Power & Energy Solutions

The premier renewable energy publication

The Cherbourg plant will have the capability to manufacture the world's longest blade at 88.4 meters.  Creation of a production hub in the European renewable energy industry  LM Wind Power, a leading, global manufacturer of wind turbine blades announced today that it will open a new wind turbine blade factory dedicated to the offshore market in Cherbourg, Normandy, France. The factory will be built on a site developed by Ports Normands Associés (PNA), a port authority that includes the Normandy region and the Manche Department. Ground breaking will begin in March 2017 and production is expected to commence from June 2018. Ultimately, the company expects to employ over 550 people, with as many as 2,000 further indirect jobs resulting in the local area. LM Wind Power has worked together with the Normandy local authorities and in particular the Normandy Region in order for this new factory, ideally located on the port of Cherbourg, to be able to start production swiftly and serve the growing offshore wind market. This facility will have the capability to produce the longest blade in the world, the LM 88.4 P. The company expects the operation will grow to a capacity between 1.2 and 2.0 Gigawatts (GW). With this

Read More

Dounreay Trì Limited welcomed today’s decision of the Highland Council to approve its proposed demonstration floating wind farm off the Northern coast near Thurso.  The Council was formally consulted on the project as part of Marine Scotland’s consideration on the planning application. Marine Scotland will now be able to complete its assessment and make a recommendation on the project to Scottish Ministers. According to the Renewables Obligation Scheme which the wind farm will operate under the Government has to take a decision by 31 March for it to proceed. The twin turbine project will be capable of generating 10MW of electricity, enough to power around 8,000 homes. By opening up the deeper waters off the North and West Coast of Scotland new floating wind farms can make a significant contribution to helping Scotland meet its renewable energy targets. Commenting on the Council’s decision, Marcus Thor, Project Director for Dounreay Trì Limited said, “We are delighted that the Council has agreed with this project and hope that Marine Scotland and the Scottish Government can take a timely decision on it. This demonstration facility which will be built and operated in Scotland opens up the possibility for a significant increase in offshore wind generation and 

Read More

A landmark building that has helped to secure billions of pounds of investment and more than 800 new jobs to the East is celebrating another high growth success story as one of its high-profile tenants moves on to revive prominent redundant offices in Lowestoft. James Fisher Marine Services – one of 150 tenant companies which has been supported by OrbisEnergy, the most easterly building in the country – has expanded rapidly into “a fantastic place” that offered it “a high quality operating base with the flexibility to ebb and flow” as it grew its offshore wind business. The company, which won a £25million contract on the Galloper Wind Farm two years after moving into a small office in OrbisEnergy, quickly took over larger offices with its increasing team. It has now taken over the former AKD Engineering offices at Horn Hill in Lowestoft, having benefited from the springboard effect of OrbisEnergy. To mark the company’s successful expansion, OrbisEnergy is hosting a virtual opening of its new offices on Friday (February 24) on the fourth floor of the building that overlooks the Southern North Sea where billions of pounds are being invested in offshore wind projects. The launch event is being organised in association with the

Read More

Hamburg/Melbourne: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a conditional contract with Nexif Energy for the EPC contracts and maintenance agreements for the 25 turbine Glen Innes Wind Farm in New South Wales and the 59 turbine Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: "We are particularly happy to announce this contract with Nexif Energy, only a short time after being selected as single preferred supplier. This highlights the strong product fit Senvion can provide for Australian projects. We are very much looking forward to further building on our partnership with Nexif Energy." Both wind farms will see the introduction of the new Senvion 3.6M140 turbine into the Australian market. Compared to its predecessor, the energy yield has been increased by up to 20 per cent at wind speeds of 7.5 m/s, and the lifetime has been extended by 25 per cent from 20 to 25 years. Improvements to the blades have resulted in lower sound in all operating modes. Combined, the projects will deliver over 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy to Australian consumers. Raymond Gilfedder, CEO and Managing Director of Senvion Australia said: "The next few years will be a busy

Read More

Moventas has been developing a new product to the Exceed technology. Exceed product platform was launched in 2014 with a 3MW+ gearbox with the best weight/nominal torque ration in the market. A new Exceed 4MW+ will now be joining the product family. The Exceed 4MW+ gearbox successfully completed long-time overload test in January at Moventas Research and Technology center in Finland. The results in this lifecycle simulating test were great, with highest loads being more than double of the nominal power. Vibrational and sound behavior, operational functionality parameters and load sharing on gears were on excellent level. The 4MW+ gearbox has gone through intensive verification process supervised by classification body, turbine manufacturer and Moventas experts. Next the first gearboxes will be installed to wind turbine for further validation measurements in actual operating conditions. The new 4MW+ gearbox continues the success of Moventas technology roadmap to implement the proven Moventas technologies with new innovations and design methods in the Exceed series to lower cost of energy in wind power generation. Moventas has already delivered over 1 GW Exceed technology gearboxes in the 3MW+ class and the newcomer is another significant step to provide small size, light weight and high torque density gearboxes to yet

Read More

Berlin, February 17, 2017 – Global law firm Dentons has advised Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge on its investment in offshore wind farm EnBW Hohe See. Enbridge has announced that it will partner with EnBW, a German utility, to develop the 497 MW Hohe See wind farm being constructed approximately one hundred kilometers off the North Sea coast. A total of 71 wind turbines with a total capacity of 497 MW are expected to supply an average of 560,000 households with electricity. Enbridge operates the world's longest crude oil and liquids transportation system across Canada and the U.S. as well as Canada's largest natural gas distribution company and a portfolio of natural gas gathering, transmission and processing assets. Enbridge also has interests in more than 2,500 megawatts of net renewable and alternative generating capacity, and continues to expand into wind, solar and geothermal power and power transmission. Based in Calgary, Enbridge's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg is one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. Dentons advised Enbridge on all legal aspects of the transaction, including the service contracts, acquisition structure and regulatory issues. Berlin-based partner Thomas Schubert led Dentons’ cross-border team

Read More

• EnBW orders 71 offshore wind turbines including foundations • 497 megawatts offshore wind power plant to be grid connected in 2019 • Site located 90 kilometers northern of German island Borkum • Grid connection via HVDC platform BorWin Gamma Siemens Wind Power will, for the first time, provide complete offshore wind power plant solutions including foundations for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind project. Hohe See owner EnBW has now made a final investment decision for its 497 megawatts offshore wind power plant. Starting in early 2018 the large wind park will be installed at a site 90 kilometers north of the German island Borkum in the North Sea at water depths of up to 40 meters. The 71 wind turbines of the type SWT-7.0-154 rated at 7 megawatts each will be manufactured at Siemens’ new nacelle plant in Cuxhaven beginning in mid-2018 and will be shipped to the project harbor in early 2019. The blades will be shipped from factories in Hull, UK, and Aalborg, Denmark. Commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2019. The wind power plant will generate enough power to supply 560,000 households with clean renewable energy. In 2016 Siemens began with the development of project-specific solutions for the

Read More

33 ft Offshore Accommodation Container for more comfort ELA Container Offshore GmbH announced the development of a new offshore container type: a 10 m x 3 m wide, high-cube accommodation container with interior hallway and two cabins. The first 24 containers of this new type have already been built at the premises in Haren, Germany. ELA Offshore managed to deliver all required containers from scratch in only 3 months from project kick-off, including design and development up to turnkey delivery on an offshore converter station in the German North Sea. “To come up with the best suitable container type, especially for Offshore Windfarms, we sat together with our customer, DNVGL and German authorities, who are responsible for the German “Arbeitsstättenrichtlinien (ASR)”, to create a new generation of container type”, says Hans Gatzemeier, Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH. The new units accord with the regulations of DNVGL-ST-E273 “Portable Offshore Units”, April 2016 and ST-E272 “2.7-2 Offshore Service Modules” Section 3, February 2016. In addition the containers correspond to HSE. All containers have fire detectors, fire extinguishers and emergency escape ways. After connection to the fire fighting-system of the platform as well as the PAGA system, the highest safety standards are guarded. With the

Read More

DNV GL has concluded vendor’s technical due diligence on a portfolio of wind farms totalling around 230 MW. Independent evaluation of the portfolio highlights technical risks and potential impacts on the safe and profitable construction as well as operation of the assets. London, UK – 16 February 2017, DNV GL successfully completed its vendor’s technical due diligence of a portfolio of Irish wind farms for Gaelectric Holding plc. The portfolio is to be purchased by major Chinese investors CGN Europe Energy. CGN Europe Energy is the European renewable investment arm of China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Group – the group that holds a 33% share of the new £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, UK. Having acquired three UK wind farms in 2014 totalling 73 MW, CGN Europe Energy are further broadening their renewables operations within the European market, by purchasing this portfolio of wind assets in Ireland from Gaelectric Holding plc. Gaelectric Holding plc, an independent developer and operator, commissioned DNV GL's Project Engineering specialists to complete vendor's technical due diligence of 14 wind farms, totalling around 230 MW. The assets comprise ten existing wind farms of around 184 MW and a further four wind farms, which

Read More

GES finished the construction of two wind farms in Chile and is working on a third at the moment February 2017. Global Energy Services (GES) finished two wind farms adding 112 MW to the company track record in Chile. The Project scope included the civil works, the medium voltage grid and turbine installation. These two new wind farms are the recognition to an extraordinary trajectory in the country. GES started its activity in Chile in 2012, when the Spanish company first constructed a wind farm in the Andean country. Since then GES has an accumulated track record of 450 MW in the wind activity, which means almost a third of the total capacity installed in Chile. GES face the near future with good perspectives in the South American region, where the company is already negotiating new projects in Chile and Argentina, after the emergence of this market in the last year.

Read More