Phys.org: University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States. The findings, published in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the assessment of how much wind power can be produced, what type of turbines should be used, how many turbines should be installed and the spacing between each. The study, led by Cristina Archer at UD and Brian Colle at Stony Brook University, analyzed historical data from 2003-2011 at the Cape Wind tower located near the center of Nantucket Sound off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and collected complementary data at the same location in 2013-2014. Co-authors on the paper, titled "On the predominance of unstable atmospheric conditions in the marine boundary layer offshore of the U.S. northeastern coast," include UD professors Dana Veron and Fabrice Veron, and Matthew Sienkiewicz from Stony Brook. The paper's main finding is that atmospheric conditions around Cape Wind are predominantly turbulent, or unstable, which is in stark contrast to prevailing data from European offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. European studies of offshore wind document that atmospheric conditions there are predominantly neutral— meaning neither too windy nor too still, but somewhere in the middle, with unstable wind conditions occurring only 20 percent of the time. Cont'd...
Chile continues to spearhead the region's PV installations, accounting for 44 percent of new additions this year.
Investment slowdowns in China and Japan, as well as further reduction in the cost of solar, mean 2016 investment will fall well short of 2015's upwardly revised $348.5bn
In its latest report, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage in the U.S., GTM Research analyzed rate structures across 51 utilities to determine the opportunity for demand charge management for commercial energy storage customers. According to the report, commercial energy storage economics are attractive today in seven U.S. states, and that number is expected to grow to 19 states by 2021.
The combined use of solar and storage technologies could lead to 27,000 new jobs by 2021, according to a new discussion paper released by The Solar Foundation
IHS Names SMA, SolarEdge, Schneider Electric, Sungrow, Huawei and ABB as Leaders in PV Inverter Supplier Scorecard
Companies are ranked in the IHS PV Inverter Supplier Scorecard, based on holistic review of PV inverter supplier base
• Cumulative global installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is set to rise from 271.4 Gigawatts (GW) in 2016 to 756.1 GW by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.1% • Although growth will decline compared to the 2006-2015 period, which experienced a huge CAGR of 50.1%, it will remain considerable over the next decade, especially in China, says report
This year's edition of BNEF's long-term forecast sees $11.4 trillion investment in global power generation capacity over 25 years, with electric vehicles boosting electricity demand by 8% in 2040.
by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
• China pushed the global wind market to new heights in 2015, representing almost half of new wind installations globally and producing a total annual capacity of 30.5 Gigawatts • However, after focusing on increasing its installed capacity, the country now aims to shift its focus from scale expansion towards quality and efficiency, says analyst
North American PV tracker market increased by 135 percent, reaching 5.5 GW last year
"Wind power led all technologies in new power generation in 2015," said GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer; "Led by wind, renewables have come of age and are transforming the power sector."
Total Corporate Funding in Solar Sector Drops to $2.8 Billion in Q1 2016, Reports Mercom Capital Group
Debt and public market financing decline; residential/commercial funds surge; solar securitization deals cross $1 billion
U.S. polysilicon manufacturers have essentially lost access to China, while Asian countries have greatly benefited from their ability to increase market share there
Led by the utility-scale segment, GTM Research forecasts 16 gigawatts (GW) of solar will be installed in the U.S. in 2016, more than doubling the record-breaking 7.3 GW installed in 2015.
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