reach 20 percent by 2030. The newest quarterly market results follow the release of AWEA’s 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which highlights the growing demand for wind energy in 2015. The cost of wind power has fallen by two-thirds since 2009, helping to make wind energy the electricity source of choice for American states, utilities and other emerging buyers. Last year, wind installed the most new electric generating capacity nationwide (at 41 percent), followed by solar (28.5 percent) and natural gas (28.1 percent). Low costs have prompted strong growth in wind investment by Fortune 500 companies and other emerging buyers, through long-term contracts called power purchase agreements (PPAs). The Department of Defense joined Fortune 500 companies 3M and Salesforce, among others, to contract for 246 MW of wind in the first quarter, over a third of the capacity purchased in 2016’s first three months. With traditional utility buyers included, more than 660 MW of PPAs were announced during the first quarter of 2016, contributing to the more than 4,500 MW of PPAs signed since the beginning of 2015. Project developers and manufacturers are also investing in new technology to produce turbines that reach steadier, more powerful winds at greater heights – opening new areas to be developed economically. America’s tallest operating wind turbine can now be found in Iowa. The 154-MW Adams wind farm, completed in the first quarter by MidAmerican Energy, includes one prototype wind turbine – designed and supplied by Siemens – that uses an innovative concrete tower design to reach a record-breaking hub height of approximately 115 meters with a rotor diameter of 108 meters. “This is the first concrete tower project for Siemens in North America, we’re proud to say the tower technology was conceived, designed, engineered, and constructed entirely in the United States,” said Michael McManus, Head of Business Development and Strategy for Siemens Americas Onshore Wind. “This project marks another milestone in our successful partnership with MidAmerican Energy to expand clean, renewable wind power in Iowa, and demonstrates Siemens’ continuous dedication to innovation to drive down the cost of wind energy around the globe.” Turbine manufacturers reported over 800 MW of new orders in the first quarter, keeping American factories humming. The wind industry supported 88,000 jobs in the U.S. at the start of the year – an increase of 20 percent from 2014 – including over 21,000 jobs manufacturing wind turbine parts and materials at more than 500 factories across 43 states. Many states and utilities are moving forward with their plans to cut carbon pollution despite the Supreme Court stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Wind energy is the biggest, fastest and cheapest way for states to cut carbon pollution and comply with the plan, according to analysis of EIA data – and states that add wind energy now can benefit from increases in jobs and consumer savings ahead of the initial Clean Power Plan compliance period in 2022. Building long-distance transmission infrastructure is another key part of America’s clean energy future. Adding transmission capacity helps move low-cost wind energy to cities where it’s needed most, saving consumers money and increasing the resilience of the electricity grid. Working with local authorities to develop clear siting laws is also vital to making sure that wind projects can be sited efficiently and to the benefit of local communities. ...
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    Costa Rica: Gamesa and Iberdrola Ingeniería to build four wind farms with total capacity of 80 MW 01/05/2016
    ..., Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico; it also performs operations and maintenance services regionwide. ...
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    US: American wind power breezes past 70-gigawatt milestone 01/04/2016
    ... 50,000 operating wind turbines in the U.S., at more than 980 utility-scale wind farms across 40 states and Puerto Rico. American wind power began... this year with a capacity of 65,877 MW, with 956 utility-scale wind projects in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and continues to add more this month, which...
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    Siemens receives order from US wind customer Pattern Development 02/10/2015
    ... has already installed in this state. Logan’s Gap represents the 12th project between Siemens and Pattern Development in the U.S., Canada, Puerto... Rico and South America. The nacelles for the project will be assembled at Siemens facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. The blades, with a length of 53...
  • Gamesa enters the Jamaican market with a turnkey contract for the construction of a 24 MW wind farm 01/22/2015
    ... in the region, having developed wind farms in countries such as Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico, where it also performs operations and maintenance services. To receive more information on this article, our Newsletter or find out more about what w3.windfair.net has to offer, please, do not hesitate to contact Trevor Sievert at ts@windfair.net. Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter: w3.windfair.net on Twitter w3.windfair.net is the largest international B2B internet platform in wind energy – ultimately designed for connecting wind energy enthusiasts and companies across the globe.                                        ...
  • SLIPS Coating Technology against Ice Build-up on Offshore Wind Turbines 11/27/2014
    ... humidity) and subsequent de-icing by heating According to the team at Harvard University and the University of Puerto Rico, under the lead of Dr. Eisenberg surfaces are coated with slippery liquid infused porous surfaces (SLIPS), which use gravity to shed any liquid or frozen droplets of water. “SLIPS is a system-based approach that uniquely combines and matches surface structuring and chemical functionalization with infused liquids to overlay an immobilized ‘sea’ of lubricant on a surface,” said Dr. Aizenberg who co-founded SLIPS Technologies and chairs its Scientific Advisory Board. “This results in self-healing surfaces with almost perfect slipperiness toward practically everything, and our system can be customized for the specific physical, chemical and environmental conditions of a particular application.” The cross-disciplinary group at both universities had previously looked at an ice-free surface inspired by the water-repellent lotus leaf, but this technique can fail in high humidity as the surface textures become coated with condensation and frost. SLIPS, however, consists of a molecularly flat lubricating film that overlays a nanostructured solid, which holds the lubricant in place. Water droplets find it difficult to gain any purchase on the film so they slide off easily. The first SLIPS invention disclosure dates back to 2010 and marked a major milestone in the technology's development. As mentioned-above SLIPS was invented to address the performance shortfalls of traditional "Lotus Leaf Effect" surfaces that attempt to achieve omniphobic properties but fail to deliver: they are unstable under extreme temperature and pressure conditions; they are not truly omniphobic (for example, they are not suitable for low-surface-tension liquids); they are not optically transparent; and they are fragile and easily damaged. SLIPS is a truly omniphobic, highly repellent surface with optical transparency, scratch-resistance, self-repair, and self-cleaning characteristics that can operate under extreme environmental conditions. The SLIPS design concept was inspired by the carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plant: it uses rain to transform its solid surface into a microscopically thin, smooth and slippery immobilized "sea" of water. The plant's surface is now friction-free, and any insect crawling on it loses all traction and slides right into the center of the plant to be digested as food. Learning from the pitcher plant, SLIPS transforms a solid surface into a microscopically thin, smooth and friction-free immobilized "sea" of lubricant (the lubricant is water in the case of the pitcher plant). This is done through our proprietary combination of nanoscale surface textures, surface chemistry, and a liquid lubricant that can then be "woven" and immobilized on almost any kind of surface. The surface preparation and the choice of lubricant are matched to form a system that is customized for the particular material and for its intended application. SLIPS has been internationally recognized and highlighted since it was first disclosed in 2010 and presented publicly by inventor Joanna Aizenberg in June 2011 at the Nanotech Innovation Forum in Boston. All in all SLIPS is destined for application in the offshore wind energy sector, which would definitely be a benefit to all offshore wind farm operators.  For more information on SLIPS, please view the following video: Photos: Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S and SLIPS Technology If you like to receive our Newsletter or find out more about what w3.windfair.net has to offer, please, do not hesitate to contact Trevor Sievert at ts@windfair.net. w3.windfair.net is the largest international B2B internet platform in wind energy – ultimately designed for connecting wind energy enthusiasts and companies across the globe. ...
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