Category: Articles

UK fires up global renewables market

In this exclusive column, written especially for PES, Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment, argues that Great Britain serves as an excellent springboard for renewables growth across the world. {pagebreak} The global energy sector currently represents one of the most exciting export opportunities for UK companies. UK energy companies already generate revenues… Read more »

Cutting costs to keep value

Economic news makes for grim reading these days, and we have entered a new era of corporate austerity. Cost-cutting has become a major focus and belts are being tightened across the board. {pagebreak} For those charged with slashing expenditure it is tempting to simply rush around rationing the stationery, instituting redundancies and slashing the IT… Read more »

Our aim is to be the number one wind project ..

Our aim is to be the number one wind project logistics provider in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries Silvasti is a freight forwarder that specialises in oversized, heavy and project cargo. The company provides total logistics solutions for the most challenging transports and installations – especially for the wind industry. {pagebreak} Here, Director Matias Setälä… Read more »

Energy and the environment: an essential report

12 hours before this magazine went to press, the European Environment Agency published its annual Energy and Environment Report. This wide-ranging snapshot of the industry today is essential reading for executives throughout the renewables industry. PES is proud to present an exclusive extract… {pagebreak} 1 What is the impact of energy production and use on… Read more »

Renewable energy will grow despite the global ..

Renewable energy will grow despite the global financial crisis Xxx, xxx for Intellifast discusses his company’s bolt tightening systems and takes a look at the wind industry from a wider perspective. {pagebreak} PES: Welcome back to the magazine. For the benefit of our new readers, can you describe what Intellifast does, and how its products… Read more »

New trade group aims to meet needs of PV ..

New trade group aims to meet needs of PV manufacturers and suppliers The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA), founded just last year, is an independent organisation of 70 manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials used in PV ingot, wafer, cell (crystalline and thin-film), and panel manufacturing. {pagebreak} The association’s… Read more »

Wind energy will be one of our core businesses ..

Wind energy will be one of our core businesses in the future As one of the industry’s biggest players, with a formidable record for investment in research and development, Emerson Network Power has just enjoyed a record trading year. {pagebreak} Jeky Li Gang, International Sales, Department Of Wind Power Product, talks to PES about the… Read more »

More renewables power to the energy mix

Growth in energy demand combined with the increasing deterioration of existing energy networks, means energy generation and management are now vitally important. The International Energy Agency’s ‘alternative scenario’ commissioned by the G8 reported that most OECD countries are at a critical point in their energy investment cycles, with the need for replacement enabling them to… Read more »

Life with us is never boring

PRZ Peters Personal GmbH is a recruitment and staffing company with its headquarters in Schenefeld, near Hamburg, and branches in Borken, Dortmund, Hanover, Glauchau, Lübeck, Rostock and Siegen. PRZ Peters Personal GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of PRZ Zeitarbeit GmbH, founded in 1999 by Ralf Peters, is an expanding company with its main focus on aviation,… Read more »

Automating Solar Manufacturing ..

Automating Solar Manufacturing: Taking Advantage of Lessons Learned Solar Energy and Grid Parity There’s no doubt that the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is hot. According to Solarbuzz, LLC an international solar energy research and consulting company, world solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations reached a record high of 2,826 megawatts (MW) in 2007, representing a growth… Read more »

Dedicated to carrying wind turbine components

Gerhard Janssen, General Manager Marketing & Sales for global shipping group, Rickmers-Linie, talks to PES about his company’s proud heritage and its turbine carriage solutions. PES: Welcome to PES. Firstly, can you tell us a little about the history of your company? {pagebreak} Gerhard Janssen: Rickmers-Linie’s roots date back to the year 1834, when Rickmer… Read more »

Wind And Solar In The Carbon Market ..

WIND AND SOLAR IN THE CARBON MARKET – CURRENT STATUS AND OUTLOOK During the first two weeks of December 2008, Poznan, Poland’s fifth largest city, hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 14) to the United Nation Framework Convention on Client Change (UNFCCC). {pagebreak} The negotiations… Read more »

Powering ahead in bespoke shipping solutions

Jens Meilvang of BBC Chartering tells PES how his firm has managed to carve a niche as one of the world’s leading wind turbine shipping providers. Almost since its launch, BBC Chartering has made a name for itself as a global leader in providing bespoke shipping solutions for equipment required in the generation of energy… Read more »

The Mediterranean Solar Plan A Necessity

The Mediterranean Solar Plan – a necessity, not an option Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, makes an impassioned plea for the diversification of solar initiatives in Europe. {pagebreak} When Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in 2006, European supplies were not seriously affected. When it did so this year,… Read more »

Danvest Wind Diesel Systems ..

Danvest Wind Diesel Systems for off-Grid power supply Words: Soren Qvist Vestesen, DANVEST Energy A/S With reference to my earlier PES articles from last year, I would like to follow up by discussing a long-term remote adjustment and operation at a commercial wind diesel plant. {pagebreak} Wind power is the cleanest and cheapest energy to… Read more »

The critical role of gas and chemical suppliers in PV cell manufacture

Gases and chemicals contribute a significant part of the bill of materials for PV cells, and as the industry grows, material suppliers will face a number of key challenges to meet demand. Kaytie Lilley of Linde Electronics offers PES an illuminating view of the sector.   The production of photovoltaic (PV) electricity has doubled every… Read more »

My vision

In this enlightening interview, Jens Meilvang, Executive Officer Wind Power Division for BBC Chartering, puts forward his personal take on the current state of the industry and looks to the future…  PES: How did you come to be involved in the transportation of renewable industry products? {pagebreak} Jens Meilvang: It all started with a management… Read more »

Oil price hike is good news for wind power

With oil prices reaching record levels and natural gas doubling in price over the last two years, the main beneficiaries are wind power and the environment. Manel Romeu Belles, of Danish turbine company Vestas, looks at how the harnessing of the wind is becoming a complement to oil and gas. {pagebreak} Over the last few… Read more »

Turnkey wind-diesel for continuous operation

In this technical article, Soren Qvist Vestesen of Vestesen A/S – a veteran PES contributor – further outlines the benefits of a Danvest wind–diesel system. Danvest Wind Diesel SystemsWith reference to my earlier PES article from earlier this year, I should like to further describe the efficiency of the Danvest system for high wind penetration… Read more »

March of the robots felt in photovoltaic circles

Robots working alongside their human colleagues on a variety of production lines are now an everyday sight, and the photovoltaic industry is taking notice of the lower costs and shorter production times that the use of robots in industry brings. In this article, Rüdiger Winter, of German company Adept Technology, a global, leading provider of… Read more »

UPS solutions for wind turbines

UPS solutions for wind turbines – high performance in all weathers The performance and profitability of a wind turbine stands and falls with its operational reliability. Any fault or outage can cost the operator dear while also potentially impacting on safety; costly servicing puts an extra strain on budgets. Therefore, it is all the more… Read more »

Company forged in iron moves with the times

The German firm, Decker, started life as an iron foundry more than a century ago and has moved with the times ever since. In the late 1970s it began to supply etching equipment for the newly-emerging semiconductor industry and as this developed, so did Decker. Over the last 30 years it has created customer-specific equipment… Read more »

Taking on the challenge of grease lubrication in wind turbines

Taking on the challenge of grease lubrication in wind turbines Have you ever stopped at a wind turbine and been impressed at the sheer scale of the engineering challenges of constructing such a large harvester of wind energy? Developing and selecting the correct lubricant for these engineering monuments requires not only knowledge of lubrication solutions,… Read more »

12 months in solar dissected

Meyer Burger slices into the high-tech sector for success and sustainability Meyer Burger is a leading supplier of high-precision machines with wire saws, band saws and ID / OD slicing systems for cutting hard and brittle materials such as silicon, sapphire or other crystals into wafers, prisms and other shapes. The company’s offering includes various… Read more »

Keeping up with demand is the new PV challenge

It’s boom time for the photovoltaic sector and firms are increasingly finding that demand outstrips supply. This is the experience of Swiss–based Multi–Contact, who are working hard to beat the bottlenecks and ensuring their customers are being satisfactorily serviced. The global increase in the demand for electric power and the trend towards resource–saving energy production… Read more »

Bolt securing system slashes costs

Bolt securing system slashes costs and increases safety During the past decade it has become extremely important to optimise all aspects of product design. Competition is tougher than ever and steel costs have skyrocketed. For economic reasons each component must be utilised to its maximum capacity. Bolted joints became the centre of attention after recent… Read more »

STANGL & SINGULUS – a strong player in solar technology

The coming together of two German hi-tech companies in August of 2007 resulted in a synergy that can only benefit the ever–expanding photovoltaics industry as a whole. Han–Juergen Stangl outlines the expertise of both companies and explains how they will operate for mutual gain in the solar technology market. In an ever–competitive environment, SINGULUS Technologies… Read more »

Optimising the wind power drive train package

Combining a Permanent Magnet (PM) generator with a power converter in a wind power drive train is simple, but nobody integrates them into a totally optimised package the way The Switch does. The Finnish company is a forerunner in supplying tailored electric drive trains that meet each of its customerâ

BBC Chartering launches new logo

New Logo Reflects Dedication to Finding Simple Solutions to Complex Shipping Challenges.Leer, Germany – May 27, 2008 BBC Chartering, a recognized global leader in providing tailor-mad flexible shipping solutions for both heavy lift and project cargoes, introduced a new logo and graphic identity this week. This new design is a reflection of the company’s dedication… Read more »

Wind as a modern energy source

Wind as a modern energy source: The Vestas View.Wind is an energy source which can help the world’s largest and fastest growing economies to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and on imported energy. {pagebreak} Over the past couple of years, Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, has experienced tremendous growth, and the company… Read more »

Keeping the wind in your sails

With the steadily increasing share of wind power in the world’s total energy consumption, windmill fabrication is maturing as an industrial sector. Marcel Stemvers, European Marketing Manager of ESAB Nederland B.V, discusses the challenges that producers of wind turbine towers face today and the solutions that are being developed to address them. {pagebreak} Having originated… Read more »

Automated manufacturing set to slash solar costs

By ramping up production capacity while driving down unit cost through new mass-production technologies and strategies, solar power is poised to reach a much wider market.KUKA Systems’ goal is to pioneer automated manufacturing solutions, including robotized cells and integrated production lines that can be adapted to any type of solar-cell technology, so that a labour-intensive… Read more »

The brainchild of Belunga Shipping

The brainchild of Beluga Shipping and Sky Sails heads for success.MV “Beluga SkySails”, a multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier new-build that was christened on December 15th, 2007, and recently enjoyed its maiden voyage, is the world’s first modern merchant vessel to be co-powered by wind energy. {pagebreak} The 10,000-tdw carrier is owned, managed and operated by… Read more »

Taking wind turbines to new heights

Taking wind turbines to new heights Wind turbines are highly engineered and sophisticated machinery which may operate in wide ambient operating temperatures and extreme environments such as offshore. As a vital asset, it makes good business sense to protect it and prolong its life. Correct lubrication is a critical factor that has been recognised by… Read more »

Testing PV cells

Testing PV cells WACOM is a light source and lighting device specialist and one of the world’s leading solar simulator manufacturers. WACOM’s Lighting Device Division has provided Solar Simulator and I-V Measurement Systems for more than 20 years to almost all Japan’s PV makers as well as many of the main PV research institutions in… Read more »