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Aussie government slashes renewable target

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian Abbott government has dramatically slashed the Australian renewable energy target, from 41,000 GWh / year, to 33,000 GWh / year. The leaked appointment of the new Wind Turbine Commissioner is also now official. According to Sky News; A bipartisan deal – agreed to last month after a lengthy…

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Renewables industry fury at new Wind commissioner appointment

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian Renewables industry has reacted with fury to a leaked suggestion that a new “wind commissioner” will be appointed, to handle complaints about turbine noise. According to The Guardian; The Abbott government’s proposed “wind commissioner” represents a “new low in its relentless anti-renewables campaign”, the wind industry says, suggesting…

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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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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,…