Winging it! Seabirds change flight path to avoid offshore turbines

Data was recorded 24 hours a day for two years and more than 600,000 videos were analysed as part of the study

EU fines capacitor makers €254m over price-fixing cartel

Capacitors are essential parts of almost all electronic products, from smart phones to appliances in homes, electronic systems in cars and wind turbines

Birds not emused by hawkward turbine accidents

The renewable energy transition is posing significant threats to birdlife. That’s according to experts at the UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany, who say wind turbines in particular are causing problems for migratory bird species. Each year, millions of birds fly through Egypt’s Rift Valley and over the Red Sea as they travel between Europe and Africa, some […]

Vestas reclaims spot as top turbine maker

Danish wind giant Vestas reclaimed the spot as top onshore turbine manufacturer in 2016. That’s according to figures compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which show the firm’s products were used to install 8.7GW of wind capacity, totalling 16% of all onshore wind installations last year. The company’s return to the top spot was largely due to a strong push […]

New £2.4m wind project aims to slash construction costs

A new £2.4 million project aims to cut the costs of offshore wind power by optimising the design of turbine tower foundations. The UK Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has announced the Improved Fatigue Life of Welded Jacket Connections (JaCo) scheme. Steel jackets are welded tubular frames made from carbon steel with each connection […]

Scottish wind farms ‘have no effect on tourism jobs’

There is no relationship between the development of onshore wind farms and tourism employment in Scotland. That’s according to a report by consultancy BiGGAR Economics which analysed the level of wind farm installations and the level of employment in tourism in Scotland between 2009 and 2014. It found the onshore wind sector has grown “significantly”, […]

Inenco Y Report – 26th July 2016

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Total buys stake in US wind company

Oil giant Total’s clean energy venture capital arm has bought a stake in United Wind. Total Energy Ventures (TEV), which invests in start-ups, will finance the Brooklyn-based company’s expansion into new states including Colorado, Kansas and Minnesota. United Wind leases small wind turbines – 10KW to 100KW – to homes and businesses in rural areas. […]

Solar-wind hybrid project connected to UK grid

Electricity has been generated at a solar-wind hybrid facility in the UK. Vattenfall’s Carmarthenshire solar farm in southwest Wales, which has a capacity of 4.99MW, shares grid connection with an existing 11-turbine onshore wind project. The solar farm, which the Swedish energy giant started constructing in January, consists of more than 18,500 panels. They are […]

Vattenfall to kick off UK solar plans this month

Swedish utility Vattenfall is to start constructing its first solar farm in the UK later this month. The Parc Cynog Solar Farm in Wales, which was granted consent in November last year, will have a total capacity of 4.99MW. More than 18,800 panels will generate enough electricity for around 1,440 homes a year, with first […]