Wind Energy

Van Oord contracts Damen for DP2 cable-laying vessel

Van Oord has ordered a new cable-laying vessel. The ship will be built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and will be completed at the end of 2014.

Foreign companies dominate British offshore market

Energy experts GlobalData have reported growing numbers of UK-based companies not considered for contracts to some of their most pivotal projects. Barely a quarter of this business comes from UK companies, while the likes of Siemens (Germany), Vestas (Denmark), REpower (Germany) and Nordex (Germany) dominate the UK wind turbine supply market with a share of 95.2 %, GlobalData estimates.

Santander and SoWiTec to develop 700 MW in Mexico

SoWiTec Operation GmbH has entered into a contract with Santander Capital Structuring S.A. de C.V (SCS) for the development of four wind farms in Mexico. The farms will have a total capacity of 650 to 850 MW, depending on which wind turbine type is finally selected. The portfolio consists of 160 MW in San Luis Potosi, 200 MW in Nuevo Leon and 340 MW in Coahuila.

First Wind will build Hawaii’s largest wind farm

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has just approved these plans. The wind farm will be the largest wind-energy project in Hawaii. The Kawailoa Wind Farm will be built on land near Haleiwa which is owned by Kamehameha Schools. It will have 30 Siemens SWT2.3-101 wind turbines, each with a rated power of 2.3 MW.

GE powers Mongolia’s first wind farm project

<b>Up to now, there only exist a few small wind turbine systems in Mongolia.</b><br><br><i>Photo: EWEA/Elke Zander</i><br>

The US$ 100 million project will be located 70 kilometers southeast of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city, and is set to open in 2012. The Salkhit Wind Farm will have an initial installed capacity of 50 MW. GE will supply 1.6-MW wind turbines that will have an 82.5 meter rotor and 80 meter hub height for IEC class IIa wind conditions.

Repower to equip 122 MW wind park in the Netherlands

The turbines of type 3.4M104 will be deployed in a 122 MW Wind Park near Zeewolde in the province of Flevoland. With a hub height of 98 m, the turbines have a nominal capacity of 3.4 MW each. According to the schedule, the construction of the wind farm will be completed in the spring of 2013.

Siemens to supply 580 MW to Sweden

The contract includes 213 direct-drive 2.3 MW turbines of type SWT-2.3-113 with a rotor diameter of 113 m, which Siemens only launched on the market a few months ago. Statkraft has already called up the first batch from this framework contract for the wind farm Mörttjärnberget near to Östersund in central Sweden.

ECN and Sandia cooperate on research

According to the ECN, research will mainly be focussed on so-called "intelligent rotor blades", which can increase the energy yield from the wind turbines and reduce mechanical loads. This development process will eventually enable lighter turbines with a longer life span to be built and hence lead to cheaper electricity production.

Layup without folds

<b>The portal unit in the laboratory of the Institute for Integrated Product Development (BIK) of the University of Bremen is used, among other things, for preforming and the development of handling techniques.</b><br><br><i>Photo: BIK</i><br>

In the context of the project "Process for preform manufacture through even layering of three-dimensional components as the basis of an automated process chain for rotor blade production" (mapretec) the researchers at the Institute for Integrated Product Development (BIK) will concentrate on methods for quick and precise production without difficult manual work.

Completely Spanish offshore project

The turbine manufacturer Gamesa will be in charge of project coordination. The project partners include further Spanish wind industry heavyweights such as Alstom Wind, Acciona Windpower, Iberdrola Renovables and Acciona Energía. The aim of the joint venture is to develop a large offshore wind turbine with 100 % Spanish technology.