German wind industry “threatening to implode” as subsidies end wiping out half or more of new plants

German wind industry “threatening to implode” as subsidies end wiping out half or more of new plants:

In Germany as 20 years of wind subsidies comes to an end in 2020, half to three quarters of the industry may disappear.

So many parallels with Australia. The Germans have had wind subsidies for 20 years, but even after two decades of support, the industry is still not profitable on a stand-alone basis. In 2016, some 4600MW of new wind plants were installed, but that may drop to one quarter as much by 2019 as subsidies shrink. According to Pierre Gosselin (August 31st, 2017) there are more wind protests, electricity prices are “skyrocketing” and “the grid has become riddled with inefficiencies and has become increasingly prone to grid collapses from unstable power feed in.”

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Minnesota’s frozen turbines raise new doubts about wind power

Minnesota’s frozen turbines raise new doubts about wind power:

In Minnesota, the wind is blowing but turbines aren’t turning. The machines, bought used from California and installed last fall, are completely frozen in place. Even on the windiest days, the blades sit at a standstill, producing no power. Why should anyone care? The problem highlights some of the less intuitive challenges associated with wind power — long considered to be the most feasible and cost effective source of renewable energy.

The likely culprit in Minnesota: frozen hydraulic fluid, unfit for the state’s brutally cold winters. As the temperature continues to drop, these fluids have started to thicken, turning into jelly. This is a big problem, considering how much the Midwest has spent on trying to become the U.S.’s wind power corridor. Wind power is already intermittent — the wind isn’t blowing at gale speeds all the time. But being knocked out of commission for an entire season? That could be a deal breaker.

H/t reader kevin a:

“The helicopter beam is the new weapon against the ice
How is this little helicopter going to unfreeze thousands of wind turbines?
Minnesota’s frozen turbines raise new doubts about wind power”

Helikopter-strålen är nya vapnet mot isen:

En het vattenstråle smälter snabbt bort is från rotorblad. Den nya metoden är en av flera innovationer som ska säkra elproduktionen i vintriga vindkraftsparker.

Nedisade rotorblad är ett gissel för vindkraftsägare i kallt klimat. Alpine Helicopter i Boden har utvecklat ett nytt sätt att snabbt få i gång produktionen när isen tvingar snurror att stanna: en helikopter som sprutar varmvatten.

– Det tar oss ungefär 1,5 timme att behandla ett kraftigt nedisat vindkraftverk, säger vd Mats Widgren. 

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Several thousand wind turbines in Germany are expected to be phased out in the next decade because their state subsidies expire

Mehrere tausend Windräder vor dem Abbau:

Mehrere Tausend Windräder in Deutschland werden im nächsten Jahrzehnt vermutlich abgebaut, weil ihre staatliche Förderung ausläuft. “Wenn die Strompreise in der nächsten Dekade nicht steigen, werden sich nur wenige Anlagen am Markt behaupten”, so das Berliner Fachunternehmen Energy Brainpool.

H/t reader kevin a:

“Several thousand wind turbines in Germany are expected to be phased out in the next decade because their state subsidies expire. “If electricity prices do not rise over the next decade, only a few plants will hold their own in the market,” according to Berlin-based Energy Brainpool.”

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Wind farms would need to ‘cover whole of Scotland’ to power Britain’s electric vehicles

Wind farms would need to ‘cover whole of Scotland’ to power Britain’s electric vehicles:

SCOTLAND would need to be entirely covered by wind farms in order to power all of Britain’s electric cars, according to a leading academic.

Jack Ponton, emeritus professor of engineering at Edinburgh University, said another 16,000 turbines would be required in order to replace petrol and diesel cars with electric vehicles.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to phase out the internal combustion engine by 2032 – eight years ahead of the rest of the UK.

But Prof Ponton said that, even if the issues of power generation and charging points were sorted out, the National Grid could simply not cope with the increased demand.

He said: “It is a nice idea as electric cars are much more efficient, cleaner and actually simpler devices than the current internal combustion engine vehicles.

“Technically, it is an excellent idea. But the problem starts when you begin to think, ‘Where are you going to get the energy to run them?’.

H/t reader kevin a.

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Germany: Wind industry “threatening to implode” as subsidies end wiping out half or more of new plants

German wind industry “threatening to implode” as subsidies end wiping out half or more of new plants:

In Germany as 20 years of wind subsidies comes to an end in 2020, half to three quarters of the industry may disappear.

So many parallels with Australia. The Germans have had wind subsidies for 20 years, but even after two decades of support, the industry is still not profitable on a stand-alone basis. In 2016, some 4600MW of new wind plants were installed, but that may drop to one quarter as much by 2019 as subsidies shrink. According to Pierre Gosselin (August 31st, 2017) there are more wind protests, electricity prices are “skyrocketing” and “the grid has become riddled with inefficiencies and has become increasingly prone to grid collapses from unstable power feed in.”

Pierre Gosslin writes that “Germany is more in the green energy retreat mode”.

German flagship business daily “Handelsblatt” reported … how Germany’s wind energy market is now threatening to implode and as a result thousands of jobs are at risk. José Luis Blanco, CEO of German wind energy giant Nordex, blames the market chaos on “policymakers changing the rules“. Subsidies have been getting cut back substantially. The problem, Blanco says, is that worldwide green energy subsidies are being capped and wind parks as a result are no longer looking profitable to investors. The Handelsblatt writes that “things have never been this bad“.

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“The De Facto End Of Wind Turbine Forests”. New Policy In Germany Send Powerful Signals!

“The De Facto End Of Wind Turbine Forests”. New Policy In Germany Send Powerful Signals!:

Germany’s wind energy industry is suddenly facing fierce headwinds, and wind energy opponents are cheering wildly!

Yesterday Germany’s most populated state, North Rhine Westphalia, voted in a new government. The old government consisting of a coalition between the SPD Socialists and the Green Party were booted out in recent state elections, and since yesterday have been replaced by a new coalition of the CDU “conservatives” and the more free-market-friendly FDP Free Democrats.

Last evening the German ZDF news reported here that FDP party chief Christian Lindner has announced much tougher regulations for wind parks in the state. This sends a strong signal to the wind industry nationally, and now they are worried.

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