The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

21/04/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Wind fits perfectly in Trump’s plan for US

Forget the rhetoric. The wind sector is helping to ‘Make America Great Again’, for real.

The American Wind Energy Association last Thursday released its 2016 ‘US Wind Industry Annual Market Report’, which showed that construction activity remained strong in US wind last year. This contributed to a growing need for personnel, and meant that the industry added nearly 15,000 jobs in 2016. That bri ...

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Posted

07/04/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Woolston’s ship comes in… finally?

Ten years ago, I was standing on a disused industrial site in Woolston, in southeast Southampton, and talking to some commercial property agents.

As a fledgling reporter for Property Week magazine, I was dispatched to the UK city to find out about plans to redevelop a site next to the River Itchen that was formerly used by shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft. Don’t believe me? Here’s the paywalled l ...

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Posted

04/04/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Eneco grows reach with Eni Belgium buyout



Dutch utility Eneco has just unveiled its strategy to grow in Belgium's 2.4GW wind market. Last Friday, it agreed to buy Italian oil giant Eni’s operations in the country. 

Eneco has signed a deal to take ownership of Eni Wind Belgium and Eni's Belgian gas and power retail arm. Eni Belgium serves approximately 850,000 electricity and gas connection points in Belgium and has a market share o ...

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Posted

31/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Digital twins promise to boost wind farm returns



We’ve all heard of ‘big data’. We might not understand exactly what it means, or how we can use it to improve our lives, but it’s got ‘big’ in the name so must be important! 

That said, the principle of ‘big data’ is quite simple. The idea is that we can collect information from large data sets and then use it to identify patterns and trends, in areas including human behaviour. Businesses c ...

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Posted

23/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Spinning sail technology is set to be rebooted



The shipping industry is using innovative wind technology to help power vessels used for oil exploration. The irony is not lost on us.

This month, Danish shipping company Maersk and oil giant Royal Dutch Shell revealed plans to make tankers worldwide more environmentally friendly. They plan to fit ocean-going tankers with rotor sails. These would help to propel the ship because, when wind p ...

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Posted

22/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Ben Scholes, CEO, Papertrail

This month, Papertrail has joined as an additional sponsor on our Quarterly Drinks evenings, alongside our headline sponsor Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.

So today, ahead of our first Quarterly Drinks of 2017 tomorrow (23rd March), we wanted to take the chance to introduce the company and its CEO, Ben Scholes.



Name: Ben Scholes
Job: CEO
Company: Papertrail
 
How long have you worked i ...

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Posted

16/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

SunEdison poised to exit bankruptcy

The bust was as spectacular as the boom.

Last April, troubled US solar and wind developer SunEdison filed for bankruptcy protection after the debts it ran up during an acquisition-led growth plan in 2015 finally became too much. The slump for US yieldcos in 2015 was damaging too. 

SunEdison’s plans included major growth in wind following its $2.4bn takeover of developer First Wind, which con ...

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Posted

14/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Better be cautious in Greece

The wind market in Greece has finally showed signs of life, but investors need to be cautions.

Last week, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development committed to provide up to €300m to finance renewable energy projects in Greece. The aim is to help the financially-distressed country reach its target of adding 2.4GW of new green energy capacity by 2020.

The organisation said that ...

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Posted

13/03/2017

Author

Richard Heap

Meet our member: Alex Woodward, ZephIR Lidar

Name: Alex Woodward
Job: Head of Product Development
Company: ZephIR Lidar
 
How long have you worked in renewables?
I started in 2002 with QinteQ, and since then I have worked with Natural Power, Fred Olsen, and now ZephIR Lidar, delivering wind lidars to a growing, exciting market.
 
In ten words or fewer, what does your firm do?
We measure the wind, remotely, with ZephIR lidars.
 
In ...

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Posted

06/03/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Gender imbalance: the unspoken barrier

Tomorrow, we will finally publish our Women’s Power List. I joined A Word About Wind just four months ago, and working on this project has been a great opportunity. 

We have been in touch with the women who hold the greatest influence in wind, and have discussed some of the issues around gender imbalance in business – including whether it is really an issue, and what companies can do to attract ...

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