Tag Results for offshore wind power (6)

  1. 5 Megawatts-a-Pop and Prepped for High Seas Action

    Here's a shot of the prototype of REpower System's 5-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine, which has been generating power since 2004 in Brunsbÿttel near the mouth of the Elbe River on Germany's North Sea. I stopped to see the original REpower 5M last week while reporting an upcoming feature for IEEE Spectrum and clocked the turbine's 126-meter diameter rotor swinging at 11 rpm, nearly full speed. The 5M marks an awesome juxtaposition, with the 120-meter high turbine (hub height) towering over Brunsbÿttel's spongy marshland, chemical complexes and a nuclear power plant. The 5M is creating buzz these …

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  2. Probing for Fluff in Europe's Supergrids Vision

    Last month the European Commission (EC) called for construction of regional power transmission grids that would ultimately merge into a supergrid distributing Mediterranean solar energy and offshore wind energy across Europe. Today, in MIT's Technology Review, I test the political reality of sharing power across Europe (see "Europe Backs Supergrids") and show that the EC just might …

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