Category: Exclusive Articles

Quality assurance in wind energy

FORCE Technology is one of the leading consulting service providers within the wind energy sector. Innovative, forward-thinking and adaptable, the Danish firm has built its reputation on delivering highly-customised, high-quality inspection services. We caught up with Morgan Troedsson, Product Manager, Wind Energy Business Development, for an interview. PES: Welcome to PES. Can you begin by… Read more »

The search for better sensors

The common goal to increase energy efficiency is driving the development of ever more reliable pressure sensors for use in wind turbines, says Mike Powers. Maximising energy efficiency protects profit margins and strengthens businesses; it also satisfies our human need to know that we are all working towards sustainability. Pressure sensors have played a major… Read more »

Climbing to the top

Engineering knowledge and innovation are crucial in meeting the challenges of wind farm development, and meeting them safely. Hailo’s Managing Director, Winfried Czilwa, speaks to PES about how the company has gone from pioneer to being Europe’s largest climbing equipment manufacturer. PES: Welcome back to PES magazine. How has business been since we last spoke?… Read more »

Mastering power

A globally-operating company with manufacturing plants in the Netherlands and the US (and representative offices in England, China and Poland), Holmatro’s hydraulic products are used across the entire globe. We take a look at the company’s operations, and discover how it fits into the European wind sector. Since 1967, Holmatro has manufactured and supplied high-pressure… Read more »

Into the eye of the storm?

Unexploded bombs littering European coastal waters provide a dangerous new challenge for wind farm developers. PES examines all the issues surrounding this potentially explosive situation. The seas around Europe have been martially contested for hundreds of years and such warfare, in particular the Second World War, has left a potentially lethal legacy of unexploded devices… Read more »

Last Word

Despite the continued concerns over the visual impact of offshore wind farms, France is still pressing ahead with its ambitious plans for investment in wind energy; controversially proposing sites offshore of the D-Day landing sites. Elsewhere, 2020 renewable energy targets are looking easier for some than others, and new targets for the following decades are… Read more »

My vision

A valued member of the team at Ormazabal, Andoni Iturrizaga is well-known throughout the industry. But what’s not quite not so well-known, however, are his views on the sector and what drives him on to excel in his job. We caught up with the busy executive… PES: Thanks for your time today, can you firstly… Read more »

New era for EU biodiversity policy

With the number of European wind farms set to grow, a new EU strategy outlines how these installations can operate in economic and environmental harmony. PES presents all the salient points. The rapid expansion of wind farm installations in the coming years will bring many benefits to society, not least in reducing greenhouse gases. In… Read more »

Tycoon files objection to farm proposal

Donald Trump has written to Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond, regarding proposals to build an 11-turbine wind farm off Aberdeen Bay, 2km (1.2 miles) from his golf course. The US tycoon has said that his wind farm fight is for Scotland’s benefit and not just his luxury golf resort, which is nearing completion. A planning… Read more »

A comparative analysis of Maritime Spatial Planning in Europe

The EU’s SEANERGY 2020 project has an overall aim to provide policy, regulatory and planning conditions recommendations that can reduce barriers to the growth of offshore power generation from marine renewable sources. Here we present an extracted comparison of the Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) regimes in 17 EU Member States in relation to offshore renewable… Read more »

the evolution & development of medium voltage switchgear designed for special wind farm applications

A worldwide increase in energy demands and supportive renewable energy policies have been key factors in the growth of renewables over the last decade. Between 1998 and 2007, wind power’s installed capacity has grown by 30.4 per cent each year, and international organisations are expecting similar figures until the year 2030. The expected expansion of… Read more »

Editors note

Recently, published figures show that the wind energy industry is bouncing back from a disappointing 2010. The first half of this year shows a 72 per cent increase in generating capacity compared to the same time last year. However the grim, if not predictable spectre of the Production Tax Credit renewal is looming, and could… Read more »

Although Much Has Been Done Theres So Much More To Do

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) convenes international multi-stakeholder leadership to enable a rapid global transition to renewable energy. It promotes appropriate policies that increase the wise use of such energies in developing and industrialized economies, and its Chairman, Mohamed El-Ashry, has worked tirelessly to promote its successes and strengthen the… Read more »

Last word

After a relatively slow year in 2010, figures for the first half of this year show wind energy returning to growth. Strong political support from both parties, as well as increasing awareness within communities of the economic benefits of wind power developments, will hopefully make 2011 a strong year for wind energy. However, the impending… Read more »

Wind rebounds in Q2

US wind energy continued to rebound in the second quarter of 2011, with 2,151 megawatts (MW) of electrical generating capacity installed in the first half of 2011 versus 1,250 MW during the same time in 2010, up 72 percent. However, analysts at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) cautioned that without stable policy such as… Read more »

Ensuring long-term industry growth

It seems incredible, but the DOE’s Wind Program has now worked with industry and other partners for more than 30 years to advance both large and small wind energy technologies. PES takes a look at how the sector can grow yet further, to secure a larger market in the face of increased renewables competition. For… Read more »

Wind technologies market report

The Department of Energy’s annual market report is hotly anticipated, filled as it is with all the sector’s essential data from the last 12 months. We’re pleased to be able to offer a critical overview of all the salient points from this recently-published whitepaper. The US wind power industry experienced a trying year in 2010,… Read more »

All eyes are on offshore

Offshore wind energy can help the nation reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, diversify its energy supply, provide cost-competitive electricity to key coastal regions, and stimulate revitalization of key sectors of the economy. However, if the nation is to realize these benefits, key challenges to the development and deployment of offshore wind technology must be overcome,… Read more »

Ontarios Wind Industry Fuels Economic Boom

The wind energy sector in Ontario will generate a significant amount of both electricity and economic activity over the course of 2011 through 2018. Specifically, during this timeframe, the sector is expected to: install over 5.6 GW of wind energy capacity, bringing Ontario’s total wind energy capacity to 7.1 GW by 2018; create 80,328 job… Read more »

Investing in a renewable future

With an economy struggling out of recession, and uncertainty over energy policy, securing investment in renewables has never been more important to the future of the industry. PES takes a look at current state of energy investment, and how wind is leading the race to secure funding for new projects. Renewable energies are expanding both… Read more »

The state of wind energy

With significant investment in wind energy, local communities and economies can enjoy a great deal of fringe benefits that stem from renewables – a secure, clean energy future is just the start. PES takes a look at the wider impacts of wind energy in Texas… Texas is a global leader in installed wind energy. If… Read more »

Wind + hybrid vehicles = a match made in renewables heaven?

As alternatives to conventional vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) running off electricity stored in batteries could decrease oil consumption and reduce carbon emissions. And by using electricity derived from clean energy sources, even greater environmental benefits are obtainable. We take a look at the potential benefits arising from the widespread adoption of PHEVs in… Read more »

Introducing the quality process

One of the largest fully-integrated solar module producers in the world, Sovello ensures that all the elements of the production process correspond to the highest quality standards and constantly aim for improved sustainability and energy efficiency. Indeed, it is Sovello’s aim to become the world’s ‘most sustainable solar company’. PES takes a look behind the… Read more »

The measure of quality

Frankfurt-based innovators tec5 AG are at the forefront of technology for spectroscopy. Here, PES talks to Manager Business Unit Systems Steffen Piecha about developing the products that will keep the PV industry at its best. PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the company, and how it… Read more »

Process and device modelling for enhancement of silicon solar cell efficiency

In the PV sector, it pays to keep on top of all the latest technological developments, which is why PES has always published a wide range of whitepapers and research materials. We’re committed to continuing this with the introduction of a new, regular feature: Tech Dissemination. This issue discusses the improvements made possible by modelling…. Read more »

Redefining innovation in solar PV

Stéphane Dufrenne is no stranger to innovation. With 13 years of experience in the semiconductor industry – nine of those while based in Asia – Stéphane has dedicated his career to developing cutting-edge technologies and world-class global manufacturing operations. As the CTO of Upsolar, Stéphane brings to the solar PV industry a fresh perspective based… Read more »

A cloudy future for PV?

Could Europe’s solar dream be derailed by something as elemental as… the weather? Some believe, following some of the harshest winter weather on record, that the Earth is entering a sustained period of low temperatures. If true, what effect will the gathering clouds have for PV? PES investigates… In 2010, northern Europe suffered its coldest… Read more »

Meeting market needs in all fields

PES is proud to welcome Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH back to its pages. We catch up with Product Manager Chris Hellwig who discusses how the company are supporting high quality in manufacturing – from the lab to the production line. When measuring surface properties like spectral reflectance and transmission at fast moving and dynamic mass… Read more »

Mighty micro

Though a relatively small operation in the industry, Enecsys are bringing their game-changing micro inverter technology to the residential and commercial market. PES talks to Enecsys CEO Henrik Raunkjaer… PES: Can you begin by telling us a little about Enecsys and what role your products play in the solar/PV market? Henrik Raunkjaer: Enecsys was founded… Read more »

Market Outlook 2015

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s annual report on the global market outlook for photovoltaics is always a welcome addition to PES, and this year is no different. As always, we’ve extracted the most important points covering the evolution of the European market, for a fascinating and essential briefing. A doubling of the market in 2010… Read more »

Sustainability and long-term success in a family-based environment

Grenzebach is a modern global organisation with a highly-motivated team who know their trade and are constantly developing new ideas for specific markets. To a large extent, the company’s success is based on the expertise and commitment of its employees. Several generations of them have been employed by the Germany-based company and each of them… Read more »

A PV portfolio defined by innovation

A world leader in a number of different market sectors, Henkel is known for its commitment to R&D and its brave approach to diversification. Here, Kornelia Theissen, Focus Segment Manager Solar Western Europe, discusses how the company’s portfolio delivers solutions across the entire value chain for the solar industry. PES: Welcome to PES, can you… Read more »

Tomorrows Questions Answered Today

One of the few global PV manufacturers to enjoy a 1.5 GW capacity in 2011 with a vertically integrated model that produces high quality crystalline ingots, wafers, cells, and mono- and multi-crystalline PV panels, JinkoSolar is one of the industry’s biggest players. Recently we caught up with industry veteran and company spokesman, Arturo Herrero. PES:… Read more »

Last Word

Despite growing concerns over Feed-in Tariffs, and worries within the industry of a market slow-down over the next couple of years, PES finds it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, business is booming… “All over Northern Germany we see such public participation projects come into blossom. PV power plants of this size contribute to… Read more »