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Hope is Not a Plan

Pierre Tardieuv2When we look around ourselves today, there are genuine reasons to be hopeful. The urgency of climate change is never far from the headlines, and civil society is ramping up pressure on governments to deliver on climate action.
 
By Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope, Belgium

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The Blown Flap Tip Invention

Mike FritzIncreasing Net Electricity and Profit
 
By simply placing slots on the bottom of the trailing edge of wind blade tips, a ‘blown flap’ may be created, increasing lift by a significant factor. This could result in 1 to 25% more net electricity, or $ 1–25 billion more net profit per year for the wind industry.
 
By Mike Fritz, USA

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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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