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The last three months saw wind farms produce more electricity than any other source, with six terawatt hours produced in January

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JL A. (275)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 8:52 am
Wind farms are Spain's top electricity producers

04 Feb 2013, BusinessGreen staff , BusinessGreen

Over the last three months wind farms produced more electricity than any other power source in Spain for the first time ever, an industry group has said.

The country delivered over six terawatt hours of electricity from wind farms during January, according to data from grid operator Red Electrica de Espana, the Spanish Wind Energy Association said in a statement.

"Since November 1, wind has been the top technology in the electrical system," the group said in a blog posting. "The last time any technology exceeded six terawatt-hours of monthly generation was in 2010, when it was combined-cycle gas turbines."

The performance means wind energy exceeded output from both nuclear and coal-fired power stations and represents more than a quarter of Spain's total power generation.

Spain has been looking to boost its wind power capacity as part of the government's efforts to cut carbon emissions.

The news came in the same week as German wind energy industry association BWE said it expects developers to add between 3GW and 3.5GW of capacity this year, far outstripping the 2.4GW installed in 2012.

The surge in new capacity will be largely driven by new offshore wind farms coming online and will mean the country remains on track to meet its goal of generating around 40 per cent of its electricity form renewables by 2020, up from about 25 per cent currently.

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:00 am

Kudos to Spain, they also have a large solar array. More countries need to emulate this example of looking to the future and not being squashed under the thumb of OIL, GAS, COAL and Nuclear fuels. Let's all pledge to demand the use of alternative, sustainable clean energy. Clean up this planet - NOW.

Sue H. (6)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:00 am
Bravo Spain!!

Michael Kirkby (89)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:26 am
I am not and never will be a fan of wind power. Scalar wave could revolutionize this world if we would just implement the already existing machines and other technologies necessary to harvest and implement it.

Linda R. (17)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:28 am
Noted. This should be an article about the USA and how much clean energy we have produced and how much coal was NOT used. We should be the leader for the world in cleaner living and cleaner energy.

JL A. (275)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 9:37 am
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Autumn SICK S. (151)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 10:30 am
thanks , J.L.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 11:48 am
well done to Spain Trouble is people moan about them spoiling the look of the countryside so dont think they will ever have as many as Spain
noted thanks

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:28 pm
Congratulations to Spain!

Everyone else, please take note.

JL A. (275)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 12:29 pm
You are welcome Autumn.
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Dave C. (232)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 1:11 pm
Good for Spain, Good for the world

Melania Padilla (183)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:23 pm
Good for them, thanks!

Angelika R. (144)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:58 pm
If folks in the US "moan about spoiled looks of the countryside", perhaps they should hae taken a closer look at the EastCoast after Sandy. Do they like THAT better? I they cling to dirty energy more of the country side will soon look like that.
And @ Laura, of course we all would welcome an article praising the US having reached 25% in clean energy!
Look out for such news and let us know when you find them ;-)

JL A. (275)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 2:58 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 6:05 pm
Good news!!! Much more needs to be done

Earth Cry

JL A. (275)
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 6:07 pm
So true Terry and thank you for posting the link to the on-topic short video! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.

Michael O. (175)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 5:13 am
Spain is doing a great job! I wish the Harper Regime here in Canada would learn from their example and drastically increase their funding for renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal. If we took half the money we're currently shovelling out to Big Oil in the form of subsidies, we'd be there already... :-(

Natalie S. (9)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 6:51 am
Good for Spain and I hope this serves as an example to many other countries. Here in Malta we almost have as many windy days as we have sunny days (and that is saying a lot) but we're still happily generating electricity through the burning of fossil fuels!

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:10 am
Thanks for the post.

JL A. (275)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 7:38 am
You're welcome John.

Gvapo T. (22)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 12:46 pm
bravo Spain! :)

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Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:01 am

JL A. (275)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 8:42 am
You are welcome Sergio

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Tuesday June 4, 2013, 11:22 am

Solar Wind Energy Tower Receives Patent For Atmospheric Energy Extraction Device
by Staff Writers
Annapolis MD (SPX) May 28, 2013

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Solar Wind Energy Tower has been awarded an allowance of Patent Application Number 13/098,476, titled "Atmospheric Energy Extraction Devices and Methods", by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent covers a structure for producing electricity, specifically a tower capable of adding moisture at the top of the structure to hot-dry air so as to generate a downdraft of wind within the interior of the Tower, vanes coupled to the exterior of the Tower that at least partially define a plurality of elongated pockets at the exterior of the Tower, flaps located within the pockets configured to redirect incident wind downwards, and at least a first wind tunnel configured to receive the redirected wind so as to convert such wind to electricity.

Ronald W. Pickett, President, Chief Executive Officer of SWET, stated, "We are pleased to have received notice that our patent application for the Tower structure design has been allowed, and that a patent will be issued shortly.

The patent application incorporates the entire core Tower structure, including the injection of moisture as a catalyst to generate the downdraft wind, and the additional exterior dual wind capture vanes.

In the future, as we expand our geographic footprint, the dual wind technology will provide us with the ability to construct our power plant in locations with potentially more variable weather conditions, since we can now incorporate the power created by the ambient wind captured along the outer surface of the Tower structure with the power generated internally.

This external wind capture boosts the overall power output. This patent allowance, along with our previously issued patent titled 'Efficient Energy Conversion Devices and Methods', encompasses our overall basic system architecture.

"We intend to continue to protect our technology as we develop enhancements to it. Our business plan has always been to efficiently extract the maximum energy generated by the captured wind, with the least loss of power while compensating for the normal differentials in atmospheric conditions."
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