Power and pillow talk – Do wind farms affect our sleep?
As more wind farms spring up across the landscape, questions have arisen about their potential impact on the sleep quality of nearby residents. Do the sounds of wind turbines disrupt our slumber, or are they no different from the constant hum of road traffic? A recent study conducted by Flinders University offers some insights.
Testing the boundaries – Turbine bearings in extreme environments
Wind turbines operate in a multitude of conditions — from the scorching heat of deserts to icy polar terrains. Each environment poses unique challenges for their bearings. In this article, we explore the hurdles turbine bearings face and highlight the innovative solutions the industry is adopting to counter them.
Baltic Eagle soars – How one offshore wind farm is powering the future
As the world shifts to more sustainable energy sources, offshore wind farms are emerging as a potential solution to our power needs. One such example is the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, scheduled to become fully operational by the end of 2024. With an annual power generation capacity of 1.9 TWh, it will provide renewable energy to as many as 475,000 households! So, how is this promising project progressing so far?
Something in the air – A big win for German wind?
An event to redefine the landscape of renewable energy? That remains to be seen. What is certain is that Germany’s wind industry has taken a giant leap forward, as a record-breaking auction win blows fresh life into the sector.
From worn to reborn – Remanufacturing wind turbine bearings
Bearing replacement is inevitable over time, however, there is a more economical and sustainable option — remanufacturing. We have previously explored the concept and its benefits, and in this article, we outline the steps involved in the process.
Power flows from Dogger Bank – The world’s largest offshore wind farm
In an impressive display of the capabilities of green technology, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is currently the largest offshore wind farm under construction in the world, has started supplying electricity to British homes and businesses.
Provence Grand Large – France’s first floating wind farm
The transition towards renewable energy is seeing remarkable advancements, and floating wind farms are among the most exciting. Situated in the azure waters of the French Mediterranean, the Provence Grand Large project is spearheading this evolution in Europe.
Harnessing the Alpine breeze – Austria’s wind energy potential
In the magnificent landscapes of Austria, its nation aims to generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Wind energy plays a pivotal role in achieving this ambitious goal. How far have they come so far?
Turbulent times – What is the fate of aged wind turbines?
Recently, the wind energy sector has been shaken by two significant incidents in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. In one case, a wind turbine collapsed and crashed into a corn field at Gescher; in another, a fire broke out in a wind farm in Stemwede Bürgerwindpark. Both instances have drawn attention to the challenges aging wind farms are facing. Could these unfortunate events have been prevented?