Category: Wind

More energy from optimised Permanent Magnet ..

More energy from optimised Permanent Magnet Generator and full-power converter drive train package The Switch, a Finland-based technology company, has been raising the standard for increased energy production from wind with its special drive train that utilises an optimised Permanent Magnet Generator (PMG) and full-power converter package. {pagebreak} By selecting this technology as its chosen… Read more »

Wind at work

It seems you can hardly open a newspaper or turn on the television these days without hearing about the latest disaster linked to the economic crisis. Everywhere jobs are being shed, money lost, sectors that once boomed shrivelling up. {pagebreak} Yet amidst the doom and gloom the latest report from the European Wind Energy Association… Read more »

Wind: a storm-proof career option

Wind has a future. Not simply as an energy source, but also a career target. Wind power companies are searching high and low for qualified personnel capable of maintaining, repairing, monitoring and installing their highly-modern wind turbines. {pagebreak} The requirements include having completed occupational training in the fields of mechanical engineering or electrotechnology, expertise in… 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 »

Licensed wind farm projects totaling 205mw in Balikesir

Relight Enerji Üretim, is Relight Group Turkey’s company, received the authorization for three new wind farms in Balikesir, in the North of Turkey. It is expected that the wind farms, totaling about 205 MW, will be operating in 2010 with an overall investment of 300 million Euros. {pagebreak} The Relight activities in Turkey are going… Read more »

WSI now predicting wind for clean energy traders

WSI Corp., an Andover-based company behind much of the public weather-prediction data viewed by millions of people every day, has entered into the alternative energy industry with a new product aimed at predicting not just the fluctuations in the wind, but the effect of those fluctuations on wind power. WSI WindCast, which was launched last… Read more »

UK to establish renewable technology benchmark with first awards from GBP 1.1 billion fund

Four innovative projects capable of putting Britain at the forefront of international efforts to develop renewable energy have become the first initiatives to benefit from a potential £1.1billion fund established to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The projects were awarded money by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a unique public-private partnership between global industries and… Read more »

Euro banks still back investments in renewable energy projects

The credit crunch is starting to make an impact on smaller European green energy projects, but cash-rich utilities and the bigger lending institutions will continue to get deals done, green power experts say. “The main problem for the smaller developers is the short-term freeze on lending,” said Christian Kjaer of the European Wind Energy Association… Read more »

Scottish offshore wind farm sites set out

Plans to build 10 wind farms off the coast of Scotland moved a step forward this week, after Britain’s Crown Estate gave companies the green light to explore the sites. Scottish Power and E.ON are among the nine firms to be awarded “exclusivity agreements” for locations which include the Solway Firth and Wigtown Bay. This… Read more »

New database to revolutionise offshore site analysis

A new piece of software is set to revolutionise how sites for offshore wind energy are selected, by providing accurate data on wind speed and direction for the first time. The Offshore Wind Speed Database, which has been developed by the UK’s leading renewable energy and environmental consultancy, Atmos Consulting, will provide accurate, site-specific data… Read more »

UK offshore wind project in doubt

The UK has the capacity for up to 7,000 more offshore wind turbines, according to a government study, but observers say this potential may not be realised. The UK Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment, published last week, concluded that there is scope for between 5,000 and 7,000 more offshore wind turbines in British waters, more… Read more »

E.ON believes industrial standards and strong partnerships are essential

E.ON believes industrial standards and strong partnerships are essential to deliver ambitious renewable growth Dr. Frank Mastiaux, CEO of E.ON’s renewable energy business, has recently outlined the massive potential of working in partnership across industry and government to ensure wind energy grows at the ambitious rate required to meet worldwide targets. {pagebreak} Speaking at the… Read more »

One millions wind power jobs by 2010

One million people will be employed in the world wind-power industry by the end of the decade, despite the impact of the financial crisis, it was forecast this week. Despite predictions that the world would need to install one new turbine every 30 minutes to reach global renewables targets, energy experts maintain that the sector… Read more »

EBRD, IFC boost support for renewables in Bulgaria

The EBRD and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, are supporting the development of sustainable energy sources in Bulgaria, providing €198 million in loans to construct a 156-megawatt wind farm that will help the country promote clean energy and reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. {pagebreak} This project will be the largest wind… Read more »

Portuguese wind group pushes farther into united states

Horizon Wind Energy, owned by EDP Renovaveis, the fourth largest wind energy producer in the world, has announced the commercial operation of three further wind farms in the US. The three farms commissioned over 500 megawatts (MW) in December of last year. The 201 MW Meridian Way Wind Farm, situated in north central Kansas in… Read more »

New dates for Husum 2010

In agreement with other trade fair organisers, Messe Husum has decided to postpone the 12th Husum WindEnergy, which was scheduled to be held from 7 to 11 September 2010, by two weeks. Therefore, the internationally leading trade fair of the wind energy industry will take place from 21 to 25 September 2010. {pagebreak} The Managing… Read more »

Wind farm puts Wales ahead of UK renewables game

Wales’s plan to become the UK’s renewable energy leader has moved closer to reality with the granting of permission for a wind farm of its north coast. The 750MW Gwynt y Môr wind farm, when finished in 2014, will be the second largest in the world. The farm, to be built by the energy company… Read more »

Billion dollar deal blows good news into Spain

A multi-billion dollar deal has been reached in Spain to provide wind energy technology to Spanish power utility Iberdrola Gamesa SA concluded the deal with Iberdrola Renovables SA to provide turbines and accessories. The agreement is the largest-ever wind-power deal, Iberdrola Renovables said. {pagebreak} The turbines will have a joint potential to generate 4,500 megawatts… Read more »

Tentec Appoints New Distributor in Denmark for Wind Turbine Tensioning Tools

Tentec is pleased to announce the appointment of Hytor A/S as its exclusive distributor for the Aero range of wind turbine tensioning tools throughout Denmark.  Hytor is well-established in the Danish processing and engineering industries and has been supplying Tentec’s bolt tensioning tools in the oil, gas and industrial markets for the past 10 years…. Read more »

Spanish storm spurs turbines into overdrive

Wind power supplied a record 43 percent of all electricity demand in rain and wind-lashed Spain for a brief period on November 23. Spanish wind farms generated 9,253 megawatts of the total demand of 21,264 megawatts at around 5 am, a moment when energy usage was low because most Spaniards were still asleep. {pagebreak} The… Read more »

Wind campaign launched at climate talks

Wind energy could be supplying 12 per cent of the world’s energy needs and saving 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 a year by 2020. The claim has been made by a coalition of wind energy companies, associations and NGOs determined to find practical solutions to climate change. {pagebreak} With plans to launch a Wind Power… Read more »

Ecosystem ‘at risk’ from wind farm revolution

Wind farms could be having a radical impact on North Sea wildlife, a new study warns. There are currently 167 operational wind turbines off the North Coast, with another 14 under construction, as part of the UK Government’s drive for renewable energy sources. The first of 60 giant wind turbines has just gone up in… Read more »

Boost for troubled wind turbine maker

Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa has received a €175-million order from energy group Endesa. Gamesa will supply the Spanish group with about 100 wind turbines generators, amounting to the installation of 190 megawatts of power. {pagebreak} The order includes “the delivery, start-up and installation of the wind turbines, along with their operation and maintenance,” Gamesa… Read more »

Euro energy report calls for more turbines

Europe should erect more wind turbines, a new report into energy in the bloc has said. A draft of the EU’s Second Strategic Energy Review, says planning will start for a new power grid linking offshore wind turbines in the North Sea and for bolstering imports of liquefied natural gas. {pagebreak} Linking all the North… Read more »

New turbines provide power across Ireland

Irish energy company Energia has taken delivery of 61 megawatts of wind power from two major new turbine facilities in counties Cork and Kerry. The company will harness the wind for onward supply to its renewable energy customers throughout Ireland. Energia supplies 25 per cent of the business electricity market on an all-island basis with… Read more »

UK shares wind energy knowledge with Taiwan

British wind power experts have been sharing their expertise with Taiwanese counterparts at a seminar in Taipei held by the British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO). Led by Richard Brooks, head of Business Development of the Renewable Deployment Team of Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, a U.K. delegation comprised of 16 experts from… Read more »

PES magazine pleased to partner major wind gathering

Power and Energy Solutions (PES) magazine has been named as an official partner for the European Wind Energy Conference in Marseille, France, next year. The event, which will be held in March, is the biggest gathering of wind energy experts and commentators from Europe and beyond and it provides an opportunity to discover the latest… Read more »

Manufacturers put wind in sails of renewables industry

Nine UK manufacturers are ready to blow away the competition to gain new business in wind energy and other fast growing renewable energy sectors. As part of an Envirolink business improvement project funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and central government, the companies have energised their own people and performance to compete more effectively… Read more »

Top honours for turbine-drives firm

Power conversion specialists Converteam have taken top honours at an awards ceremony which recognised their work in the wind turbine field. The UK-based company, which makes a leading range of drives, including the MV3000, widely used in the most advanced wind turbines, came first in the World Class Manufacturing category at the Manufacturer 2008 Live… Read more »

Middle East looks west for wind investment

No strangers to lucrative means of producing energy, the money men of the Middle East are now looking towards the renewables sector for cleaner ways of making a profit. A company based in Abu Dhabi has bought a 20 per cent stake in London Array offshore wind farm, which is set to be one of… Read more »

Queen goes green for wind power plan

No less a personage than the Queen of England has stepped into the renewables debate by promising to invest in wind power projects in the deep waters off Britain. The Crown Estate, which is the holder of the Queen’s property, says it will pay up to half of all pre-construction development costs for companies wanting… Read more »

Ireland’s natural resources vital to in fight to slash emissions

Harnessing Ireland’s offshore wind and wave energy is vital to help the country to slash its carbon emissions by 2020, a new parliamentary committee has said. The Dail’s Committee on Climate Change, which was established a year ago, {pagebreak} said Irish people now produce the fifth highest levels of greenhouse gas in the world in… Read more »

Avanti Wind Systems opens office in India

The Danish based sub-supplier to the wind turbine industry, Avanti Wind Systems, opens office in India. It will be operated by general manager for Avanti Wind Systems India, Mr. Lars Rasmussen and based at the Trade Commission of Denmark in Bangalore {pagebreak} At the beginning of 2009, Avanti Wind Systems expands operations to Chennai, where… Read more »

Don’t undermine support for wind power, trade body warns EU

A warning not to undermine EU support for renewables has been sounded by a wind energy trade body in a letter to a French minister. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has expressed its concern about a proposed ‘review clause’ {pagebreak} in the Renewable Energy Directive, and underlined the importance of priority grid access for… Read more »