Wind power News for October 2010

Wind power News Archive

Q3 2010 – Winds up in North American and down in Europe

3TIER’s wind performance maps for the third quarter of 2010, show that in general, North American winds were up, whereas European winds were down.

Siemens supplies 260 wind turbines to Europe

Siemens has concluded a framework agreement with Enel Green Power for the supply and maintenance of up to 260 wind turbines with a capacity of 600 MW for European onshore wind farm projects.

New contracts to boost Chinese wind industry

Spanish wind farm manufacturer Gamesa receives new contracts in China to supply 197 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 251 MW.

Construction of 50.4 MW wind farm for India

Indian Energy has entered into an agreement with Suzlon Energy Ltd. for the construction of a 50.4 MW wind farm at Tejuva in the state of Rajastan.

Progress made on UK wind turbine test site

UK's Narec is developing an offshore wind farm site in the North Sea comprising up to 20 'pods' at which tenants may deploy their prototype or pre-commercial wind turbines and foundations.

Alstom powers 80 MW of wind in France Alstom powers 80 MW of wind in France

Alstom says it will have installed 80 MW of its ECO 100 wind turbines in France by the end of 2010, across four wind farms.

Potential for deep-water floating offshore wind turbines Potential for deep-water floating offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind turbines could be sited in deeper water off the UK coast using floating foundations, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

Vestas’ Q3 profit falls 23.6% - lays off 3000

Vestas says 3000 jobs could be axed – mainly in Denmark – as the wind power market fails to recover according to expectations.

Gamesa opens global offshore wind headquarters in London

Gamesa will locate its global offshore wind headquarters in London with plans to invest up to €150 million by 2014.

UK to spend £60m on ports for offshore wind industry

The UK Government has announced £60 million in funding to establish offshore wind manufacturing at British ports.

WWEA: 16 GW of wind added in first half of 2010

The World Wind Energy Association expects global capacity to reach almost 200 GW in 2010 but calls for further improvements in national and International policies.

UTC buys remaining shares in struggling Clipper

Clipper Windpower has agreed to a US$223 million buyout by United Technologies Corporation as its struggles continue.

DSM launches polyester resin for wind turbine blade manufacture

At the China Wind Power show in Beijing, DSM Composite Resins launched a new resin for wind turbine blade applications.

Report: energy storage market for wind will reach US$1.1 billion by 2015

The NanoMarkets report concludes that there will be a growing market for energy storage systems that will remove some of the major obstacles to wind generation and create a business opportunity for such systems.

China’s future wind power could equal 13 Three Gorges Dams

China’s wind power can reach 230 GW of installed capacity by 2020, and its annual electricity output of 464.9 TWh could replace 200 coal fire power plants, according to China Wind Power Outlook 2010, a new report jointly released by Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Suzlon selects MSC.Software to improve design of wind turbine blades

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Blade Technology has chosen MSC.Software simulation products for the design of its next generation of composite wind turbine blades.

Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding team up on offshore wind turbine technology Gamesa and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding team up on offshore wind turbine technology

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa and the shipbuilding division of US defence company Northrop Grumman Corporation have signed an agreement to launch Gamesa’s first prototype offshore wind turbine in the USA, and to jointly develop new offshore wind systems.

Forewind announces location of first Dogger Bank tranche

Tranche A, covers an area of 2000 km (squared) and lies in the south west section of the Dogger Bank Zone in the UK, closest to land.

Wind power to provide a fifth of world’s electricity by 2030

Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22% by 2030, according to a study published today by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.

New small wind startup launches in the UK

Totempower Energy Systems Ltd – a cleantech start-up which aims to create small-scale wind turbines that are cheaper, more efficient, and easier to install and maintain than current models – has launched, with backing from City University in London.

China overtakes U.S. to become largest energy user

International Energy Agency (IEA) calculations based on preliminary data show that China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the world's largest energy user.

Replacement of M5000 nacelles at Alpha Ventus completed

The replacement of the six AREVA wind nacelles has been completed at Germany’s first offshore windfarm, Alpha Ventus.

Gurit doubles capacity for wind blade core materials in China

Gurit will double the manufacturing capacity for its PVCell™ G-Foam core materials in China. The products are designed for use in the manufacture of wind turbine blades for the Chinese market.

Controversy over high subsidies to UK wind power

A difference in opinions has become apparent as the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) oppose RenewableUK’s claims that very high subsidies to wind power are justified because the industry contributes to the UK’s security of supply.

Goldwind hopes to raise HK$7107m in IPO

Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd has announced its proposed listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) aiming to raise HK$7107 million.

Approved: Offshore wind farm for Sweden

The Environmental court has given wpd, a Stockholm-based wind power operator, the green light to begin construction of a large-scale offshore wind farm on Storgrundet, Sweden.

LM Wind Power expands site in Brazil

Independent manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, LM Wind Power, plans to expand its manufacturing base in Brazil.

Gurit launches wind turbine blade repair system Gurit launches wind turbine blade repair system

Gurit has launched its new wind turbine Blade Repair System RENUVO™ , comprising UV curing single-component resins and glass prepregs, UV lamps and associated equipment.

Alstom builds 24 MW wind farm in Turkey Alstom builds 24 MW wind farm in Turkey

Alstom will construct a 24 MW wind farm in Turkey for Eolos Wind Energy Generation Co Inc, a subsidiary of Güris Construction and Engineering Co Inc.

Vestas joins hydrogen refuelling project

Vestas Wind Systems AS has joined ITM Power’s Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) of its transportable high pressure refuelling unit (HFuel).

GE and Harbin tap into US$13bn Chinese wind energy market

GE and Harbin Electric Machinery Co Ltd (HEC) have set up a joint venture (JV) to manufacture and supply wind turbines to customers in China.