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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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Relight Enerji Üretim, is Relight Group Turkey's company, received the authorization for three new wind farms in Balikesir, in the North of Turkey.It is expected that the wind farms, totaling about 205 MW, will be operating in 2010 with an overall investment of 300 million Euros. {pagebreak}The Relight activities in Turkey are going on: other projects totaling over 460 MW are under evaluation by EMRA (Energy Market Regulatory Authority), the Turkish agency that is in charge of granting the license for the construction of new energetic plants and other 500 MW are under development at different stages. The Turkish market has been one of the most rapidly changing among all emerging markets over the last decade, fuelled by the steady growth of the GDP and the liberalization of the energy sector in line with EU directives. Relight Enerji Üretim is Relight Turkey's subsidiary, headquartered in Istanbul. It is an integrated energy company involved in the following activities: production of energy from renewable sources, with a particular focus on wind and hydro power; import, distribution and transmission of electricity and natural gas; and waste-to-energy.Relight is a group headquartered in Milan, operating in the International renewable energy market, with

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WSI Corp., an Andover-based company behind much of the public weather-prediction data viewed by millions of people every day, has entered into the alternative energy industry with a new product aimed at predicting not just the fluctuations in the wind, but the effect of those fluctuations on wind power.WSI WindCast, which was launched last week, is not the company's first venture into energy trading - it has long offered detailed weather-prediction data used by commodity traders in areas like natural gas and electricity - but it is the company's first product aimed specifically at alternative energy trading, a growing segment of the nation's energy portfolio.{pagebreak}The product provides hourly forecasts regarding the wind speed, wind direction, atmospheric pressure and temperature at a given site, be it a single turbine site, a large wind farm, or even a pool of farms such as those found in Texas. According to Ira Scharf, the general manager of WSI's Energy and Risk Division, one of the highlights to the system is its ability to predict changes at the height of turbines, about 262 feet up. "Being accurate at turbine height is key because the wind can be very different there than at ground level," said

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Four innovative projects capable of putting Britain at the forefront of international efforts to develop renewable energy have become the first initiatives to benefit from a potential £1.1billion fund established to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The projects were awarded money by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a unique public-private partnership between global industries and the UK Government set up to help meet UK CO2 targets and develop the infrastructure capable of delivering cleaner, affordable and secure energy on a mass scale.{pagebreak}Three of the projects will focus on designing cutting edge offshore wind turbine technology, while the fourth will demonstrate a new commercial scale tidal turbine.ETI's Chief Executive Officer Dr David Clarke said the initiatives had significant international potential. "Britain is uniquely placed to develop and use these technologies given the mix of wind and wave which impact on our islands."Add to those factors the skills and market access which these projects bring together, and we have the potential which could lead to the deployment of new, lower-cost and more effective technologies capable of generating renewable energy on a mass scale."Rapid, widespread deployment is critical if we are to effectively address the challenges of climate change not only in Britain but

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The credit crunch is starting to make an impact on smaller European green energy projects, but cash-rich utilities and the bigger lending institutions will continue to get deals done, green power experts say. "The main problem for the smaller developers is the short-term freeze on lending," said Christian Kjaer of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), adding that the credit crunch could lead to consolidation in the sector.{pagebreak}"We may see some of the smaller projects which have turbine delivery contracts but are struck by the banking liquidity freeze being taken over by the larger power companies," he said. Many foreign-owned banks have withdrawn from funding renewable energy projects in Britain, said Richard Simon-Lewis, director of project finance for energy and utilities at Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets. "A lot of deals are being done by clubs of banks," he added. "For the very big deals

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Plans to build 10 wind farms off the coast of Scotland moved a step forward this week, after Britain's Crown Estate gave companies the green light to explore the sites.Scottish Power and E.ON are among the nine firms to be awarded "exclusivity agreements" for locations which include the Solway Firth and Wigtown Bay. This will allow wind developers to begin surveying the sites while a government environmental assessment is conducted.{pagebreak}The farms have the potential to generate 6GW of power if approved. And Rob Hastings, director of the Marine Estate at the Crown Estate, said the deals were good news for Scotland: "We very much look forward to working with the companies on the development of these sites and the realisation of the enormous potential that these sites have to offer."Similarly, Jason Ormiston, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said it was a landmark move: "Today heralds an exciting phase in the progress of the renewable energy industry in Scotland. The combined capacity of these projects will make a massive contribution to Scotland's efforts in tacking climate change, helping to deliver reliable and affordable supplies of electricity to consumers and, very importantly, the Scottish economy."The agreements are designed to allow companies to

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A new piece of software is set to revolutionise how sites for offshore wind energy are selected, by providing accurate data on wind speed and direction for the first time.The Offshore Wind Speed Database, which has been developed by the UK's leading renewable energy and environmental consultancy, Atmos Consulting, will provide accurate, site-specific data for the last 20 years on potential offshore sites. The new tool is already being utilised by a top international utility company, currently bidding for UK Round 3 offshore wind development zones.{pagebreak}Until now, the method used for assessing the wind resource of an offshore site has been largely unreliable and inaccurate. Currently, most calculations are based on data gathered on-site over a period of 12 months, which is then interpolated to the closest onshore data to assume a long term record for the site. The interpolation creates large inaccuracies due to the fact that the characteristics of wind onshore are very different from those offshore, and the distances between the met mast and onshore site are growing ever greater.John Sturman, Associate Director of Atmos Consulting, commented: "This new Offshore Wind Database is a major step forward in the development of the offshore wind industry. It provides

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