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Nordic Windpower raises $38 million

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Nordic Windpower recently announced that it has raised $38 million in a new financing round led by Khosla Ventures, a premier investor in clean technology companies. Joining Khosla Ventures in the Series C equity financing are New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the largest venture firms worldwide, Novus Energy Partners, a US/Europe-based investor in clean technology, and existing investor Impax Asset Management, a London-based fund. Other participants include I2BF Management, an international cleantech focused investment management group, and Pulsar Energy Capital. The company has previously closed three funding rounds since 2007 from investors including Goldman Sachs International, Impax Asset Management

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Bladeless Wind Turbine – Inspired by Nikola Tesla

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A research company in New Hampshire recently patented its bladeless wind turbine, which is based on a patent issued to Nikola Tesla in 1913. This wind turbine is christened as the Fuller Wind Turbine. This turbine is developed by Solar Aero. The specialty of Fuller Wind Turbine is it has only one rotating part, [...]
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7.2 kW inverter works at 99.4% efficiency

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The Aurora PVI-7200 W Wind Interface is intended for turbines with a max 7.2 kW output.

The power conversion efficiency rating of the Aurora Wind Interface model PVI-7200 W is 99.4%. It accepts three-phase input from a permanent-magnet generator (PMG) and outputs a max 7,200 W. The inverter has a fused wind input feature and an automatic brake function for the maximum 530 Vdc and an optional external brake resistor is available.
The PVI-7200 W, manufactured by Power-one, accepts an input of 0 to 400 Vac, an operating

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12 month study to compare data quality, sensor reliability in cold climates

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Cup anemometers or ultrasonic versions: Which works best where icing is worst? That is the questions to be answered after a 12 month study by Windpole LLC.

Windpole Ventures LLC of Arlington, Mass. has teamed with Garrad Hassan Americas to conduct a twelve month comparative study of ultrasonic and cup anemometers. The test will take place at locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana, where winter-anemometer icing can be severe.

Both sensors will be unheated during the test. Boom configuration will be standardized and recommended by the third-party engineering firm.

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Automated weather station can come with datalogger

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WS600-UMB compact weather station measures air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation intensity, precipitation type, precipitation quantity, air pressure, wind direction, and wind speed. Relative humidity is measured by a capacitive sensor element while a precision NTC measuring element measures air temperature.

The WS line of weather stations (including the economical WS200 ultrasonic anemometer) are now available with built in SDI-12 communication protocol, says LUFFT USA. Its weather stations and anemometers are now plug and play with any SDI-12 ready datalogger.  Lufft Intelligent Weather Stations and Anemometers still have the same

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: May 10 - 17

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This week’s WindEnergyUpdate news brief includes: EIB & Iberdrola; Gamesa; Nordex; AWEA; National Grid & Cape Wind; Crown Estate; Western wind turbine manufacturers face declining share of China’s market; SBC.

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Lufft USA uses Campbell Scientific equipment in weather stations

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Lufft USA recently announced that it’s in-house manufactured ‘WS’ line of weather stations are now available with built in SDI-12 communication protocol. LUFFT WS weather stations and anemometers are now plug and play with any SDI-12 ready datalogger. Lufft intelligent weather stations and anemometers still have the same notable increased functionality of a digital intelligent sensor, now with increased flexibility.

Campbell Scientific is a brand of datalogger that is widely used throughout the wind industry. Campbell recently integrated Lufft sensors into their Loggernet software and will sell Lufft sensors to customers upon request. Lufft USA offers Lufft sensors with a Campbell

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Britannia breaks the 9 MW barrier

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Getting 10-MW from a wind turbine will take a permanent-magnet generator with four independent sections, a gearbox lighter than those on smaller turbines, a 150-m diameter rotor, and more.

The 10 MW Britannia will come from Clipper Windpower.

A 10 MW offshore turbine is in the works that addresses the growing demand for reliable and efficient offshore wind energy. Over its lifetime, each Britannia from Clipper Windpower is expected to displace the use of two-million barrels of oil and offset the need to dispel 724,000

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The results of Statoil's Hywind pilot have so far been promising

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Making deepwater offshore wind viable

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WindEnergyUpdate speaks to Sjur Bratland, asset manager of Statoil ASA’s Hywind floating turbine foundation project, about the viability of floating turbine foundation technology.

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