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Small Wind Installer Training Curriculum

With support from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security, Windustry partnered with wind installer experts to develop a Small Wind Installer Training Curriculum designed to prepare technical students for engagement in the growing small wind industry. Working with two of the nation's foremost small wind installers and trainers, Windustry created a cutting edge, state-of-the-art curriculum.

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Is Wind Electricity Right for You?

Bergey Excel-S wind turbine
The Bergey Excel-S is a popular small wind turbine.

Home Power magazine publishes an annual Wind Turbine Guide for considering and planning a wind energy electric system for home, farm, or business. The 2011 guide "Is Wind Electricity Right for You?" covers site evaluation, towers, and turbine choices. Wind energy experts Ian Woofenden and Mick Sagrillo review 24 small wind turbines with a detailed table of specifications along with wind installer survey results.

“Wind electricity is an enticing technology, drawing attention to itself with every turn of the blade,” states the Home Power article. “But for the uneducated consumer, wind power can end up being the most disappointing of renewable energy technologies. This is not because it’s a hopeless endeavor to capture the energy in the wind, but because it’s a difficult job. Unfortunately, the technology also seems to attract more backyard ‘inventors’ and hucksters than other renewable technologies.”

The complete article “Is Wind Electricity Right for You?” can be downloaded as an Adobe Reader document from the Home Power website.

New Energy Video Broadcast

2011

New Energy Video

New Energy tells the story of how wind, biofuels, and other renewable energy technologies are contributing to the region’s energy security, economic sustainability, and integrity of our natural resources. This half-hour documentary offers a fresh look at how the Midwest is leading the nation’s transition to a cleaner, safer, more stable, and more secure energy system. 

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DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Enhancing Short-Term Wind Forecasting

June 8, 2010 - 9:45am -- Anonymous
June, 2010 - Washington DC — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding for up to $6 million over two years to improve short-term wind energy forecasting. The funding will support projects that enhance the ability of utilities and electricity grid operators to forecast when and where generation from wind power will take place, allowing for improved utility operations. Electricity grid operators depend on accurate wind forecasts to predict and plan for the energy output of wind power plants in their system. By more accurately forecasting wind conditions up to six hours ahead, utilities operators can better predict the power generation of their wind plants, which reduces the cost and increases the reliability of integrating wind energy into the electricity grid. Improved wind forecasting has the potential to achieve substantial savings in annual grid production costs, and these benefits are expected to increase significantly as national wind deployment accelerates. Innovation in this area will help wind and other renewable energy sources meet more and more of the nation's energy demand.

DOE to Invest $6 Million in Midsize Wind Turbine Technology Development

June 3, 2010 - 12:04pm -- Anonymous
U.S. Department of Energy

Washington DC — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the availability of up to $6 million to advance midsize wind turbine technology in order to boost the speed and scale of midsize turbine deployment. DOE will provide the funding over two years to accelerate the development, testing, and commercialization of domestically manufactured, midsize wind turbines with rated generating capacities between 100 kilowatts and 1 megawatt. Through this funding opportunity, DOE will leverage private-sector technology investment by providing cost-shared partnerships to qualified projects in support of the Administration's drive to create clean-energy jobs, and promote economic development and energy independence. DOE anticipates making up to four initial grants under this competitive solicitation.

Wind Energy Conference: Opportunities for Suppliers

2010

Cedar Rapids, IA - This event is dedicated to helping fabricating and machining shops identify and capitalize on opportunities in the wind energy supply chain. Highlights of the conference include a tour of the Acciona Wind Turbine Generator Assembly Plant; a procurement panel discussion, featuring representatives from Acciona Windpower NA LLC, Clipper Windpower Inc., and Vestas Nacelles A/S; and technical presentations on manufacturing wind turbine components.

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Midsize Wind Turbines for the Community Wind Market

2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Assistance Project (TAP) for state and local officials will host a Webinar on Wednesday, April 28, titled Midsize Wind Turbines for the U.S. Community Wind Market. At the Webinar, you will learn about the DOE project to develop midsize wind turbines with capacities ranging from 100 kilowatts to one megawatt. And you will hear why this size seems to fit the budgets for most community wind projects under way in the United States.

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Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts Webinar

This webinar was hosted by Windustry and the Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Institute with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on February 11, 2010. The webinar provided a discussion of the myths and facts behind wind turbine syndrome and how scientific research is used to both support and deny the claims made.

Presenters for Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts included:

  • W. David Colby, M.D.: Chatham-Kent Medical Officer of Health (Acting); Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
  • Geoff Leventhall, Ph.D.: Consultant in Noise Vibration and Acoustics, UK


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Additional information is available from the American Wind Energy Association in the report "Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects: An Expert Panel Review."

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council released their summary report concluding that no evidence exists to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects. The public statement and review of the evidence can be found at the NHMRC website

The Wind Turbine Syndrome: Myths and Facts webinar and slides are copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be distributed in any format without the explicit written permission of the copyright owners.

Offshore Wind Potential in the United States

July 20, 2009 - 10:30am -- Anonymous

Floating Wind Turbine ConceptsIn June, a large-scale floating turbine was installed off the coast of Norway by companies StatoilHydro and Siemens. The floating turbine, dubbed the Hywind, is located in water that is about 700 feet deep. This is significantly deeper than previously installed offshore turbines whose fixed-bottom structures required a water depth of only about 100 feet.

The United States has yet to install any offshore wind turbines, partially because appropriate turbine designs, like the floating turbines, are still being researched, said Jason Jonkman, a senior engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

"Offshore wind energy must progress in stages in the U.S.," he said. "Before deepwater floating wind energy can become a reality, we must ‘get our feet wet' so to say by first installing fixed-bottom offshore wind turbines in shallow water, less than 30m. Once we have experience with that technology, we can move to deeper water."

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