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Hamburg, Duitsland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) heeft vandaag zijn nieuwe onshore turbineplatform Cypress gelanceerd en het volgende model van dat platform, de 5.3-158 turbine van GE. Het platform verbetert de bewezen technologie van GE's 2MW en 3MW-vloten, die een vast aantal van bijna 20 GW's bedienen, terwijl ook gebruik wordt gemaakt van architectuur en innovaties van de 4.8-158 turbine die in 2017 is geïntroduceerd. Cypress maakt aanzienlijke AEP-verbeteringen mogelijk, verhoogde efficiëntie in onderhoudbaarheid, verbeterde logistiek en potentiële locaties, en uiteindelijk meer waarde voor klanten. Het is ontworpen om in de loop van de tijd op te schalen, waardoor GE een breder scala aan vermogens en hubhoogtes kan bieden om te voldoen aan de behoeften van de klant in het hele bereik van 5 MW. Het platform biedt ook een toename van 50 procent in AEP gedurende de levensduur van het platform ten opzichte van de 3 MW-turbines van GE. Het is de tweede grote lancering van het technologieplatform van het jaar voor GE, dat in maart het Haliade-X offshore-turbineplatform introduceerde.
Het Cypress-platform, dat ook de 4.8-158 omvat, zal worden aangedreven door een revolutionair uit twee delen bestaand bladontwerp, waardoor bladen op nog langere lengtes kunnen worden vervaardigd en de logistiek wordt verbeterd om meer plaatsingsmogelijkheden te bieden. Langere bladen verbeteren AEP en helpen de geharmoniseerde kosten van elektriciteit (Levelized Cost of Electricity, LCOE) omlaag te brengen, en dankzij het gepatenteerde ontwerp kunnen deze grotere turbines worden geïnstalleerd op locaties die voorheen ontoegankelijk waren. Het verlaagt de logistieke kosten aanzienlijk, doordat bladmontage ter plekke mogelijk is en de kosten voor het toestaan van uitrusting en wegwerkzaamheden die nodig zijn voor het transport van langere messen worden verminderd. Even belangrijk is dat deze blade-tips biedt die klanten meer flexibiliteit bieden om de weersomstandigheden en vereisten van de site aan te pakken.
De hightech carbon bladen zijn ontwikkeld door de langdurige samenwerking tussen GE's Onshore Wind business, GE's Global Research Center en GE's LM Wind Power, gebruikmakend van het onderzoek, het ontwerp en de grootschalige productiekennis van deze teams om de bladen van concept naar een beproefde en bewezen realiteit te transformeren.
Het Cypress-platform, ontworpen voor IEC (S) windsnelheden, maakt gebruik van het beste van GE's 2 MW en 3 MW turbines - inclusief de beproefde DFIG-dubbel gevoede inductiegenerator - en een robuuste aandrijflijnarchitectuur. De machine is specifiek ontworpen voor services, met verbeteringen om boven in te toren het verrichten van reparaties en het oplossen van problemen te vergemakkelijken met elektrische systeem boven in de toren, terwijl ook de grenzen van de traditionele betrouwbaarheidsniveaus op belangrijke componenten worden verlegd, door verbeterde hardwaretests op systeemniveau en robuustere productieprocessen. Deze combinatie van geplande, op voorwaarden gebaseerde en voorspellende services zal helpen om meer betrouwbaarheid, beschikbaarheid en productie te garanderen waarbij uiteindelijk de kosten van de levenscyclus voor de klant worden verlaagd.
Pete McCabe, CEO van GE's Onshore Wind business stelde: “Onze missie is om onze klanten in staat te stellen het tempo te bepalen voor het verlagen van de LCOE over de hele wereld, naarmate hun behoeften verder evolueren. Het Cypress-platform bouwt voort op ons successen uit het verleden en positioneert onze technologie voor schaalbaarheid en flexibiliteit voor de komende jaren. Het prototype Cypress 4.8-158 wordt momenteel geproduceerd in onze vestiging in Salzbergen in Duitsland en we kijken er naar uit om het tegen het einde van het jaar te installeren en in gebruik te nemen. Dit platform, dat onze niet-aflatende focus op kwaliteit weerspiegelt, zal onze klanten in staat stellen een nieuw niveau van concurrentie te bereiken in de markt voor energieopwekking.”
Duncan Berry, CEO van GE's LM Wind Power, zei: “Deze enerverende verbetering van het blad zorgt voor een revolutie in het aanbod dat we kunnen bieden aan de klanten van GE. Ons team gebruikte een disruptieve ontwerpmethodologie en feedback van klanten om ons hele ontwerp- en productieproces opnieuw te onderzoeken. Door dit blad op een geheel nieuwe manier te bekijken, hebben we een technologische doorbraak bereikt die ons in staat stelt om de nieuwe messen nog sneller voor onze klanten op de markt te brengen.”
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GE Renewable Energy is een bedrijf van 10 miljard USD met een actieve mentaliteit, die een van de breedste portfolio's voor energieproducten en digitale services samenbrengt in de sector van de hernieuwbare energie. De combinatie van onshore en offshore wind, rotorbladen, waterkracht en innovatieve technologieën zoals hybride systemen en geconcentreerde zonne-energie, heeft GE Renewable Energy wereldwijd meer dan 400 gigawatt-capaciteit geïnstalleerd om de wereld beter en schoner te laten werken. Met meer dan 22.000 werknemers in meer dan 80 landen, werkt GE Renewable Energy aan nieuwe manieren om 's werelds grootste economieën en de meest afgelegen gemeenschappen van energie te voorzien.
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AMBURGO, Germania--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) ha inaugurato oggi la sua nuova piattaforma eolica a turbina onshore, chiamata Cypress, nonché il nuovo modello della stessa piattaforma, la turbina 5.3-158 a marchio GE. Questa piattaforma rappresenta un’evoluzione della comprovata tecnologia dei parchi da 2 MW e 3 MW di GE che sono in grado di alimentare un’installazione da quasi 20 GW, utilizzando al contempo anche l’architettura e le innovazioni della turbina 4.8-158 lanciata nel 2017. Cypress offre sensibili miglioramenti a livello di AEP, una maggiore efficienza per quanto riguarda la manutenzione, una logistica migliore, superiori potenzialità a livello di collocazione e, in ultima analisi, più valore a favore dei clienti. La piattaforma è concepita per essere ampliata nel tempo, consentendo a GE di offrire una gamma più variegata di potenze e altezze del mozzo così da soddisfare le esigenze della clientela in tutta la gamma dei 5 MW. La piattaforma offre anche un aumento fino al 50% in termini di AEP nell’arco della vita utile della piattaforma rispetto alle turbine da 3 MW di GE. Per GE si tratta del secondo lancio dell’anno di un’importante piattaforma tecnologica, dopo l’inaugurazione a marzo della piattaforma a turbina offshore Haliade-X.
La piattaforma Cypress, che comprende anche il modello 4.8-158, sarà caratterizzata da un rivoluzionario design a due pezzi delle pale, che consente la produzione di pale di lunghezza ancor superiore e migliorie logistiche in termini di maggiori possibilità di collocazione. Oltre a migliorare l’AEP, la maggiore lunghezza delle pale aiuta ad abbattere il costo totale livellato di generazione di elettricità (levelized cost of electricity, LCOE), mentre il design brevettato delle pale consentirà l’installazione di queste turbine più grandi in luoghi precedentemente inaccessibili. La possibilità di assemblare le pale sul posto riduce i costi della logistica, in quanto consente di abbattere le spese per le attrezzature tecniche e i lavori richiesti per il trasporto di pale più lunghe. Altrettanto importante, la conformazione delle punte delle pale offre ai clienti una maggiore versatilità e adattabilità ai requisiti ambientali e alle condizioni del vento.
Le pale in carbonio ad alta tecnologia sono il frutto di una lunga collaborazione tra l’unità Onshore Wind di GE, il Centro di ricerca globale di GE e la società del gruppo GE, LM Wind Power, che, traendo vantaggio dall’esperienza dei propri team a livello di ricerca, progettazione e produzione su larga scala, sono riusciti a trasformare il progetto delle pale da puro concetto a realtà testata e comprovata.
La piattaforma Cypress, progettata per le velocità del vento (S) secondo la classificazione IEC, abbina il meglio delle turbine da 2 MW e 3 MW di GE, tra cui il collaudato generatore a induzione a doppia alimentazione (doubly-fed induction generator, DFIG), a una robusta architettura di trasmissione. L’impianto è specificatamente concepito per l’erogazione di servizi, con miglioramenti finalizzati a facilitare la riparazione e la risoluzione dei problemi delle torri grazie al sistema elettrico in navicella, e permette di superare i limiti della tradizionale affidabilità dei componenti principali grazie a processi di produzione più efficienti e a collaudi hardware più approfonditi a livello dei sistemi. Questa combinazione di servizi pianificati, predittivi e condizionali contribuirà ad assicurare un’affidabilità, un funzionamento ininterrotto e una produttività superiori, riducendo in ultima analisi i costi a livello del ciclo di vita per il cliente.
Pete McCabe, CEO della società Onshore Wind del gruppo GE si è così espresso: “La nostra missione è consentire ai clienti di segnare il passo verso una riduzione del costo totale livellato di generazione di elettricità (LCOE) nel mondo, alla luce della continua evoluzione delle necessità. La piattaforma Cypress attinge alla nostra lunga scia di successi e predispone la nostra tecnologia per la scalabilità e la flessibilità negli anni a venire. Il prototipo Cypress 4.8-158 è attualmente in fase di produzione presso lo stabilimento di Salzbergen, in Germania, ed è nostra intenzione concluderne l’implementazione e la messa in opera entro la fine dell’anno. Questa piattaforma, che rispecchia la nostra incessante attenzione alla qualità, consentirà ai clienti di conseguire un nuovo livello di competitività nel mercato della generazione di elettricità.”
Duncan Berry, CEO dell’unità aziendale LM Wind Power di GE ha dichiarato: “Questa interessante miglioria delle pale sta rivoluzionando le soluzioni che possiamo offrire ai clienti di GE. Il nostro team ha utilizzato una metodologia di progettazione rivoluzionaria e il feedback dei clienti per riesaminare l’intero processo di progettazione e produzione. Osservando le pale in una prospettiva completamente nuova, abbiamo realizzato un’innovazione tecnologica che ci consentirà di introdurre nel mercato le nuove pale proponendole ai nostri clienti ancora prima del previsto.”
Informazioni su GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy è una società da 10 miliardi di dollari con la mentalità di una startup, che è riuscita a creare uno dei portafogli di servizi digitali e prodotti energetici più ampi nel settore delle energie rinnovabili. Abbinando piattaforme eoliche onshore e offshore, pale, impianti idraulici e tecnologie innovative come i sistemi ibridi e gli impianti a energia solare concentrata, GE Renewable Energy ha realizzato installazioni con una capacità globale di più di 400 gigawatt, per rendere il mondo più pulito e farlo funzionare meglio. Con oltre 22.000 dipendenti in più di 80 Paesi, GE Renewable Energy sta studiando nuovi modi per alimentare le più grandi economie e le più remote comunità del mondo.
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Exelon Corporation declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.345 per share on Exelon’s common stock. The dividend is payable on Dec. 10, 2018, to shareholders of record of Exelon as of 5 p.m. New York time on Nov. 15, 2018.
About Exelon Corporation
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers in the U.S. Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2017 revenue of $33.5 billion. Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,000 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.
ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--It is the first time that Enapter showcases its Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) Electrolyser in the US at Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America (booth 4158 in Hall D) during Solar Power International, North America Smart Energy Week. “Enapter provides the building blocks of the future of energy”, says Enapter’s Head of Operations, Jan-Justus Schmidt. Schmidt will reveal in his talk at the public forum on Wednesday 26 at 1:40pm how the ambitious startup is setting out to provide energy independence and security with a revolutionary decentralized and flexible Hydrogen solution.
Enapter develops and manufactures scalable and stackable electrolyser systems ranging in size from 0.5Nm3/h to 10Nm3/h. “Enapter’s electrolysers are unique in the market as they are small, flexible, and modular”, explains Vaitea Cowan, Head of Communications, and continues: “Our customers choose our electrolyser because they are the most cost-effective systems as they don’t require the use of any noble metals”. They produce clean and dry hydrogen, directly compressed to 35 bar. The electrolyser can be powered from any source – in the case of solar and wind with zero emission. Cowan is to provide an elevator pitch on the cost-competitiveness of Enapter’s electrolysers on Thursday 27 at 11:00am at the public forum.
Enapter is going beyond hardware when building the future of energy and will also show its new open source energy monitoring and management system. It allows for easy integration, quick set up, remote control and management. End users can understand their system’s performance, and system integrators can easily install Hydrogen storages in remote locations.
Enapter designs and manufactures highly efficient and modular hydrogen generators, using AEM electrolysis. Its core technology has a 10-year proven track record and is the foundation for a unique range of low-cost, compact hydrogen electrolysers. Today, they are already used internationally in the telecommunications, academia, and agricultural and residential fields. The team combines electrochemical and IT expertise to drive the Hydrogen Economy from both hardware and software standpoints. For more information please visit the website www.enapter.com.
Meet the team:
Meet the team in Hall D, booth 4158, from Monday, September 24 to Thursday, 27. Enapter will be demonstrating the Enapter Energy management system and answering all questions on the AEM Electrolyser technology.
EDISON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eos Energy Storage (“Eos”) – pioneer of the value enhancing Znyth® battery – today announced a strategic investment from and manufacturing partnership with Holtec International (“Holtec”). Under the partnership, Holtec has acquired a significant equity stake in Eos. The partnership will support commercialization of the Gen2 Eos Aurora® DC battery system and help to establish an automated manufacturing facility in the United States. Together, Eos and Holtec will deliver and support cost-competitive energy storage solutions that enable dispatchable solar or wind, increase utilization of grid infrastructure, and improve resiliency for commercial/industrial and utility customers.
Holtec, a global supplier of turnkey equipment and services to the nuclear power industry, will establish a subsidiary called HI-POWER to build and operate manufacturing capacity in the U.S., with plans to grow internationally. “HI-POWER hopes to build its first plant in Camden, NJ to fulfill a rapidly growing global demand for energy storage using Eos’s innovative technology,” said Dr. Kris Singh, Holtec’s President & CEO.
Eos’ first-of-its-kind manufacturing process entails rapid deployment of highly automated, localized production lines which can be easily replicated in markets across the world. Each line is capable of producing up to 400MWh/yr of the Gen2 Eos Aurora product with improved product quality, cost and reliability. Key product features include:
- Pre-integrated, single-drop enclosure that reduces on installation time, field work, and onsite cabling requirements
- Expanded scope including newly-integrated thermal management, DC disconnect and auxiliary power capabilities for outdoor-rated, plug-and-play deployment
- Enhanced serviceability with added DC control cabinet, allowing for more streamlined module replacement and more competitive long-term warranties
“We are thrilled to preview our Gen2 solution and distributed manufacturing capability at Solar Power International given that our product is optimally suited for solar + storage applications,” said Philippe Bouchard, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Eos.
SPI attendees can visit the Eos team at Booth #3368 to learn more about Holtec’s new partnership with Eos and see the product first hand.
About Eos Energy Storage
Eos’ mission is to deliver energy storage solutions that make clean, safe, reliable electricity affordable and accessible to all. Through innovation in batteries, Eos is powering a new dawn of energy storage and a sustainable energy future. Eos manufactures and supplies the Eos Aurora Gen 2®, the industry’s lowest cost and highest performance DC battery system designed to optimize grid infrastructure, enhance reliability, and to reduce costs associated with peak demand. Eos is located in Edison, New Jersey, and New York City. For more information, please visit www.eosenergystorage.com.
About Holtec International:
Holtec International is a privately held energy technology company with operation centers in Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the US, and globally in Brazil, Dubai, India, South Africa, Spain, UK and Ukraine. Holtec’s principal business concentration is in the nuclear power industry. Holtec has played a preeminent role since the 1980s by densifying wet storage in nuclear plants’ spent fuel pools deferring the need for and expense of alternative measures by as much as two decades at over 110 reactor units in the US and abroad. Dry storage and transport of nuclear fuel is another area in which Holtec is recognized as the foremost innovator and industry leader with a dominant market share and an active market presence in eighteen countries. Among the Company’s pioneering endeavors are the world’s first below-ground Consolidated Interim Storage Facility being developed in New Mexico and a 160-Megawatt walk away safe small modular reactor, SMR-160. The SMR-160 is developed to bring cost competitive carbon-free energy to all corners of the earth including water-challenged regions. Holtec is also a major supplier of special-purpose pressure vessels and critical-service heat exchange equipment such as air-cooled condensers, steam generators, feedwater heaters, and water-cooled condensers. Virtually all products produced by the Company are built in its three large manufacturing plants in the US and one in India. Nearly 100 US and international patents protect the Company’s intellectual property from predation by its global competitors and lend predictable stability to its business base. To learn more about Holtec International, visit: www.holtecinternational.com.
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--sPower, an industry leader in renewable assets, recently acquired the operating 55 MWdc Idaho Solar 1 project. Located in Kuna County, ID and placed in service in late 2016, the PV system will continue to operate and sell all output to Idaho Power Company under a 20-year contract. This is sPower’s first operating project acquisition since becoming an AES/AIMCo company in 2017.
“We are thrilled to add another high-quality asset to the sPower fleet. Consummating this transaction would not have been possible without the support of AES and AIMCo as we continue to push the market across the competitive, renewable M&A landscape,” commented Brian Callaway, Director of Structured Finance and M&A at sPower. He added, “The ability to finance this purchase with proceeds from a delayed draw on our recent bond issuance was a key competitive advantage.”
“We were pleased to work with York Capital and find a final home for this project,” said sPower CEO Ryan Creamer. “In addition to ownership, the Idaho Solar 1 project will now be operated by sPower Services, a team that operates over 1300 MWdc that generates over 10 gigawatt hours a day.”
sPower is continuing to pursue future acquisitions of both wind and solar assets at all stages of development, as well as those that are already in operation. sPower’s long-term growth plan forecasts a continued expansion of the Company’s resources dedicated to acquisitions.
sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.3 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers. For more information, visit www.sPower.com.
HAMBURG, Germany - September 24, 2018 — GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) today launched its new onshore turbine platform, named Cypress, and the next model from that platform, GE's 5.3-158 turbine. The platform advances the proven technology of GE's 2 MW and 3 MW fleets, which serves an installed base of nearly 20 GW, while also utilizing architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 turbine introduced in 2017. Cypress enables significant AEP improvements, increased efficiency in serviceability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. It is designed to scale over time, enabling GE to offer a wider array of power ratings and hub heights to meet customer needs throughout the 5 MW range. The platform also offers up to a 50 percent increase in AEP over the life of the platform versus GE's 3 MW turbines. It is the second major technology platform launch of the year for GE, which introduced the Haliade-X offshore turbine platform in March.
The Cypress platform, which also includes the 4.8-158, will be powered by a revolutionary two-piece blade design, enabling blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to offer more siting options. Longer blades improve AEP and help drive down Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE), and the proprietary design will allow these larger turbines to be installed in locations that were previously inaccessible. It significantly drives down logistical costs, by enabling blade assembly onsite and reducing the costs for permitting equipment and road work required for transporting longer blades. Equally importantly, it features blade tips that offer customers greater flexibility to address site wind conditions and requirements.
The high-tech carbon blades were developed through the longtime partnership between GE's Onshore Wind business, GE's Global Research Center and GE's LM Wind Power, taking advantage of the research, design and large-scale manufacturing expertise of these teams to bring the blades from concept to a tested and proven reality.
The Cypress platform, designed for IEC (S) wind speeds, leverages the best of GE's 2 MW and 3 MW turbines – including the proven DFIG - doubly-fed induction generator – and a robust drivetrain architecture. The machine is specifically designed for services, with enhancements to help with facilitating up-tower repairs and troubleshooting with its up-tower electrical system, while also pushing the limits of traditional reliability levels on major components, through increased systems level hardware testing and more robust manufacturing processes. This combination of planned, condition-based and predictive services will help to ensure more reliability, uptime and production while ultimately lowering lifecycle costs for the customer.
Pete McCabe, CEO of GE's Onshore Wind business said, "Our mission is to enable our customers to set the pace for lowering the LCOE around the world, as their needs continue to evolve. The Cypress platform builds on our track record of success and positions our technology for scalability and flexibility for the coming years. The prototype Cypress 4.8-158 is currently under production at our Salzbergen, Germany facility and we are looking forward to deploying and commissioning it by the end of the year. This platform, which reflects our relentless focus on quality, will enable our customers to achieve a new level of competitiveness in the power generation marketplace."
Duncan Berry, CEO of GE's LM Wind Power said, "This exciting blade enhancement is revolutionizing the offerings that we can provide for GE's customers. Our team used a disruptive design methodology and customer feedback to re-examine our entire design and manufacturing process. By looking at this blade in an entirely new way, we achieved a technology breakthrough that will allow us to bring the new blades to market even faster for our customers."
About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with a start-up mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
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Paris, le 14 septembre 2018 –GE Renewable Energy annonce aujourd'hui l'achèvement de l’installation de la dernière éolienne offshore Haliade 150-6 MW sur le parc éolien offshore Merkur de 396 MW, situé en Allemagne. L’équipe GE Renewable Energy sur place poursuivra les activités de mise en service avant de procéder au transfert de l'exploitation au client.
GE Renewable Energy avait été choisie en juin 2015 par la société Merkur Offshore pour la fourniture de 66 éoliennes offshore GE HaliadeTM 150-6 MW de GE ; elle avait, en outre, signé un contrat de service global d’exploitation et de maintenance d’une durée de 10 ans.
John Lavelle, VP & CEO de la branche éolien offshore de GE Renewable Energy, a déclaré : « il s’agit du premier projet éolien offshore à grande échelle mené par GE. Nous avons assuré son installation dans les délais impartis, témoignant ainsi de notre capacité à gérer des projets offshore complexes. Nous sommes ravis de faire partie d'un projet qui s'inscrit dans les efforts constants déployés par l’Allemagne pour se tourner vers les énergies renouvelables au sein de son mix énergétique. »
Situé en mer du Nord, à environ 35 km au nord de l’île de Borkum, le parc éolien offshore de Merkur est amené à devenir l’un des plus grands parcs éoliens offshore d’Allemagne, produisant environ 1 750 GWh par an pour alimenter 500 000 foyers.
Les composants des éoliennes offshore de Merkur ont été fabriqués dans différents pays : les nacelles ont été assemblées à Saint-Nazaire, les pales ont été réalisées par LM Wind Power à Castellón, en Espagne, et les mâts ont été produits en Allemagne et en Chine. Tous les composants ont été transportés jusqu’à la base logistique d’Eemshaven, aux Pays-Bas, où ils ont été préparés en vue de leur installation en mer.
Nautilus would prepare New Jersey to take the lead in cultivating offshore wind talent, as states race to capitalize on this new economy
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Sept 5, 2018) – The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced its official acceptance of the application tendered by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project. The agency is expected to review the project over the next few months and make a decision on whether to approve the project for immediate construction, which will be located approximately 2.8 miles east of the coastline of Atlantic City and could be complete as soon as 2020. The small-scale project, expected to be comprised of three wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 25 megawatts (MW), is a crucial first step towards implementing the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) and building a workforce capable of meeting Governor Phil Murphy’s statewide goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind generation by 2030.
The Project is expected to employ the equivalent of 600 workers for a year during construction as well as additional jobs during operations and maintenance. New Jersey residents across the state could expect to begin receiving power generated by the Nautilus Offshore Wind project as early as 2021. It’s estimated that for the average New Jersey electric consumer, the additional cost of power will amount to about $1.76 per year, which is less than the price of a cup of coffee. In return, an independent analysis showed that Nautilus is expected to increase New Jersey’s total economic output by $150 million with construction by 2020. Maintaining the offshore wind project could add $16 million annually for the state, with a projected economic and environmental net benefit of $235 million.
“Our purpose with Nautilus is not just to deliver offshore wind power, but to leverage this initial build to help the New Jersey workforce quickly gain deep expertise in offshore wind in comparison with other states,” said Doug Copeland, EDF Renewables regional project manager. “With offshore wind poised to become one of the nation’s fastest growing production sectors, there is a real opportunity for New Jersey to lead the country in implementing future commercial scale projects faster and more cost effectively – all with a minimal impact on the ocean environment.”
A number of New Jersey economic organizations and political officials have already voiced support for the project.
“Nautilus will make it possible for Atlantic City to become the birth place of an emerging industry, creating new jobs and sustainable economic growth,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo. “When approved, the project will be the start of an energy transformation that will allow for a brighter and cleaner future here in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County and across the state.”
“A myriad of benefits will be realized through the experience gained in implementing the Nautilus Offshore project,” said Philip K. Beachem, president of the New Jersey Alliance for Action. “We welcome clean energy investments such as this, that have the potential to bolster economic growth across the state.”
“Nautilus is poised to create hundreds of new jobs in the short-term, as well as lay the foundation for future employment growth throughout the region. The Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters looks forward to expanding its clean energy workforce that will be equipped to expand New Jersey’s economy,” said William Sproule, assistant executive secretary treasurer of the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.
Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind added, “The Nautilus Offshore project is a perfect example of how states can quickly kick off the build of their offshore wind economies. Along our U.S. coastline, offshore wind provides us with the power to create unparalleled job and economic growth.”
EDF Renewables plays a leading role in offshore wind energy, having gained several years of experience with a strong portfolio of offshore wind projects in development throughout Europe totaling almost 2 gigawatts (GW), including three projects along the French coastline with 1.5 GW in total capacity, and a 450 MW offshore wind project in the UK. EDF Renewables already operates more than 800 MW of offshore wind capacity with three projects: C-Power (325 MW) in Belgium, Teesside (62 MW) and Blyth (41.5 MW) in the UK, and the operations and maintenance of 400 MW of offshore wind capacity with the recent acquisition of a company specialized in this activity based out of Germany.
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 29, 2018 – Officials today celebrated the opening of Delta Solar, Michigan’s largest tracking solar array that will provide the state’s capital city and region with clean energy.
Representatives of CMS Energy, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) and EDF Renewables announced the 24-megawatt, two-part project is now fully operational during an event with community leaders this morning at the combined facility, west of I-96/I-69 and north of Sundance Highway in Delta Township. Delta Solar provides enough power to serve up to 4,200 homes.
“Delta Solar illustrates CMS Energy’s commitment to our triple bottom line – supporting people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy, which owns and operates Delta Solar through its subsidiary, CMS Enterprises. “CMS Energy is excited to help power Lansing-area homes and businesses with a project that leaves our planet better than we found it.”
“This project reinforces BWL’s commitment to providing our customers with 30 percent clean energy by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030,” said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “We know this is what our customers want and we’re committed to giving them a clean energy future.”
Delta Solar is located on about 200 acres in Delta Township in Eaton County. The project features over 86,000 solar panels that use modern single-axis tracking technology to follow the sun’s movement, capturing more energy than traditional fixed-tilt solar modules. The project was constructed using local skilled labor and provided over 100 jobs during construction.
The Lansing Board of Water & Light has a contract to purchase the power from Delta Solar, helping the municipal utility to achieve its renewable energy goals. CMS Enterprises owns and operates the project, which was originated, developed and constructed by EDF Renewables. CMS Enterprises will manage Delta Solar’s daily operations, with EDF Renewables providing long-term maintenance services.
“EDF Renewables commends the Lansing Board of Water & Light in leading the state and the capital region to turn toward a clean and secure energy future,” said Jamie Resor, CEO of EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “The success of this project is directly attributable to the support we received from the community, our partners BWL and CMS Energy, and our subcontractors and suppliers.”
CMS Enterprises has been active in developing renewable energy projects in Michigan and the region. It worked with EDF Renewables to develop the 2.5-megawatt Flambeau Solar power facility last year in northern Wisconsin. CMS Enterprises also recently closed on the purchase of the 105-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Haviland, Ohio.
KIEV, UKRAINE – AUGUST 28, 2018 – GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), announced today it facilitated the raising of €90MM in project financing for stage I (100-megawatt) of DTEK Renewables B.V. Primorskaya wind electricity plant (Primorskaya WEP), located on the Sea of Azov shore in Zaporizhia region, South Ukraine.
Bayerische Landesbank, a leading German bank based in Munich, led a German banking consortium, which included KfW IPEX-Bank and Bremer Kreditbank, to provide senior debt to the project. The deal is supported by German Export Credit Agency, Euler Hermes, which provided an export credit guarantee for the transaction.
This project was awarded to GE Renewable Energy’s onshore wind business, which has committed to provide 26 of its 3.8-130-110HH wind turbines to the Primorskaya WEP and arrange for the installation/commissioning of the turbines to power the wind farm.
Stage I of Primorskaya WEP is part of a two-phase process to build a 200-MW wind farm in Ukraine. Once fully operational by end of 2019, the Primorsk wind farm, equipped with one the most powerful GE onshore turbines, is expected to generate enough electrical energy to power the equivalent of ~350,000 homes in Ukraine. The financing will support subsequent phases of the project and assist Ukraine in meeting its target of generating 11 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Guto Davies, Managing Director - Global ECA Advisory and Execution Leader, GE Energy Financial Services, said “We’re seeing increased demand for renewables projects in emerging markets as part of their clean energy ambition. Primorskaya WEP highlights GE’s capability in deploying its financial and technological expertise to renewable projects across the emerging markets.”
Peter Wells, Onshore Europe/SSA Leader, GE Renewable Energy, said: “This is an important milestone for GE as we work toward Ukraine’s renewable energy goals. GE Renewable Energy is excited to work with DTEK and supply some of GE’s most innovative wind turbines to the Primorskaya WEP project, enabling affordable, reliable and clean energy to the residents and businesses of the Zaporizhia region.”
Philipp Leckebusch, CEO of DTEK Renewables, said: "DTEK Renewables has proven its major role as a long-standing respected partner in Ukraine for leading international financial institutions and industrial corporations for the supply of the necessary equipment. With our investments in advanced and innovative solutions, we will continue to contribute to the transformation of the Ukrainian energy sector and the sustainable development of the country."
GE also signed a 20-year Full Service Agreement for the operation and maintenance of the turbines. Additionally, GE Grid Solutions has signed a €4MM contract for the supply of equipment related to the connection of the wind farm to the national grid. Key turbine components will be made in Germany and the nacelle will be built at GE facility in Salzbergen, Germany.
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Schenectady, NY (August 14, 2018)—Today TerraForm Power, Inc. (“TerraForm”) announced that GE Renewable Energy has been selected to provide a range of services for its North American wind fleet, one of the region’s largest with more than 900 turbines. The agreement leverages GE’s service and digital capabilities to improve and optimize turbine performance while enabling the ability to deliver unique customer-focused financial outcomes and metrics.
As part of the agreement, GE Renewable Energy will take on the remote management of TerraForm’s windfarms, centralizing the monitoring and analysis of the entire fleet across multiple OEM and turbine types while providing NERC/FERC compliance services including Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP) Version 5 requirements.
Vikas Anand, GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind America’s leader, said “This agreement with TerraForm is a great example of how we can combine GE’s unmatched onshore equipment and services experiences to create the right solutions for our customers. By working closely with TerraForm, we are creating an entirely new level of value for their fleet.”
GE Renewable Energy’s digital solution harnesses terabytes of data and orchestrates proprietary analytics to diagnose and predict turbine underperformance on a fully integrated software platform designed specifically for the wind industry. If any part of the fleet is underperforming, or an anomaly is detected, GE automatically alerts and dispatches technicians to remedy the issue.
“GE Renewable Energy now manages more than 70 GW of renewable energy globally,” said Anne McEntee, CEO for GE Renewable Energy Digital Solutions. “Our customers’ operational strategy is what drives our digital products and lifecycle solutions. We focus on what matters most to them—outcomes that increase revenue, reduce costs and lower risk. Only GE can do this by applying data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services, thoroughly integrated in a single software platform.”
In addition, the agreement also covers a number of additional services including:
Securing NERC regulatory certification as part of remote management and system control
Blade repairs and extended coverage
Parts and equipment to cover non-GE assets and update existing site inventory and ordering mechanisms
Documentation and training for on-site personnel
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GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world's first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables
The inaugural Argentina Wind Power took place early September in Buenos Aires with the event deemed successful by many on several levels. Firstly because AWP18 was the platform of choice for the Ministry of Energy’s Subsecretary Sebastián Kind to announce Round 3 updates which had been kept under wraps until the event. This, in itself, generated much media coverage and positioned AWP as the event of choice for wind power in Argentina. Secondly, its two-day rich programme of sessions provided unique insights from industry experts and key legislators, with both sides sharing their views as to how to progress the industry in the short to medium term.
Over 60 quality speakers shared the floor of 16 plenary and round table sessions, including technical, confirming this ‘event organized by the industry for the industry’ as the lead quality content provider in this market.
14 key sponsors supported the event including: Vestas, SGRE, Ventus and EOS Energia, Genneia, Enercon, Nordex Group, Eoliasur, ArcVera Renewables, DNV GL, Envision, Energias Del Plata and UL as well as our many partners, local and international including receiving the endorsement from the Ministry of Energy in Argentina, as well as receiving strong support from the new Cámara Eólica Argentina (CEA) and other key local organisations.
The event attracted over 700 registrants whom are involved in the wind or renewable energy sector in Argentina or wish to be. Local and international exhibitors were also present with small to large booths in what was seen to be a unique venue space, conducive to optimal networking – the JPII of the Universidad Católica Argentina in Puerto Madero.
GWEC’s Ramón Fiestas, President of the Latin America Committee, announced a 2019 edition of the conference with dates and venue yet to be defined. Calls for interest for sponsorships can be addressed to [email protected]
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During the event, Undersecretary of Renewable Energies, Sebastián Kind, officially announced the launch of MinRen (Round 3 of the RenovAr program) in October 2018. But what else is going on this in new and exciting market? GWEC and EOS Energía have compiled an easy to read overview of the market situation and perspectives which is yours to download free of charge.
Download the English version here (EN)
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The South African market has grown out of the government’s national procurement programme (REI4P) and serves as a launching pad for those serious about doing business on the African continent. 2018 is a year of recovery and consolidation, as positive market sentiment returns, following a difficult period for stakeholders active in the domestic wind energy market.
This year, the Windaba conference and exhibition theme is: ‘Investment for an Integrated Power Transition.’ Three discussion tracks will pivot on domestic, continental and global investment perspectives, all of which impact on the sustainability of the South African wind market. Read more
Windaba, taking place this year from 7-8 November in Cape Town, is organised annually by GWEC and the South African Wind Energy Association, preceded by its acadamic sister conference WindAc Africa on 5-6 November. Windaba continues to be the place to go to hear about current planning & policy, and to meet the major established manufacturers, emerging supply chain representatives and senior government officials.
Register now at windaba.co.za
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – we’ll be holding a ‘Doing Business In … South Africa’ webcast on 9 October at 3pm CEST to provide some preliminary information of the wind market. Further information will be available soon, but if you’d like to be informed when registration for the webcast opens, then please sign up here [https://bit.ly/2F1kAIH]
New Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review
CanWEA has developed a Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review (Review) to provide the wind industry, policy makers, and other stakeholders with a scientific and ecological approach to supporting renewable energy production while minimizing the potential for impact to bats. The Review objectively summarizes the body of scientific and practical knowledge gained over the last several decades regarding wind energy and bats. By consulting the Review, it is anticipated that the wind industry and other stakeholders will be better positioned to make decisions using sustainable, science-based approaches to wind turbine siting and bat impact mitigation measures.
News release: https://canwea.ca/news-release/2018/08/27/wind-industry-unveils-new-resource-aimed-at-reducing-wind-turbine-impacts-on-bats/.
Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review: https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/wildlife/wind-energy-and-bat-conservation-review/.
For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:
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Canadian Wind Energy Association
The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Calgary, October 23-25, 2019.
The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition is the meeting point for all members of the wind energy industry – top business executives, technical experts, decision and policy makers, and government representatives – to come together and address the key issues facing the industry today.
Premier exhibiting companies will present their cutting-edge technology and innovations that will help solve the industry’s biggest problems and pave the way for a more efficient, effective, and sustainable energy future.
This year’s conference will host close to 1,500 attendees representing a wide range of interests, including project developers, manufacturers, federal, provincial and municipal governments, utilities, consultants, communities and students.
The CanWEA Annual Conference & Exhibition
October 23-25, 2018
BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta
Link to learn more & register: https://windenergyevent.ca/
Google signs 190 MW of wind PPAs in Finland
Internet giant Google today said it has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) to buy electricity from three new wind farms in Finland with a combined capacity of 190 MW.
The deals have been agreed with renewable energy developers CPC, Neoen and WPD and are for projects that will not benefit from government subsidies. Google said this is the first time it purchases subsidy-free renewable energy in Europe, which shows that renewables are cost competitive with grid power in an increasing number of locations. Read more: https://renewablesnow.com/news/google-signs-190-mw-of-wind-ppas-in-finland-626307/
CPC to build 50 MW subsidy-free wind farm in Finland
Developer CPC Finland will proceed with a planned 50 MW wind farm in southwest Finland without the need for subsidies. Construction on the 12-turbine facility in Isojoki would start in September, the firm – a subsidiary of the German renewables developer – added, eyeing completion in autumn 2019. Read more: https://www.montelnews.com/en/story/cpc-to-build-50-mw-subsidy-free-wind-farm-in-finland/918406
Representatives of the renewable associations of France, Portugal and Denmark will analyze the experiences of these countries on wind farms´ life extension and repowering at the Spanish Wind Energy Association´s event on October 9th in Madrid. This international vision will offer an exchange of experiences to the participants of the 3rd International Summit on Wind Farms´ Life Extension, as well as different perspectives for producers and technologists. Do not miss out on this event and register now. More information at www.aeeolica.org.
The future of wind farms in operation is closely linked to regulatory conditions but also to resources and technologies. The last session of AEE´s conference will analyze the state of the art of three countries that, together with Germany, have a similar situation, which can be used to evaluate strategic lines and possible collaborations with Spanish companies.
Olivier Perot, CEO of France Energie Eolienne; José Medeiros, Secretary General of the Portuguese renewable association APREN; and Jakob Juul, Head of Division of Danish Energy Agency, will analyze the following topics in one of the round tables of the event:
- Specific regulations for repowering
- Treatment of life extension: diagnostic procedures, incidence in the operation of wind farms
- Exchange of experiences, integrated supplies
Opening speech by General Secretary of Industry and SMEs
The General Secretary of Industry and SMEs of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Raúl Blanco Díaz, will open this event. Rocío Sicre, AEE´s President, will also be in this inaugural session, highlighting that the mission of this event is to share projects and experiences by different agents of the wind sector on operational improvements, repowering and life extension of wind farms.
Promoters, manufacturers, researchers and technicians from national and international wind energy sector will take part in this third edition of the event and they will discuss how to solve the aging of wind farms in Spain in order to maintain its efficiency and long-term profitability. Attendees will exchange their proposals regarding the operational improvement and repowering of wind farms in Spain.
The program of conferences has the confirmation of relevant speakers within the wind energy sector who will participate in the following round tables:
- Increase in production of existing wind farms, low cost solutions
- Maintenance improvements of wind farms
- Operational improvement of wind farms
- The repowering of wind farms
- Second-hand market management
- Regulatory issues that influence repowering
- Business decision-making strategies
- Specific solutions for the improvement of transmission and step control systems
- Implications in business management for life extension of wind farms
- The experience in other countries
Click here to see the program.
The 3rd edition of Wind Farms´ Life Extension Summit will have the participation, as speakers and attendants, of different members of companies in the wind energy sector. At the conferences board will participate, among others, Aeroblade, Aracnocóptero, Cepsa, DEIF, DNV GL, EDP Renováveis, Endesa, Greenbyte, RIVI Group, Technological Institute of the Canary Islands, Isotrol, Lloyd’s Registers, Moove Lubricants, NEM Solutions, Revergy , Senvion, Siemens Gamesa, Tecnalia, UL and Vestas.
The attendance of representatives from different companies and interest groups of the wind energy sector, turns this event into a great opportunity for your company to gain visibility through the sponsorship modality. Iberdrola and Siemens Gamesa, are VIP sponsors; and Cepsa, UL and Moove Lubricantes, are already partners of the event. During the summit, we will have the ‘Corporate Corner’ which is an exhibition space of business booths where companies can inform attendees about their products and services as well as do networking. The companies that have already confirmed their participation are ABB, Green Eagle Solutions, Octocom, Senvion and Vestas.
Get more information about this event and register here.
MAKE is now Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
One year has passed since Verisk Analytics acquired MAKE. During the last couple of months, GTM, Wood Mackenzie and MAKE have finally fused their powers and come together as one brand: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, the leading insight and advisory firm for renewable energy. In September we launch our new digital platform for clients, bringing together all of MAKE’s wind research, GTM’s solar, storage and grid edge products Wood Mackenzie’s insights on power fundamentals. Learn more about us on https://www.woodmac.com/our-expertise/capabilities/power-and-renewables/our-latest-thinking/
Meet us in Barcelona for GPEX 2018
A team from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables will attend the brand-new Global Power & Energy Exhibition GPEX, as part of Gastech 2018 in Barcelona. Meet us at booth GPEX 12 and get to know our combined services. Don’t miss out on our Senior Analyst and storage expert Rory McCarthy presenting “Renewables-Plus-Storage – Dispatchable Clean Power” at the conference on September 18th at 10:30AM. If you wish to meet with our experts at the expo to find out more about our renewables research & advisory, please get in touch [email protected].
WindEnergy Hamburg: Join us to discuss the future of offshore turbines and more
Get to know our new combined research offering at our booth as part of WindEnergy Hamburg 2018. Meet with one of our experts to discover how we can support your business in Hall B5, Booth 138. On September 26th, get a taste of our insights as Senior Analyst Shashi Barla speaks at the WindEnergy conference as part of the session “Offshore turbines: bigger, better?”. Our meeting schedules for this busy week are filling up quickly, so please send us your requests as soon as you can to [email protected].
2018 stays on track for a big year in wind power growth
Following the upgrades in our last 10-year wind power outlook, Q3 is looking to be similarly promising. With the top 20 markets remaining stable and select markets like Denmark setting additional targets, 2018 is setting the stage for annual growth. Strong offshore wind order intake in Europe and Asia led to a Q2 record, with order capacity increasing 100%+ YoY. Read about all wind energy market trends and developments in our upcoming Q3 Market Outlook Update.
Offshore wind to become China’s wind power driver
With more than 40GW of offshore projects in the pipeline, offshore wind power is on its way of turning into the main growth point of Chinese wind power. The country’s Fourteenth Five-Year Plan forecasts a rapid growth of offshore wind from 2021 to 2025, as the technology improves and the offshore supply chain matures. This growth is regionally concentrated in the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, and Jiangsu, which will together install 90% of the project pipeline.
Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:
Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’
Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?
It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.
Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.
In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.
“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.
There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.
The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”
Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.
Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."
Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”
Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."
The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.
Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!
At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.
One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.
250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.
Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."
At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.
The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.
"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.
Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."
AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.
The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.
The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.
The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.
Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.
“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”
The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.
“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.
While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.
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WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS
On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.
So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.
Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/
Courtesy GE Renewable Energy
ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).
The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).
“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.
Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.
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Wind energy sector in India is growing at an impressive pace.
In Conversation with, Mr. Narayan Kumar, Development Director, Acciona Wind Power India
1.What is current installed capacity of your company and how has been your journey so far?
ACCIONA is one of the foremost Spanish business corporations with a global footprint. We are leaders in development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services.
ACCIONA's has been in India for close to a decade, with primary presence in renewable energy. ACCIONA was the first Spanish company to install and operate a wind farm in India. We have operating wind farms with a capacity of around 175 MW.
2.What is your current order book position and what are the projects that you are currently bidding for?
Acciona India is an Independent Power Producer. Unlike Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), we don’t maintain an order book. We are focused on development of both solar and wind energy investments in India. Currently we are evaluating opportunities at both the national level as well as in different states to participate in auctions for both PV and wind space.
3.What is the impact of Reverse bidding on the wind energy sector?
Wind energy sector in India is at cross roads because of introduction of reverse bidding since February 2017. It would have been ideal if the industry had been provided with a 12-15 month period for transition from feed-in-tariffs to competitive based reverse bidding. Now that the reverse bidding has been introduced, this has created a sense of uncertainty in the industry and is bound to affect capacity addition for 15-18 months. We need to evaluate the sustainability of tariffs of around INR 3.40 – Rs 3.50 / kWh.
It’s interesting to see how future bids will play out since we are reading reports about one of the winning bidders from the Feb 2017 auction already backing out from its commitments. We have also witnessed the same trend in the PV space as well. There is perhaps the need for the industry to think through their bid strategy and evaluate pricing on rational, sustainable, long-term basis.
4.What are your growth plans for the next couple of years?
Acciona India has aggressive plans to increase our footprint in both wind and PV. It would be difficult to share specific numbers at this time. We are evaluating several greenfield as well as brownfield growth opportunities. We are long-term investors and are guided by the sustainability of returns.
5.Would you like to add anything else about wind sector?
When India’s first ever auction of wind projects worth 1 GW capacity early this year threw up record low tariffs, none of realised that it would become a flashpoint for the resentment of power distribution companies (discoms) against generators in the days ahead. But that is exactly what we are seeing today.
Discoms have stopped signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind power generators, leaving a big question mark hanging over the future of 3 GW of assets underconstruction. If the logjam is not broken soon, the government’s renewable power capacity addition could get off track, compromising effortsto rein in emissions and fight climate change.
Discoms believe that they were paying very high tariffs to IPPs and are reneging on their signed commitments. Discoms’ refusal to sign PPAs has forced the Centre to intervene and asked for signed commitments to be honoured. Such blatant change of tack has serious repercussions on the country’s renewable energy programme as well as India’s perception with global investors. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has already cautioned discoms that if PPAs are not signed, there would be no further wind capacity addition either in 2017-18or 2018-19.
Even if wind auctionsrestart at this stage as is widely envisaged, the projects would be commissioned only over the next 15 to 18 months.In such a case there would be no wind capacity addition in 2017-18 and a major part of 2018-19. This would mean that most atates would not be able to meet their non-solar RPO obligations.
This would also throw a spanner in the plans of OEMs who have made large investments in capacity as well as inventory. They will go through a difficult phase on this account, though this is expected to be temporary.
Re-Powering – A growthopportunity
Repowering is something which needs to be absolutely encouraged. Vintage turbines occupy some of the best wind sites across India. Policies or guidelines may require changes as we have not made a big headway into repowering.
Again it’s perhaps premature to comment as there are issues like existing substation capacity, current PPAs, disposal of old turbines and current owners of land who are reluctant to give up their land etc.
Power being a concurrent subject; it’s possible to have a state repowering policy. The bottom line is, repowering can bring in about a capacity addition on an estimate of 1 GW every year for the next 2-3 years. This can possibly increase if grid connectivity and substation capacity can be augmented.
The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.
The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.
Courtesy National Renewable Energy Laboratory