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: &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp "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." -- PowerPedia: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)

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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)

100MW Wind/Hydrogen Cooperative to be Installed in the Baltic Coast of Poland(Fuel Cell Works Nov. 24, 2004)

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5MW Wind Turbine in Germany Under Construction- Next to Nuclear plant. (Reuters Sept. 24)

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)

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Shell Wind Energy farm to supply 25% of London Homes' Electricity- Will be one of the largest wind farms on the planet. (Alt-Energy-Blog June 8)

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. ( 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. ( June 21, 2004)

New Calif. Wind Farm Seen as Model for Wind Energy- Stand 300 feet high. 90 turbines will generate 162 MW, enough to power about 75,000 homes. (AZCentral) (submitted by Frank R.)


Giant Wind Turbines Dot The Sky at Dawn in Central Spain- Spain is second behind Germany in use of wind power. (Reuters Feb. 12)

Wind Power Falls Under $0.01/kwh- Figure refers to the premium paid for the power over conventionally supplied electricity. (Slashdot Sept. 14, 2004)

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Community Sees First Savings from Wind Power- Scottish island community of Gigha expects to cover a third of its energy needs from three turbines, each producing 225 kW. (Renewable Energy Access Feb. 7, 2005)

Plans for the world's largest wind farm- 10 times bigger than the largest one currently making electricity _ are on track for South Dakota. (Energy Central) (registration required)

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)

University of Minn Launches Wind-to-Hydrogen Project- Surplus wind energy that now goes to grid will instead to into electrolytic production of hydrogen. (Green Car Congress April 23, 2005)

China Eyes Turbines at Sea to Boost Wind Power- Wind turbines stationed up to 50 km (30 miles) offshore and in waters up to 30 metres deep could be a key part of China's renewable energy programme. (Reuters April 26, 2005)

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MIT team analyzes wind energy potential in Northeast- Winds are strongest in Winter, but need is greatest in Summer. (PhysOrg Jan. 2, 2006)

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)

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.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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Backyard wind turbines turn energy consumers into suppliers - Feasibility is increasing. SkyStream price tag is about $9,000 and lasts for around 100,000 kilowatt-hours (20 year life), which results in 9 cents per kilowatt-hour. If the market takes off, that price will drop. (IEEE Spectrum Oct. 2006) (See Slashdot discussion)

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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)

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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)

As of March 26, 2005, there are 47,317 megawatts of installed wind power capacity worldwide. - (Global Wind Energy Council March 27, 2005)

"Wind power is the world's fastest-growing energy source." - ( ABC March 31, 2005)

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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. ( 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)

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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)

Sterling Quotient > Assessing the Life Cycle of Wind Turbine Production- Denmark team determines a 6.8-month "payback" time, taking into consideration the production costs, transport and erection costs, operating and maintenance costs, disposal costs. (Renewable Energy Access April 19, 2005) (see also)

GE's 2005 wind revenue up 4-fold from 2002, when they started- GE's revenue estimated to come in at $2 billion this year, with 1,600 installations worldwide. They hold 65% of U.S. wind market. Wind power is fastest growing clean energy solution. (BusinessWire May 16, 2005)

UK Govt. Debunks Top Ten Myths for Wind Power - Windfarms in the United Kingdom have not been associated with any major adverse effects on birds, according to a new government internet site. (Refocus Weekly Aug. 24, 2005)

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