Wind Energy

“A powerful new element in the UK economy”

<b>David Bott</b>

The day after announcing the UK’s new Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre, David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board, was in ebullient mood. His announcement came as many in the UK renewables community had become disillusioned with the Coalition government’s promise to be “the greenest government ever”.

Suzlon wins 120 MW order in Western USA

Procurement and manufacturing commenced immediately on contract execution while roadwork and foundation construction will begin in the second quarter of 2012. Delivery of the Suzlon wind turbines is expected to occur in the third quarter with erection slated for soon after the first turbines arrive on site.

Siemens heralds the start of sales

<b>The prototype of the SWT-6.0 stands in the Danish town of Høvsøre.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Siemens</i><br>

The gearboxless SWT-6.0 will be offered with rotor diameters of 120 and 154 m and has been specifically designed for offshore use. The nacelle and rotor have a total weight of around 350 t. "We think that the SWT-6.0 will set the global standard for offshore wind turbines.

Special Edition Offshore published

This is one of the conclusions reached by the SUN & WIND ENERGY Special Edition Offshore 2011, which has just been published. On 68 pages, this annual special edition of the English language specialist magazine SUN & WIND ENERGY reviews the latest developments in the offshore wind energy industry.

UK’s first offshore turbine testing facility

The open access rig’s main function is to help the development of the British offshore wind industry. The rig will be sited in Northumberland and will be capable of testing complete drive trains and nacelles up to 15 MW. The ETI expects that it will be available for commercial testing from summer 2013.

US wind industry is recovering

This was still less than the record figures from the year 2009, in the course of which a capacity of more than 10,000 MW was installed. But the quarterly figures that have recently been published are about 50 % higher than those for the first quarter of 2010.

Denmark’s energy strategy

The key technologies to achieve this target are biomass and wind power. Biogas is to be used more strongly for heating within this context. Its production is to be increased by providing new monetary support. Particularly ambitious is the plan to ban the installation of classic oil and gas condensing boilers completely.

Third Acciona wind project in India

Acciona’s Anabaru wind farm in India with a capacity of 16.5 MW, built in 2008, is also located in Karnataka.<br><br>Photo: Acciona

The wind farm in Karnataka state in the south-west is Acciona Energy’s third wind farm in India, and will raise the company’s wind energy capacity in the country to 85.8 MW. Construction work on this project began in October 2010, and it will go into operation in 2011. The wind farm will have 34 turbines with a capacity of 1,650 kW each.

Heiko Ross leaves Bard

Deputy CEO Arwit Gunt will be his successor. The decision was taken by mutual agreement on 6th October at a shareholders' meeting. Ross has been the Holding company's CEO since March 2009, when he took over the position previously held by Natalia Bekker. The daughter of company founder Arngolt Bekker had died in February of last year. No official reasons for the move have been given.

REpower's first wind farm with an SDLWindV certificate

<b>The 15 new turbines at the wind farm Kronprinzenkoog have almost tripled its capacity. </b><br><br><i>Photo: REpower</i><br>

In the project, 29 old wind turbines were replaced by 15 new ones, which raised the wind farm's capacity from 12.3 MW to 30.75 MW. Since the beginning of June, four REpower MM92 with a hub height of 80 m and eleven REpower MM82 with a hub height of 59 m have been installed. Both of the turbine types have a nominal capacity of 2.05 MW.

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