Wind Energy

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.

Nordex USA Secures 45.6 MW Order from Exelon Wind

Hamburg - Nordex USA, Inc. will be supplying 19 wind turbines to Exelon Wind, LLC for the next phase of the Beebe Community Wind Project in Gratiot County, Michigan. The first phase, which was completed in December 2012, features 34 of Nordex’ N117/2400 turbines and was the first major project worldwide to use the machines, specifically designed for light wind conditions.

Vattenfall commissions 122 MW wind farm in the Netherlands

Royal blessing: Former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was present at the commi

Vattenfall officially commissioned the Zuidlob wind farm on 11 September. The wind farm consists of 36 wind turbines with a total capacity of 122 MW. It is one of the largest onshore wind farms in the Netherlands and, at the same time, the largest onshore wind farm that Vattenfall has ever built. The investment volume is approximately € 150 million.

Russian oil multinational Lukoil enters Bulgarian wind power market

Its joint venture company Lukerg Renew, set up in June 2011 together with the Italian ERG Group, is taking over the two wind farms Kavarna East and Kavarna West from the Austrian company Raiffeisen Energy & Environment (REE) for € 52 million.

US cumulative installed wind farm capacity tops 46 GW

Fourth-quarter installations reached 3,444 MW, topping the first three quarters combined. General Electric (GE) held onto its position as the top supplier last year, delivering wind turbines with a capacity of 2,000 MW, followed by Vestas Wind Systems A/S with 1,768 MW and Siemens AG with 938.8 MW.

CG will build substation platform for Humber Gateway

Humber Gateway is a Round 2 Offshore Wind Project owned by E.ON.
The power from 73 multi megawatt turbines will be collected and delivered to a 280 MVA offshore substation platform. It will be transformed up to 132 kV and delivered onshore via two export cables to a new National Grid substation 30 km inland near Hull in the north-east of England.

NSW to supply cables for Borkum Riffgrund 1

These will be used to connect the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1 with the converter platform DolWin alpha. The platform is located around 75 km off the German coast and is the offshore converter station for the grid-connection project DolWin1.

ZF sets up factory for wind power gearboxes in the USA

<b>ZF Friedrichshafen has set up a new wind turbine gearbox plant near Atlanta.</b><br><br><i>Photo: ZF Friedrichshafen</i><br>

As of 2012, the company plans to supply 2 MW "Atlas 1" gearboxes to turbine manufacturer Vestas from this new location. ZF has invested approximately € 70 million in this new factory, which is to offer 250 new jobs.

International offshore study: 135 GW are feasible

An international research association, appointed by the European Commission, has investigated how offshore capacities can be optimally deployed in the North Sea. As a result, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have designed a geographical information system (GIS) which identifies appropriate areas for wind energy converters in the North Sea.

Acciona opens fourth park in Canada

<b>The Magrath wind farm – Acciona’s first Canadian wind project – has a capacity of 30 MW.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Acciona</i><br>

The Lamèque wind park in the province of New Brunswick on the Atlantic coast is Acciona’s fourth project in Canada, following an investment of CAD115 million (€82 million). The park consists of 30 Acciona 1.5 MW turbines and is wholly owned by the company. It will provide about 8,000 Canadian homes with clean energy.