Wind Energy

Emerging order recovery signals inflexion point for global turbine demand

While a demand downgrade for the U.S. dims hopes for a 2013 market upgrade, emerging order recovery in the first months of Q2 2013 signal that an inflexion point for global turbine demand may be reached ahead of expected strong market growth in 2014 of 21%. Our long term global growth outlook remains unchanged, and we expect a 4.6% CAGR over the period 2012-2020.

FoundOcean to grout the first offshore trial of the Alstom 6MW Haliade 150 turbine

Marlow - FoundOcean continues to grow its market share in the offshore renewables industry with a contract award from Alstom to grout the foundations for the first offshore trial of its 6MW Haliade 150 turbine.

Siemens receives a 81-MW wind power order from Philippines

Siemens Energy has received its first wind power order for the Caparispisan project in Pagudpud, Illocos Norte, Philippines. The customers are Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corporation, AC Energy Holdings, Inc. and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure comprised of Government Service Insurance System, APG and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Limited.

Ontario compensates wind energy system operators if they shut their systems off

Wind farm operators in Ontario will now receive money for not operating their sy

In the Canadian province of Ontario, operators of wind turbines will now receive compensation if they shut down their systems and do not feed electricity into the grid. This was reported by the Canadian online portal Global News. The government hopes that this measure will relieve taxpayers.

BASF acquires expertise in foams

Foam of Volpiano. The acquisition includes production equipment and intellectual property rights, including a special extrusion process which enables the production of very high density, high-performance PET foams. Neither company has commented on the selling price.

More wind in the north, less wind in the south of Europe

<b>3TIER’s European map shows departures from long-term mean wind speed with above normal areas in red and below normal areas in blue.</b><br><br><i>Grafik: 3Tier</i><br>

In 2011 wind speeds across Europe varied considerably from region to region. In the UK, Scandinavia, and around the Baltic Sea wind speeds trended roughly 5 to10 % above normal. Meanwhile southern Europe experienced wind speeds up to 10 % below normal except for a few isolated areas along the Mediterranean coast.

Kenyan wind farm plans become more concrete

<b>A 310 MW wind farm is to be constructed at Lake Turkana in Kenya.</b><br><br><I>Photo: LTWP</i><br>

By then, it is expected that financing will have been completed and that the environmental impact assessment, which has already been received by the World Bank, will have been agreed. Electricity generation will start in 2013.

European wind industry has hard times ahead

This goes especially for the European market according to the results of a study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. The uncertainty of support programmes and low-priced natural gas limit the outlook for growth.

REpower to supply 23 turbines to Burgundy

The turbines are to be installed in two wind farm projects in the French Burgundy region. 15 turbines of the MM92 type are destined for the wind farm La Bretelle, 8 turbines of the same series are to be erected in the project Echalot. The wind farms will generate a total output of more than 47 MW.

101 new offshore turbines in European waters

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) this newly installed offshore wind energy capacity in Europe represents growth of 4.8% in comparison with the same period of last year. The average size of the turbines has also increased: from 2.9 MW in the first half of 2010 to the current 3.4 MW.