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  1. StingRAY WEC being tested in Colorado at the National Wind Technology Center

    The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has begun validation work on the first water power technology ever tested in NWTC’s 5-MW dynamometer testing facility just south of Boulder, Colo., according to a Jan. 13 NREL release. Columbia Power Technologies , based in Corvallis, Ore., is developing the StingRAY wave energy converter (WEC), a system that the company intendeds to deploy in unit arrays at depths of more than 60 meters, with these clusters located up to 3 km from shore, according to the company. In March 2016, HydroWorld.com reported that during the International Conference on Ocean Engineering (ICOE) conference held February 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland, international certification body DNV GL awarded a Statement of Feasibility to Columbia Technologies for the StingRAY WEC. The Statement of Feasibility recognizes the StingRAY converter as having satisfied the issuing organization's DNV-OSS-312 specifications for wave and tidal devices. Additionally, the certification recognized Columbia Power's willingness to openly work with interested stakeholders – including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy and potential customers – as work on the device progresses. Columbia Power is working with NREL and leveraging NWTC’s dynamometer testing facility to further ocean wave energy. "Though designed to benefit the wind industry, NWTC's large dynamometer facility is being leveraged to help advance new ocean energy technology," said NWTC Director, Daniel Laird, in the release.    Columbia Power Technologies’ Chief Operating Officer, Reenst Lesemann, said, "We are testing the StingRAY at NWTC because the [StingRAY] core design is similar to a wind turbine.” The StingRAY utilizes a direct drive, but with a very large diameter, said Lesemann in the NREL release, and NWTC’s dynamometer can mimic the sea, with back-and-forth oscillation, and will put the generator through its paces to ensure it can withstand ocean forces. During the next few months, according to the release, the StingRAY unit will be connected to NWTC's Controllable Grid Interface for electrical performance characterization. "We have one of the only facilities in the country with a dynamometer that can apply rotational torque at the speeds and forces required while also applying non-torque loads-which are side forces that simulate the action of a rogue wave hitting a wave energy converter in the ocean," said Mark McDade, NWTC project manager. “This matters because the structures of these energy conversion devices must be designed to handle the side forces without damage. The work is pioneering in the field of ocean energy conversion." According to the release, land-based StingRAY testing will occur prior to the system’s open-water demonstration scheduled for 2017 at the U.S. Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. Masdar takes stake in UK floating windfarm project

    Abu Dhabi clean energy company Masdar has acquired a 25 per cent stake in Statoil’s floating wind farm project in Scotland.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  3. EDF Renewable Completes Wind Development for Google

    EDF Renewable Energy announced commercial operations at the Great Western Wind Project, a 225-MW development in the Oklahoma panhandle.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. Enel Marks First Phase of 400-MW Cimarron Bend Wind Project

    The 200 MW now being generated are being sold under long-term power purchase agreements with Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  1. Wind Power: Wind industry celebrates offshore farm, discusses next steps

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  2. First U.S. offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island

    The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry 

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  3. Windpower kite firm wins $6m funding from EON and Shell

    UK windpower company Kite Power Systems has secured £5m ($6.19m) of investment from E.ON, oil and gas services company Schlumberger and Shell Technology Ventures.  

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  4. LM Wind Power aims to be carbon neutral by 2018

    Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power plans to be carbon neutral by 2018.

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  5. UK’s first windfarm marks 25th anniversary

    Britain’s first commercial wind farm today celebrates its 25 th anniversary.

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    Wed, 21 Dec 2016

  6. Wind Power: 1st US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast

    The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  7. Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

    It's a debate playing out as rapidly improving technology for towers and turbines allow the wind industry to move on to increasingly taller structures

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  8. Wind power industry celebrates RI offshore farm, discusses next steps

    Leaders in the offshore wind industry and federal regulators have gathered in Rhode Island to celebrate the nation's first offshore wind farm and discuss what's next 

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    Mon, 31 Oct 2016

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