Wind Energy

Siemens to build training centre in Florida

The demand for skilled wind service technicians is increasing as more wind projects come online in the US. (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens will build a new wind energy training facility in Orlando (Florida). It will be one of four Siemens wind service training facilities, joining Brande (Denmark), Bremen (Germany), and Newcastle (UK).

Lidar measurements add value


If measurements are performed with lidar devices during the planning phase of a wind farm, this can increase the value of the wind farm by more than € 1 million.

Vestas launches new 3-MW systems onto the market


With an improvement to the nacelle and larger rotor blades, Vestas is pushing its 3-MW platform and has launched three new variants onto the market. The V112-3.3 MW, V117-3.3 MW and V126-3.3 MW are based on the proven technology of the V112-3.0 MW, but deliver a power of 3.3 MW.

Wind energy systems learn to swim


An international research consortium intends to demonstrate the technical and financial feasibility of floating wind turbines. Scientists and companies from Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, Norway and Belgium are working together on the FLOATGEN project (Demonstration of Two Floating Wind Turbine Systems for Power Generation in Southern European Deep Waters).

Substation for Global Tech 1 is complete

The substation for Global Tech 1 is completely enclosed to protect electrical equipment from the harsh offshore environmental conditions. (Photo: Global Tech 1/Derek Henthorn)

The consortium composed of Alstom Grid and Keppel Verolme delivered the substation for the offshore wind farm Global Tech 1 in the North Sea on 8 May. The installation of the 9,000-tonne colossus was performed using suction bells, so no heavy installation vessels were required.

Marmen to launch its first tower plant in the US

Canadian wind tower manufacturer Marmen announced the opening of its first plant in the United States, Marmen Energy, located in Brandon, South Dakota. The new plant is fully dedicated to the fabrication of wind towers.

DNV KEMA releases structures standard for floating turbines

A 2 MW floating offshore wind turbine is operating approximately 5 km off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal. (Photo: WindFloat)

DNV KEMA, the energy arm of DNV, has developed a new standard for floating offshore wind turbine structures. It should help accelerate the development of a new generation of floating offshore wind turbines by establishing design requirements for the floating structure and related systems.

277 new offshore wind turbines in the first half of 2013

Highlight of the 2013 offshore wind energy activities in Europe: inauguration of London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm (Photo: London Array)

277 new offshore wind turbines, totaling 1,045 MW, were fully grid connected in Europe during the first six months of 2013. This is double compared to the same period in 2012 when 523.2 MW were installed. In addition, 268 foundations were installed and 254 turbines mounted, all during the first 181 days of the year.  

Energiekontor sells Nordergründe

After years of planning and negotiations Energiekontor sells Nordergründe at a

In a surprising move, the German company Energiekontor AG from Bremen has sold the planned offshore wind farm Nordergründe to a subsidiary of wpd Offshore GmbH. wpd Offshore GmbH belongs to the Bremen project developer wpd AG.

Worldwide wind capacity close to 300 GW

China has been by far the largest single wind market in 2013, adding 5.5 GW in s

The worldwide wind capacity reached 296,255 MW by the end of June 2013, 13,980 MW of which were added in the first six months of 2013. This increase is significantly less than in the first half of 2012 and 2011, when 16.5 GW and 18.4 GW were added, respectively. These figures were published in the Half-year report of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).