Windpower Monthly: JUNE 2016
WORLDWIDE: Dismissed as an "investor's folly" a few years ago, economically viable floating foundations are progressing rapidly, with several pilot projects demonstrating the technology can work.
CANADA: In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, smart siting of different sized turbines will optimise power yields of British Columbia's largest wind farm.
BRAZIL: Despite being one of the world's biggest and fastest-growing markets, Brazil has only just begun to exploit its full wind-power promise, reports Julio Santos.
WORLDWIDE As markets with guaranteed feed-in tariffs are replaced with more volatile auctions systems, how can wind raise its value in the face of falling electricity wholesale prices?
PORTUGAL: Electricity consumption was entirely generated by renewables for 107 continuous hours, according to Portuguese environmental non-governmental organisation Zero and renewables industry association Apren.
ITALY: After years of slow growth, replacing old turbines with higher-capacity new machines is key for the country to reach its 2020 and 2030 wind-energy targets, but there are obstacles.
GERMANY: Turbine manufacturer Enercon could be harder hit than other market players by the German federal government's plans for renewables.
United States GE predicts strong 2016 as Alstom integration continues
Last year, Denmark and Spain both set new records for delivery of electricity from renewables.
Gearboxes do not need to be the Achilles heel of wind, says Richard Smith, a principal engineer at Romax Technology.
Despite even lower prices being offered, the cost of onshore wind energy generation still lies mainly between the $50-150/MWh range, as reported in our annual review in February. David Milborrow explains.
WORLDWIDE: Oil giant's tiny green step; a kids' renewable energy book, and Australian Green Party leader Richard Di Natale on his country's clean energy future.