High as a kite

Big ships are using a brand new means of propulsion – the wind. This isn’t a hark back to romantic days of white sails and stripy jumpers. This time it’s kites. Huge ones. Hundreds of metres in the air. And now scientists can predict exactly how much power the shipping companies will save. Big ships […]

Germany opens first commercial offshore wind farm

Germany has unveiled its first commercial offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The wind farm, which has been given the name ‘Bard Offshore 1’, lies approximately 55 miles north west of the German island of Borkum. Bard Offshore 1 is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2012, by which time it will have […]

Wind in the willows could power world

Look out from the coast near Esbjerg and you’ll see over six hundred shimmery-white blades slicing through the air. Denmark leads the world in wind energy.  Vestas and Siemens Wind Power, both Danish companies, supply over half of the globe’s turbines; while domestic installations provide nearly 20% of the country’s electricity.  However, the exotic composites […]