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World Health Organization Noise Recommendations for Wind Farms

Stefan GsangerThe European office of the World Health Organization has updated its noise guidelines and included for the first time wind turbines, indicating in the report that the findings are relevant for the rest of the world as well.
 
By Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association, Germany

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How Well Can Wind Turbines Cope With Hurricanes?

Sandy ButterfieldA question that is frequently asked is how well turbines can withstand hurricane force winds. The short answer is that international standards help to ensure that turbines are built to withstand external conditions that may occur over the expected life of the project.
 
By Sandy Butterfield, Boulder Wind Power, USA

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Wind Energy Data…? Hack It!

Emilien SimonotAfter a successful first event during the WindEurope Conference and Exhibition 2017, InnoEnergy and WindEurope are back with a revised version of Hack the Wind, a one of a kind event, at the Global Wind Summit 2018 in Hamburg, with the support of EDP Renewables and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
 
By Emilien Simonot, Renewable Energy Technology Officer, InnoEnergy

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The Brazil of Good Winds

Elbia GannoumA big part of Brazil has one of the best winds to produce energy: stable, with good strength and no sudden changes in speed or direction. This explains, to a large extent, the success of wind energy in the country. Between 2010 and early 2018 Brazil went from less than 1GW in installed capacity to more than 13GW. It has over 520 wind farms running more than 6,600 wind turbines. Brazil is ranked #8 worldwide in installed wind energy capacity. In about two years, wind will be the second largest source of power in Brazil and should continue to grow.
 
By Elbia Gannoum, CEO, ABEEólica – Brazilian Wind Power Association

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Excitement About Floating Offshore Wind

Steve SawyerWhen the first floating offshore wind demonstration projects were deployed nearly ten years ago, most observers thought that the technology was intriguing, but the costs and degree of difficulty were both very, very high. At that stage, fixed-bottom offshore was installing only a few hundred megawatts per year, costs were high and going up, and the future of the sector appeared in doubt. How things have changed!
 
By Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council

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US Wind Power Pushing New Frontiers

View from Inside Hannah HuntAmerican wind energy continues to power forward to reach new heights. Today, it powers more US families and businesses than ever before and employs a record 105,500 men and women across all 50 states. What is most exciting? More is on the way. Let’s take a closer look. AWEA’s 2017 US Wind Industry Annual Market Report shows how wind has become a key contributor to our electricity mix, and how the days of wind occupying a niche space are long gone.
 
By Hannah Hunt, Deputy Director, Electricity Policy & Demand, AWEA, USA

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