Wind Energy

New maritime cable from Finland

 At their location in Pikkala, Prysmian now also manufactures cables for high-voltage direct current transmission. (Photo: Prysmian)

Early in June, the Italian Prysmian group opened a new submarine cable manufacturing plant in Finland.  Pikkala has always been the company's centre for high-voltage cables and by investing approximately € 40 million, Prysmian has now also created production capacities for high-voltage direct current transmission cables.

SoWiTec completes development phase for wind farm in Chile

Photomontage illustrating the future 90 MW wind farm in the Valle de Los Vientos, Chile (Photo: SoWiTec)

The German wind energy project developer SoWiTec has completed the five-year planning phase for the 90 MW wind farm Valle de Los Vientos in the north of Chile. The construction phase should start in the next months, and the wind farm is scheduled to go online in mid-2013.

Gwynt y Môr forges ahead

The first of 160 steel foundations for the offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr off the north Wales coast have been erected and the first export cable is currently being laid near Pensarn. Furthermore, the first of two offshore substations set sail for Liverpool Bay in mid August after being designed and built by Siemens in Manchester and Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

SCADA International receives GL RC certificate for power plant controller

Husum - GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) has issued a component certificate to SCADA International for its power plant controller. The GL RC certificate confirms that the power plant controller meets the requirements of the FGW (Federation of German Windpower and other Renewable Energies).

Gamesa debuts in the finnish market: it signs an order for 18 MW and strikes a framework agreement for another 117 MW, all using its 4.5 MW turbine

Bilbao - Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has bolstered its presence in northern Europe by disembarking in a new market, Finland, landing an order for 18 MW for TuuliWatti Ltd, a wind power joint venture between Finnish energy company St1 Ltd and national retail cooperative S-Group.

Natural Power’s Geotechnical team expands to meet demand for services on UK wind projects

International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has doubled the size of its Geotechnical team and associated all terrain drilling hardware to help deliver a rapidly expanding pipeline of UK site investigation work for onshore wind farms.

SeaRoc successfully installs anemometry platform for Narec Blyth offshore wind demonstration project

Novel tripod installation in 37m deep waters to validate wind conditions for the largest independent offshore wind demonstration site proposed in the UK.

Adama 2 wind power project is on the way

The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) signed an agreement with Chinese GCOC Company and Hydro China Company for the construction of Adama 2 wind farm. The project amounting to US$ 340 million has a capacity of 153 MW, built up by 102 turbines with a nominal output of 1.5 MW each. The Chinese government will cover the fund of the project which is designed by local contractors.

EWEA finds successor to Kjaer

Christian Kjaer, Thomas Becker and Klaus Rave (Foto: EWEA)

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has found a new head; from 1st April 2013, Thomas Becker is taking over the post previously held by Christian Kjaer. Becker has been head of Genan, an internationally active used tyre recycling company, since 2010. Before that he was a state secretary at the Danish Ministry for Climate and Energy.

New certification guideline

GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) has published its new “Guideline for the Certification of Offshore Wind Turbines”. It provides a fully integrated design and analysis concept for offshore wind turbines.