Wind Energy

Markus Tacke new CEO of Siemens Wind Energy

Markus Tacke (Photo: Siemens)

Effective 1 August, Markus Tacke (48) will assume the responsibilities of CEO of the Wind Energy Division at Siemens. He will replace Felix Ferlemann (53), who will be leaving the company "by mutual consent", states Siemens in a press release.

Ikea to purchase Irish wind farm

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has closed a deal to sell its 7.65 MW Carrickeeny Wind Farm to Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer.

Gamesa starts selling its 5 MW turbine

The new Gamesa G128-5.0 MW wind turbine is an evolution of the G128-4.5 MW WTG.

Gamesa has sold the first wind turbines of its new G128-5.0 MW type. The company has won a contract to supply three G128-5.0 MW turbines to TuuliWatti Oy. The G128-5.0 MW is an evolution of the G128-4.5 MW WTG.

"Wind farms will continue to be built in Spain"

<b>José Maria Roger Ezpeleta, CEO of Fersa Energía Renovables</b><br><br><i>Photo: Fersa Energía Renovables</i>

The exchange-listed company Fersa Energía Renovables, of Barcelona, is one of the largest Spanish independent project developers of wind and solar power plants.

Offshore plans in France make progress

The projects involve a total capital commitment of € 10 billion. The wind farms off the coast of Normandy and Brittany are set to achieve an installed capacity of 3 GW by 2015. Offshore wind energy in France is to be expanded to 6 GW by 2020. The French utility company GDF Suez and their competitor EDF have set themselves especially ambitious targets.

Siemens takes China by storm

One joint venture will develop and build wind turbines for the Chinese and the international Siemens manufacturing network. The other joint venture will be responsible for sales, project management, and service of wind turbines in China. Siemens will hold a 49% stake in the joint ventures; Shanghai Electric will hold 51%.

Petrobras connects its first wind farm to the grid

The wind farm was built in partnership with Electrobras, Alubar Energia and Wobben WindPower. The wind farm is equipped with 52 wind turbines of 2 MW each with 42 metre long blades giving a total output of 104 MW.

Acciona completes three wind parks in Mexico

This was revealed by the Managing Director of Acciona Energy Mexico, Miguel Ángel Alonso, during the International Wind PowerExpo 2011 Fair held in Zaragoza. Thus, Acciona – according to the company’s own indications – has installed a total of 556.5 MW of wind energy capacity in Mexico and has a market share of 65 %.

SGS opens test centre in China

<b>On a total area of around 3,800 m2 the WETC offers various testing services for rotor blades. </b><br><br><i>Photo: SGS</i><br>

The Swiss company SGS SA opened the WETC in June at the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area in the north-east of the country. At the WETC, the natural frequency, the statics and the material fatigue, as well as other characteristics of the rotor blades can be tested. The centre also offers advice on other questions relating to wind energy technology.

Vestas builds new 7 MW plant

The overall height of the turbine is 187 m from the sea level to the top of the rotor. Testing of the first prototype, which has been given the name V164, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2012. Series production is planned to start in the first quarter of 2015.