Wind power News for June 2011

Wind power News Archive

Offshore wind in Europe a £2 billion/year opportunity for composites

A report commissioned by The Crown Estate, UK, and undertaken by BVG Associates, concludes that £2 billion will be spent annually on the manufacture of composite wind turbine blades for offshore wind farms in Europe by 2020.

ABB supplies wind energy storage to Falbygdens Energi

ABB will provide wind energy storage for Falbygdens Energi's power distribution network at a substation in Falköping, Sweden.

DONG, Bladt sign wind turbine foundations deal

DONG Energy and Bladt Industries have inked a framework agreement on long-term cooperation for manufacturing foundations for DONG’s upcoming offshore wind farms in Northern Europe.

Heliocentris acquires P21 out of insolvency

Heliocentris Energy Solutions has purchased all assets of the bankrupt P21 through a new subsidiary.

SSE sells 50% Doune wind farm stake

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will sell its 50% interest (36 MW) in the Braes of Doune onshore wind farm, Scotland, to a Climate Change Capital-managed fund for an overall cash consideration of £61.3 million.

European, Asian wind turbine OEMs to collaborate

Several companies are discussing fundamentally different strategies for either global outsourcing for components or internally combining manufacturing processes for wind turbines.

FIM acquires Mynydd Portref wind farm

FIM Services has acquired the 9.35 MW Mynydd Portref wind farm in Wales from Tegni Cymru Cyf (TCC).

Iberdrola and AREVA bid for French offshore wind zones

Iberdrola Renewables and AREVA will bid for two of the five offshore wind farm zones that will be launched by the French Government in July.

Bioenergy double in size from nuclear Bioenergy double in size from nuclear

Bioenergy is already around double the size of nuclear energy globally, according to the World Bioenergy Association

Australian renewable energy sector supports Senate wind inquiry

Australia’s renewable energy industry backs ‘The Senate Inquiry into the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms’.

DONG, ScottishPower to build West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm

DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables have agreed to construct the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the UK under a 50/50 partnership.

Wind turbine nacelle testing lab in Germany from 2014

A wind turbine nacelle testing facility is planned for 2014 in Bremerhaven, Germany, with backing from Federal and state governments.

Siemens supplies 108 offshore wind turbines to Duddon Sands

Siemens will supply 108 offshore wind turbines to DONG Energy and ScottishPower Renewables’ 389 MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.

Floating accommodation for offshore wind workers Floating accommodation for offshore wind workers

Svitzer UK and Sanderson Maritime have launched an offshore ‘hotel’ concept for accommodation for the offshore renewable sector.

Gamesa secures offshore wind centre site in Scotland

Gamesa has secured a site for its Offshore Wind Technology Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, which could see the creation of 40 jobs.

First foundation installed at Thornton Bank 2 offshore wind farm

The first foundation at 295 MW Thornton Bank 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium has been installed.

Ampere buys 39.6 MW wind portfolio from Hurrikan

Ampere Equity Fund, managed by Triodos Investment Management, has acquired a 39.6 MW portfolio of three operational wind farms in Germany from affiliates of Hurrikan Power Funding Holding GmbH.

WinWinD develops arctic wind turbines

WinWinD is investing €8 million to develop a 3 MW arctic wind turbine as part of a European consortium.

WinWinD builds 250 MW wind farm in India

WinWinD will supply, commission and operate a 250 MW wind farm in India under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Suryachakra Green Power.

Renewable energy link from Orkney to Scotland – under £1 per customer

To install cabling to enable the transmission of renewable energy from Orkney to the Scottish mainland could come in at an average annual cost of £0.92 per customer.

Wind powered ferry Wind powered ferry

Stena Line’s passenger ferry, Stena Jutlandica, has seen the installation of two small wind turbines to supply electricity to the ferry going between Sweden and Denmark.

REpower to supply 44 MW wind farm in Italy

REpower Systems SE will deliver 13 of its 3.4M104 wind turbines to Alerion CleanPower SpA for the 44 MW San Marco in Lamis wind farm in Italy.

Siemens supplies Chinese offshore wind farm

Siemens Energy is supplying 21 of its 2.3 MW wind turbines for an offshore wind farm in Rudong County, Jiangsu province, China.

Vestas V100 wind turbines to Sweden

Vestas will deliver 30 of its V100 2.6 MW wind turbines to Sjisjka Vind AB for a wind farm in Sweden.

GE’s 2.5 MW wind turbines to four wind farms in Sweden

GE will supply 40 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines for four wind farms in Laholm, Boxholm and Mjölby in Southern Sweden for Stena Renewable Wind Energy Company of Göteborg.

Siemens expands wind power business – investing €150m

Siemens plans to invest over €150 million over the next two years to expand its wind power business.

LM Wind Power announces 73.5 m turbine blade LM Wind Power announces 73.5 m turbine blade

The new LM Wind Power blade will be the longest composite blade structure in the world at 73.5 m (equivalent to a 24 storey building), creating an impressive swept area with a 150 m rotor diameter.

Wind could save €23.7bn in fuel costs in 2015

Wind power could avoid €23.7 billion in fuel costs from coal, gas and oil for electricity production in 2015, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Scotland commissions two wind farms

The 56 MW Mark Hill and 120 MW Arecleoch wind farms in South Ayrshire, Scotland, have been officially opened by ScottishPower Renewables.

Alstom supplies three wind farms to Brazil Alstom supplies three wind farms to Brazil

Alstom will build and service three wind farms in Brazil for Brasventos SA under a €200 million contract.

Base built for Narec marine energy test facility

A dry dock is being constructed in the North of England as part of a new marine energy test facility

WindMade appoints first CEO

WindMade, the industry initiative for the labelling of wind power, has appointed its first CEO, Henrik Kuffner, former Director General of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO).

SWAY offshore wind turbine prototype installed SWAY offshore wind turbine prototype installed

SWAY, which is planning to develop a 10 MW floating offshore wind turbine, has installed its first prototype off the coast of Bergen, Norway.

Vestas confirms Canadian wind turbine order negotiations

Vestas is confirming negotiations on a 300 MW wind turbine order for Canada.

Gamesa sells 30 MW Catalonian wind farm to Greentech

Gamesa is selling a 30 MW wind farm development in Tarragona, Spain, to wind farm developer Greentech Energy Systems.

Energetx Composites and Aeroblade establish wind blade manufacturing partnership

Energetx Composites of the USA and wind turbine blade designer Aeroblade of Spain have entered into a Manufacturing Master Supply Agreement through which Energetx will become Aeroblade’s manufacturing partner in North America.

Siemens installs 6 MW offshore wind turbine prototype Siemens installs 6 MW offshore wind turbine prototype

Siemens has installed the first prototype of its 6 MW offshore wind turbine, the SWT-6.0-120, with direct drive technology.

Hexcel lab GL approved for wind energy product testing

Hexcel has announced that its test laboratory at Duxford, Cambridge, UK, has been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for the mechanical and analytical testing of wind energy products.

Siemens UK to create hundreds of green engineering jobs

Siemens has announced the creation of up to 340 UK jobs as part of a new high voltage transmission project based in Manchester.

REpower’s net income down on difficult year

REpower saw a 4% drop in net income for the fiscal year 2010/2011 to €55.6 million, which has been a tough year for the wind power industry.

Further drop in wind turbine prices expected

Wind turbine prices will continue to drop as a result of persisent problems in the supply chain, according to a new report.

Ashland exhibits at China offshore wind show

Ashland Performance Materials will showcase its portfolio of wind energy products at the Offshore Wind China 2011 in Shanghai this month.

Evance small wind turbine gets conditional certification

Evance Wind Turbines’ R9000 5 kW small wind turbine has been granted Conditional Temporary Certification (Conditional Certification) by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC).

Clyde Wind Farm starts electricity production

The first wind turbine at the Clyde onshore wind farm under construction in South Lanarkshire, UK, has started producing electricity for the national grid.

Sorgenia and KKR form wind energy JV in France

Sorgenia (CIR group) and investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LP (KKR) have formed a joint venture (JV) for the production of wind energy in France.

GWEC: Global Wind Day celebrations on 15 June

On 15 June 2011, 'Global Wind Day', citizens from around the world can discover the benefits of wind energy while having fun, says the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Gamesa opens fifth wind turbine facility in China

Gamesa has inaugurated its fifth factory, which will assemble 2 MW nacelles for the G9X wind turbine range with an annual capacity of 500 MW, in China in the city of Da’an in Jilin province.