Geosynthetic Reinforcement for Wind Energy

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Subsidies and federal energy policies get most of the headlines, but with the increasing size of wind turbines and the scale of wind farms, few sites can be developed without soil reinforcement technologies. Geosynthetics provide the stable base for construction works and long-term access on wind energy sites. On-shore wind turbine hub heights increasingly crest 100m, and some are approaching 150m... »

Reinforcing Scotland’s Strathy North Wind Farm

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Nearly 100,000m2 of geogrids have been utilized in the wide-scale stabilization of site access roads for the North Strathy Wind Farm in the Scottish Highlands. Situated near Strathy on the north coast in Sutherland, more than 18km of access roads have been installed to construction and long-term access to the 33 turbines. The Scottish ministries approved the 68 MW development in 2011, and in 2013 ... »

Geosynthetics Support Wind Energy’s Rapid Growth

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Since 2008, the wind energy industry in the United States has attracted more than $100 billion in private investment. While the first three quarters of 2013 were slow amidst uncertain due to uncertainty around legislative support, the fourth quarter of 2013 added more capacity than the first three quarters combined; and in 2014, that growth continued. The April 2015-published US Wind Industry Annu... »

5 Stories on Geosynthetics for Earth Day

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Geosynthetics have played a substantial role in making constructions more economical and more sustainable. In honor of Earth Day 2015, we’ve selected five of Geosynthetica’s most popular sustainability-related stories. IGS Video on Sustainability The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) sponsored the creation and promotion of its first major video project, “Geosynthetics for Sustainable Devel... »

TRB’s International Conference on Low Volume Roads

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The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 11th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads will be held 12 – 15 July 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. LVR construction and maintenance may seem like a less-important matter to some, but these roads represent the majority of roads in the world; and, often, they provide the vital connection between agriculture, energy, and raw materials (e.g., mining... »

Geosynthetics: Sustainable Materials for Sustainable Energy

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By Tencate – The market for sustainable energy is growing. Players include both locally and internationally operating companies that are active in biogas installations, solar panels and wind energy (turbine builders). For example, since 1995 the number of wind turbine farms has snowballed, and over the coming years the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects “an enormous increase.... »

White House: US Energy Strategy and Economic Growth

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29 May 2014 – Today, the White House released a report, “An All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” detailing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and the profound transformation in the domestic energy sector since the President took office.  Thanks to this dramatic transformation and the President’s bold, aggressive plan, the United States has... »

Four Energy Companies Prequalified to Bid for Horns Rev 3

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COPENHAGEN – The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) announced on 9 May 2014 the decision to prequalify Statoil ASA , E.ON Wind Denmark AB, Vattenfall Wind Power A / S and DONG Energy Wind Power A/S for the tender of the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm. This means that all four applicants for prequalification have been selected to submit a first indicative offer for the concession contract where price... »

VIDEO: Scour Protection for Offshore Wind Farms

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In “Secure offshore wind energy”, the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm exemplifies how geotextile sand containers (Secutex® Soft Rock) enable economical, technically sound and safe construction. Here, NAUE’s team summarizes the work and the beneficial impact geosynthetics are having on offshore wind energy. The Amrumbank West offshore wind farm is located 35 km north of Helgolan... »