Wind power News for September 2011

Wind power News Archive

Energy Composites and SSP enter wind turbine blade partnership

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) and Denmark's SSP Technology A/S are entering into a strategic partnership to establish a joint venture focusing on wind turbine blades for the North American market.

Siemens wind HQ to Hamburg

Siemens will open its Wind Power Division headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, in October, citing the city as “one of the world's most important wind power centres”.

UK's Mabey Bridge supplies wind turbine towers to EWT UK's Mabey Bridge supplies wind turbine towers to EWT

Mabey Bridge will supply wind turbine towers measuring 40-75 m to the Dutch wind turbine company EWT under a five-year framework agreement.

Cutting offshore wind costs by 25%

Dominion has received a two-year, US$500,000 grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to investigate ways to reduce the cost of offshore wind by at least 25%.

GE supplies 1.2 GW of wind turbines to North and South America

GE has secured 1.2 GW of contracts for its 1.6-100 wind turbine for wind farms in North and South America over the next two years.

Sinovel delivers 23 wind turbines to Brazil

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel, is delivering 23 of its SL1500/82 wind turbines to a 34.5 MW wind farm in Sergripe, Brazil, for Engevix subsidiary Desenvix.

Duke Energy plans 202 MW wind farm in Texas

Duke Energy Renewables will build, own and operate a 202 MW wind farm in Willacy County, Texas, USA, bringing Duke Energy's total wind power capacity to almost 1.8 GW.

Financing secured for 400 MW Anholt offshore wind farm

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and DONG Energy have signed a €240 million loan deal for financing the 399.6 MW Anholt offshore wind farm in Danish waters.

Minnesota wind farm secures long-term financing

The developers of the 20 MW Grant County Wind Farm in Minnesota, USA, have closed long-term financing for the wind farm.

Environmental studies underway for Humber wind farm cables

Thomson Ecology are carrying out pre-construction surveys for the 30 km cable route from Easington to Salt End, Hull, UK, for E.ON Climate and Renewables' Humber Gateway offshore wind farm.

Colorado's 250 MW Cedar Point Wind Project completed

The 250 MW Cedar Point Wind Project in Limon, Colorado, USA, has been completed by Enbridge Inc and Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas).

European supergrid would be beneficial for UK grid

Connecting the UK grid with neighbouring countries via a European supergrid would ease the balance of supply and demand, and enable increased use of renewable energy, according to the UK Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

LM Wind Power intros blade load service

LM Wind Power has introduced a LM e-Load online web service providing access to its wind turbine blade catalogue which could help manufacturers speed up the blade qualification process.

wpd and SEM join forces on offshore wind

wpd and Stadtwerke München (SWM) aim to increase wind power production in Europe through the joint venture wpd europe GmbH.

AMSC accuses Sinovel of IP theft and breach of contracts

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is taking a series of legal actions against its largest customer, Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd, accusing Sinovel of theft of intellectual property (IP) and breach of contract.

Proven Energy brought down by design flaw

Following the identification of a defect in its flagship P35-2 small wind turbine and the inability to obtain necessary additional funding, Proven Energy has been forced to cease trading.

Natural Power's wind lidar to Chennai, India

Natural Power has deployed a dual-mode ZephIR 300 wind lidar with the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) in Chennai, India.

Narec appoints three new board members Narec appoints three new board members

The UK National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has appointed three members of its senior management team to executive board positions.

RWE Innogy opens 16 MW Italian wind farm

RWE Innogy and FRI-EL Green Power have commissioned the 16 MW, €26 million Anzi wind farm in southern Italy.

Wind produces “record” amount of UK electricity

UK wind power has reached the 3 GW milestone for exporting electricity to the National Grid, according to RenewableUK.

Tackling the wake effect of wind turbines

A team of researchers have studied wind turbines' wake effect with the aim of increasing wind farm productivity, using Second Wind's Triton Sonic Wind Profiler.

Gamesa comes with the wind to Sweden Gamesa comes with the wind to Sweden

Gamesa has signed three new wind power contracts in Sweden in the last four months including 20 MW of the G9X 2 MW wind turbines to Triventus and Spanish Power, and two G58 850 kW turbines to Eolus Vind AB.

Pattern and Samsung buys 180 MW Canadian wind farm

Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy are acquiring the 180 MW Armow wind farm in Ontario from Acciona.

US saw good wind in Q2 2011, Europe less so

The US had an exceptionally good quarter with above normal wind speeds in the second quarter (Q2) this year, according to AWS Truepower LLC.

E.ON's 665 MW Rampion offshore wind farm nearer realisation

E.ON is a step closer to realise its planned 665 MW Rampion offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex, UK.

Nordex to install 20 MW of wind in Romania

Nordex has received its two first orders for a total of 20 MW of wind turbines for Romania.

UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff

Renewable energy microgeneration uptake in the UK is increasing with a 400% jump since the feed-in tariff was introduced in April 2010.

REpower presents 50 Hz MM100 wind turbine REpower presents 50 Hz MM100 wind turbine

REpower Systems SE is presenting a 50 Hertz version of its MM100 2 MW wind turbine for low-wind locations.

US pledges US$43m to spur offshore wind

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has pledged US$43 million over the next five years to speed technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the time-line for deploying offshore wind.

Southern Cross wind transmission closer to realisation

The Southern Cross high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line planned to transport wind power from Texas to south-eastern USA, is one step closer to realisation, Pattern Energy Group LP says.

Contracts finalised for 288 MW Butendiek offshore wind farm

wpd group has finalised the contracts for all four major works of the 80 turbine, €1.2 billion offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Brazilian wind power on the rise

Brazilian wind power deployments could exceed 5 GW by 2013 representing a five-fold increase from the current installed capacity, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Wind power forecast downgraded by 9 GW

Average annual global wind power growth has been downgraded from 11% to 10% in the period 2011-2016 in MAKE Consulting's Q3 2011 Market Outlook Update.