There are now more than 340,000 wind turbines spinning around the world and to the casual observer, they look much the same as ever. Yet appearances are deceptive. Thanks to a series of little-recognised technological advances, wind power has become far more cost-effective and prevalent than expected. The wind industry acknowledges more technical advances are needed. These are the main features of the emerging new technology: Vastly bigger turbines; Floating turbines; Energy storage; Kites.
FT 8th Jan 2018 read more »
The last hold-out from a group of north-east landowners objecting to a wind farm developer’s attempts to buy a chunk of their land have agreed terms with Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Ltd. The business, a joint venture between EDP Renewables and Engie, aims to develop offshore wind generation in the outer Moray Firth and was utilizing use a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to acquire more than a dozen plots of land. Moray East needs the land to connect the planned Moray Offshore Wind Farm to the grid. The last of those objecting to the project were Bryan and Lynne Harper, who were claiming that the CPO could impact them commercially and said that they have been misled about the plans. However, the couple confirmed on Sunday that they had reached an agreement with the wind farm project for the CPO to go ahead.
Energy Voice 9th Jan 2018 read more »