Wind Energy

Calvet and Gamesa go their separate ways

Jorge Calvet leaves Gamesa. (Photo: Gamesa)

Gamesa announced the sudden termination of Jorge Calvet’s employment without stating any reasons or thanking him for his service. The company announced on May 23 that Ignacio Martín would replace Calvet as executive chairman.

First company to receive WindMade label

The turbine at Widex’s headquarters in Lynge is a Vestas V80/2.0 MW. (Photo: Widex)

Danish hearing aid manufacturer Widex International, Lynge, became the first company in the world to receive the WindMade label. Under the rules, participating companies must obtain at least 25 % of their electricity from wind power. In fact, Widex’s new global headquarters in Denmark covers 95 % of its energy needs from a single wind turbine on site, including production.

Gamesa delivers 48 MW to Chinese Huadian Group

Gamesa sells 24 of its G87-2.0 MW turbines to Chinese Huadian New Energy. (Photo: Gamesa)

Spanish Gamesa has signed a deal to supply 48 MW of capacity of its G87-2.0 MW Class S wind turbine to Chinese company Huadian Group. The turbines are earmarked for a wind farm the power company is going to build in Liyushan of Fujian Province. The machines will be delivered to the site from the end of August onwards.

GE spreads in Brazil

GE announced that it has installed 300 wind turbines in Brazil. Over the next two years, the turbine manufacturer will install more than 600 additional units in the country, the company reported at the Brazil Windpower Conference in Rio de Janeiro end of August. GE also announced its plans to open two local service centres by 2014, representing a US$ 1.5 million investment in Brazil.

EU reaches 100 GW wind power milestone

Half of the total European wind power capacity has been installed over the past six years. (Source: EWEA)

The European Union has passed the milestone of 100 GW of installed wind power capacity, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). It took the European wind energy sector some twenty years to get the first 10 GW grid connected. It needed 13 years to add an additional 90 GW. And half of the actual total European wind power capacity has been installed over the past six years.

Tocardo finds strategic stakeholder in Huisman

In addition to the investment, Huisman will offer expertise and experience in construction and engineering which will positively add to Tocardo’s international business position as one of the leaders in the construction of tidal free-flow water turbines. The new inflow of funds will be used for further technological developments in Tocardo’s offshore technology.

Suzlon Group enters Romanian wind energy market

REpower Systems SE, a subsidiary of Suzlon Group, has concluded a contract with P.E. DEUS EX S.R.L., a project company of WSB International GmbH, to deliver eight wind turbines to Romania.

Heavyweight on wheels

Photo: BGL Logistics

The foundation structure for the transformer station of the Trianel wind farm on Borkum was loaded at BLG offshore terminal in Bremerhaven on 8 November.  BLG Logistics Group transported the colossus, which weighs 1,616 tons and stands over 50 m high, from their terminal ABC-Halbinsel directly onto the pontoon VIKING BARGE 7.

Gamesa to supply 49.3 MW to Guangdong Nuclear Group in China

Beijing - Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed a deal to supply 49.3 MW of capacity (58 of its 850 kW wind turbines) to China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Energy Limited for the wind farm located in Shandong Province, in China.

The wind farm is under built and is targeted to connect with the grid at the end of this year.

New attack on the rotor blade record

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) wants to invest £15.5 million (€19 million) in British rotor blade manufacturer Blade Dynamics to help the company set a new record for rotor blade length. Blade Dynamics will use the cash injection to fund the manufacture of a carbon rotor blade with a length of between 80 and 100 m for use in offshore turbines with generation capacities of 8 to 10 MW.

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