Wind Energy

Euros ships 81.6 m long rotor blade

Euros in Sassnitz has shipped the first rotor blade for Mitsubishi's 7-MW turbine. (Photo: Euros)

Three months after the inauguration of the prototype production facility in Sassnitz / Mukran on the German island of Rügen, Euros Entwicklungsgesellschaft für Windkraftanlagen mbH has delivered and shipped the first offshore rotor blade to their customer Mitsubishi.

Seajacks and Samsung build large offshore installation vessel

Scylla will have the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65 m (Photo: Seajacks International)

Seajacks International, offshore installation contractor, has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries to build an offshore wind farm installation vessel. The vessel has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working UK Round 3, Scottish territorial waters and the other North West European markets.

Nordex closes plant in Jonesboro

Nordex is going to phase out the production of engine houses in Jonesboro. (Photo:

Nordex SE is going to gradually phase out U.S. production of its engine houses in Jonesboro, Arkansas, after completion of current orders in the coming months, and will manufacture their wind turbines for North and South America in Rostock in the future.

Siemens' fire detection and extinguishing system is certified

Siemens has equipped 30 wind turbines at the wind farm Riffgat with its new fire detection and extinguishing system Active Fire Fighting System (AFFS) (Photo: EWE)

The Active Fire Fighting System (AFFS) from Siemens has been certified by VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH and Germanischer Lloyd and is now officially approved for the protection of offshore wind turbines.

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.