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View from Inside April/May 2006

Worldwide Wind Energy Boom Continues in 2005

ImageWind energy has reached a status almost nobody in the conventional energy sector would have expected only ten or even five years ago: 2005 was another record year and on 31 December 2005, 58,982MW were installed worldwide, equalling an increase by 24% or 11,310MW in 2005, after 8.3GW in 2004. Thus, wind energy is the most dynamically growing energy source worldwide. Wind energy already delivers around 1% of global electricity generation, with some countries and regions reaching 20% and more.

By Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association
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View from Inside March 2006

Aviation Warning Lights for Wind Turbines

ImageThe future requirements for aviation warning lights for wind turbines should be determined on an international level, taking into account the environment and the safety of all stakeholders in the wind turbine industry. The different organisations involved have started to pay more attention to the issue, and we trust that the wind turbine industry will soon benefit from a specific norm.

By Matthieu Scheffers, Orga BV
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View from Inside Jan/Feb 2006

The European Energy Challenge

ImageWe now live in an era of energy uncertainty. The days of cheap and abundantly available energy are over. Europe is running out of indigenous energy resources in the form of fossil fuels at a time when a paradigm shift in energy prices is occurring. It is clear that this century will be characterised by intensified competition for energy, which will inevitably push up prices, lead to periodic scarcity and precipitate a scramble for reserves among the world’s main economic blocks.

By Corin Millais, EWEA CEO
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View from Inside October 2005

Denmark: The Wind Power Hub of the World

ImageThe future is for renewables and innovative energy solutions. Even the CEO of Chevron now recognises it publicly in large ads in the Financial Times. Wind is showing the route away from the fossil fuel trap, and is fast becoming a major power player in today’s energy markets. Offshore wind is a central part of this future. The reward for going offshore is a greater and more constant wind resource and the potential for constructing wind power plants in sizes and with characteristics comparable to conventional power plants.
By Bjarne Lundager Jensen, Managing Director, Danish Wind Industry Association

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View from Inside September 2005

Australia’s Clean Energy Future

ImageDominique La Fontaine looks at the global energy challenge of our time and the potential role that Australia’s large untapped wind energy resource can play in the clean energy mix. In Australia, climate change is finally being acknowledged by Australian governments, businesses and communities as an issue that needs to be urgently addressed. Perhaps more significantly, the link is now being drawn between Australia’s unrelenting drought and our rising greenhouse gas emissions. Low-emission energy sources are being debated as the only way forward for Australia’s energy future.


By Dominique La Fontaine, CEO, Australian Wind Energy Association
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View from Inside July/August 2005

Thinking Outside the Box

ImageThe wind industry is currently looking at alternative configurations that could bring about a slow but significant change in direction. It would seem that wind farm developers and town planners alike are looking towards alternative and radical designs to fill the demand at either end of the size spectrum. A possible alternative design could be the vertical axis wind turbine.

By Steven Peace, Eurowind Small Turbines Ltd, UK
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