The Netherlands heavily relies on wind turbines in its energy transition — at the expense of thousands of birds that get killed by fast-spinning blades. Now officials say they have a solution to spare some of the migratory animals.
Off the coast of New England, winds whip over the frigid Atlantic Ocean creating perfect conditions for giant offshore turbines. While plans are in place to tap that natural power to generate electricity, progress — here and around the world — is being held up by soaring inflation.
By Beth Ragdale, product manager, energy industry, Beckhoff UK
By 2026, renewables are set to make up almost 95 per cent of increased global power capacity. The increased capacity will have a knock-on effect on the wind industry, growing the challenges already faced, such as Remote Operations Centres (ROC) struggling with the increased assets to monitor.
Optimism abounds about the future of wind power, with a clean-energy boom powering robust growth in an industry that businesses and governments agree is key to slowing climate change. But a nagging problem could keep the sector from fulfilling that promise: Turbine makers are still struggling to translate soaring demand into profit.
In May 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released Net Zero by 2050: a Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, the first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050, while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, universal energy access, and enabling robust economic growth.
Siemens Energy AG is being overwhelmed with requests to build turbines in countries tapping wind resources and concerned about global supply chains or insistent on broadening the local economic benefits of renewable power.
One of the world’s biggest wind turbine makers Vestas Wind Systems A/S will hike its prices as the costs of steel and transportation increase amid a global commodities boom that’s contributing to a rising risk of inflation.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer, will buy out its offshore joint venture partner in an all-share deal that looks to take advantage of an expanding industry at the heart of the energy transition.
With the human population fast approaching the 8 billion mark and as the great energy transition gains momentum, so the pressure to find wholly sustainable, high efficiency low-carbon replacements for fossil fuels and to stem rising greenhouse gas levels mounts.