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Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sheer number of wind turbines in Germany is overwhelming! When the clouds open, they are often visible from the windows of a jet entering the country. Though they are primarily a rural phenomenon, there are about 60 turbines in the city of Hamburg. Some of the behemoths in Mecklenbourg-Verpommern have a capacity of 7.5 MW,  more than twice the 3 MW found in North America. Yet, speaking as one of a group of journalists touring renewable installations recently, unless you are standing directly underneath a turbine was difficult to pick out the “whoosh” of their whirling blades from other ambient sounds. Germany’s wind industry is an integral part of the nation’s energy revolution, which at least 56% of the respondents to a poll taken in 2013 said was “the right thing to do.” Only 10% were actually opposed. Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s.

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Lessons from Germany – Part 2, Zach Shahan

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM at 10:00 am on October15, 2014. 

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The German Renewables Awards for Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The official photo above captures a little of the spirit that pervaded Hamburg’s historic Fish Auction Hall. It was more like a party than a ceremony. The atmosphere could be summed up in three words: fine, wine and conversation. This was where the German Renewables Awards for Wind Energy were announced.

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Lessons from Germany – Part I , Jennifer Runyon

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM at 10:00 am on October 8, 2014. 

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Tracing the story of Germany’s Offshore Wind Farms

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Germany was not the first European nation to install offshore wind farms. There were plants in Denmark and England years before the first turbine was erected a mere 500 meters off the quay wall of the Rostock international port in 2005.  Tracing the story of Germany’s offshore wind farms, we repeatedly found references to the independent project planning company WIND-projekt GmbH, whose portfolio includes everything from on and offshore-wind turbines to energy storage.

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Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s Offshore Wind Industry

The ECOreport looked at Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s Offshore Wind Industry during WindEnergy Hamburg

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For a quarter of a century, HusumWind has hosted one of the World’s largest wind power conferences. This year the conference was held in Hamburg. As might be expected, there were some hard feelings. A PR professional approached my table of North American journalists, in a Hamburg restaurant. He points out that while there are only around 60 wind turbines installed in the city, there are more than 800 in Nordfriesland (which Husum is part of) and 3,100 in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein (which Nordfriesland is part of). It did not take much to uncover the reasons for the switch in venues. More than 1,200 companies from 30 countries will be displaying their products and projects at this year’s event. Even the lady manning Husum’s booth admitted this was to large an event for Husum. Hamburg is the gateway for Germany’s offshore wind industry and a leading center for renewable technology.

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