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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced a brave new plan to build offshore wind turbines, producing a total of 3,000 MW and requiring a massive investment of €10bn Euros. A call for bids for the construction of the turbines was to be launched later this year, the president said, adding that 600 turbines were to be constructed in five sites: Saint-Nazaire, le Trépot, Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Saint-Brieuc. France, which currently gets most of its energy through its extensive nuclear power facilities, is expected to pick the winning offshore candidates in early 2012, with the project up and running by 2015.The French government is releasing €100m to help develop an impressive network of wind power in a mega-project which will create an impressive 10,000 jobs, according to the President. The government has also pledged that France will be running on 23 per cent renewable energy by 2020. The country which gave the world Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Victor Hugo and the Citroen Deux Chevaux, also boasts plans to produce 25,000 MW from wind turbines, of which 6,000 MW will come from offshore.To put that into perspective, the UK, which leads Europe in the field, currently produces 1,341 MW offshore. "Our aim

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Words: D. Kühnel, T. Neumann; DEWI GmbHAs one of the world's leading consulting organisations in the field of wind energy, Germany-based DEWI offers a number of related measurement services, energy analyses and studies, together with technological, economical and political consultancy for the industry, wind farm developers, banks, governments and public administrations. Here, two of their most intrepid consultants recount a recent expedition to Alpha Ventus and the crucial work they carried out on turbines above the ocean waves

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As the Managing Director of world-renowned ladder manufacturer Hailo, Winfried Czilwa has a knack for spotting commercial opportunities in a diverse range of business sectors. Here, he talks to PES about the company's operations in the wind power arena.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you begin by giving us an overview of your company and explain how you serve the wind industry?Winfried Czilwa: Hailo has more than 60 years' experience in the ladder industry. Our prime focuses are ladders and containers for collecting waste, from private through to industrial purposes. While the company initially concentrated on household ladders and ladders for craftsmen, today Hailo earns much of its sales in the wind industry, where Hailo is a full-range supplier for all tower interior fittings.PES: How does ladder technology for the wind industry compare to the technology for structural engineering?WC: We should talk about climbing technology, because there are several products like fall arrest systems, service lifts and the ladder itself, which makes climbing technology quite complex. This is the reason why our technology is supplementary to structural engineering.PES: Do you provide your clients with made-to-measure systems, and if so, what are the typical challenges you face in this regard?WC: Our

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German-based BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH was founded by the three engineers who remain in control of its day-to-day operations and after whom the company is named. Providing one-stop logistical support solutions to the wind industry among others, the company has built an enviable reputation for stealth and reliability. PES spoke to founding director Joachim Binotsch about the company's origins, its evolution and its future

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SAL Heavy Lift Shipping boasts a fleet of 15 heavy lift vessels, providing customised and reliable sea transportation solutions for all types of project cargoes, including heavy machinery, equipment for the oil and gas industry, (offshore) wind energy, cranes and floating cargo. The German-based specialists have developed an enviable reputation, largely as a result of their impressive high-crane capacity of up to 2,000mtons, along with the fleet's unrivalled speed of 20 knots - imperative for the safe delivery of time-sensitive cargo. PES spoke to Jan-Peter Esbensen (Director of Business Development) at the company's Steinkirchen HQ, about the company and its operations.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you firstly explain a little about your business and how you serve the wind industry?Jan-Peter Esbensen: Founded in 1980, SAL is located outside of Hamburg in Germany. SAL is the exclusive agent for a fleet of 15 modern heavy lift vessels. Apart from its headquarters in Steinkirchen the company is represented through various sales offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Bejing, London, Genoa, Helsinki, Perth and Houston. With its latest newbuildings, SAL features the largest heavylift vessels currently in the market. Both vessels - the second one will be delivered in March 2011 - have 2

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With a formula for success which includes combining years of practical experience with enviable scientific know-how in all areas of wind energy utilisation, Deutsche WindGuard Consulting GmbH has built an enviable reputation among the wind farms of Europe. The company, based near Hamburg in Germany, offers its customers engineering services of the highest standards in all areas of wind energy utilisation. Here PES talks to Axel Albers, Managing Director and one of Deutsche WindGuard's founding members, about the company, its operations and its future

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Words: Catriona MunroThe scourge of bribery and corruption traverses industries and markets like no other. However, against an eclectic backdrop of intensifying international competition and heavy R&D investment, coupled with a patchwork of regulation, the renewables energy sector could be particularly exposed to such threats. PES examines a new law that could potentially have massive ramifications for any European business with the slightest connection to the UK. To clamp down on such practices, across all sectors, the United Kingdom is soon to follow the lead of other countries by introducing tough new legislation, which will apply both at home and abroad. The long-awaited Bribery Act 2010 will force organisations to address bribery and corruption, or face the prospect of punishing corporate fines and life-altering criminal sanctions for directors and staff. However, the recent decision to delay the introduction of the Act should not be used as an excuse to slow the pace to a halt, but an opportunity to review policies and procedures, to ensure they make the grade when the new legislation comes into force. The UK has long been under fire for its failure to tackle corrupt business practices at an international level. This is partly because the

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Victoria Kenrick of international sustainable recruitment specialist, Allen & York explores current trends within the wind energy sector; including an in-depth look at where the latest job roles exist within Europe, which job types are on the increase and the transferable skills that exist for professionals wanting to make their career move into the industry.Europe has a challenge ahead, in terms of renewable energy targets. Many governments have signed-up to a commitment which states that by 2020, 20 per cent of energy production will come from renewable sources. It's quite a target for any government to achieve, but in a climate where purse strings are being tightened, this challenge is ever more complex. However, the UK in particular has made incredible headway in wind power and in fact is now known as the flagship nation for harnessing the power of wind, on an industrial scale.The wind energy sector is one of the key employment sectors in Europe, with the industry as a whole employing 154,000 people (Wind Energy Assoc. data). In 2015 this figure is forecast to grow to 212,000 and in 2020 to 328,000, the current top 4 EU member country employers are: Germany with 38,000, Denmark with 23,000,

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With many European nations embarking on smart metering programmes, Duncan Sinclair of Redpoint Energy examines the ways in which advanced meters can be used to combat the highly variable output of intermittent energy sources such as wind.In January 2011 the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) announced that Europe is set to beat its target of drawing 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, and that wind energy is now powering five per cent of total energy generation across the region.The renewable energy strategies being implemented are a key part of each nation's decarbonisation agenda, which seek to reduce CO2 emissions. Many have ambitious short-term targets for incorporating renewable sources into the energy mix, and to meet these targets, a sea-change is required in the way countries approach energy production and consumption - including the way in which it is sourced, controlled and regulated, and the way in which it is funded.Most importantly, it is essential to recognise the defining characteristic of a renewable source - i.e. the intermittent nature of its output, and the fact a renewable is subject to fluctuations in weather conditions. The rotors of wind turbines only turn when the wind blows, in

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