Wind power News for May 2009

Wind power News Archive

Siemens to produce wind turbine parts in China

Siemens is building a €60 million wind turbine rotor blade and nacelle production facility in Lingang New City, Shanghai, China.

Aberdeen offshore windfarm scaled down

Aberdeen’s proposed offshore windfarm is likely to be scaled down in terms of numbers of turbines, but still capable of becoming a demonstrator centre, participants at the renewable energy conference and exhibition, All-Energy in Aberdeen, Scotland, was told this week.

Europe’s largest onshore windfarm switched on

The 322 MW Whitelee windfarm outside Glasgow, Scotland, which could be Europe’s largest onshore windfarm, was switched on this week.

Siemens provides 175 wind turbines for London Array

Siemens Energy will supply 175 of its SWT-3.6-107 (3.6 MW) wind turbines to the 1 GW London Array offshore windfarm owned by DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar.

Pays de St Seine 50 MW windfarm commissioned

The 50 MW Pays de St Seine windfarm in France, developed by RES Group’s French subsidiary EOLE-RES3, has been commissioned.

Siemens opens European headquarters for wind energy

Siemens has established European headquarters for wind power sales and project execution in Hamburg, Germany.

AMSC and Acciona sign contract for wind turbine low voltage ride through compensation system

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received an order worth more than US$10 million for its Dynamic VAR Ride Through (D-VAR RT) reactive compensation system for wind turbines, from Spanish Acciona Energy.

DoE: US$8.5m for on wind energy-focused projects and US$25m for wind testing centre

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has selected 53 projects focusing on wind energy for up to US$8.5 million in DoE funding and has announced US$25m for the Massachusetts Wind Technology Testing Center.

London Array offshore windfarm given go-ahead

DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar will invest €2.2 billion in building the first 630 MW phase of the London Array offshore windfarm in the Thames Estuary, UK.

Global small wind market grew 53% in 2008

Global sales in the small wind (<100kW) market grew 53% to 38.7 MW in 2008 representing 19,000 units and US$156 million.

Making wind turbines more efficient and reducing noise

A wind turbine at Tjæreborg Enge, 10 km south of Esbjerg in Denmark, has been fitted with a test blade with advanced measuring equipment to gather data on how to make wind turbines more efficient and less noisy.

UK Carbon Trust launches offshore windfarm foundation-designs competition

The UK Carbon Trust has launched a multi-million pound global competition to find the best new wind turbine foundation designs to support the next generation of offshore windfarms.

Siemens builds wind turbine nacelle facility in USA

Siemens plans to build a wind turbine nacelle production facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, to meet the “strong demand for wind turbine equipment in North and South America in the future.”

EU passes €5bn Economic Recovery Plan – includes renewables and energy infrastructure

The European Parliament passed the €5 billion European Union (EU) Economic Recovery Plan on 6 May 2009, which will see investment in energy projects, broadband internet infrastructure and rural development.

AWEA honours 3TIER for commercial achievement

3TIER has received an American Wind Energy Association 2009 Award for developing FirstLook - a free Web-based wind and solar energy prospecting tool.

Siemens to supply 21 wind turbines for Baltic 1 offshore windfarm

Siemens Energy and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG have signed a contract for the supply of 21 SWT 2.3-93 wind turbines for Germany’s first commercial offshore windfarm, the 48.3 MW Baltic 1.