Recent calm weather has meant turning on coal-fuelled power plants: more gas storage is needed

By Julian Singer While most of us were enjoying a few days of sun in the middle of last week, the electricity grid controllers in Wokingham were sweating with anxiety. The same weather conditions that had brought the sun also brought very still conditions. Wind power output dropped to near zero, after been well below [...]

By |2021-09-15T07:36:06+00:00September 14th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on Recent calm weather has meant turning on coal-fuelled power plants: more gas storage is needed

Floating Windfarms

By Barney Smith The Prime Minister’s ten-point blue-print for a “Green Industrial Revolution”, released in November 2020, included the following extract (from Point 1), which also incidentally contains the firmest commitment in the whole plan viz:- “And by 2030, we aim to produce 40GW of offshore wind, including 1GW of innovative floating offshore wind in [...]

By |2021-07-28T14:37:14+00:00July 28th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on Floating Windfarms

GWEC India issues its annual report

By Julian Singer GWEC India presented its annual report on the Indian wind market on 10 June 2021. India is ranked 4th in terms of world wind power capacity, with 39.2GW installed as of March 2021, all onshore. This, however, is far from the current goal of reaching 450GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030, [...]

By |2021-06-16T08:15:36+00:00June 16th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on GWEC India issues its annual report

Offshore Wind contracts: are the prices realistic?

By Julian Singer The UK’s drive to reach net zero emissions depends hugely on affordable offshore wind energy. In the most recent auction of Contacts for Difference (CfD) in September 2019 the strike prices of the successful bids were around £40 per megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity, well below the government’s guideline price for wholesale electricity [...]

By |2021-04-20T10:44:57+00:00April 20th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on Offshore Wind contracts: are the prices realistic?

SSE is almost the only UK company operating UK’s offshore wind farms

By Julian Singer The UK may have the largest offshore wind capacity in the world, but little of it is operated by UK companies. It is well known that most of the equipment and technology for wind farms comes from non-UK firms. What may be less well known is that, according to the Crown Estate, [...]

By |2021-03-31T13:09:47+00:00March 31st, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on SSE is almost the only UK company operating UK’s offshore wind farms

GWEC 2020 report shows large increase in global wind power

By Barney Smith Thursday 25 March 2021 saw the release of the sixteenth annual report by the Global World Energy Council (GWEC) . The title “Wind Energy’s role on the road to Net Zero” shows that Climate Change is back on the agenda, and  the report also notes the trend for countries to announce net [...]

By |2021-03-31T21:52:27+00:00March 25th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on GWEC 2020 report shows large increase in global wind power

Can the UK reach 40GW of offshore wind by 2030?

By Julian Singer As discussed in theGreenbarrel article of January 14, the recent government energy white paper restates the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan of reaching an offshore wind capacity of 40GW by 2030. What is the chance of achieving this? There are many steps in constructing an offshore wind farm. The process starts with the Crown [...]

By |2021-01-19T14:39:43+00:00January 20th, 2021|Wind|Comments Off on Can the UK reach 40GW of offshore wind by 2030?

Floating wind turbines set to take off

By Julian Singer Floating offshore wind turbines are starting to receive a lot of publicity, but people have been working on them for some time. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) small-scale tests were being performed in the 1990’s. They have much in common with offshore oil field platforms, so it is not [...]

By |2020-11-09T16:11:32+00:00November 10th, 2020|Wind|Comments Off on Floating wind turbines set to take off

Wind power variability: the 2020 Indian monsoon produced 40 per cent less power than average

By Julian Singer During the 2020 monsoon the power output from India’s wind turbines was reported to be 30 to 40 per cent below that expected[1]. This is important because seventy per cent of India’s annual wind power is normally generated during this season, which runs from June to September. It is also surprising because [...]

By |2020-10-20T19:12:45+00:00October 21st, 2020|Wind|Comments Off on Wind power variability: the 2020 Indian monsoon produced 40 per cent less power than average

Will the UK become the Saudi Arabia of wind?

By Julian Singer As discussed in a previous article (Greenbarrel, 13 October), the Prime Minister’s recent commitment to offshore wind has been welcomed by a wide range of business and environmental leaders, albeit with comments as to how the target will be achieved. Perhaps inevitably given the PM’s preference for dreams, some of the claims [...]

By |2020-10-13T09:52:52+00:00October 14th, 2020|Wind|Comments Off on Will the UK become the Saudi Arabia of wind?
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