Wind power News for September 2010

Wind power News Archive

Hornsea offshore wind farm secures grid connection

The SMart Wind consortium, led by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures, has secured grid connection for the first gigawatt of its 4 GW Hornsea offshore wind farm off the Yorkshire coast, UK.

Offshore wind costs must and will come down

Offshore wind costs in the UK have risen significantly over the last five years, according to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), but they could be reduced in the future.

DNV confirms Vestas’ blade failure cause

Vestas says Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has confirmed that the wind turbine blade failure on the V112-3.0 MW on 8 September was due to human error.

Sweden builds wind power technology centre

The Swedish Wind Power Technology Centre (SVTC) has been set up to support the Swedish wind power industry.

Cambridge spin-out simplifies wind turbine voltage control

Amantys Ltd, a cleantech spin-out from the University of Cambridge, has simplified the design of medium voltage power systems using insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) for wind turbines.

Suzlon reaches 5 GW of wind power in India

Suzlon Energy Ltd has reached 5 GW of cumulative wind power installations for over 1500 customers across 40 sites in 8 states in India.

REpower installs 74.8 MW wind farm in Germany

REpower will deliver and install 22 of its 3.4M104, 3.4 MW wind turbines at the 74.8 MW Hohen Luckow wind farm near Rostock, Germany.

GE 2.5 MW wind turbines to Germania wind farm

GE will provide three 2.5 MW wind turbines for the expansion of the Groß-Santersleben Süd wind farm in Germany for Germania Windpark.

Husum: Gamesa O&M partner for 21 wind farms in France and Germany

Gamesa has won a €7.4 million operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for 21 wind farms totalling 163 MW from Iberdrola Renovables in France and Germany.

wpd buys Butendiek offshore wind farm

wpd has acquired 100% of the shares of Butendiek Offshore Windpark Holding GmbH from SSE Renewables Germany Holdings GmbH.

REpower sets up subsidiary for German wind energy market

REpower Systems AG has established a subsidiary, REpower Systems GmbH, to serve the core wind power markets in Germany and Austria.

Husum: PNE Wind completes Elze wind farm in Germany

Wind farm developer PNE Wind AG has completed the Elze wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany, consisting of four Enercon E53 wind energy systems with a nominal power rating totalling 3.2 MW.

SLR Consultancy aids Maltese wind farm

SLR Consulting will provide environmental services for the development of two wind farms in Malta.

Husum: Gamesa launches G9X 2 MW wind turbine platform

Gamesa presented its latest wind turbine platform, the G9X-2.0 MW, at Husum WindEnergy in Germany this week.

2010: GWEC looks to 200 GW mark

With close to 40 Gigawatts (GW) of new capacity added this year, the world’s installed wind power capacity is expected to approach 200 GW by the end of this year, predicts the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Scotland raises renewable electricity target

By 2020, 80% of Scottish electricity consumption to come from renewable sources.

UK wind hits 5 GW mark

The wind energy industry in the UK is today celebrating a milestone of 5GW of installed wind energy capacity.

Vattenfall inaugurates world’s largest offshore wind farm Vattenfall inaugurates world’s largest offshore wind farm

Vattenfall today officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 300 MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, off England’s south east coast.

nkt cables delivers offshore wind farm cables for Wales

nkt cables GmbH will manufacture and deliver four 132 kV sea cables for RWE Innogy’s Welsh offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr.

Husum: Finnish cooperation on wind turbine power train solutions

Wind turbine gear manufacturer, Moventas, and The Switch, a supplier of permanent magnet generators and converters, have developed a new power train solution for wind turbines.

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IMS: "Small three-phase inverters stealing the show, but for how long?"

The highest demand for PV inverters in 2010 will come from both the smallest and the largest three-phase inverters, according a recently released report on the market from IMS Research.

ENERTRAG orders 7 Vestas V112-3.0 MW turbines

The turbines will be installed at the Uckermark wind farm, next to ENERTRAG’s head office in Dauerthal.

Husum: GE updates 2.5 MW wind turbines

GE has introduced new models designed to increase annual energy production (AEP) to its 2.5 MW wind turbine series.

Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

The organisers of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy is seeking entries from "inspirational and innovative" local sustainable energy programmes from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Fire protection of Australian wind turbines Fire protection of Australian wind turbines

The 37, 3 MW Vestas wind turbines at Waterloo wind farm in South Australia, have been equipped with automatic fire protection systems.

Clipper Windpower is struggling

Clipper Windpower is struggling with falling sales and a shrinking cash holding, and the wind turbine manufacturer is now looking for further investment into the company.

Gurit launches blade repair system at Husum WindEnergy 2010 Gurit launches blade repair system at Husum WindEnergy 2010

Composite materials specialist Gurit will be showcasing its products for the wind energy market at the Husum WindEnergy exhibition in Germany this week.

Piracy in the European wind business

Svendborg Brakes A/S, a supplier of braking systems for wind turbines, has won a lawsuit against a competitor over copyright infringement of Svendborg’s brakes.

Planning approval for Irish onshore wind farm

Gaelectric, an Irish renewable energy company, has received planning approval for a 11.5 MW wind farm at Cregganconroe, Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Owens Corning unveils Ultrablade wind turbine blade fabrics

Owens Corning has unveiled its Ultrablade™ fabrics designed for the manufacture of longer wind turbine rotor blades.

Prysmian supplies cables for Welsh offshore wind farm

North Wales cable manufacturer Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd has been contracted by RWE npower renewables to supply and install a 132 kV cable for Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in Wales.

EU partnership to increase European wind power

An EU partnership to increase onshore and offshore wind power developments has been launched Scottish Energy Minister Jim Mather.

Draka Offshore designs Gode Wind II subsea power system

Draka Offshore will design the subsea inter-array power system for PNE WIND AG’s Gode Wind II offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.

REpower wind turbines to Sweden

REpower Systems AG will deliver three of its 2.05 MW MM92 wind turbines to Klågerup Kraft AB for a wind farm project near the city of Malmö, Skåne, Sweden; and sets up Swedish subsidiary.

Gamesa expands Chinese wind turbine manufacturing Gamesa expands Chinese wind turbine manufacturing

Gamesa is tripling its investments in China through 2012 to expand and adapt its manufacturing centre for the development of its new wind turbine systems.

Iberdrola to invest €4.8bn in UK clean and renewable energy

Iberdrola plans to invest €4.8 billion in UK clean and renewable energy over the period 2010-2012.

Risø completes wind resource mapping in China

Having spent four years mapping the wind resources of the Dongbei region, China, Risø DTU hopes the results will lead to the planning of productive wind farms.

Improved ports crucial for UK Round 3 offshore wind

RenewableUK has launched a national campaign to highlight the importance of investing in UK ports to enable offshore wind turbine manufacturing for Round 3.

Renewable energy growth in Portugal anticipated

An SBI Energy market study shows that Portugal is quickly emerging as a 'green' trendsetter through increased development of renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydropower resources at substantial financial costs.

Wind power delivers near 10% of UK’s electricity

Wind produced nearly 10% of UK electricity earlier this month setting a new record for wind power production in the UK according to data from the National Grid.

Vestas receives potential 1.4 GW of wind turbines order

Vestas has signed a global order for 400 MW of wind turbines with an option for an additional 1 GW from an undisclosed company.

Scottish 138 MW onshore wind farm begins operation

Fred.Olsen Renewables has commissioned the 138 MW Crystal Rig II wind farm in Scotland - making Crystal Rig one of the largest onshore wind farms in the UK

Update: Blade failure on Vestas V112 wind turbine Update: Blade failure on Vestas V112 wind turbine

A 7 m section of a blade on Vestas’ 3 MW V112 wind turbine has broken off, raising questions about the wind turbine manufacturer’s new flagship turbine.

IKEA invests in German wind farms

Gamesa, the Spanish wind turbine group, sells 6 recently developed wind farms in Germany to the IKEA Group.

PensionDanmark buys 30% of Danish offshore wind farm PensionDanmark buys 30% of Danish offshore wind farm

PensionDenmark is buying 30% of Nysted offshore wind farm in Denmark for DKK0.4 billion from DONG Energy.

Dow adds capacity for wind customers in China and North America

Dow Formulated Systems has announced plans to add capacity in China and in North America for its wind energy customers, with increased capacity for infusion products in China and for adhesives in North America.

Adopt a wind turbine! Adopt a wind turbine!

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has launched a campaign where you can adopt a wind turbine in Europe.

REpower to become an SE company

REpower Systems AG is in the process of transforming into a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE).

Alstom supplies €200m of wind turbines to Whitelee wind farm Alstom supplies €200m of wind turbines to Whitelee wind farm

Alstom will supply €200 million worth of wind turbines to Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) for a 217 MW extension to the Whiteless wind farm in Scotland.

Cam Elyaf roving receives GL wind certificate

Cam Elyaf's WR6 roving has received Germanischer Lloyd approval for wind turbine blade applications.

Gamesa supplies 258 MW of wind turbines to Brazil

Gamesa will supply 129 wind turbines totalling 258 MW for 9 wind farms in Brazil to be developed by Iberdrola Renovables.

BNP Paribas buys 20 MW Irish wind farm

A fund managed by BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners GP Ltd has bought Gortahile Windfarm Ltd which owns and operates a 20 MW wind farm in Laois, Ireland, from ABO Wind Ireland Ltd.

Irish firm constructs offshore substations for Welsh wind farm

Belfast-based Harland & Wolff will build the two offshore substations for the 576 MW Welsh offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr under a contract from Siemens.

RES reveal plans for Scottish wind farm

Renewable energy developer RES proposes an 11 turbine wind farm between New Luce, Kirkcowan and Glenluce, in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Sweden's largest onshore wind farm

Nordisk Vindkraft and HgCapital have inaugurated Havsnäs Wind Farm, located north of Strömsund in the County of Jämtland, Sweden.

Eurus constructs 59.8 MW wind farm in Norway Eurus constructs 59.8 MW wind farm in Norway

Eurus Energy Group has started the construction of a 59.8 MW, €140 million wind farm south of Stavanger, Norway.

GL Noble Denton evaluates London Array offshore wind risks

GL Noble Denton has won the contract to perform Marine Warranty Survey services for the 1 GW London Array offshore wind farm in the UK.

Greater Gabbard offshore wind turbine foundations installed

Installation of the 140 offshore wind turbine foundations at the UK Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm have now been installed, and 30 offshore wind turbines are in place.