Wind Energy

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.

Uruguay plans 500 MW of wind energy

200 MW of the planned wind energy capacity will be installed by the state energy utility Administratión Nacional de Usinas y Trasmisiones Eléctricas (UTE). The remaining 300 MW will be provided by private companies, which have been offered contracts that guarantee to buy the produced electricity for 20 years at a fixed price.

South Korea announces 2.5 GW offshore farm

The plan is to make South Korea the world’s third-largest country in terms of offshore wind power generation,” Kang Nam-Hoon, Head of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy’s energy and climate change policy division, was reported.

Gamesa equips wind projects in Brazil

The 2 MW machines of type G8X for the nine Brazilian wind farms will be delivered in 2011 and 2012. Gamesa will be responsible for the erection of the turbines and putting them into operation, as well as the maintenance for two years.

Siemens buys into A2Sea

With this investment, Siemens aims at advancing the industrialization of offshore wind power and the Danish A2Sea obtains the possibility of further expansion. "Together with Siemens, A2Sea can build optimized vessels for the installation of offshore wind turbines", says Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of Siemens Energy.