Wind power News for August 2011

Wind power News Archive

GE to develop 15 MW wind turbine?

GE Global Research is looking into wind turbine generators in the 10-15 MW range using MRI technology under a two-year, US$3 million project from the US Department of Energy (DoE).

Altamont Pass wind farm upgrades

Altamont Pass wind farm in California is replacing nearly 2000 of its wind turbines with 100 2.3 MW wind turbines from Siemens.

Natural Power's lidar matches performance in wind tunnel

Natural Power has demonstrated matched performance of its continuous wave wind lidar, ZephIR, to a calibrated wind tunnel as part of a Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation (DNATF) project.

Iberdrola begins installation of 400 MW offshore wind farm

Iberdrola Renewables has begun the installation process of the 400 MW Wikinger offshore wind farm off the German coast of the Baltic Sea.

Mainstream gets lease for 450 MW Scottish offshore wind farm

Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an Agreement for Lease (AFL) with The Crown Estate for the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scottish waters.

Natural Power promotes wind power asset management to Brazil

Natural Power and Inova Energy will cooperate on developing wind power asset management services in Brazil.

US: 24 governors wants Obama to focus on wind energy

A coalition of 24 governors from both major parties and each region of the USA wants President Obama to provide better conditions for wind power developments.

DTE Energy buys 120 MW of wind power

DTE Energy has signed a contract to purchase 120 MW from a wind farm in Tuscola, Bay and Saginaw counties, MI, USA.

UK wind generation up 131.1% in Q2 2011

UK wind generation more than doubled in the second quarter (Q2) of 2011, rising 131.1%, compared to the same period last year.

Neptune plans 500 MW offshore wind farm in the US

Neptune Wind LLC is planning a 500 MW offshore wind farm between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, USA.

Deutsche Bahn goes for renewable energy

German rail company Deutsche Bahn (DB) is increasing its use of renewable energy such as wind power as it aims to become CO2 free by 2050.

Giant 10 MW Britannia wind turbine scrapped

Clipper Wind Power has scrapped the 10 MW Britannia wind turbine project for the UK Round 3 offshore wind development.

Statkraft to build Stamåsen 1 wind farm in Sweden

Statkraft will build the 60 MW Stamåsen 1 wind farm in Sweden in addition to another wind farm already under construction in Central Sweden.

First Olsen buys majority of Universal Foundation First Olsen buys majority of Universal Foundation

First Olsen Ltd has acquired a 60% stake in the developer of the Bucket Foundation for offshore wind turbines and met masts, Universal Foundation A/S.

Southwest Windpower gets GL certification

Southwest Windpower has received GL Renewables Certification for its2.4 kW Skystream 3.7, 50/60 Hz small wind turbine.

Texas could beat Cape Wind in the offshore race

Texas could see the installation of the US' first offshore wind farm ahead of the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm.

UK Ford facility on 100% wind power UK Ford facility on 100% wind power

Ecotricity has erected a third wind turbine at Ford’s expanded Dagenham Diesel Centre in the UK.

Siemens and Van Oord supply EDF's Teesside offshore wind farm

EDF Energy Renewables has selected Siemens to provide its 2.3 MW wind turbines for the 62 MW Teesside Offshore Windfarm, UK.

E.ON orders 202 MW of wind turbines from Vestas

E.ON Climate & Renewables North America has ordered 112 units of Vestas’ V100 1.8 MW wind turbines, totalling 202 MW, for a project in the US.

Certification for third Proven Energy small wind turbine

The small wind turbine manufacturer has seen MSC certification of its third small wind turbine, the Proven 11, for the UK market.

Offshore wind operations base on Heligoland planned

RWE, E.ON and WindMW plan to construct a maintenance and operations base for offshore wind farms in the North Sea

Pattern agrees 870 MW wind energy deal in Ontario

The power purchase agreement with Samsung will provide energy from wind projects to the Ontario Power Authority.

WindMW completes financing for German offshore wind farm

The 288MW offshore wind farm Meerwind off the coast of Germany is expected to be completed by 2013.

Bord Gáis Energy and Natural Power agree wind farm deal

Under the deal in Ireland Natural Power will monitor Bord Gáis Energy’s wind farms in Ireland.

Data centre project looks to renewables

Researchers are aspiring to show that a network of wind and solar-powered data centres could transform the data and renewable energy industries.

ABB wins US$1b order for offshore wind connection

A 900 MW HVDC transmission link will connect North Sea wind farms to the German power grid.

EU wind power expected to triple by 2020

Wind power capacity will increase but EU member states will have vastly different growth rates, according to the EWEA.

TenneT awards offshore wind HVDC contracts

Prysmian and Siemens have won contracts for the HelWin2 project linking offshore wind farms in the North Sea to mainland Germany.

Canada’s renewable energy programme will not be renewed

The Canadian government has refused to commit new funding to a CAD$1.4 billion programme to fund renewable energy projects, according to Bloomberg.

Technip signs offshore MoU with Iberdrola

Technip has signed an offshore wind deal with Iberdrola at its new engineering centre in Aberdeen.

Gamesa posts €1,297m revenue for 1H 2011

The wind turbine manufacturer credits internationalisation and efficiency for increases in its income and revenue.

South Africa launches renewable energy programme

South Africa’s news 20-year plan calls for 42% of new energy generation capacity to come from renewable sources.

Vattenfall completes Ormonde offshore wind farm

The final wind turbine has been installed on Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm in Barrow off the coast of North-West England.

NextEra Energy posts rise in income

NextEra Energy Resources will continue to develop its wind energy portfolio as it announces its second quarter results.

German wind tunnel tests turbine components

The University of Stuttgart’s wind tunnel can test components of wind turbines for aerodynamic performance.