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High times for wind power technology

Wind energy has been a great renewable energy success story. But is the sector’s technology going to look the same as it does now in the future? Some industry players think not – and suggest change might come soon. Looking up, to generate more For one, there’s a possibility that it’s going to move...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 13/06/2017 - 12:35



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Will wind turbines triumph in lamp post link-up?

With plans afoot to install small wind turbines on lamp posts, connecting directly to the grid, we asked our low-carbon technology experts for their views on how successful such an idea might be. The company behind the plan is targeting the two million UK lamp posts that would be suitable for such...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 02/03/2017 - 15:24



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Bladeless wind turbines

Despite the widespread international support for wind turbines they have always inspired fierce opposition in the UK. Is it the blades themselves that send nimbyists spiralling into a frenzy? If so, their objections could be answered by a new bladeless wind turbine. The Vortex bladeless wind...

Submitted by James Wakelin on Fri, 05/06/2015 - 08:53



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Renewable makeovers for England's old mines

Can renewable energy revitalise abandoned fossil fuel mines? That’s the question behind a number of recent developments on the sites of Britain’s old coal mines. At the Arkwright surface mine near Chesterfield, a 500kW wind turbine has been installed. It generates enough power for 1,000 households...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 27/04/2015 - 10:49



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Wind energy innovation inspired by nature

The innovators of the world do not seem to tire of coming up with new wind turbine designs. Recently we’ve had vertical axis models, an Archimedes’ screw and more. Now, say hello to the ‘wind tree’ - or Tree Wind, to give it its official title. A steel trunk and branches support plastic ‘leaves’...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 06/02/2015 - 09:00



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Finding middle ground on rural renewables

For rural and nature lobby groups, a desire show support for cleaner energy while preserving the traditional look of the countryside has sometimes been a tricky balance in Britain. The issue has normally come to a head on the issue of onshore wind farms - though perhaps some people just get off on...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 03/09/2014 - 08:45



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Turbine technologies: Winds of change

From offshore to on your roof, wind power could see some big changes over the coming years. Starting at the larger end of things, a new floating wind turbine could potentially cut costs-per-Megawatt by around half come the 2020s, according to a study commissioned by the Energy Technologies...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/08/2014 - 08:45



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The power of wind in the energy debate

Wind power, both onshore and offshore, is an important part of our energy make-up, today and tomorrow. There is a broad agreement on this; but this fact has not prevented suggestions of a discrepancy on the extent of necessary investment in the onshore form of wind between key influencers. The...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 02/06/2014 - 08:45



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Green innovations go head to head

It’s been a while since we had a round-up of the more offbeat energy ideas looking to make a breakthrough into mainstream consciousness. In the past we have had solar trees and kinetic energy-harnessing footballs and dance floors, so with that kind of creativity as a precedent, the stakes are high...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 08:45



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You and your wind turbine - a personal relationship

It might be the fact that there’s something just a little bit human about their long torsos and flailing arms, but it appears that the sight of wind turbines stirs a strange and complex range of emotional reactions. In what is quite possibly the most intriguing report we've seen in recent times,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 25/10/2013 - 08:45