Wind power News for July 2010

Wind power News Archive

Gamesa H1 profit tumbles 65% - ends Bard negotiations

Spanish wind turbine producer Gamesa saw a 65% tumble in net profit in the first half (H1) of 2010 to €22 million.

Marine renewable energy could create 5000 Scottish jobs

By developing three regional offshore marine renewable energy manufacturing sites in Scotland, 5000 jobs could be created and £300 million generated for the Scottish Economy, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

Finavera and GE $7.5m agreement for Canadian wind power

Finavera Renewables Inc and GE Energy have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) under which GE fund up to C$7.5 million for Finavera’s Peace Region wind projects in British Columbia, Canada.

Industry reaction to DECC announcements

The renewable energy industry in the UK is positive overall, to the announcements from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Solar to eclipse geothermal in output

Solar power will generate 126 TWh of renewable power around the world by 2020, more than the 108 TWh to be generated by geothermal facilities, according to the latest International Energy Outlook 2010 from the US Department of Energy.

REpower Q1 result down 29%

Wind turbine manufacturer REpower says its result for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2010/2011 fell 29% to €204 million.

Wind measurement in the Gulf of Suez

Wind speed measurements will be provided by GL Garrad Hassan for the 250 MW Gulf of Suez BOO Wind Power Project.

OMM installs HVAC cables at BorWin1 offshore wind project

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) will install the high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) cables connecting the Bard Offshore 1 and BorWin alpha platforms for the BorWin 1 offshore wind project.

Siemens to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to grid Siemens to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to grid

Siemens energy, together with Prysmian, is to connect Nordsee-Ost offshore wind farm to the mainland power grid for the transmission system operator Transpower in a deal worth €500 million

Gamesa builds three Spanish wind farms

Gamesa will build three wind farms totalling 140.6 MW in the Castile-Leon region of Spain for Spanish wind power developer Esquilvent.

SMP inverter components approved for offshore wind SMP inverter components approved for offshore wind

SMP’s chokes for inverters in wind turbines have been approved for use in offshore installations.

Scotland and China cooperate on offshore wind steel structures

SeaEnergy Renewables Ltd (SERL) and Chinese Nantong COSCO Ship Steel Structure Co Ltd (NCSC) will develop and market steel structures for the offshore wind industry under a strategic cooperation agreement.

Record year for offshore wind Record year for offshore wind

Offshore wind is taking off in Europe with 118 new offshore wind turbines being connected to the grid in the first half of 2010, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

GL Guideline for certification of wind turbines updated

GL Renewables Certification (GL) has updated its guidelines for onshore wind turbines and components.

Siemens supplies 68 wind turbines Scottish onshore wind farm

Siemens Energy will supply 68, 2.3 MW wind turbines to SSE Renewables’ Griffin onshore wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

Theni I wind farm ready for connection

Theni I wind farm in India has seen the installation of its last wind turbine, and is now ready for grid connection, says developer Indian Energy.

Renewable energy surpasses fossil fuels second year in a row

Renewable energy topped fossil fuels and nuclear for the second year in a row in the USA and Europe in 2009, according to the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).

European regulator publishes crucial findings on EU wind integration

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has published a report that looks into the regulatory aspects of the integration of wind generation in European electricity markets.

Joint project gets €1.2m from the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Semiconductor manufacturer Semikron, PCS Power Converter Solutions and the Technical University of Dresden will investigate how to obtain greater yields from renewable energy sources.

Siemens enters Russian wind market Siemens enters Russian wind market

Siemens is establishing a wind energy joint venture (JV) with the Russian companies Rostechnologii and RusHydro where Siemens will retain the majority stake.

How to build a UK offshore wind powerhouse How to build a UK offshore wind powerhouse

The Coalition Government needs to act quickly and decisively to reaffirm Britain’s commitment to the development of offshore wind energy through confirming upgrades to port facilities, maintaining market stability and agreeing targets for energy production from wind, says RenewableUK.

Plans for Marine Energy Park in UK Plans for Marine Energy Park in UK

Able UK has revealed a £400 million plan for a Marine Energy Park on the South Bank of the Humber in the UK.

A2SEA buys offshore wind installation vessel

A2SEA has signed a US$139 million contract with Chinese COSCO Shipyard Group Co Ltd for the construction of a new vessel specially designed for the purpose of installation of offshore wind turbines.

UK microgeneration gets Government support

The UK Government will help communities become heat and power self-sufficient through the use of renewable microgeneration, amongst other things, says Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.

More favourable conditions for Hungarian wind power

Hungarian wind power has been hampered by grid connection issues, lead times and costs, but the new Government has ambitious plans to increase renewable energy, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

UK overturns ban on councils selling green power to the grid

A ban on councils in the UK selling green electricity into the national grid is to be overturned, UK Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announces.

London Array wind farm gets cash boost

Denmark's Dong energy will receive a £250m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to build the 1GW London Array offshore wind farm.

Could Sweden and Poland be key for wind in the EU?

A new study from Frost & Sullivan reveals that Sweden has the highest potential market growth in Western Europe, and Poland is (and will continue to be) the largest wind energy market in Central and Eastern Europe.

Share of renewables in new electricity generation capacity continues to rise

The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the EU Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy (IE), shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

Offshore Marine Management commissions "unique" O&M vessel

Subsea service specialist, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has instructed independent marine design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee to design a unique operation and maintenance vessel for the next phase of offshore wind farm development.

GE, Statoil, Lyse and Gothenburg Energy team up on offshore wind GE, Statoil, Lyse and Gothenburg Energy team up on offshore wind

GE plans to install up to five offshore demonstration wind turbines in Norway and Sweden through two separate partnerships.

£10 million grants for UK offshore wind technology announced

The first round of grants since the UK's Budget for developing next-generation offshore wind technology have been announced by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.

No link between wind turbines and health: report

There is no evidence that wind turbines have a direct adverse effect on human health, according to an independent study by Australia’s National Health & Medical Research Council.

Indian firm wins prize for solar lighting

D Light Design of India was selected as the overall Gold Award winner in the 2010 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

Renewables must generate 50% of global electricity: IEA

Renewable energies must generate almost half of the world’s power by 2050, up from the current level of 18%, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Long fibre thermoplastic improves performance of small wind turbine blades Long fibre thermoplastic improves performance of small wind turbine blades

Hunan ZKenergy Wind Power Industrial Technology Co Ltd of China designs and manufactures affordable, small-scale wind turbines suitable for off-grid locations. The company uses a very long glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite from RTP Company to injection mould the turbine blades.

Foundations for Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm Foundations for Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm

The first foundation for the 317 MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm has been installed off the coast of Norfolk, UK.