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?
The clean energy paradox – Blade recycling in 2023
Wind energy is generally considered an environmentally friendly energy source. However, the practice of discarding retired wind turbine blades in landfills casts a shadow on its green credentials. The good news is that energy companies have found and continue to seek more sustainable options.
Tailwinds of innovation – Husum Wind 2023
Scheduled for September 12–15, 2023, in Husum, Germany, Husum Wind serves as the pulse of the renewable energy industry for the German-speaking world. With over 600 exhibitors showcasing their latest technologies and solutions, the event promises to be an inspiring stage for all wind energy enthusiasts. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect.
New shades of green – How wind energy is redefining Ireland
The Emerald Isle has long been recognized for its lush green landscapes and picturesque scenery, but the nickname is starting to acquire a new layer of meaning. Nowadays, when we say Ireland is green, we don’t just mean its countryside. We are talking about its forward-thinking, renewable energy initiatives.
Gone with the wind – The phaseout of SF6
In April, the European Council made its first overture to phase out SF6 and other F-gas-based technology in current wind farm installations. The greenhouse gas accounts for a staggering portion of our current climate emergency, outshining even carbon dioxide. Though SF6’s hitherto entrenched role in big wind may present challenges in navigating the rollback, the change will ultimately be worth it for a more sustainable future.
Recovery on the horizon – Reversing the semiconductor shortage
Semiconductors are integral to microchip technology, powering everything from Apple products to wind turbines. The pandemic caused a massive spike in demand, and with major disruptions in the supply chains, the semiconductor industry has experienced an ongoing shortage. Situation normal is slowly returning, but what can be done about future disruptions?
EU electricity market reform – Another push towards renewable energy
Earlier this year, the European Commission introduced legislative initiatives aimed at improving European electricity market design and enhancing protection against market manipulation in the wholesale energy market, accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources. The reforms are particularly important for the wind industry since they create a more favorable and supportive environment for the growth and integration of wind power.
Port of call – Navigating the future of offshore wind farming
The role of ports in offshore wind farming cannot be underestimated. As we transition from the use of hydrocarbons to renewable energy, the wind industry seeks to maximize optimization of portside facilities. It will achieve this by continuing to identify favorable portside locations and lobbying for change at TENT-T.