Wind Energy

Availon wins major order from Japan’s EOS Engineering & Service

Availon GmbH, a cross-brand provider of wind turbine generator (WTG) services, has signed a major contract with the Japanese firm EOS Engineering & Service Co., Ltd. for the supply of 80 grid coupling contactors.

Prysmian, new contract worth more than 50 € M for the connection of the offshore Wind Park Deutsche Bucht in Germany

Milan - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a new contract worth in excess of 50 million euro by TenneT, operator of transmission systems in Germany and the Netherlands, for the connection of the Offshore Wind Park (OWP) Deutsche Bucht, located in the North Sea to the mainland grid.

New LeitDrive 4Q frequency converter to be installed in all LEITWIND’s turbines following successful testing

LEITWIND announced today that its new state of the art 4Q frequency converter, known as LeitDrive, was now to be installed across all of its wind turbine product range, after successful testing demonstrated the prototypes’ superior performance. LeitDrive is one of the most remarkable innovations resulting from LEITWIND’s continuous direct drive technology research and development.

REpower crosses 1 GW milestone in the UK


REpower Systems SE has reached the milestone of 1 GW installed capacity across UK wind farms. The Suzlon Group’s subsidiary is only the third manufacturer in the UK to achieve the 1 GW watershed.

Wind turbine with battery storage

GE’s engineers have created three battery-enabled software applications that integrate seamlessly with the wind turbine to provide enhanced wind power availability.  (Graphic: GE)

GE and Invenergy plan to install three wind turbines that combine power generation with energy storage. Invenergy has ordered three of GE’s so called “brilliant wind turbines”.

VOLTALIA and ACCIONA Windpower sign contracts to supply wind turbines with a total capacity of 210 MW in Brazil

Subsidiaries of VOLTALIA, a company that produces electricity from renewable energy sources, and ACCIONA Windpower, a company that designs and manufactures wind turbines, have signed a contract for the supply of turbines with a capacity of 210 MW for two of VOLTALIA’s wind farm clusters in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Gamesa signs 7-year O&M agreement with FCC covering 397 turbines and total capacity of 421 MW

Zamudio - Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed a 7-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement with FCC covering 397 wind turbines with total installed capacity of 421 MW.

First US offshore wind turbine feeds into the grid


Since June 13, the first US offshore wind turbine feeds power into the grid. The VolturnUS 1:8, a 65-foot-tall floating turbine prototype that is 1:8th the scale of a 6 MW 423-foot rotor diameter design, was designed and built at the University of Maine (UMaine), assembled at Cianbro’s facility in Brewer, and towed nearly 30 miles from Brewer to Castine by Maine Maritime Academy.

AXA Private Equity strengthens its leading position in the French energy sector with the Ardouval wind farmproject

Paris - Kallista, the foremost independent French producer of wind energy, fully owned by AXA Private Equity, the leading European diversified private equity firm, announces that it has completed the wind farm project in the Ardouval Park, Seine-Maritime, France.

Americas Cup Sailing points the way to floating wind turbine technology

An Americas Cup sailboat was the inspiration for the design of a new floating Ve

American Offshore Energy takes a page out of the Americas Cup sailboat design technology to build a high tech low cost floating Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT). The aerodynamic section of this VAWT is built with a combination of sailboat mast and bicycle wheel technology.