Wind Energy

Grid connection, lead times and costs main barriers to Hungarian wind power, but new government has ambitious plans to increase renewable energy

The time taken to connect wind farms to the grid, and the high costs of doing so, are the main barriers to wind energy development in Hungary, it was revealed today in Budapest at a workshop organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Hungarian Wind Energy Association (HuWEA).

Globeleq acquires nicaraguan wind project

London - Globeleq Generation Limited (Globeleq), the emerging markets power company, announced the acquisition of the 44 MW Eolo wind project in Nicaragua further establishing the company as the leading renewable energy company in the Central American region.

Cable damage at British offshore wind farms

 The offshore wind farm London Array has been fighting with problems with its export cables. (Photo: London Array)

The operators of the British offshore wind farms Thanet and London Array are currently fighting with damage to their export cables. In both cases, repairs have been entrusted to the cable specialists from Visser & Smit Marine Contracting (VSMC) in the Netherlands.

UL takes over DEWI

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has taken over DEWI GmbH, a leading company worldwide in wind energy measurement and testing services, as well as DEWI-OCC, a certifier of wind turbines. The measurement, testing and certification services of DEWI and DEWI-OCC will complement the services offered by UL in the certification of wind energy installation safety.

Iberdrola pushes ahead with Wikinger wind farm in the Baltic Sea

 The Spanish energy company is moving forward with its plans for the Baltic Sea wind farm Wikinger. (Photo: Iberdrola)

In mid-June the Spanish utility company Iberdrola made public its plans for the German offshore wind farm "Wikinger" (Viking). The company announced that it wants to invest € 1.6 billion into the Baltic Sea project, which is entering the decisive development phase.

Ukrainian wind in Fuhrländer's sails

 The dark clouds over Fuhrländer are to be blown away with Ukrainian assistance. (Photo: Katharina Garus)

Fuhrländer AG has partnered with a new strategic investor to climb its way out of the crisis. At a press conference on 8th August, Werner Heer, CEO of Fuhrländer, introduced the new investor MaksymYefymov. Through Windgröße GmbH, based in Frankfurt, Yefymov and Oleg Mkrtchan are the new majority shareholders of Fuhrländer.

Jack-up barge officially in operation

Large crowds assembled to witness the official christening ceremony of the Innovation jack-up barge. (Photo: Hochtief)

On September 3rd, the Innovation, the most powerful crane jack-up barge of the wind industry, was christened and commissioned in Bremerhaven. The 147-m long jack-up barge can accommodate up to 180 persons and reaches a maximum speed of 22 km/h (12 knots). The ship can operate in water depths of up to 65 m and has a loading capacity of 8,000 t.

Alstom signs contracts totaling € 270 million for wind projects in Brazil

The ECO 122 – a 2.7 MW onshore wind turbine is the latest evolution of Alstom’s proven ECO 100 turbine platform. (Photo: Alstom)

Alstom has signed two contracts totaling € 270 million with Queiroz Galvão, one of the main infrastructure groups in Brazil.

New Liebherr heavy lift offshore crane is ready for operation

Liebherr’s new heavy lift offshore crane is installed on the jack-up vessel Innovation. (Photo: Liebherr)

The first CAL 64000-1500 Litronic, a heavy lift offshore crane developed by Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH, is now ready for operation. The crane is installed on the Innovation, a vessel belonging to HGO InfraSea Solutions.

Offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht gets provisional grid connection

Windreich and TenneT have agreed on a provisional grid connection for the offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht. (Photo: TenneT)

British Wind Energy GmbH, which is part of the Windreich Group, and TenneT TSO GmbH have reached an agreement on a provisional grid connection for the offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht.