Weekend reads: Helsinki's solar powered airport, - Smart Energy Decisions

Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 25, 2019

Weekend reads: Helsinki's solar powered airport; The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric partner on infrastructure

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read stories from around the web:

These huge new wind turbines are a marvel. They’re also the future. (Vox) The declining price of solar power gets more press, but there are big things happening in wind technology too. And I mean big. The math on wind turbines is pretty simple: Bigger is better. Specifically, there are two ways to produce more power from the wind in a given area.

The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric extend partnership to develop Critical Infrastructure projects (PR Newswire) The partnership is designed to develop new and innovative infrastructure projects meeting the growing need for sustainable investment in critical assets and services. The companies will focus on delivering digitally-enabled and efficient critical assets by combining Carlyle Infrastructure's investing and asset-operator expertise with smart energy management and automation solutions from Schneider Electric.

Helsinki Airport’s Solar Power Plant Is the Largest in the Nordics (RusTourism News) This spring, the solar power plant atop Helsinki Airport will expand to the roof of the west wing. Solar panels will be installed on the façade of the new parking hall in 2020.

In the heart of Trump Country, renewable energy is about to flourish (The Washington Post) While most southern Ohio farmers are not deserting Trump, there are some who are ignoring his rhetoric on energy. Even as Trump belittles renewable power sources such as windmills — “When the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please,” is a favorite Trump jab — nearly 5,000 acres of farmland here in Highland County could soon be converted from traditional corn and soybeans to shiny new solar panels.

Pioneered by UW professor, microgrids enable energy independence, resiliency (Washington State Journal) Proponents of a less centralized electric system envision a future in which residents, businesses and communities own and operate solar panels augmented with batteries and other generators hooked together in so-called microgrids.

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