The US wind industry recognized eight companies today for their innovation in the fields of operations and safety at AWEA's O&M and Safety Conference in San Diego. The award winners include Acciona Energy USA Global, Apex Clean Energy, Duke Energy Renewables, EDF Renewables North America, JMS Wind Energy, Liberty Power, Shermco, and Third Planet Windpower.
ENGIE and EDP Renovaveis have secured antitrust clearance from the European Commission to form a joint venture that will oversee their collective offshore wind assets. If finalized, Mayflower, Windfloat Atlantic and other projects with a combined capacity of 1.5 GW will be governed by the JV.
The Massachusetts Skills Capital Grants program has awarded $861,097 to Bristol Community College to develop the National Offshore Wind Institute. NOWI will offer safety and technical skill training to future offshore wind workers.
Shell and Gasunie are partnering on the NortH2 offshore wind complex in the North Sea, which could have a capacity of up to 10 gigawatts and would support the production of green hydrogen. The initial phase will have a capacity of 3 GW to 4 GW and will likely begin powering hydrogen generation by 2027.
Euclid Chemical has secured a patent for DL Technology, a dust-limiting aggregate in its E3-Xtreme epoxy grout, which is used in column bases for turbines. The company says its E3 line is easy to install and clean up, and eliminates the use of dust-free enclosures when applying grout.
Xcel Energy reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 10% in 2019 by bringing more wind capacity online. The utility completed the Rush Creek project in Colorado and Hale and Bonita sites in Texas in 2018 and 2019.
Wichita State University and WSU Ventures have agreed to give Lightning Diversion Systems exclusive licensing rights to technology that may help wind companies protect their assets against lightning strikes. The solution is being developed by WSU's National Institute for Aviation Research.
LM Wind Power is closing two manufacturing facilities in Denmark that are "causing the business to lose competitiveness," says executive Bjarne Sandager Nielsen. LM Wind wants to bring new blade solutions to market faster by developing prototypes in the same facilities where components will later be produced.
National Environmental Policy Act modernization would eliminate regulatory red tape hindering infrastructure growth and help the US scale its offshore wind industry, avoiding challenges such as those faced by Vineyard Wind, writes Erik Milito, president of the National Ocean Industries Association. "The offshore wind industry is poised for development, and NEPA reforms can ensure that Americans can count on its benefits sooner rather than much, much later," he writes.
Tippecanoe County, Ind., should lift its ban on wind development, which was enacted on the misconception that wind development would hinder farming, writes Siya Goel of West Lafayette. Wind turbines require very little land and the ban stifles the county's shift away from fossil fuels, Goel writes, citing American Wind Energy Association data.
These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.