Power & Energy Solutions

The premier renewable energy publication

New Logo Reflects Dedication to Finding Simple Solutions to Complex Shipping Challenges.Leer, Germany - May 27, 2008 BBC Chartering, a recognized global leader in providing tailor-mad flexible shipping solutions for both heavy lift and project cargoes, introduced a new logo and graphic identity this week. This new design is a reflection of the company's dedication to finding simple and effective solutions to the complex challenges of today's global shipping community.{pagebreak}According to Svend Andersen, CEO of BBC Chartering, "This new face for the company is a fresh fit for today's increasingly complex global shipping market. Our new logo communicates our commitment to keeping our approach to shipping simple in the face of growing complexities in our worldwide markets.""A decade ago, BBC began as a small, reliable shipping partner with high performance standards and astrong sense of stewardship with each job," says Andersen. "As we expand our fleet and our operations, it's essential that we maintain the same simplicity and flexibility of a smaller company.""As the company grew, we became more widely known through powerful alliances," says Andersen."These include partnerships with Asia Project Chartering (APC), Caytrans Project Services (Caytrans BBC), and Mediterranean Project Chartering (MPC). These partnerships helped the company expand our

Read More

With the steadily increasing share of wind power in the world's total energy consumption, windmill fabrication is maturing as an industrial sector. Marcel Stemvers, European Marketing Manager of ESAB Nederland B.V, discusses the challenges that producers of wind turbine towers face today and the solutions that are being developed to address them.{pagebreak}Having originated within industries such as offshore and pressure vessel fabrication, many fabricators have converted to fully-fledged producers of windmills, often operating internationally. Today, the windmill industry exists in an extremely competitive environment where fabricators are constantly forced to reconsider their production facilities in order to remain competitive. In welding - one of the most important elements of fabrication - increased productivity is a top priority, along with meeting increased weld quality requirements. ESAB is a leading supplier of welding and cutting solutions that closely follows the progress of the windmill industry, working with fabricators to find solutions for welding demands.Wind tower production is a typical welding intensive industry segment. The products are voluminous, identical and require a high structural integrity. The production volume needs to pass pre-defined production steps and a limited number of production stations are available. Commonly, each next (welding) step depends on the tolerances and

Read More

The brainchild of Beluga Shipping and Sky Sails heads for success.MV "Beluga SkySails", a multipurpose heavy-lift project carrier new-build that was christened on December 15th, 2007, and recently enjoyed its maiden voyage, is the world's first modern merchant vessel to be co-powered by wind energy. {pagebreak}The 10,000-tdw carrier is owned, managed and operated by Beluga Shipping GmbH, a project and heavy lift carrier based in Bremen, Germany. Through the company's initial

Read More

Wind as a modern energy source: The Vestas View.Wind is an energy source which can help the world's largest and fastest growing economies to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and on imported energy.{pagebreak}Over the past couple of years, Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer, has experienced tremendous growth, and the company vision of wind alongside oil and gas is gaining momentum. Wind power has developed from being an alternative form of energy to its status as a large-scale reliable source of energy integrated in the energy mix along with oil and gas. It's fair to say: wind energy has become an important player in the world's energy markets. 

Read More

Stephan Golz is a representative of wind energy recruitment specialist of Stegmann Personal, an agency under the umbrella of the 7 (S)-Group, and one of the first companies of its kind to specialise in this sector. PES finds out what new demands the rapid growth of wind energy is placing on his firm, and how it keeps afloat in an increasingly competitive market.{pagebreak}PES: To begin, can you provide us with a brief overview of the services your company provides?Stephan Golz: As an employment agency, Stegmann Personal arranges and supervises work contracts and temporary placements for clients across Europe. With more than 160 subsidiaries, 7 (S)-Group has around 8000 employees - with more coming on board every day. Under a multibrand strategy, the group has seven areas of expertise, including wind energy, industry and technology, aviation, engineering, information technology, medical care and logistics.PES: What are staff levels like in the renewable energy industry?Stephan Golz: Currently, around 200 engineers and blue-collar workers have placements in the renewable energy sector, taking care of project development, operation and maintenance, specifically the repair and upkeep of rotor blades.PES: HR is an expense that some companies might choose to cut back on - what are the

Read More

Taking wind turbines to new heights Wind turbines are highly engineered and sophisticated machinery which may operate in wide ambient operating temperatures and extreme environments such as offshore. As a vital asset, it makes good business sense to protect it and prolong its life. Correct lubrication is a critical factor that has been recognised by both component manufacturers and the wind turbine builders as a key success factor for trouble-free operations.{pagebreak}ExxonMobil continues to recognise the increased demands in this market with ongoing investment for research and development to ensure the correct balanced lubricants are available as the sector evolves. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in developing synthetic lubricants and more than 15 years expertise in lubrication of wind turbines, ExxonMobil doesn't just make wind turbines run. They make them fly. How? By helping get the most out of the equipment.Mobil SHC synthetic lubricants and greases Ã

Read More

Wind industry ready to boom. European Wind Energy Association Chief Executive Christian Kjaer talks exclusively to PES about how the European Commission's ongoing efforts to tackle climate change are paving the way for "a massive expansion in wind power", but certain member states should be reaching to pull their socks up.{pagebreak}In January this year, the European Commission gathered in Brussels to propose a new energy and climate package for Europe, including realistic targets and a roadmap for achieving these targets. One general conclusion of discussions was that, if we are to achieve a renewable energy quota of 20% by 2020 across the 27 Member States, a great deal of time, effort and investment will need to be ploughed into the RES sectors.The EC has now proposed a stable and flexible EU framework in which Member States keep control of their renewable energy policies through successful national support systems. In addition, cross-border transfer of guarantees of origin can only take place where Member States have met or exceeded their interim targets.For the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), these two elements are crucial for maintaining investor confidence and encouraging substantial investments in green electricity. The EC has today provided a powerful response

Read More

As the wind energy industry sees sturdy growth, businesses are gearing up for surging demand. Amid what is likely to be an increasingly competitive global market, manufacturers and suppliers will need to show consistently high levels of products, services and support in order to keep a strong client base. Kirsten Tschauder of Castrol Industrial Lubricants & Services explains why her company is well positioned to take on the challenge. {pagebreak}PES: How did Castrol Industrial Lubricants & Services get involved in wind energy? Kirsten Tschauder: Our involvement dates back to the 1980s, when we started working with OEMs supplying wind turbine manufacturers. They were looking for products to overcome some of the problems that were seen at that time, and micro pitting was a particular issue. This phenomenon is still one of the main concerns today in gearbox-driven units. Using experience we had gained in other industries, coupled with the special additive systems in our gear oils, we were able to improve gear life, leading to improved reliability and operating uptime. PES: How are you organised to serve the Wind Energy industry?

Read More

Quality should be designed into your products.The rising demand for renewable energy means a greater demand for sophisticated technology. But it's not simply customer satisfaction that counts these days. Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, CEO and President of The Switch, explains how his firm is responding and contributing to the environmental revolution.{pagebreak}PES: Can you explain a little about your company and what you offer the renewable energy industry?Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen: We specialise in solutions to transform untapped energy into electricity and enable electricity to be used efficiently. This is achieved through innovative power electronics and drive train systems that we design and manufacture for leading OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and system integrators.PES: Your organisation feeds a number of industries - how do you manage to meet all their needs?JM: We serve the markets through four business areas by supplying electric drive trains for wind-power applications, industrial facilities, variable speed gensets, and solar and fuel cell installations. The entire organisation is geared towards customer satisfaction.PES: How will global warming affect your business?JM: The rising global interest in renewable energy will naturally push up the demand for electrical drive train components. Our solutions not only benefit our customers but also help to combat climate change and

Read More