Wind power News for March 2011

Wind power News Archive

Aiming for 20 MW offshore wind turbines

The European Union’s High Power, High Reliability Offshore Wind Technology (HiPRWind) project is looking into the development of up to 20 MW offshore wind turbines.

Scotland approves two 69 MW wind farms

The Scottish Government has approved a 69 MW extension to the Black Law wind farm and the 69 MW Blackcraig wind farm.

Vestas 7 MW offshore wind turbine Vestas 7 MW offshore wind turbine

Vestas has unveiled its 7 MW V164 offshore wind turbine, which could see the first prototype developed in 2012.

PNE Wind ups 2011-2013 EBIT forecast

PNE Wind is upping its cumulative EBIT forecast for the period 2011-2013 to €60-72 million as offshore wind activities increase.

Scottish plan for 5 GW of offshore wind

The Scottish Government has published a plan for offshore wind development in Scotland's seas, confirming that offshore wind power developments are viable in at least 6 sites that could total nearly 5 GW by 2020.

Vestas confirms negotiations for 400 MW wind contract

Vestas has confirmed it is in negotiations with a consortium planning a near 400 MW wind farm in Mexico.

Danish pension group invests in offshore wind farm

PensionDanmark and PKA will acquire 50% of the Anholt offshore wind farm for DKK6 billion from DONG Energy.

REpower sells logistics subsidiary

REpower Systems AG is selling the major assets of its logistics subsidiary Windenergie Logistik GmbH (WEL) to Universal Windkraft Logistik GmbH (UWL).

ECN conducts large meteorological measuring of North Sea wind ECN conducts large meteorological measuring of North Sea wind

The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is to conduct a four-year meteorological measuring programme in the Dutch North Sea zones to aid the planning of offshore wind farms.

EWEA 2011: Alstom upgrades its 3 MW ECO 100 wind turbines

Alstom has upgraded its 3 MW ECO 100 wind turbines with a capacity factor increase of 8-15% across wind classes.

First wind turbine installed at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm

The first REpower 5M 5 MW offshore wind turbine has been installed at the 150 MW Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Cumbria, UK.

Scottish 47.5 MW wind farm gets planning approval

E.ON has been granted planning permission to build a 47.5 MW onshore wind farm near Garve in the Scottish Highlands.

Doosan invests £170m in Scottish offshore wind industry Doosan invests £170m in Scottish offshore wind industry

Doosan Power Systems will invest up to £170 million in the Scottish offshore wind industry over the next decade, which includes an R&D centre of excellence for renewables.

Sino-Danish cooperation on wind turbine blade materials Sino-Danish cooperation on wind turbine blade materials

The Materials Research Division at Risø DTU will develop the scientific basis and computational tools for the microstructural optimisation of wind turbine blade materials with the China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing.

Platina unveils Cyprus’ First Wind Farm

The €170 million project will reportedly provide 8% of the island’s electricity generation capacity.

AMSC pays Euro 190 million for power technologies company

"The Switch" is a leading supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages that capture power from sources such as wind and solar.

Few shadow flicker issues from wind turbines in the UK

A study has found that there have not been extensive issues with shadow flicker from wind turbines in the UK.

EWEA 2011: 4.1 MW GE offshore wind turbine

GE introduced a 4.1 MW direct drive offshore wind turbine at EWEA 2011 in Brussels this week.

EWEA 2011: From scrap metal to wind turbines – the 2011 Poul la Cour Prize

The 2011 Poul la Cour Prize for pioneering wind energy work, was presented at EWEA 2011 to Henrik Stiesdal, Chief Officer at Siemens Wind Power, who built his first wind turbine from scrap metal in the late 1970s.

EWEA 2011: What does low-carbon mean?

At EWEA 2011 in Brussels, Belgium, the wind industry raised the question of what politicians mean when they talk about low-carbon energy as opposed to renewable energy.

EWEA 2011: Europe needs renewable energy targets beyond 2020

The EU needs to adopt binding renewable energy targets for 2030 to ensure long-term investment, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Wind turbine blades based on ASA resin Wind turbine blades based on ASA resin

Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has developed its first small wind turbine based on a glass fibre reinforced ASA resin from BASF.

EWEA 2011: China could surpass 70 GW installed wind by 2015

China could surpass 70 GW of installed wind power in 2015 under the country’s new Five Year Plan, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

EWEA 2011: Vestas’ 6 MW offshore wind turbine to Gode Wind III

Vestas’ 6 MW offshore wind turbine, which will be presented later this month, will be deployed by PNE Wind at Gode Wind III of the German coast.

EWEA 2011: Alstom Wind goes offshore

Alstom Wind is going offshore with its new 6 MW permanent magnet direct drive wind turbine.

SGS provides quality control for Goldwind wind towers

SGS Industrial Services will provide quality control services of wind towers for Goldwind, based in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.

Renewable Energy Focus at EWEA 2011

The Renewable Energy Focus team is at the European Wind Energy Association's annual conference and exhibition EWEA 2011.

Robin Rigg offshore wind transmission owner announced

The operation of the transmission link for the 180 MW Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in the UK has been licensed.

38 MW Polish wind project gets underway

ACCIONA Energy begins construction of its first wind farm in Poland which is to be situated at Golice in the west of the country.

Moventas strikes Canadian wind deal with GDF SUEZ

GDF SUEZ will install Moventas’ wind turbine condition management system at three wind farms in Canada.

SSE and Marsh to save Skykon wind turbine tower plant

A joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Plc and Marsh Wind Technology Ltd seeks to save the Skykon wind turbine tower manufacturing and assembly plant in Campbeltown, Scotland.

Gamesa invests in Indian wind power market

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is expanding its presence in India by building new manufacturing plants and a wind power technology centre.

Statkraft opens 9.2 MW wind farm in Sweden

Statkraft has opened the 9.2 MW wind farm, Em, the company's first wind farm in Sweden.

ETI shows viability of vertical axis offshore wind turbines ETI shows viability of vertical axis offshore wind turbines

Vertical axis offshore wind turbines could provide an alternative to conventional horizontal turbine designs, according to the Energy Technologies Institute.

Global wind market to resume growth in 2011

A new report predicts that the global wind turbine market will expand in 2011, with an estimated growth of 18%, after the global growth in new grid connected wind capacity slowed in 2010.

WINDSPEED roadmap for North Sea offshore wind

EWEA 2011: A roadmap defining an ambitious, but realistic target and development pathway to 2030 for offshore wind in the Central and Southern North will be presented at EWEA 2011 in Brussels next week.

REpower intros 3.2 MW wind turbine at EWEA

REpower Systems AG will introduce a 3.2 MW wind turbine with a hub height of 143 m at the European Wind Energy Association’s EWEA 2011 in Belgium this month.

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Good Energy refits Delabole wind farm

The UK’s first commercial onshore wind farm has reopened following a £11.8 million investment.

PowerWind sells 10 wind turbines to Bulgaria

PowerWind GmbH has sold 10 of its 900 kW wind turbines to Bulgaria for projects around the Black Sea and inland.

Dongfang orders AMSC electrical control systems for its wind turbines

China’s Dongfang Turbine Co Ltd has ordered wind turbine electrical control systems for its 3 MW and 5 MW wind turbines from American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC).

Evoco achieves MCS small-scale wind accreditation

Evoco Energy’s 10 kW small-scale wind turbine has achieved Microgeneration Certification Sceme (MCS) accreditation becoming one of 7 wind turbines to be currently MCS-accredited in the UK.

SSE Kintyre offshore wind farm halted

Scottish and Southern Energy has decided to focus on the development of the Islay wind farm site instead.

Hexcel prepregs GL approved for wind blades

Two further Hexcel HexPly® unidirectional carbon fibre prepregs have been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in the manufacture of wind turbine blades.

Nexans awarded Danish offshore wind cabling contract

Nexans is due to start the production of 160 km of medium voltage cables for Denmark’s biggest offshore wind farm.

New global investment in renewable energy hit US$243bn in 2010

Global offshore wind and solar energy markets continued to grow steadily last year, according to Ernst & Young.

Gaelectric secures approval for Irish wind farm

Planning for Gaelectric’s 42 MW wind farm in Londonderry has been approved.