Wind power News for February 2011

Wind power News Archive

Gode Wind II offshore wind farm nearer construction Gode Wind II offshore wind farm nearer construction

PNE WIND AG is closer to construction of the 252 MW Gode Wind II offshore wind farm in the German North Sea zone – and Vestas confirms its position as wind turbine supplier.

Superconductor for hydropower – and potentially wind

Converteam has developed a high temperature superconducting hydropower generator that could also be transferred for wind power applications.

Danish 2050 energy strategy focuses on wind and bioenergy

The Energy Strategy 2050 looks at how Denmark could become independent from coal, oil and gas by 2050 and significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, using more renewable energy.

Gamesa’s 2010 hit by financial crisis

Gamesa saw a 54% dip in net profits to €50 million in 2010 compared to 2009, as the financial crisis impacted demand.

Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm confirmed

DONG Energy has confirmed the development of its 320 MW offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1 off the coast of Germany, representing an investment of around €1.25 billion.

Gamesa to supply E.ON with offshore wind technology

The wind turbine manufacturer will install its specialist offshore wind equipment in 2012.

Permit granted for first Finnish offshore wind farm

Finnish authorities grant a water permit to the Suurhiekka wind farm, the country’s first offshore wind project.

Eco Marine on-board solar and wind system for ships

The ship-based Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System is being developed by Eco Marine Power.

Location announced for 900 MW offshore wind farm Location announced for 900 MW offshore wind farm

Eneco will builds a 900 MW offshore wind farm off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, UK.

Good response to EU funding call for renewable projects

The UK Energy Minister has seen a strong interest in marine energy technology for the European fund.

Vattenfall contracts turbine vessel for offshore wind farm

The vessel will be used to transport and install wind turbines for an offshore wind farm in Germany.

Wind map of Lebanon Wind map of Lebanon

A wind map of Lebanon has been developed by GL Garrad Hassan to support the country’s emerging wind industry.

Updated: Vestas joins floating offshore wind turbine project Updated: Vestas joins floating offshore wind turbine project

Vestas has joined the WindFloat Project for floating offshore wind turbine platforms using a semi-submersible structure.

UK wind industry windfall to communities

The UK wind industry has agreed on a protocol on payments from wind farms to community benefit funds specifying a £1000 minimum payment per year per MW of installed power over the lifetime of a wind farm, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will announce today.

Gamesa develops 600 MW of wind in China

Gamesa will develop 600 MW of wind projects in the Jilin province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China with two Chinese partners.

£5m to UK small wind project

Wind turbine manufacturer quietrevolution receives £5 million in project financing from Hazel Capital for the deployment of its qr5 wind turbine.

Proven Energy and Shetland Wind Power form partnership

Shetland Wind Power has agreed to exclusively sell Proven Energy products in the small wind energy sector.

Vestas confirms 200 MW Arise Windpower talks

Vestas has issued a statement confirming rumours that it is in talks with Swedish Arise Windpower for a 200 MW wind power project in Sweden.

Humber Gateway 230 MW offshore wind farm go-ahead

The 230 MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm off Yorkshire, UK, has been given planning approval by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Vestas profit up 25% despite tough 2010

Vestas saw a 25% increase in profits to €156 million in 2010 despite having a “tough year”.

Step forward for Argentinean wind industry

International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has signed an agreement with Argentinean renewable company Nowa Energía.

Gamesa seeks offshore turbine spots on Spanish wind farm

Gamesa is hoping to install four wind turbines in an experimental Spanish offshore station.

LM Wind Power develops blade for Alstom offshore turbine LM Wind Power develops blade for Alstom offshore turbine

LM Wind Power is developing what it calls “the world’s longest wind turbine blade every produced” for Alstom’s 6 MW offshore wind turbine.

Onshore wind mapping resource for the UK

Renewable energy consultancy, GL Garrad Hassan, launches a wind resource map of Great Britain in order to meet the renewed onshore wind activity since feed-in tariffs were introduced last year.

Alstom offshore topside and substructure for Borkum West II wind farm

Alstom Grid will construct an offshore topside and substructure to hose the electrical offshore substation for at Borkum West II offshore wind farm for Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum GmbH & Co KG.

Large wind turbines test site opens in the Netherlands Large wind turbines test site opens in the Netherlands

A wind turbine test site for prototyping and certificaion, said to be the largest in Europe, has opened in the Netherlands.

Iberdrola secures half of Hungary’s wind energy market

Three wind farms in Hungary have been sold to Spanish company Iberdrola Renovables.

Romax Wind Business Centre in India

Romax Solutions Pvt Ltd has opened a Wind Business Centre in Chennai, India.

Revised design practice for offshore monopile wind turbine foundations Revised design practice for offshore monopile wind turbine foundations

A joint industry project (JIP) led by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has looked at offshore monopile wind turbine structures to improve the calculation of the axial load capacity and to review current design practices.

Juwi expands into South Africa and Chile

Wind, solar and bioenergy developer Juwi has opened subsidiaries near Cape Town and Santiago.

Risø improves wind turbine blade testing Risø improves wind turbine blade testing

Risø DTU is looking into ways of improving wind turbine blade testing with partners from the across the industry with the aim of improving wind turbine blade structures and design.

REpower sees net profit fall in 9M period

REpower saw its net profit fall 18.4% to €26.2 million for the first 9 months of the fiscal year ending March 2011.

Asia leads global wind power growth Asia leads global wind power growth

Asia leads the growth in global wind power, which grew 35.8 GW in 2010 bringing total global capacity to 194.4 GW – up 22.5% from 2009, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says.

Australian renewable industry held back by politics

Lack of a cohesive national policy is restricting the development of renewable energy in Australia, according to Datamonitor.

Gamesa India strengthens local wind turbine supply chain

Gamesa India has met with 52 of its wind turbine component suppliers “to make progress on standards for quality, response capability and the development of efficiency improvement solutions.”

LM Wind Power signs UN Global Compact

LM Wind Power has signed the United Nations Global Compact and pledges to become ‘greener and cleaner’ in its operations.

UK wind energy employment rises 91%

The number of people employed in the wind energy industry in the UK has risen by 91%, according to a study by RenewableUK.

Suzlon in 1 GW wind power deal in India

Suzlon will deliver 1 GW of wind turbines to Caparo Energy (India) Ltd (CEIL) for wind power projects to be developed in India by March 2013.

Cabling started at Ormonde offshore wind farm

Vattenfall has started the cable laying process to connect the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm to the UK national grid.