Wind Energy

New attack on the rotor blade record

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) wants to invest £15.5 million (€19 million) in British rotor blade manufacturer Blade Dynamics to help the company set a new record for rotor blade length. Blade Dynamics will use the cash injection to fund the manufacture of a carbon rotor blade with a length of between 80 and 100 m for use in offshore turbines with generation capacities of 8 to 10 MW.

Garrad follows Zervos as President of EWEA

Andrew Garrad (Photo: EWEA)

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has elected Andrew Garrad as its new President. He follows Arthouros Zervos, who announced at EWEA's annual event in Vienna in February that he would stand down as President after 12 years in the post.

Vestas wins order for 105 MW in Ukraine


Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S has been awarded a contract for a 105 MW wind project in Ukraine.

Gamesa reinforces its presence in Brazil with a 150 MW supply contract

Zamudio - Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has achieved another milestone in its bid to become one of the leading turbine makers in Brazil. The company has signed an agreement with Consórcio Morrinhos to supply 150 MW of capacity in Brazil. This conglomerate is made up of Atlantic Energias Renováveis S.A. and Casa dos Ventos, one of Brazil’s biggest wind energy developers.

Windpower 2013 ramped up in Chicago


AWEA Windpower 2013 Conference & Exhibition took place in Chicago from May 5 to 8, 2013. New leadership for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was inducted, followed by a packed schedule of educational sessions and a dynamic exhibition covering the area of 11 football fields.

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).