The global offshore wind market reaches record numbers, the Big Apple aims to boost its energy storage and solar efforts, and a Japanese engineer debuts a new type of wind turbine that could harness the power of typhoons. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Global Offshore Wind Market Reached Nearly 12 GW in 2015
A new report from Navigant Research analyzing the global offshore wind market shows the the global offshore wind market reached nearly 12 GW in total capacity in 2015. This is due in part to the traditional leadership from European countries, as well as new countries developing offshore projects and the introduction of more supportive policies. 2015 was a record year for the offshore wind industry, with 3,755 MW of new offshore wind capacity coming online by the end of the year, up from only 955 MW in 2014.
New York City Targets 100 MWh Energy Storage by 2020
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has set new targets for both energy storage and solar capacity in the city, of 100 MWh of energy storage by 2020 and 1 GW of solar capacity by 2030. The city plans to issue permits for more than 3,000 solar panel installations in 2016, bringing the total to over 8,000. New York City is on track to hit its 2025 target of 100 MW of solar power on public buildings and 250 MW on private buildings. The city has also committed to an 80 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
2 GW Chinese Solar Project to Be World’s Largest
China’s largest private investor group, China Minsheng New Energy Investment Co., is developing a 2 GW solar farm in the Ningxia region which will be made up of over 6 million solar panels. Not only will the Ningxia solar project be the largest in the world, it will be larger or comparable to some countries’ total installed solar capacity. China installed 22 GW of grid-connected solar in the first six months of 2016, including 11.3 GW connected in the month of June alone.
New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan for 50 Years After a Single Typhoon
Atsushi Shimizu, a Japanese engineer, has developed the world’s first typhoon turbine, an extremely durable, eggbeater-shaped device that can not only withstand the forces generated by a typhoon, but also convert that power into useable energy. Shimizu’s calculations show that a sufficiently large array of his turbines could capture enough energy from a single typhoon to power Japan for 50 years.