Wind Energy

Turbulence causes fluctuations

Second-by-second dynamics of the power output of a modern wind turbine (Source: University of Oldenburg)

Turbulence affects power generation in wind farms and causes fluctuations in the energy fed into the grid.

The Switch signs new deal with PROKON and triples its order backlog

Vantaa - The Switch, a leading supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received orders for key wind power components from PROKON of Germany.

London Array officially inaugurated

Siemens supplied the turbines and also took care of the grid connection of the offshore wind farm London Array. (Photo: Siemens)

After all of its wind turbines were connected to the grid at the end of April, the world's largest offshore wind farm, London Array, was officially inaugurated on 4 July.

Vestas dismisses Engel

Ditlev Engel (Photo: Vestas)

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S has dismissed its long-standing Chairman of the Board Ditlev Engel. He is succeeded by Anders Runevad, who will now hold the positions of Group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Vestas sells its machining and casting units to VTC

The German industrial group VTC Partners GmbH will acquire Vestas’ two machining units and four casting units, including approx. 1,000 employees. The factories are based in Norway, Sweden, Germany, China and Denmark.

Honduras home to Central America's largest wind farm

<b>The wind farm “Cerro de Hula” – shown during the construction phase – meanwhile has been completed and connected to the grid.</b> <i>Photo: Globeleq</i><br>

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo inaugurated “Cerro de Hula”, Central America's largest wind farm, which has an installed capacity of 102 MW, in late February. Built by Gamesa and Iberdrola Engineering and outfitted with 51 of Gamesa's G87-2.0 MW turbines, the site will boost Honduras' installed wind capacity by 7 %.

Gamesa opens blade factory in India

<b>The new Gamesa facility in India has already produced a first blade for the G5X-850 kW turbine.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Gamesa</i><br>

With a manufacturing capacity of 390 units in 2013, the new factory will produce blades for Gamesa turbine systems G5X-850 kW and G9X-2.0 MW. The plant in the south-west of the country is currently staffed by 157 employees.

Sweden's biggest wind turbine is under construction in Gothenburg harbour

<b> Offshore wind turbine erected onshore: GE is putting up its first 4.1-113 turbine in Gothenburg harbour. </b><br><i>Graphic:</i><br><br>

The turbine of the type 4.1-113, which is actually designed as an offshore turbine, has a rating of 4.1 MW and is being erected onshore in Risholmsvägen.

REpower to supply 68 turbines to Pennsylvania

REpower MM92 type turbines are destined for the Twin Ridges wind project in Somerset County. It will be REpower’s first project in Pennsylvania. After its completion, the wind farm will generate a total output of nearly 140 MW. REpower’s MM92 turbines have a rated power of 2.05 MW and a hub height of either 80 or 100 metres each. The project will be a mixture of both hub heights.

Renewables in the UK reach record high

The report attributes the 50 % rise to higher wind speeds and the industry’s increased capacity to generate clean electricity. Nearly half the renewable electricity produced in this period came from wind (46.4 %).