Power & Energy Solutions

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Do you feel as if you are helping in some small way to make a difference to the world? It's a question that few of us ever consider, but the very nature of our industry lends it validity. In this issue's exclusive ‘My vision' interview, we put this and a selection of other, more philosophical questions, to Günter Laubinger, Head of Contracting and Procurement at BBB in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.PES: Welcome to the PES, can you firstly explain a little about your role, and how it relates to the wind industry?Günter Laubinger: BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH is one of those small sized enterprises which maintains entrepreneurial spirit in its best sense, even after 15 years of operation, which we are celebrating this year. BBB offers professional service within the whole life-cycle of wind energy projects.Our team of motivated specialists performs a wide variety of services, ranging from Technical Due Diligence (TDD), planning and engineering, wind measurements and bankable yield assessments, supervision of construction works and operation management. Within the company I am Head of Contracting and Procurement and therefore review all contractual documents within a TDD-process, commenting on them and proposing alterations which improve the projects' profitability. I give valuable advice to

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PES reveals the amazing story behind the iconic brand's diversification from cars to turbines - and how it put them back on the road to success.In Europe in the 1980s, there was only one car to have: the Ford Sierra Cosworth. The family saloon car had been fitted with an engine from a British company that specialised in high-performance engineering and a classic was born. For more than 40 years, the Cosworth name has been synonymous with motor racing excellence and its engines have powered some of the sport's most famous names to world championships, including Jackie Stewart, Michael Schumacher, James Hunt and Nelson Piquet.Four years ago, however, Cosworth ran out of buyers for its Formula One engines and the company was left in crisis. Cosworth had become obsessively focused on doing one thing well, but suddenly nobody wanted that product. To survive, Cosworth has had to diversify and it is leading a trend among British motor sport companies as they seek new markets for their unique skills.As Mark Gallagher, general manager of Cosworth's Formula One business, told the Daily Telegraph last year: "F1 can be a fickle mistress. We learnt a big lesson that, if you have all your

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As the Managing Director of one of Europe's top PR agencies for the energy industry, Alastair Turner is responsible for creating buzz, managing crises and building brands. He talks to PES about all the essential issues and offers some indispensable advice for wind executives everywhere.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company, and how you serve the renewables industry?Alastair Turner: Aspectus is renowned as one of the top PR agencies specialising in the energy sector. We understand the issues, we know the media, and we produce results.PES: What kind of coverage are your clients looking for, and what messages are they trying to get across?AT: Many clients have very specific, quite complex and sometimes overly technical messages they wish to convey. Part of our job is to simplify, rationalise and refine these to create compelling stories that engage with the audience. We like to think of it as building a bridge between what the media and their audience wants, and what our clients are trying to communicate.For example, RLtec approached us to help PR its dynamic demand technology, which allows fridges, freezers and other consumer appliances to be switched-off temporarily when demand on the national

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Talk of wind turbines and we tend to think of huge structures out in the country, conjuring up visions of a romantic idyll with a few delicately spinning blades on the horizon. The truth of the matter, however, is that of late these contemporary icons are as likely to be seen on the outskirts of Europe's towns and cities as in a field miles from the nearest McDonald's or Starbucks. It may be unlikely that planning permission will be granted for actual city centre constructions but nevertheless the march towards the rise of the urban wind turbine is well under way

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Words: David ParkinA crucial consideration for the entire renewables sector, with particular relevance to wind, storage is a burning, and imminent issue. David Parkin, Head of Renewable Energy for Atkins, presents the issues from a British standpoint and discusses how they mesh into the wider European framework.The UK is at the forefront of the transition to a low carbon economy and is the first country in the world to have self-imposed, legally binding, emissions reductions targets. There are a number of main areas of focus, namely: decarbonisation of power, heat and transport, and the Low Carbon Transition Plan, which was issued by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in July 2009, and identifies power as the main focus over the next few years.Virtually full decarbonisation over the next few years appears an incredible challenge requiring unprecedented investment and technological innovation. However, in many respects, decarbonising the power sector is considerably easier than decarbonising heat and transport as it is a regulated industry over which the state has considerable control through market instruments. Transport and heat solutions are much more the choice of the individual consumer, and as such, lend themselves less to government led change.The three central

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PES is proud to present a pair of exclusive interviews with two leading lights from the industry. First, we speak to Dow Wire & Cable's Ram Ramachandran, Global Director of End-Use Marketing, about the US-based company's innovative marketing and publicity strategy; followed by an illuminating conversation with Ian Davidson, Exxon Mobil's Global Industrial Marketing Manager.PES: You are responsible for getting the name of the company out there, potentially to a worldwide audience. What stratagems do you employ, and what do you see as being fundamental to the success of your role within the company?Ram Ramachandran: Success is about credibility and visibility - and the latter is meaningless without the former. Dow Wire & Cable has been serving the power industry for over 60 years and has been responsible for a number of innovations that have helped set the standards the power industry can count on for reliability, longevity, efficiency, ease of installation and protection in the transmission, distribution and consumption of power, voice and data. Those innovations along with our reliable product portfolio, our longevity in the marketplace, demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and our extensive relationships with cable makers, testing and certification agencies, utilities and other industry influencers have

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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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