Wind power News for June 2010

Wind power News Archive

Fugro measures underwater noise Fugro measures underwater noise

Fugro, a provider metocean services, has teamed up with underwater acoustics company JASCO Applied Sciences to provide measurement of underwater noise and allied consultancy.

SmartestEnergy and Vattenfall PPA for 41.4 MW Scottish wind farm

SmartestEnergy, a UK purchaser and supplier of electricity, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd for the 41.4 MW Edinbane wind farm on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Siemens becomes partner in offshore wind park installer A2SEA

Siemens will have a 49% stake in A2SEA A/S, a Danish supplier of installation services for the construction of offshore wind farms.

Offshore wind developers need to standardise contracts

The offshore wind industry is urged to move towards standardised contracts to reduce risk and save project time, say energy consultancy Xodus Group and legal advisors Shepherd and Wedderburn.

REpower reaches 1 GW of wind power in France REpower reaches 1 GW of wind power in France

REpower Systems AG has reached 1 GW of installed wind power capacity in France, where the wind turbine manufacturer has installed around 500 wind turbines since 2002.

Siemens connects Lincs offshore wind farm to UK grid

Siemens will implement the grid connection for the 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm in the UK in a deal worth £101 million (~€120m).

Forecasting and operational data streamed live from offshore wind farm Forecasting and operational data streamed live from offshore wind farm

E.ON's Climate & Renewables Operations Team will stream live wind data from its Robbin Rigg offshore wind farm using Natural Power’s ZephIR lidar.

Vestas delivers 142 MW of wind turbines to Canada

Vestas will deliver 44 of its V100-1.8 MW and 35 of its V90-1.8 MW wind turbines to Capital Power Corporation for its proposed Quality Wind Project in British Columbia, Canada.

JV builds 60 wind farm crew transfer vessels JV builds 60 wind farm crew transfer vessels

Offshore Wind Power Marine Services Ltd (OWPMS) and the Brook Henderson Group have formed a joint venture (JV) to build 60 crew transfer vessels for offshore wind farm construction and operation & maintenance (O&M).

Gamesa wind turbines get GL certification

Gamesa’s G90 Class II wind turbine has been certified by GL Renewables Certification (GL).

Australia can have 100% renewable energy in a decade

A combination of energy efficiency, fuel-switching and a combination of commercially-available renewable energy technologies could allow 100% of Australia’s energy needs to be met with renewable sources, according to a new report.

DONG builds 400 MW offshore wind farm in Denmark DONG builds 400 MW offshore wind farm in Denmark

DONG Energy has been awarded the concession to build the 400 MW Anholt offshore wind farm off the island of Anholt in the Kattegat, Denmark.

Seajacks builds wind farm installation vessel Seajacks builds wind farm installation vessel

Seajacks International will build a self-propelled jackup wind farm installation vessel for Lamprell Energy Plc.

APEC wants continued development of renewable energy

Renewable energy technologies are declining in cost but continued efforts are required to further reduce this, according to energy ministers from the 21-country Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Dow introduces composite products at Wind Power Asia

Dow Formulated Systems will introduce its latest composite products for the manufacture of wind turbine blades at the Wind Power Asia trade show in China this month.

42 m long wind turbine blades flown to Denmark

Two prototype wind turbine blades GloBlades measuring 42 m have been flown from China to LM Wind Power’s facilities in Lunderskov, Denmark.

European 10-year R&D plan for wind power

The Spanish EU Presidency has launched the 10-year, €6 billion, ‘European Wind Initiative (EWI) – a research and development roadmap for the wind energy sector.

GL Garrad Hassan manages offshore wind research platform

GL Garrad Hassan’s WINDTEST Kaiser Wilhelm Koog GmbH will manage the offshore wind research platform in the Baltic Sea, FINO 2.

Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm commissioned Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm commissioned

DONG Energy has inaugurated the 172 MW Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm in the Thames estuary off the coast of Essex, UK.

Turkish wind consultancy joins Natural Power

The Turkish wind consultant re-consult is joining Natural Power following four years of cooperation under a framework agreement.

Indian wind farm qualifies for incentives

Indian Energy says the first 4.5 MW of its 16.5 MW wind farm at Theni has been registered under the Generation Based Incentive (GBI) scheme in India.

Ireland can accommodate 40% renewable electricity

The power system in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can accommodate the ambitious 40% target for renewable energy by 2020, according to Ecofys.

World Wind Energy Award 2010 to IRENA founders

The World Wind Energy Award 2010 has been awarded to the founding member states of the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA at the 9th World Wind Energy Conference 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Vestas opens office in South Africa – wind for football world cup Vestas opens office in South Africa – wind for football world cup

Wind turbine producer Vestas has established a permanent office in Johannesburg, South Africa to serve the emerging southern African wind energy market and to support the future development of wind energy in the region.

WinWinD delivers three wind turbines Estonia WinWinD delivers three wind turbines Estonia

WinWinD will deliver three wind turbines to Aulepa Wind Park for the Estonian energy company Eesti Energia by the summer of 2011.

It’s Global Wind Day It’s Global Wind Day

The Global Wind Day today, 15 June, takes place for the second time and aims to raise awareness for the benefits of wind energy.

Siemens to provide HVDC link for German offshore wind farms

Siemens Energy and Prysmian Powerlink will connect two North Sea offshore wind farms to the German grid using a high voltage direct current (HVDC) link for transpower.

EWEA predicts 10 GW of wind to be installed in Europe during 2010

The Brussels-based organisation estimates that this would take total installed capacity to almost 85 GW by the end of they year - an increase of 13%.

Emerging renewables to have more profile in next statistical review

The ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ does not include wind, solar or geothermal in its primary energy forecast, but these sources will be added next year because they are reaching “sufficient weight in a number of countries.”

Siemens to supply 80 turbines for ENBW Baltic Sea contract Siemens to supply 80 turbines for ENBW Baltic Sea contract

Siemens will supply German utility Erneuerbare Energien GmbH (ENBW) 288MW of turbines for the EnBW Baltic 2 offshore wind farm.

Wind energy industry foresees 250,000 new jobs in Europe by 2020

The belief that the European wind energy industry can make a serious contribution to green growth was backed by politicians of the left and right and trade unionists at a high-level meeting held in Brussels.

Scottish small wind research advocates larger turbine blades

The University of Glasgow and Gaia-Wind Ltd have released the results of research showing that larger blades are more efficient at generating electricity in lower wind speeds.

AMSC and Hyundai Heavy Industries expand wind power strategic alliance

The partners will develop a 5 MW full conversion wind turbine primarily for use in the offshore wind industry.

US remains most attractive country for renewables

The United States remains the most attractive country in the world for renewable energy, although it now ties the top spot with China.

NKE bearings for planetary wind turbine gears

Austrian bearing specialist NKE has developed a modular bearing systems for planetary gears in wind turbine gearboxes.

Vestas looks into offshore wind turbine foundations and energy management

Vestas is about to launch two R&D projects: cost-effective deep water foundations for large offshore wind turbines and an intelligent energy management system introducing energy storage into a wind power plant.

Moog supplies pitch control for offshore wind turbines

Moog Industrial Group will supply REpower Systems AG with electric blade pitch control systems for the RWE Innogy Nordsee Ost 1 offshore wind farm.

Biomass overtakes wind as champion in renewable energy

Biomass facilities have become a more attractive investment than wind and solar technologies, according to the renewable energy sector.

RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München and Siemens build offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr

RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München (SWM - Munich Municipal Utility) and Siemens have entered into a joint venture to build the offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr in the UK.

Onshore wind tops private equity renewable energy target – KPMG

Mainstream Renewable Power, has completed Private equity is getting ready for investment in renewable energy over the next year, according to a recent KPMG poll.

Nordex supplies 20 MW wind turbines to Northern Ireland Nordex supplies 20 MW wind turbines to Northern Ireland

Nordex will deliver 8 of its N80/2500 wind turbines to the Screggagh wind farm in Northern Ireland for DW Consultancy Ltd.

New study to look at how power is affected by blade erosion

3M has partnered with Rope Partner to conduct an in-field study on the effects of leading edge wind turbine blade damage.

18 wind power JVs in China

China Windpower and Liaoning Energy will establish 18 new joint ventures (JVs) in Chaoyang, Liaoning Province, China, for the development of 900 MW of wind power projects.

NRG Systems and Wireless Innovation introduce wireless service for wind measurement

Touted as an industry-first, the service streamlines wireless account management for wind measurement campaigns.

AMEC JV to construct Canadian wind farm

AMEC and its 50:50 joint venture (JV) partner, Black & McDonald, will engineer, procure and construct the Catham Wind Power project in Catham-Kent, Ontario, Canada for Kruger Energy.

Multibrid offshore wind now fully owned by AREVA

AREVA has bought the remaining 49% of German offshore wind turbine manufacturer Multibrid, which becomes AREVA Wind.