Wind power News for April 2010

Wind power News Archive

AREVA and Keppel Verolme construct German offshore wind substation

AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division and Dutch consortium partner Keppel Verolme B.V. will build an offshore wind substation in German waters.

Bomb at Sheringham Shoal offshore wind site

A 250lb air-dropped German WWII bomb has been safely detonated on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm site.

Indian Energy gets financing for 16.5 MW wind farm

Indian Energy Ltd has closed project finance with State Bank of India for its 16.5 MW wind farm at Theni in Tamil Nadu, India.

Vestas to deliver over 2.2 GW of wind turbines Vestas to deliver over 2.2 GW of wind turbines

Vestas has entered agreements with EDP Renováveis and four Chinese power producers for the delivery of up to 2298 MW of wind turbines.

First US offshore wind farm approved First US offshore wind farm approved

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) has approved the first US offshore wind farm – the Cape Wind project – off the coast of Massachusetts.

UK offshore wind reaches 1 GW

The UK offshore wind industry has reached 1 GW of installed capacity as two offshore wind farms off the coast of Britain began generating electricity: Robin Rigg operated by EON and Gunfleet Sands operated by DONG Energy.

AMSC delivers further wind turbine power electronic components to HHI

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received another follow-on order for 30 sets of wind turbine power electronic components from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd (HII).

alpha ventus offshore wind farm formally commissioned alpha ventus offshore wind farm formally commissioned

Germany’s first offshore wind farm, alpha ventus, has been formally commissioned 45 km off the coast of Borkum island in the North Sea.

Small wind growing in China

Small wind power in China could reach 3-10 GW of installed capacity in 2010 if a set of measures laid out by a small wind roadmap for China.

Skykon enters offshore wind turbine market

Skykon A/S has acquired facilities of 100,000 m2 at the former Lindoe shipyard in Denmark for the development offshore wind products for projects in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.

Full service agreement on GE 2.5xl wind turbines

GE is now offering full service agreements covering planned and unplanned maintenance and operation needs on all new GE 2.5xl wind turbines in Europe.

Wind energy could reduce electricity prices

Wind power could reduce electricity prices according to a European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) study.

EU wind farm consent times

On average, it takes 42 months to get building consent for a wind farm in the EU, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Wind provides half of EU electricity in 2050

Wind energy could meet 50% of the EU’s electricity demand in 2050, according to speakers at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010) in April.

Gamesa launches online wind forecaster

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has launched an online wind forecasting tool for wind farms, the Mega system.

REpower supplies 44 wind turbines to Turkey REpower supplies 44 wind turbines to Turkey

REpower Systems AG will deliver 44 wind turbines to Al Yel ELektrik, a subsidiary of Akuo Energy SAS, for a Turkish wind project.

West Coast Energy enters renewable micro-generation market

Wind energy developer West Coast Energy Ltd and micro-generation energy company Ensign Energy Ltd have formed a joint venture (JV) for renewable micro-generation projects in the UK.

Eurotunnel inaugurates wind farm

Eurotunnel has inaugurated its 2.5 MW wind farm in Coquelles, France.

LM Glasfiber changes name to LM Wind Power

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber has changed its name to LM Wind Power.

Surveillance radar for UK offshore wind

Lockheed Martin will deliver a long-range air surveillance radar system to the UK overcoming sensor performance issues commonly caused by the rotating blades of wind turbines.

Siemens direct drive wind turbine ready Siemens direct drive wind turbine ready

Siemens Energy is launching its SWT-3.0-101 3 MW direct drive wind turbine.

WinWinD delivers 24 MW wind farm to Estonia

WinWinD’s delivery of a 24 MW wind farm to Aseri, Estonia, has been confirmed.

Danish wind exports up in 2009 Danish wind exports up in 2009

With an aggregated export of DKK41.7 billion (> €5.6bn) in 2009 the Danish wind industry maintained the high export figures from record breaking 2008 despite the financial crisis.

TUV NEL supporting UK wind power TUV NEL supporting UK wind power

Glasgow-based measurement and testing specialist, TUV NEL, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to assist the growth of the UK’s wind energy industry.

300 MW offshore wind power in Canada

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc will develop Canada’s first offshore wind farm.

Wind power to increase 160% Wind power to increase 160%

Global wind power capacity could increase by 160% over the next five years, according to the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) annual wind industry forecast.

Platina buys 52 MW of wind farms in France

Platina Partners LLP is buying 52 MW of the 140 MW Fruges wind farms in Pas de Calais, France, worth €71.3 million.

GDF SUEZ completes Scottish 20 MW wind farm

GDF SUEZ has completed the construction of its first UK wind farm project at Craigengelt, near Stirling, in Scotland.

Eneco obtains rights for Scottish wind farm

Eneco UK Ltd has received the rights to develop a 51 MW wind farm on the Lochluichart Estate in the Scottish Highlands from Infinergy, which has developed the project through to Section 36 consent.

DONG Energy submits tender for Danish offshore wind farm

DONG Energy has submitted a binding tender to build a 400 MW offshore wind farm outside Denmark.

First Wind completes Stetson Wind expansion

First Wind has completed the 26 MW expansion of the Stetson Wind project in Maine, New England, USA.

AMSC’s interconnection systems used in wind farms

AMSC is supplying 24 D-VAR based interconnection system modules for the 206 MW Collgar Wind Farm in Western Australia.

Siemens delivers 208 MW worth of wind turbines

Siemens will deliver 208 MW worth of wind turbines to two wind projects – one in Germany and one in Canada.

REpower supplies wind turbines to Poland and Italy

REpower will deliver 15 wind turbines to Poland and 18 wind turbines to Italy, totalling 67.65 MW.

Ontario signs 184 more contracts in renewable energy

Ontario in Canada will generate C$9 billion in private sector investment and create 20,000 jobs from new contracts for renewable energy projects.

US wind energy supplies 2.4 million homes

The US wind energy industry employs 85,000 people, according to the annual industry market report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

WinWinD opens wind turbine manufacturing plant in Finland

WindWinD says its new wind turbine facility, based in Hamina, Finland will produce 3 MW wind turbines and increase its total capacity potential tenfold.

138 MW wind project in Manitoba, Canada

Pattern Energy Group LP and Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board have entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the 138 MW St. Joseph wind farm in the Manitoba community of St. Joseph.

Vestas supplies wind turbines to USA, Australia and Turkey Vestas supplies wind turbines to USA, Australia and Turkey

Vestas has announced three wind turbine supply deals to the USA, Australia and Turkey over recent weeks totalling up to 460 MW.

Mariah Power becomes Windspire Energy

Mariah Power, developer of the Windspire® vertical axis wind turbine, is changing its name to Windspire Energy, Inc.

UK wind energy radar mitigation funding

The UK Government has pledged £4 million to a partnership to fund a new radar system for the Greater Wash to address wind turbine interference.

Virginia Governor signs renewable energy legislation

The Governor of Virginia has signed renewable energy legislation aiming to make the state ‘the energy capital of the east coast.’