Renewable Energy
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4/25/2018

Ninety-eight percent of all new electrical generation added in the US during January and February came from wind and solar, according to a SUN DAY Campaign report based on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission data. The report said renewables would likely continue to expand quickly through at least March 2021.

4/25/2018

Architect Kengo Kuma has used a special fabric to create a sculpture that can absorb emissions equal to what 90,000 cars would produce in a year. The fabric is able to separate toxic molecules and absorb them, essentially purifying the surrounding air in the process.

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4/25/2018

Corporations in various industries offer mindfulness training or encourage similar practices to help staff focus and manage stress, write Christian Greiser and Jan-Philipp Martini of The Boston Consulting Group. Mindfulness "helps people to inspect and adapt their behaviors in short cycles, relax so that they can rewire established attitudes, and think clearly in the midst of overwhelming digital stimuli," they write.

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4/25/2018

States are a flurry of activity for wind development amid the phaseout of wind energy Production Tax Credit, and state-level policies and infrastructure guide where projects are placed, said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. Observers speculate that Wyoming's lack of transmission infrastructure and its higher taxes make it a less attractive option for investors.

4/25/2018

Wind technicians enjoy excellent pay, job security and affordable education options in Iowa, yet schools like Des Moines Area Community College are struggling to fill their wind-related classes, said DMACC professor James Fitzpatrick. He said applicants don't need any experience in electrical or mechanical repair, and that DMACC will teach them all the skills necessary to be successful in the field.

4/25/2018

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won a contract to supply an undisclosed wind farm in Kansas with 98 SWT 2.3-megawatt 108 turbines for a total capacity of 225 MW, according to the company. It added that it would produce the blades for the project in Fort Madison, Iowa.

4/25/2018

Acciona Energy plans to build four new renewable energy projects in Chile over the next three years, including two new wind farms, according to the company. "We are undertaking major investments over this three-year period, which will considerably strengthen our presence in the thriving renewable energy sector in Chile," CEO of South America Jose Ignacio Escobar said.

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Acciona Energy, Chile
4/25/2018

German wind turbine maintenance provider Deutsche Windtechnik opened its first office in Houston in November and is now active in the US market, says the company. "Deutsche Windtechnik is an independent full-service provider on equal footing, and with its strong multi-brand expertise, the company can offer completely new options for operators and investors," said Managing Director Melf Lorenzen.

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4/25/2018

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has surpassed Vestas as the world's leading turbine manufacturing in 2017, adding 9.43 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity worldwide, according to MAKE Consulting and GlobalData. Vestas installed 7.52 GW for the period.

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CleanTechnica
4/25/2018

RPM Access subsidiary Washburn Wind Energy has secured a special permit from the Black Hawk County, Iowa, Board of Adjustment to move forward with a proposed 70-megawatt, 35-turbine wind farm. Next, the company will carry out studies and seek building permits for the project.