Riffgat Wind Farm Stymied by World War II Explosives
August 20, 2013
Deutsche Welle / Powered by NewsLook.com
Germany is trying to make the switch to renewable energy. The high-profile Riffgat offshore wind farm, built off the coast of Borkum, was slated to begin operating this month. Thirty windmills now stand ready and waiting in the North Sea -- but they can't supply any electricity.
The discovery of munitions dating from the Second World War on the seafloor has prevented the grid operator from installing a power cable connecting the wind farm to the mainland.
Deutsche Welle (June 12, 2012) It's a paradox. To harness wind energy, you have to go where the wind blows. But that's currently the biggest problem for off-shore pioneers at the "Bard Offshore 1" wind farm.
The project is ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (May 29, 2012) Germany's move away from nuclear energy has given new impetus to technologies like wind power. As many as 10,000 wind turbines are to be set up in the North Sea and the Baltic by 2030, generating ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Apr. 5, 2011) Zafarana Wind Farm on the coast of the Red Sea in Egypt is the largest wind park in Africa, but Egypt is currently the largest emitter of carbon in Africa and the Middle East. Denmark, Germany and ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Apr. 20, 2011) German harbors are counting on offshore wind farms. The Bremen Wind Energy Agency estimates that wind turbines will be installed at sea producing ten gigawatts of power by 2020 - the same amount of ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Mar. 12, 2015) The price of wind power may soon compete with conventional fossil fuels, according to researchers in the United States. Engineers are fitting wind turbines with sensors to extend and increase their ... watch video
Sep. 26, 2016 Researchers have shown that they can inject nanoparticles into an injured joint and suppress inflammation immediately following an injury, reducing the destruction of cartilage and lowering the risk ... read more
Sep. 27, 2016 Nanofibers are more absorbent and better for the environment, say researchers, who note that their new material would have less of an environmental impact and be safer for ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 A high-tech twist has been put on the ancient art of fiber spinning, using modern materials to create ultra-strong, powerful, shape-shifting yarns. A new report describes the ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 A team of scientists studying solar cells made from cadmium telluride, a promising alternative to silicon, has discovered that microscopic "fault lines" within and between ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 A low-temperature process has been developed that has opened a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound ... read more
Apr. 4, 2016 Most people are unwilling to rent vacation homes that have a view of offshore wind turbines, a new study shows. Those who will rent expect steep rental discounts unless the turbines are more than ... read more
Dec. 1, 2015 Building and operating offshore wind farms is an expensive business. To be able to estimate the profitability of the plants, first the wind potential must be determined. Researchers have now created ... read more
Jan. 2, 2014 Researchers have found that an increase in the use of wind power generation can make the power grid more fragile and susceptible to disruptions. But the researchers didn't just identify the ... read more
Mar. 25, 2013 Incorporating wind power into existing power grids is challenging because fluctuating wind speed and direction means turbines generate power inconsistently. Coupled with customers' varying power ... read more