As one of nature’s most destructive forces, hurricanes are unstoppable storms that can cause total devastation for coastal communities. While Mother Nature is unpredictable and uncontrollable, there are researchers and scientists who think hurricanes can be weakened or even stopped. One idea: wind turbines. (more…)
Wind energy has been growing rapidly in recent years, and it’s no wonder why. Wind energy is relatively cheap (much cheaper than solar energy), it is scalable, and a single wind turbine can generate a lot of power. As a result, wind power installations accounted for over 40% of all new US electric generating capacity in 2008. Massive wind farms have been constructed in a number of countries around the world, and new wind farms continue to be developed, both on-shore and off-shore. New wind turbine technologies are currently being explored in order to increase a energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. In the coming years, you can expect wind energy to account for a larger portion of our electricity use.
2013 was an excellent year for wind energy in Spain as this renewable energy source became the first electricity source, just in front of nuclear. Wind power indeed accounted for more than 21 percent of the total electricity consumed in the country.
Wind is one of the cleanest and most sustainable means of generating energy but some in the (more…)
Facebook’s newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, will run off of 100 percent wind energy, as tracked through renewable energy credits, when it starts serving the social network’s online traffic in early 2015, according to a company news release. Facebook plans to purchase electricity for the facility from a nearby wind farm in Wellsburg, Iowa. (more…)
Efforts to promote and develop new forms of sustainable energy have pushed wind power to the forefront. However, this type of power comes with a cost — as it often interferes with birds’ and bats’ migration, killing hundreds of thousands of these winged species.
Manufacturers and developers of wind turbines will be able to study construction methods, issues with the supply change, maintenance and more once the UK’s largest offshore wind demonstration site is completed.
The UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (more…)