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August 22, 2013

Wind Farms Take Root Out at Sea

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-08-22 12:02:42

In a warehouse district on the outskirts of Bremen in northwestern Germany is a big, well-lighted work space dominated by the massive top section of a wind turbine called a nacelle. It is here that Siemens, the German power systems giant, trains new employees and gives refresher courses on how to work safely on modern windmills that can rise 90 meters, or about 300 feet, and weigh more than 100 tons.

On a hot August day, employees wearing hard hats and protective clothing were squeezing in and out of the multi-ton module, practicing evacuating injured colleagues using pulleys and harnesses. [ read more … ]

Coming Full Circle in Energy, to Nuclear

By EDUARDO PORTER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-08-22 12:03:07

North Antelope Rochelle is only 30 years old. It wasn’t around during the first oil shock of 1973 or during the Iranian revolution of 1979, which led to a second oil shock. It hadn’t opened for business when a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania melted down, when 200,000 people gathered in New York City’s Battery Park to hear Ralph Nader demand the end of atomic power and Carly Simon sing yearningly about the “comforting glow of a wood fire.” Those events set the nation on a hurried quest for alternative sources of energy. [ read more … ]

New Chief at Vestas, Ailing Maker of Wind Turbines

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-08-22 12:03:27

Vestas, the Danish wind turbine maker that once led the industry but that has struggled in recent years, ousted its chief executive on Wednesday and appointed a successor, while also reporting another quarter of lackluster results. Anders Runevad will succeed Ditlev Engel, who had been chief executive since 2005. Until Mr. Runevad assumes his post on Sept. 1, Vestas will be run by the chief financial officer, Marika Fredriksson, the company said. [ read more … ]

Ferrari Plans Hybrids to Follow $1.34 Million LaFerrari

By Tommaso Ebhardt, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2013-08-22 12:03:46

EFerrari SpA plans more hybrid vehicles to follow the 1 million-euro ($1.34 million) LaFerrari as the manufacturer works to attract wealthy buyers beyond supercar drivers. “I don’t believe in the electric cars, but I strongly believe in hybrids,” Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said in a Bloomberg Television interview with Sara Eisen at the manufacturer’s headquarters in Maranello, Italy. [ read more … ]

Remote sensing could push next phase of wind energy growth

Henry Gass, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-22 12:04:06

Wind power is one of the fastest-growing energy sectors in the world, but even this record-breaking growth has been limited by wind’s inherently fickle nature: What do you do when the wind changes direction, or dies completely? Wind can save you one minute and sink you the next, as any sailor will tell you. New forecasting technology may now be on the horizon that could help wind developers both find the best locations for potential wind farms and then manage them as efficiently as possible. [ read more … ]

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