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20.06.2017

POPULAR AND PARTICIPATORY WIND POWER

Over 300 delegates from 39 countries took part in the World Wind Energy Conference WWEC 2017, which was held from 12 to 14 June 2017 in Malmö, Sweden and hosted by the Swedish Wind Energy Association. The Conference covered all aspects of wind utilisation, science and technology, related policies, manufacturing, development, operation, community involvement as well as other economic and social issues. The Conference tackled the issue of how to make wind power even more popular through direct participation of local citizens and communities and has highlighted a broad range of participatory approaches, from involvement in planning processes up to local ownership. H.E.Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the 5th President of Iceland, SE4All,  Chairman of Arctic Circle, , Ibrahim Baylan, Minister of Energy, Sweden, Hannah E. Murdock, REN21, Wu Gang, Chairman, Goldwind, representatives of the Swedish Energy Agency, US Department of Energy, Global Platform 100% RES, REN21, International...

08.06.2017

REN 21: GLOBAL STATUS REPORT 2017

On 7 June 2017, REN21 published its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy.  Additions in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 GW installed, increasing total global capacity by almost 9% over 2015, to nearly 2,017 GW. Solar PV accounted for around 47% of the capacity added, followed by wind power at 34% and hydropower at 15.5%.  The inherent need for “baseload” is a myth. Integrating large shares of variable renewable generation can be done without fossil fuel and nuclear “baseload” with sufficient flexibility in the power system – through grid interconnections, sector coupling and enabling technologies such as ICT, storage systems electric vehicles and heat pumps. This sort of flexibility not only balances variable generation, it also optimizes the system and reduces generation costs overall It comes as no surprise, therefore that the number of countries...

30.05.2017

Pure Experience in Onshore Wind Energy

The issues related to the successful implementation of the wind power project, namely: the study of wind potential, the forecasting of electricity generation at wind farms, as well as financing opportunities were discussed at the workshop “Pure Experience In Onshore Wind Energy”. The workshop organized by DNV GL and UWEA was successfully held on 29 May 2017 in Kiev.  DNV GL representatives (the company provides consulting services at all phases of wind project) highlighted the most common mistakes associated with the development, construction and operation of the wind farms. More than 60 participants had an opportunity to learn how to avoid and solve the most common mistakes.  “In a challenging world we make businesses better prepared”, stressed Marek Roszak, Head of Renewables Advisory Section in Poland, DNV GL. “Carrying out a proper measurement campaign helps to significantly reduce the uncertainty of the energy yield prediction. This allows to secure the...