Category Archives: Wind

Weather Data

Weather data sources are presented that were collated to support wind and solar resource assessment, engineering design, and power system monitoring.  Data sources include ground stations, satellite observation networks, reanalysis data, forecasts systems, and aerosol models.

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U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Exceed 10% of Total Power Output

For the first time, U.S. wind and solar production in March exceeded 10% of total electricity generation, based on March data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.

The record contribution for non-hydro renewables comes amid surging installations of both wind and solar in the US, with 14.8GW of solar and 8.2GW of wind added in 2016.  On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S. electric generation.

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Wind and Solar Capacity to Pass Nuclear

Nuclear, Wind, and Solar Capacity

Sources: IAEA, EIA, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Wind and solar capacity are expanding  rapidly and each is well on track to pass nuclear power capacity.  Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, but the installation of nuclear capacity appears to be stalled with little to no change in recent years.  Wind energy, by contrast, will have more capacity installed than nuclear by 2015 and solar energy capacity is likely to pass nuclear prior to 2020.   

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Top 15 Wind Turbine Suppliers (2013)

WTGMAKE Consulting has released its list of the top 15 global wind turbine suppliers of 2013. According to the report, Vestas has maintained its No. 1 spot, GE has dropped from second to sixth place, and Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have secured over half of the top positions.
RankSupplierMarket Share
1Vestas13.2%
2Goldwind10.3%
3Enercon10.1%
4Siemens8.0%
5Suzlon6.3%
6GE4.9%
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Dust and the Shamal Winds

Dust2Dust aerosols are one of the greatest sources of uncertainty in atmospheric modeling and solar energy forecasting.  Aerosols vary in time and space, and can lead to meso-scale variations in cloud cover, temperature, and ground-level radiation.  

In the GCC countries, dust storms are most evident during the change in seasons when the Shamal wind is at its strongest.  This was evidenced on the evening of October 29, when Doha experienced accelerated winds just prior to sunset, combined with limited visibility over a 2 hour period as shown in the picture below:

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