New offshore wind energy system begins producing electricity in the Netherlands

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Gemini Windpark has come online in the Netherlands One of the world’s largest offshore wind energy systems has come online in the Netherlands. Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the new wind farm, which has been developed some 53 miles off the northern coast of the country. Called the Gemini Windpark, the project boasts of 150 turbines. The wind farm was developed as a collaboration among Northland Power, Siemens Wind Power, Van Oord, and waste processing firm HVC. Offshore wind energy system will produce 600 MW of electricity The offshore…

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Wind energy being used to power all Dutch electric trains

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Electric trains in the Netherlands are tapping into wind energy All of the electric trains in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, according to the country’s railway operator, NS. The country’s electric trains transport approximately 600,000 passengers on a daily basis. Dutch wind farms have made this transportation carbon neutral, thereby making the public transportation space somewhat more environmentally friendly. The Netherlands has been focusing quite heavily on wind energy in recent years in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more energy independent. Eneco provides…

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Solar energy industry to break even on costs and environmental impact

Study shows that solar panels are becoming less expensive and producing fewer emissions A new study from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found that solar panels have produced more energy than it too to develop and install them over the past 40 years. According to the study, the solar energy industry, as a whole, will break even within the coming years, showing the economic capabilities of this form of clean power. Researchers from the Utrecht University note that photovoltaic systems have been able to pay back the energy invested…

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The Netherlands may ban traditional vehicles to support clean transportation

European countries are beginning to fight climate change by focusing on the transportation sector Climate change is becoming a very concerning issue for Europe, and some countries are beginning to focus on the transportation space as a way to fight emissions. In Europe, vehicles account for 12% of the harmful emissions that are produced in the region. The Netherlands is considering a ban on the sale of traditional vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel, hoping that the ban would encourage the adoption of clean vehicles that produce no harmful emissions.…

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Shell to help expand Europe’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Existing gas stations in Europe may soon be able to offer hydrogen fuel Many gas stations in Europe will begin offering access to hydrogen fuel in the near future. Last month, a small pilot project was launched in the United Kingdom, designed to make hydrogen more accessible through existing fuel stations. Shell has now announced that it will be a part of a larger effort to expand the European hydrogen infrastructure, beginning in Germany. The company is also working to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in the United States, France,…

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The Netherlands to become home to the first solar road

New bike path in the European nation acts as an electricity generator. Bike paths are popular in Amsterdam and starting on November 12, a 70 meter (230 feet) stretch of the path that connects the capital city suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerverr, a path that is heavily used by both commuters and school children, with an estimated average of 2,000 cyclists riding its two lanes daily, will be embedded with solar panels, making it the first public solar road in the world. The panels produce 30 percent less energy than…

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Siemens makes a deal with offshore wind energy project

Gemini offshore wind project is making some progress The large-scale Gemini wind energy project is inching closer to becoming a reality. The project is set to take root off the coast off the northern coast of the Netherlands and will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world when it is completed. The project has been in its development stages for some time and has been making slow progress through these stages due to technical and political issues. The wind farm currently boasts of an estimated 600…

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Dutch solar energy market continues to see strong growth

Solar power in the Netherlands is charging ahead through rooftop installations The solar market in the Netherlands has been making strong progress over the past year. In 2013, the market experienced a great deal of growth as more homeowners and businesses began making use of solar power. Over the past year, more than 100,000 solar energy systems were installed on rooftops throughout the country. The country currently has more than 200,000 roofs that are equipped with solar power systems and this may have a major impact on the country’s overall…

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Carbon dioxide could be a new clean energy resource

Researchers focus on carbon dioxide to generate clean energy Researchers from Wetsus, a developer of sustainable water technologies, and the Wageningen University in the Netherlands may have found a way to generate electrical power by harnessing carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions have been targeted by several governments around the world and are the subject of emissions reduction initiatives that are becoming more popular. Carbon emissions are often considered to be a primary contributor to the climate change phenomenon, but Dutch researchers believe that these emissions could be harnessed to generate…

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General Electric to test new wind energy system in the Netherlands

General Electric Wind Energy

GE aims to make wind energy more efficient General Electric has taken a strong interest in renewable energy, specifically wind energy. The company has been developing wind turbines in order to tap into the burgeoning wind energy market. Thus far, General Electric has found significant success in this endeavor and the company’s technologies have aided the expansion of the adoption of wind energy around the world. Now, General Electric has announced that it will begin testing a new prototype wind turbine, which it is calling the world’s most efficient wind…

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Hydrogen fuel collaboration formed in Europe

Hydrogen Fuel Europe

Cross-borders hydrogen fuel collaboration takes form in Europe Hydrogen fuel is gaining more momentum in Europe as several countries begin to come together to support cross-border initiatives. Within the coming months, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany are expected to come together to support one of the region’s first cross-border hydrogen fuel ventures. WaterstofNet and HyCologne, two hydrogen initiatives based in Europe, are poised to collaborate to promote the use of hydrogen in various markets. The collaboration of these two initiatives will develop new markets for hydrogen fuel that may have…

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