Wind power News for May 2010

Wind power News Archive

All-Energy: Cromarty Firth port becoming renewable energy hub All-Energy: Cromarty Firth port becoming renewable energy hub

Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) is becoming a renewable energy centre for import, logistics and storage of wind farm components.

AREVA T&D ensures Irish wind farm grid compliance

AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution will aid Airtricity achieving grid compliance for Dunneill Wind Farm in Co Sligo, Ireland.

OMM supply offshore wind subsea cables for Barrow and Burbo Bank

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has been awarded a contract for the survey inspection and remedial works for the Barrow Offshore Wind Farm export cable by BOWind.

Rave new GWEC Chairman

Dr Klaus Rave has unanimously been elected as the new Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) Chairman for a two year term, replacing Arthouros Zervos.

Global renewable electricity to grow 3.2% per year

The world will install 107 GW of green power by 2035, up from 44 GW in 2007.

Draka Offshore subsea cabels for Walney 2 offshore wind farm

Draka Offshore will supply the array cabling for the 183.6 MW Walney 2 offshore wind farm off the coast of Cumbria, UK, for Dong Energy.

SSE sells Scottish Ardrossan Windfarm

Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) has sold Ardrossan Windfarm Ltd, which owns and operates a 30 MW wind farm in Ayrshire, Scotland, to Infinis, a Terra Firma company.

Mainstream completes wind assessment campaign in Latin America Mainstream completes wind assessment campaign in Latin America

The company used Natural Power’s ZephIR lidar which, based at ground level, provides remote wind measurements from 10 metres to 200 metres.

All-Energy: Training, skills and standards needed for offshore renewable energy

Skill shortages, training and industry standards urgently need to be addressed if the UK is to fully harness its renewable energy ambitions, according to an EU funded study supported by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR).

All-Energy: Subsea UK calls for safety in offshore renewable energy industry

Subsea UK called on the offshore renewable industry to “seriously consider safety above all else” at All Energy in Aberdeen 19-20 May.

SeaEnergy gets offshore renewable energy grant

SeaEnergy PLC has secured a grant of £30,000 for a feasibility study into the service opportunities available in the expanding offshore renewable energy industry.

NRG Systems and Leosphere introduce second generation lidar

Used in site assessment and wind farm performance monitoring, the WINDCUBE v2 collects actual measurements at heights up to 200 metres, mapping the vertical wind component, wind speed and direction, turbulence, and wind shear.

First economic valuation of UK offshore resource points way to UK becoming net exporter of electricity

A new report from the Offshore Valuation Group concludes that the offshore renewable energy industry in the UK - using less than a third of the total available resource - could generate the electricity equivalent of 1 billion barrels of oil annually, matching North Sea oil and gas production.

AMSC supplies US$445m of wind turbine components to Sinovel Wind

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will supply wind turbine core electrical components worth US$445 million to Sinovel Wind Group Co Ltd.

Portugese wind farm commissioned

The 50 MW Barao Sao Joao onshore wind farm has been put into operation in southern Portugal by E.ON.

PNE Wind could invest £500m in UK PNE Wind could invest £500m in UK

PNE Wind UK Ltd, a PNE Wind AG subsidiary, plans to develop over 300 MW of wind energy in the UK.

500 MW Gamesa wind turbine plant in China

Gamesa is setting up a wind turbine manufacturing plant in China with an annual capacity of 500 MW.

Gamesa’s net profit fell 75% in Q1 2010

Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa’s net profit fell 75% in the first quarter of 2010 to €8 million in a difficult macroeconomic environment.

UK extends Round 1 & 2 offshore wind projects

The UK Round 1 & 2 offshore wind projects have been extended with an additional 2 GW by the UK Crown Estate.

Solar and wind chargers market helped by laptops and mobiles

Battery chargers using solar or wind power are paving the way for market opportunities in the European renewable chargers market, according to analyst Frost & Sullivan.

Latin America wind energy markets: 46 GW by 2025 Latin America wind energy markets: 46 GW by 2025

Led by Brazil, Latin America is expected to reach 46 GW of total installed wind capacity by 2025 with a 12.6% compound annual growth rate of yearly installations, according IHS Emerging Energy Research (EER).

BRE Trust helps position micro wind turbines BRE Trust helps position micro wind turbines

A report with guidance on the positioning of micro wind turbines on roofs of tall buildings has been announced by BRE Trust.

SBM Offshore wind turbine jack-up vessels

SBM Offshore N.V. subsidiary SBM-GustoMSC will deliver design supply of two offshore wind turbine installation jack-up vessels to Dubai-based Lamprell Energy.

Managing offshore renewable energy risks

Energy consultancy Xodus has developed a web-based tool for managing risks for offshore energy – including offshore renewable sources.

Wind turbine installation guide

A consumer guide for installing wind turbines has been launched by RenewableUK (former BWEA).