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3E, global sustainable energy consultancy and software products company, will be launching the first multi-technology, multi-vendor, multi-user portfolio management software platform for wind and solar energy at the EWEA 2011 event next week in Brussels. The platform, called 3E SynaptiQ, enables asset managers and developers to increase the performance of their renewable energy portfolios with centralised monitoring, lean O&M management tools, and powerful reporting tools. Yield increases of between 2 and 5% are possible, thanks to 3E SynaptiQ's continuous and independent benchmarking and data analysis tools. "We have been refining our models and data analysis methodologies for the past 10 years and have now condensed our know-how into 3E SynaptiQ. The platform will provide the independent insight needed today for better operation of wind farms and solar parks", says 3E's CEO, Geert Palmers. Since the launch of SynaptiQ Solar in 2010, several hundred of large commercial PV plants are now connected throughout Europe. SynaptiQ Wind's capabilities will be demonstrated at EWEA 2011. ______ For more information about 3E and its products, visit www.3E.euPress contact: Kristoff.VanRattinghe@3E.Eu; +32 2 217 58 68

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World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) insists on a global ban on new nuclear power, phase-out of current plants - and a decisive, immediate more to a 100% renewable worldThe Chairpersons of the WCRE express their shock and sorrow, and their full sympathy and solidarity with the people of Japan.The awesome power of plate tectonics triggered on 11 March 2011 a series of massive earthquakes and subsequent destructive flood waves off the Sendai, Japan, coast. In the Miyagi prefecture port own of Minamisanriku alone 10,000 are missing - one glimpse of a tragedy of global proportions.This momentous event now raises the additional spectre of an hitherto unthinkable and manmade catastrophy: a series of nuclear meltdowns - due to the entirely unnecessary reliance on nuclear power. The lies that have been told to the Japanese public since the construction of these plants have now been fully unmasked. And this mask has now fallen world-wide.The WCRE insists on the global and coordinated move to finally outlaw all nuclar power. After Harrisburg, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima it is time to wake up and terminate reliance on and trade in this incredibly dangerous technology. No matter how small the risk of a

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As key players in the wind energy industry gather at EWEA 2011 in Brussels, more attention is given to predictable performance, energy production, and a lower cost of energy to support viability and profitability of wind. Customers demand higher flexibility, superior performance, and better risk management.In response to these needs, Vestas is proud to introduce its newest product within the Active Output Management (AOM) series, AOM 5000 - a new service product that optimizes wind power plant output and minimizes customer risk. Vestas recognizes that business case certainty for a customer is enhanced by consistently producing the maximum amount of energy at the lowest cost whenever the wind is blowing. AOM 5000 directly addresses this need."AOM 5000 is about being a better partner to our customers and continuously working harder to provide more value," says Vestas President and CEO, Ditlev Engel. "It is a response to the demands from our customers and the industry as a whole; this will provide them with both a more profitable business case and increased security that their wind assets will deliver as promised."Traditional service offerings - often referred to as time-based availability guarantees - provide a guarantee that the turbines in a wind power

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Mott MacDonald, the leading global management, engineering and development consultancy, will be presenting and exhibiting at the 2011 European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) conference, which takes place on 14 - 17 March at the Brussels Expo, Belgium.Christos Kolliastas and Grégory Dudziak, specialists in wind energy, will be joined by fellow Mott MacDonald wind professionals on the cosultancy's stand (stand number 7052) and will also provide papers. Christos's paper is called: Project Finance - Technical Advisor Lessons from Past Deals while Grégory's paper is titled: Accelerating the Deployment of Offshore Renewable Energy Technologies. Both Christos and Gregory will be available to discuss these papers at the event in more detail.Christos will also be sitting on the Financing offshore wind in 2011 panel on the 15 March. This panel will look at the availability of non-recourse debt for the wind sector, in particular for the offshore sector. He said, "As European counties such as Belgium and Germany are leading the way in wind technology, this event is a great chance to promote our excellent track record in delivering technical advisory services in both lenders and owner's engineering for both onshore and offshore wind projects."Mott MacDonald has a large and growing business in

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When it comes to wind turbines and winning the public relations charm offensive, offshore is definitely the way to go. The very nature of siting wind turbines out at sea ensures there are fewer objections from protesters, environmental pressure on the brownfield sites of Europe is considerably eased and, most importantly, higher and more constant wind speeds offshore mean higher efficiencies.As with life generally, there is of course a price to pay for the advantages of building offshore wind farms and for every bonus there is a potential downside. Recent industry figures, for instance, point to potential spiralling repair and maintenance costs, particularly for Europe's growing flotilla of offshore installations. The figures suggest some 600 turbines at 13 wind farms could be affected and may face repair bills estimated to be around the £25m mark. Nevertheless, the pioneers of the offshore wind industry did not take the business to the heights it has already achieved in renewables by being negative and with a little ingenuity and determination most of the hurdles facing offshore can be surmounted. So what are some of the major difficulties and what can the industry do to address them?Design issuesHundreds of European offshore wind turbines have

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The wind business is in an enviable position throughout Europe. According to the most recent set of statistics released by the EWEA last year, more wind power capacity was installed in Europe during 2009, than any other renewable energy technology. About 39 per cent of installed renewable energy capacity was wind, followed by natural gas with 26 per cent and 16 per cent from solar PV capacity. Combined, renewables accounted for 61 per cent of the total new installed power generating capacity in that year. Impressive? Indeed. But what of the future? Will we need ever-more efficient wind turbine development to stay clear of the non-European opposition?Wind boasts a proud record of success but now is patently not the time for its leaders and innovators to sit back and relax. To which end, let's add a little to the statistics above and see just where turbine development - so crucial to the success of the industry - is heading. One common cause of problems with today's turbines, for instance, has been lack of robust design and component selection. In financial terms, wind farms in 2009 stood at 13bn Euros in investments, of which 1.3bn accounted for offshore facilities. About 10GW

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Pilot trials are due to begin in India in 2012 for an ambitious and innovative project which could harness the power of the winds at over 30,000ft. At that height they blow at over 200mph, so it's a goal worth pursuing to add to the world's growing renewable energy portfolio and help ease the pressure on fossil fuels. PES investigates

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One of wind's biggest challenges has always been obtaining ‘buy-in' from the consumer. But this looks set to change with the launch of a major new initiative that will soon see a ‘WindMade' logo emblazoned on dozens of household products. It worked for Fairtrade and organic food, but will it work for wind?At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland, the WindMade logo and organisation was finally unveiled. The non-profit-making consortium's enviable mission is to encourage global corporations to make their widgets using eco-friendly renewable wind energy, and the new eco-label will identify wind-produced products and bring the actions of socially-responsible corporations to motivated consumers, thereby also helping to raise the profile of the world's renewables industry. At least, that's the idea.Among the initial signatories to the consortium are: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), World Wildlife Fund, (WWF) the LEGO Group, the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers (the Official WindMade Verification Partner) and Bloomberg (the Official Data Provider to WindMade). As Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of GWEC and interim CEO of WindMade, said: "The WindMade initiative is a direct response to increasing consumer demand for sustainable products. Governments are dragging their feet but consumers want

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The wpd group in Bremen is currently preparing the implementation of the offshore wind farm project Butendiek, which will consist of 80 wind turbine generators and will be built 32 km to the west of Sylt in the German North Sea. The project company, Butendiek Offshore Windpark GmbH & Co. KG, has now commissioned KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH and UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger as well as Bremer Landesbank Kreditanstalt Oldenburg - Girozentrale as Additional Lead Arranger with the structuring of the financing. The three institutes intend to take over a considerable part of the financing themselves. Next to public institutes and an export credit insurer, further commercial banks are to be won over in the next months."With KfW IPEX-Bank, UniCredit and BLB, we were able to win over three institutes with experience in offshore financing. With these banks, we have implemented complex financings with confidence and success in the past. Thus, our team is gaining more strong partners for the speedy and secure implementation of this most prominent project", says Martin Heppe, CFO Offshore of wpd. 

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