Wind power News for December 2010

Wind power News Archive

Suzlon and Idé-Pro improve wind turbine blade design

Suzlon Blade Technology and Idé-Pro Engineering & Software A/S have signed a three year contract under which Idé-Pro will deliver a complete integrated solution for the design of future wind turbine blades to Suzlon worldwide.

PGMM and Ampère Equity Fund buy stake in offshore wind farm

A consortium of PGGM and Dutch Ampère Equity Fund, managed by Triodos Investment Management, are buying a 24.8% stake in the 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm in the UK from DONG Energy.

NGenTec gets £2m for offshore wind technology

NGenTec Ltd has secured investment of £2 million from Amsterdam based SET Venture Partners and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Co-investment Fund for the design, manufacture and testing of its multi-megawatt offshore wind turbine generator technology.

SunPower closes €195.2m bond for Italian solar power plant

SunPower Corp has closed its €195.2 million solar bond issuance associated with the company's 44 MW Montalto di Castro solar park in Italy.

Health and safety advice for offshore wind farm Health and safety advice for offshore wind farm

Renewable energy consulting firm PMSS will aid REpower Systems AG with health, safety and environmental management of the 150 MW Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm in the UK.

European Offshore Wind Development Centre gets €40m from EU European Offshore Wind Development Centre gets €40m from EU

The proposed European Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland has been awarded a grant of up to €40 million from the EU through the European Economic Recovery Plan.

BayernLB finances Turkish 30 MW wind farm

BayernLB is contributing €26 million for the 30 MW Seyitali-Aliaga wind farm in the northwestern Turkish province of Izmir.

Nevis Capital acquires Shetland Wind Power

Private equity firm Nevis Capital has acquired UK small wind turbine installer Shetland Wind Power Ltd in a multi-million pound transaction.

COP-16: Wind power industry wants “urgent progress” in Cancún

Wind power can and must make a significant contribution to saving the climate, according to international wind industry representatives at the Global Wind Energy Council´s (GWEC) ‘Wind Power for a Low Carbon Economy’ conference at COP-16 in Cancún, Mexico.

Conergy sells off French and German wind project business

Conergy AG is selling off its German and French wind development and operating business to an investment fund managed by Impax Asset Management, as part of its programme to refocus on its core solar business.

Inishative 15 MW wind farm gets planning approval in Northern Ireland

Irish renewable energy group Gaelectric has received planning approval for a 15 MW wind farm at Inishative, near Pomeroy, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Samsung sets up wind blade and tower plants in Ontario

Samsung and partners is setting up a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Tillsonburg and wind turbine wind tower plant in Windsor, Ontario.

Converteam and SSE develop offshore wind technologies

Converteam and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will jointly develop fully direct current (DC) technologies aiming to reduce total cost of ownership of offshore wind power generation and distribution by 10-20%.

MoU signed for European offshore supergrid

An agreement to develop an offshore electricity grid has been signed by 10 Ministers from all the European North Sea countries.

Mitsubishi R&D hub for offshore wind technology to Scotland

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe Ltd (MPSE) plans to invest up to £100 million in an engineering facility to carry our research and development into offshore wind turbine technology in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Siemens sets up wind turbine factories in China and the US

Siemens has opened a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China, and a wind turbine nacelle production plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, as well as selecting Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada for a Canadian wind turbine blade site.

ROI and funding issues hampers European offshore wind

The offshore wind industry has moved from a niche market to a maturing industry, however securing funding and low returns on investment are major issues for players in this sector, according to KPMG.

Gamesa and Eolia develop wind farms in Mexico

Gamesa and Eolia Renovables de Inversiones will develop two wind energy projects in Mexico, for which Gamesa will supply wind turbines with a combined installed capacity of 324 MW.

Gamesa sets up wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil Gamesa sets up wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil

Gamesa will set up a 300 MW wind turbine nacelle facility in Brazil following a memorandum of intentions with Jacques Wagner, Governor of the Brazilian state of Bahia.