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      "The power of the wind has been overlooked. Some day it will be forcibly brought to the position it deserves through the need of a substitute for the present method of generating power. Given a good breeze, I have estimated that there is as much as half a horsepower to every square foot of area exposed. The contrivance that has been at the disposal of mankind from all time, the wind-mill, is now seen in the rural districts only. The popular mind cannot grasp the power there is in the wind." -- Nikola Tesla ("Our future motive power"; Everyday Science and Mechanics; Dec. 1931)


Past Wind Developments

  • UK wind research blows away myths - The most extensive study yet of the UK’s wind resource has found it to be the best in Europe. Research analysed hourly wind speed records collected by the Met Office at 66 locations across the U... (PhysOrg; Nov. 2005)
  • Spain Becomes World-leader in Wind Power- Spain has overtaken Germany as the world's leader in the most installed wind power capacity, at 8.3 gigawatts, growing 30% annually since 1997. (Renewable Energy Access; Aug. 24, 2005)
  • First wind power project on Forest Service land in works- The evergreen trees of the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont could soon be topped by up to thirty 370-foot-tall wind turbines producing enough electricity to power 14,000 to 16,000 homes.. (Renewable Energy Access; Aug. 4, 2005)
  • Energy for the Residential Masses- Four wind companies are teaming up to develop a new generation of wind turbine/solar/LED technologies for global urban and rural settings. (Renewable Energy Access; May 2, 2005)
  • Altitude Wind Power- Flying Electric Generators, windmills 30,000 feet high and tethered to the ground by power lines would capture the plentiful power in the strong, steady winds that blow in the jet stream. (PESWiki; March 26, 2005)
  • UK's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Now Operational- The UK's largest offshore wind farm at Scroby Sands, off Caister, Norfolk, is now officially inaugurated and generating power for as many as 41,000 homes. (Renewable Energy Access; March 28, 2005)
  • UK Offshore Wind Plans Blown Off Course- Obstacles range from the discovery of flocks of seabirds at sites in the Irish Sea to uncertainty about funding costs of new grid connections and difficulties getting finance. (Reuters; April 13, 2005)
  • Turbines for the Shores of Lake Huron- The winds whipping up speed along lake Huron's flat expanse may soon be harnessed for power on the Canadian shores. (SolarAccess.com; June 23, 2004)
  • Unveiled - The Clean Queen Of The Sea- Orcelle to be the first cargo ship in modern times to be run completely by sun, wind, and waves. Unveiling of first 820-foot long vessel, with cruise speed of 15 knots, expected next month. (Rense / The Telegraph, UK; March 13, 2005)
  • Largest Wind Turbine Blade Unveiled- LM Glasfiber blade measures 126 meters in diameter. At less than 18 tons, the turbine weighs less less than smaller blades due to new design and materials composition. (SolarAccess.com; June 21, 2004)
  • France's Highest Wind Farm Completed- Consists of eight Vestas 850 kW turbines, giving a total installed capacity of 6.8 MW, situated 1250 m above sea level. (Renewable Energy Access; Jan. 24, 2005)

Of Historical Note

  • Wind May Generate 30 Percent of Electricity by 2030 - Wind power is growing faster than any other clean energy source, such as solar, geothermal or tidal power in a shift from fossil fuels. Nations now generating most wind power are Germany, Spain, the United States, India and Denmark. (Reuters; Sept. 21, 2006)
  • .S. Wind Power Reaches 10-Gigawatt Milestone - As the U.S. wind energy industry stayed on pace for another record year, Texas for the first time supplanted historic leader California as the top state in cumulative wind power capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Second Quarter Market Report. (RenewableEnergyAccess; Aug. 14, 2006)
  • Offshore wind could power entire U.S. - There is as much wind power potential (900,000 megawatts) off the United States' coasts as the current capacity of all power plants in the country combined, according to a report (pdf) entitled "A Framework for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the United States". (TreeHugger; July 11, 2006)
  • Floating Platforms Could make Deep Sea Wind Generation Feasible - A report prepared for the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory says "At some depth, fixed bottom foundations will be replaced by floating systems that have a high potential for site independence, mass production and wide-ranging wind turbine innovation" (Refocus Weekly; May 17, 2006)
  • Wind Cheaper than Conventional - A newly published report says that wind power is now cheaper than conventional sources in at least two areas of the US: Austin, Texas and the state of Colorado, and that this is a trend that will be seen elsewhere. (Earth Policy Institute; Mar. 22, 2006)
  • Record Year for Global Wind Energy - According to figures released by the Global Wind Energy Council for 2005, the installation of 11,769 megawatts (MW), which represents a 43.4% increase in annual additions to the global market, was up from 8,207 MW in the previous year. (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 27, 2006)
  • Wind Power 2005 in Review, Outlook for 2006 and Beyond - The North American wind power market is at last entering a period of sustained growth. Both the US and Canada achieved record installations of wind power projects in 2005, and both are poised for steady growth moving forward. (Renewable Energy Access; Jan. 6, 2006)
  • Assessment of Integration of Wind into Utility Power Systems - The Utility Wind Integration Group report says "we don't see any fundamental technical barriers at the present time to wind penetrations of up to 20 percent of system peak demand, which is far beyond where we are today." (BusinessWire; May 22, 2006)
  • "Wind power is the world's fastest-growing energy source." - ( ABC; March 31, 2005)
  • Global wind map identifies wind power potential - Stanford University researchers conclude from more than 8,000 wind speed measurements analyzed worldwide that wind alone could answer world's energy needs inexpensively. (PhysOrg; May 16, 2005)
  • Map pinpoints wind-power centers - In putting together a global and U.S. map, researchers found that wind power could provide 40 times more electricity than is needed worldwide. Data collected from about 8,000 locations on the planet. Detailed in May issue of The Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. (MSNBC; May 23, 2005)
  • Captain, we need more power! - Video Interview with Christina Archer, the Standford researcher who helped generate recent map of potential feasible wind farms at 80 meters high. (DiscoveryChannel.ca; May 25, 2005)
  • Global Wind Power - Researchers at Stanford University have estimated the global potential for wind power at 80 meters above the ground (the approximate height of today's wind turbines). (MIT Technology Review; August 2005)
  • Scotland is the windiest country in Europe - with an average windspeed of more than 7.5 metres per second (at 50 metres altitude) (Reference)
  • Wind power becomes fastest growing energy source - Industry growing at an annual rate 20 to 30 per cent. Cost has gone from 40 cents per kW-h down to between 4 and 6 cents per kW-h, putting it in a competitive range with some conventional technologies. (Team India, California; April 23, 2005)
  • Small Wind Turbines Experiencing Strong Growth- List of US stats. Average generator size has doubled from 500 W in 1990 to 1 kW in 2004. Sales growth not as fast as solar PV, which are favored by government incentives. (Renewable Energy Access; May 23, 2005)

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