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Delegates left the European Wind Energy Conference 2009 (EWEC) last week with the reminder that wind energy is Europe's number one in terms of new power capacity ringing in their ears.{pagebreak}"In 2008, we installed 8,454 MW of wind capacity, making up 36% of power installations", stressed Arthouros Zervos, President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). "That was more than any other power generating technology. There are good reasons for the wind sector's top spot: the range of benefits it offers to European citizens is unmatched by any other energy source".There is now a total of 65 GW of wind power in the EU, which will, in a normal wind year, produce 142 TWh of electricity, equal to about 4.2% of the EU's electricity demand. Wind energy is fuel free and so avoids volatile fuel and carbon costs. In 2008, while the oil price shot up to €147 and came unsteadily down again, wind power avoided fuel costs of €5.4 billion and CO2 costs of €2.4 billion. Furthermore, increasing the use of wind diminishes our reliance on fuel imports from unstable regions - currently, Europe imports 54% of its energy, and this is set to grow to 70% by 2030.

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Our aim is to be the number one wind project logistics provider in Scandinavia and the Baltic countriesSilvasti is a freight forwarder that specialises in oversized, heavy and project cargo. The company provides total logistics solutions for the most challenging transports and installations - especially for the wind industry.{pagebreak}Here, Director Matias Setälä explains how his professional project managers and logistics experts offer first class service from project planning up to final delivery.PES: Welcome to PES. Firstly, how did the company become involved in the carriage of wind turbines? Matias Setälä: Well, Silvasti's history with wind turbines started several years ago, when we started working for Finnish turbine manufacturer Winwind who were involved in projects starting in Finland. Since then, after having completed several projects for them, we have expanded the wind turbine business, and are now working in wind turbine projects in the Baltic countries and Scandinavia.PES: And how important is this part of your business to your total operation? MS: At the moment, I'd say it's already significant part of our total operation. But more important, our vision is that wind power industry will keep on growing and our interest is to be part of this growth. This means

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Renewable energy will grow despite the global financial crisisXxx, xxx for Intellifast discusses his company's bolt tightening systems and takes a look at the wind industry from a wider perspective.{pagebreak}PES: Welcome back to the magazine. For the benefit of our new readers, can you describe what Intellifast does, and how its products are used on wind farm applications?Xx: Intellifast reduces the cost of operating wind turbines by delivering a means of achieving an accurate clamp load and a documented traceable record for condition monitoring of all critical bolts in rotors, nacelles, tower and foundation bolts.The Intellifast system is based on the plasma coating under high vacuum of standard wind turbine bolts without penetration of the bolt surface. The small applied sensor delivers an ultrasonic signal enabling a precise measurement of bolt tension to be determined, correctly compensated for temperature. 

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Wind energy will be one of our core businesses in the futureAs one of the industry's biggest players, with a formidable record for investment in research and development, Emerson Network Power has just enjoyed a record trading year.{pagebreak}Jeky Li Gang, International Sales, Department Of Wind Power Product, talks to PES about the company, its products and its commitment to the sector.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Firstly, can you explain a little about your company's structure and its role within the wind power energy industry?Jeky Li Gang: St. Louis-based US Emerson Electric Co. was established in 1890 and is a world-renowned company. Its innovative solutions have been applied in more than 150 countries. Emerson was ranked one of Fortune 500 and recorded USD$24.8 billion sales in FY2008. Several divisions from Emerson have supplied power converters, generators, couplings, SCADA systems and low voltage switches to top wind turbine manufacturers globally. PES: Looking to the future, how important is the wind energy industry to your company as a whole?JLG: Globally-installed wind power is expected to grow 20% a year over the next five years. Emerson, which is always responsible for energy security and environmental protection, will continue to invest in a wide range of

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PRZ Peters Personal GmbH is a recruitment and staffing company with its headquarters in Schenefeld, near Hamburg, and branches in Borken, Dortmund, Hanover, Glauchau, Lübeck, Rostock and Siegen. PRZ Peters Personal GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of PRZ Zeitarbeit GmbH, founded in 1999 by Ralf Peters, is an expanding company with its main focus on aviation, industry and technology.{pagebreak}Together with Rainer Bliemeister, the manager of the branch at Lübeck, PRZ now also specialises in wind power technology. As a result of his six-year long experience of working in this area of finding staff for wind power technology, Bliemeister has the know-how and the necessary competence to take on the sector

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Gerhard Janssen, General Manager Marketing & Sales for global shipping group, Rickmers-Linie, talks to PES about his company's proud heritage and its turbine carriage solutions.PES: Welcome to PES. Firstly, can you tell us a little about the history of your company?{pagebreak}Gerhard Janssen: Rickmers-Linie's roots date back to the year 1834, when Rickmer C. Rickmers founded a shipyard in Bremerhaven, which soon gained reputation. The yard also started to become engaged in shipowning and as a result the Rickmers Shipping Company was established in 1859. Today's Rickmers-Linie is a direct successor of that company. After being part of the Hapag-Lloyd concern for 12 years from 1988 until 2000, the company returned into family ownership. Today, Rickmers-Linie is part of the Rickmers Group, one of Germany's largest shipping groups. With the delivery of nine so called "Superflex Heavy Multipurpose Carriers (MPC)" from Chinese yards between 2002 and 2004, the company has started a massive investment programme.The current newbuilding programme consists of a total of 14 vessels, which will be delivered during 2010 and 2011 and will mainly replace older tonnage employed in other services such as Europe - Middle East - India.PES: How did the company become involved in the carriage of

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Jens Meilvang of BBC Chartering tells PES how his firm has managed to carve a niche as one of the world's leading wind turbine shipping providers.Almost since its launch, BBC Chartering has made a name for itself as a global leader in providing bespoke shipping solutions for equipment required in the generation of energy from the wind.{pagebreak}Gaining a reputation as one of the leading shipping lines handling wind turbine traffic has not been an accident. Millions of dollars of investment and an average of three voyages a week has given the German heavy lift shipping company unrivalled expertise in handling this most modern of cargoes.BBC Chartering has been shipping windmills for power generation almost from the day the company was established in 1997. Its first voyage of wind power generation equipment was from Denmark to Greece in 2000.Jens Meilvang, BBC Executive Officer Wind Power, is pleased that the company is at the forefront of transporting specialist wind power generating equipment and is playing a supporting role in the astonishing worldwide growth of wind farms, both on and offshore. 

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Danvest Wind Diesel Systems for off-Grid power supplyWords: Soren Qvist Vestesen, DANVEST Energy A/SWith reference to my earlier PES articles from last year, I would like to follow up by discussing a long-term remote adjustment and operation at a commercial wind diesel plant.{pagebreak}Wind power is the cleanest and cheapest energy to utilise, so it must be embraced when wind energy is sufficient for wind turbine production. Danvest Energy is prepared with equipment to meet the challenge.VisionDanvest Systems reduces annual fuel consumption and Co2 emissions up to 50-85% under maximum utilisation of wind power - high wind penetration.MissionWind diesel systems as 0 - 100% back up for wind turbines. Up to 100% power supply with an annual fuel reduction up to 50 - 85% depending of the local wind condition. With use of biofuels, the wind diesel system will be 100% Co2 neutral. Controls weak and isolated off- grid connected to wind turbines - High Wind Penetration.Danvest Wind / Diesel System (WD) with high wind penetrationThe unique property of the Danvest system is that the controlling system is based on utilisation of a normal standard diesel-generator sets - which has to operate at insufficient wind energy or no wind conditions -

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