Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
The earth contains enough wind energy to meet all of humanity’s power needs if future technologies are able to tap into high-altitude winds, a new study says.
Using models to quantify wind energy potential, researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (more…)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
A previous post discussed the legal action brought by Brazilian developer Desenvix to compel Chinese wind turbine maker Sinovel to permit inspections of its turbines being imported into Brazil.
Due to the major copyright and trade secret lawsuits in China in which American Superconductor (AMSC) (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Some people say that electric vehicles are as sustainable as the energy that feeds into them. The DuraStation does just that, provides electric power to EVs using wind as the source of that power.
The product of a partnership between General Electric (GE) and Urban Green Energy (UGE), from (more…)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
I’ve been thinking about my up-coming meeting with Dr. Raj Pachauri, who, among other things, serves as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Pondering this in advance of the meeting, I wonder what I would do, given the power, to deal with climate change. (more…)
Monday, August 20th, 2012
My wife and I had dinner last night with fine friends, a married couple who never disappoint us with their conversation; they’re both extremely well-rounded and intelligent people who care deeply about the plight of their fellow travelers here on 21st Century Earth. But sure enough, the guy brought up a topic that I recalled from a previous conversation: wind turbines (more…)
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
In a previous post, I discussed some of the out of court business damage suffered by Sinovel as a result of the IP suits filed by American Superconductor (AMSC) against the Chinese wind turbine maker in China.
That post reported the news that Mainstream Renewable Power ditched Sinovel and was looking for (more…)
Monday, August 13th, 2012
I heard a really good talk about lifecycle analysis (LCA) yesterday that took wind energy as an example, and examined the overall ecological footprint associated with an individual large turbine. On average, about 7.8 megawatt-hours of energy goes into extracting the materials, forging the pieces, transporting, assembling (more…)
Monday, August 13th, 2012
Electricity produced by wind energy in the U.S. now equals the output of 11 nuclear power plants, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association, a trade organization.
As congressional leaders consider the extension of a tax credit for the emerging wind energy sector, the (more…)
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) assessed the offshore wind capacity in Europe over the last six months. They found that at the end of the first half of 2012, the continent’s offshore wind capacity grew by at an astonishing rate from a year ago. A new report by the EWEA shows that there are 132 new offshore wind turbines, providing an additional (more…)
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
A previous post discussed Mitsubishi’s patent infringement action against GE in which the Japanese conglomerate fought back against multiple infringement suits (see, e.g., here and here) brought against it by GE.
Mitsubishi’s Complaint, filed in the Middle District of (more…)