Wind power News for December 2011

Wind power News Archive

Gamesa and Iberdrola enter 3.8 GW wind turbine agreement

Gamesa and Iberdrola have signed a new framework agreement for a minimum of 50% of the total wind turbine fleet Iberdrola buys for its renewable energy business on Spanish and international markets between 2013 and 2022 – or until reaching a total of 3.8 GW.

Renewable energy provides 9% of UK electricity

Renewable energy sources generated 9% of the UK's electricity in the third quarter of 2011, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Bergey 10 kW wind turbine gets MCS certification Bergey 10 kW wind turbine gets MCS certification

SIAC Wind Energy's Bergey Excel-S 10 kW wind turbine has obtained MCS certification, qualifying it for use in the UK.

Gamesa sells two Spanish wind farms to Gas Natural Gamesa sells two Spanish wind farms to Gas Natural

Gamesa is selling two wind farms located in Lugo and Tarragona, Spain, totalling 42 MW to Gas Natural.

Nordex installs the first of its N117 wind turbines Nordex installs the first of its N117 wind turbines

Nordex is one step closer to series production of the N117/2400 onshore wind turbine with the installation of the first unit at the Stadum citizens’ wind farm in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

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BP exits solar business

According to media reports, the company is finding it tough to "make money" from solar.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to attend WFES 2012

The 5th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 16-19 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Bayer develops polyurethane composite for wind turbine blades

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has developed a new polyurethane-based composite technology for stronger, longer wind blades, said to improve fatigue and fracture toughness properties over current commercial epoxy-based systems.

Siemens supplies 288 MW offshore wind farm in Germany

Siemens Energy will build the 288 MW Amrumbank West offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Siemens and ABP submit application for wind power facilities

Siemens Plc and Associated British Ports (ABP) have submitted applications to Hull City Council for the development of facilities for wind turbine storage, handling, assembly and testing at the proposed Green Port Hull facility in the UK.

Siemens and Shanghai Electric form JVs for Chinese wind

Siemens and Shanghai Electric will set up two joint ventures (JVs) for the Chinese wind power market.

WiseEnergy Africa to manage 500 MW of solar and wind in Africa

WiseEnergy Group will manage up to 500 MW of solar and wind power projects in South Africa on behalf of ix:Africa, an impact investment fund seeking to raise €400 million to dedicate to renewable energy projects in Africa.

REpower supplies 35 MW of wind turbines to the UK

REpower will deliver a total of 35 MW of wind turbines for the 24.6 MW Hall Farm, developed by RidgeWind, and the 10.25 MW Earls Hall Farm, developed by RENERCO in the UK.

UK opens up Northern Ireland to offshore wind and tidal UK opens up Northern Ireland to offshore wind and tidal

The UK's Crown Estate has launched offshore wind and tidal stream leasing rounds to select developers to take forward up to 800 MW of projects in Northern Ireland waters.

EU funds marine renewables test centre network

The Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network (MaRINET) is a €9 million, EU-funded initiative to provide access to test facilities in specialist marine renewables energy centres across Europe.

First 2 MW WindFloat installed offshore First 2 MW WindFloat installed offshore

Principle Power Inc and Energias de Portugal (EDP) have deployed the first full-scale, 2 MW offshore WindFloat offshore wind turbine solution off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal.

Ampere Equity Fund buys 90% of 51 MW of wind farms in Germany

Ampere Equity Fund, managed by Triodos Investment Management, has acquired 90% of four onshore wind farms from DunoAir totalling 51 MW and an option to buy an additional wind farm with a capacity of 12.6 MW.

Clyde Blowers acquires wind turbine gear specialist Moventas

Clyde Blowers is acquiring the wind gear manufacturer Moventas Wind Ltd and the industrial gear manufacturer Moventas Santasalo Ltd for €100 million, following Moventas Ltd's bankruptcy filing this summer.

AREVA extends M5000 offshore wind turbine platform

AREVA Wind has extended its M5000 offshore wind turbine platform with the M5000-135, featuring a 135 m rotor.

Connection delays for German offshore wind farms

The construction of grid connections for German offshore wind farms in the North Sea is facing delays, says transmission system operator TenneT.

UK renewables industry welcomes Government’s vote of confidence

RenewableUK has welcomed a series of UK Government announcements giving strong support to the renewable energy sector.

EU offshore wind power could reach 141 GW

Seventeen EU countries have over 141 GW in total of offshore wind energy capacity built, under construction, consented, or planned in Europe.

Offshore wind market potential

Over €51 billion is expected to be spent on new offshore wind installations over the next five years, according to a new report by Douglas-Westwood.

Narec builds 15 MW offshore wind drive train testing facility

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has signed a £14.8 million contract with Shepherd Construction to delivery a 3000 m² building for offshore wind turbine drive train testing for nacelles up to 15 MW.

EIB funds Thanet Offshore Wind Farm

The European Investment Bank will provide £150 million of long-term funding to Vattenfall's 300 MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm.

REpower installs 6M offshore wind turbines in the Netherlands

REpower Systems SE will install two of its 6M offshore wind turbines for RWE Innogy near Eemshaven, the Netherlands.