Wind Energy

Dutch households buy turbine by crowdfunding

The wind turbine transaction facilitated by the Windcentrale raised € 1.3 mill

1,700 Dutch households jointly bought their own wind turbine by crowdfunding. Within a record time of just thirteen hours, all 6,648 shares in the wind turbine were sold. The transaction facilitated by the Windcentrale raised € 1.3 million in an astounding new crowdfunding world record.

Siemens receives first wind power orders from Thailand

Siemens Energy has received orders for a total of 90 wind turbines with a total rated capacity of 200 MW. The turbines are for the two wind farms Korat I and Korat II in the province of Nakorn Rachasrima in northeastern Thailand. The customers, K.R.Two Company and First Korat Wind, are both subsidiaries of the Thai company Wind Energy Holding Co. Ltd.

Applications open for course of studies in offshore wind

Applications for the Continuing Studies Programme Offshore Wind Energy opened on 1st February. All application documents must be submitted to the ForWind Centre for Wind Energy Research at the University of Oldenburg in Germany by 30th June 2012. The first academic class of the internationally oriented course will start in October 2012 with 24 participants.

GL Garrad Hassan supports Kawasaki tidal project

Working to support the growth in this emerging sector of the renewable energy industry, GL Garrad Hassan is aiding Kawasaki Heavy Industries in the development and deployment of its 1 MW prototype tidal turbine by providing technical information and guidance on tidal resources and technologies.

Gamesa strengthens its presence in China

<b>Jose Antonio Miranda (middle), Gamesa China CEO during the opening ceremony in Tianjin. With its new manufacturing plant Gamesa now owns five plants at this location.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Gamesa</i><br>

The facility, devoted to the manufacture of control cabinets, is located in Tianjin. Gamesa already has four plants there and produces the main components of its wind turbines: blades, nacelle assembly, gearboxes and now power electronics. Moreover, Gamesa this year opened another nacelle assembly facility in the province of Jilin.

European offshore grid cheaper than expected

Building "hub connections" at sea instead of using cables to connect single wind farms individually to the shore will result in investment costs that are lower by € 14 billion.

Third Acciona farm in Australia

The wind farm which Acciona recently took into official operation in the presence of Australian prime minister Julia Gillard boasts a total output capacity of 46.5 MW. According to the Spanish turbine manufacturer, the project investment volume amounted to some €107 million. The farm is expected to generate sufficient electricity to supply around 23,000 homes.

EWT: First 500 kW turbine in UK

The operator of the Directwind 5 will be Otterpower Ltd., a company owned by Mark Quinn, a farmer from Otterham near Camelford in Cornwall. It is planned to put the turbine into operation in August.

Ten PowerWind turbines for Bulgaria

<b>PowerWind is selling ten of these 900 kW turbines.</b><br><br><i>Photo: PowerWind/ Jens Meier</i>

The PowerWind 56-model turbines will be installed by the end of the year at various locations on the Black Sea and in the interior of the country. Five of the windmills will go to the MTK Group, three to Ruah ODD, and two to Trakia Ecoenergia Ltd. PowerWind says it is focusing on community projects.

United Technologies buys Clipper

On 15th December the American technology group United Technologies Corporation took over all the remaining shares in the manufacturer that it did not already own - until 29th December all the existing shareholders will receive 65 British pence (around € 0.76) per share.