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How Would-be Inventors Lose Credibility

Here’s an email I just received from a Greek citizen now living in China, who writes: After 15 years of scientific research I completed the construction of a wind turbine model with an extremely high efficiency and operation at very low

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How Much Do Solar and Wind Require Natural Gas Backup? 

As I’m mentioned, I’m a part of a pro-nuke online community that has a strange antipathy toward renewables.  One might think that proponents of one low-carbon energy solution would respect those of another, but not in this case.  They offer

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Lots To Like About OffShore Wind, But….

Here’s an article suggesting: “We could power the whole of human civilization with wind turbines in the open sea.” Perhaps we need to define what we mean by “could.”

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When You’re Carrying a BIG Wind Turbine Blade, There’s No Such Thing as a LITTLE Problem

To get a sense for what it’s like trucking a 189-foot-long wind turbine blade onto a remote site with non-optimum road conditions, I offer you the video below.  It made me smile, and I hope it does the same for

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Next-Gen Concepts in Offshore Wind

When it comes to offshore wind, there are a number of important ideas afloat, if you’ll pardon the pun.  Most of the concepts that will be implemented in the near-term are based on seabed mounting, and likely, most of them

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A Renewable Energy Product Whose Total Available Market Is …. Nonexistent

Here’s a wind energy product that literally nobody could possibly need, which, as far as I am aware makes this unique. First, we need to eliminate anyone with access to the grid.  Then let’s get rid of anyone anywhere near

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Renewable Energy Products that Cause Embarrassment To the Industry

One of the challenges facing solar and wind energy is capacity factor, i.e. the ratio of the total energy generated by a device to the total energy that it’s potentially capable of generating (multiplied by 100, to make a percentage).

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Russia Might Be Doing Something in Wind Energy–Or Maybe Not

Though he was only a couple of years out of college when I was introduced to Stephen Lacey (pictured) in 2009, he had already become a senior staff writer at the prestigious website, and had learned essentially everything there

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An Additional Two Gigawatts of Wind Energy in Oklahoma…But It Gets Even Better

From this article: GE Renewable Energy and Invenergy just announced that Oklahoma will soon be home to the largest wind farm in the U.S., the Wind Catcher project, which will have a capacity of 2,000 MW.

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Wind Is a Big Deal

The future of wind is big…in more ways than one.  Yes, the cost of wind energy keeps coming down, causing ongoing excitement among developers and environmentalists. But the literal size of the turbines is increasing as well (10MW offshore turbines

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