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Offshore Wind power: Even Germany Can’t get it Right

Eric Worrall writes: According to Breitbart, Germany’s flagship Bard 1 offshore wind farm has turned into a bottomless money pit, with stakeholders frantically lawyering up, scrambling to pin the blame and ongoing money hemorrhage onto other parties. BARD Offshore 1 is a 400 megawatt (MW) North Sea offshore wind farm encompassing 80 5-megawatt turbines. Construction…

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Renewable Energy in perspective: Solar and Wind power

Guest essay by Ed Hoskins | Data for the USA, Germany and the UK since the year 2000. These notes quantify the progress and achievement of the massive movement to install renewable energy solutions for electricity generation in Western Nations. They only concern the two most significant new renewable energy sources ie. Solar and Wind-power.…

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A Universally Acceptable and Economical Energy Source?

Transatomic Power’s Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor | Kent Beuchert writes: Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, as Doctoral candidates in the nuclear department at MIT, produced a modified design of a reactor technology that first appeared many decades ago : the molten salt reactor, originally designed, built and tested at Oak Ridge Tennessee during the 1950’s…

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Is Coal winning the energy battle?

Guest essay by Mike Jonas In an absurd article “Full extent of global coal ‘binge’ is hidden, say researchers“, the BBC’s Matt McGrath argues that instead of modelling actual and expected CO2 emissions from coal and gas power plants, it should all be counted in the power station’s first year. [You couldn’t make this stuff…

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Bearings: The Achilles Heel of Wind Turbines

Story by Eric Worrall – A few years ago, I used to know a senior wind turbine engineer. One evening, over a few beers, he told me the dirty secret of his profession: “The problem is the bearings. If we make the bearings bigger, the bearings last longer, but making the bearings larger increases friction,…