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Discover the numerous improvements of the synthesis module: CLIMATOLOGY:- Possibility to launch synthesis weighting several thermal stabilities- Integration possible of mesoscale data - New formats for time series data including stability- POWER CURVES :- Use of the WTG format- Automatic computation of the density at the wind turbines- New functionality enabling power curves and wake effects visualization RESULTS :- Systematic calculation of the turbulence matrices- Computation and visualization of the wind shear coefficients- Mapping of wake effects (per direction or global)- Complete IEC export containing the following information :   > Maximum wind shear   > Turbulent intensity distinctive and representative at 15 m/s and for strong winds (configurable)   > Sigma 1, criteria on sigma1 and on density probability for Class I, II and II   > Criteria on turbulence for Class A, B and C   > Graphics of the density probability and of the effective turbulent intensity : MORE IMPROVEMENTS:- Wake effect and Virtual reality now are included in the basic version- Possibility to unselect non-significant directions to calculate extreme winds- Adaptation of the Lidar module to the WindCube V2- New Post-Mapping functionality :    > Possibility to add met masts in addition to turbines    > Visualization of the dominant winds (orientation ellipse) 

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BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (BBB), one of German's leading wind energy service providers with sites in Gelsenkirchen and Weiden, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Following its establishment in the spring of 1996 by Klaus Bergmann and brothers Gerhard and Joachim Binotsch, the wind experts have overseen a continuous expansion of the company. It now has 24 staff members across two sites and offers high-quality engineering services in the fields of technical due diligence (TDD), order planning and project engineering, as well as wind expert reports and measurements.The expert team is involved in prestigious projects such as TDD for the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm in Wales. This is one of the largest projects of its kind in the world and has a planned capacity of 576 MW. Another prestigious reference project, the village of Fantanele currently boasts the largest onshore wind farm in Romania to date with nominal capacity of more than 500 MW. As of November last year, BBB is also certified by the German Accreditation Office (DAkkS) to perform wind measurements and recertified to provide wind and reference yield expert reports according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005."Our sights are still set on growth," says Joachim Binotsch, the youngest

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SGS Industrial Services in China was awarded a contract to provide comprehensive Quality Control Services of wind towers for Goldwind, a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer based in Urumqi, Xinjiang. During the entire project, SGS supervises the wind tower production process and provides onsite inspection, testing, auditing, monitoring and Quality Control witness services. ---The reliability of their structures is essential for wind farms to perform successfully. With the rapid development of wind power industry, demands for high quality of wind farm components have become greater and greater. Since even a minor failure can cause unacceptable downtime and substantial loss of money, it is of utmost importance to ensure the reliability of wind farm structures during the production process.Above all, wind towers are highly critical as wind farm components. They are responsible for the safe operation of wind turbines as the main load-bearing structures. In order to ensure top quality during the manufacturing process of their wind towers, the Goldwind Science and Technology Company, one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in China and one of the top five in the world, sought a reliable third-party inspection, verification and testing company.On January 4, 2011, SGS China was appointed a contract to conduct

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Günter Laubinger (46) has been appointed head of the contracting and procurement department at BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (BBB), a wind energy consulting company based in Gelsenkirchen. He will be responsible for the inspection of project-specific contracts as part of technical due diligence (TDD) investigations. Customers will benefit from his expertise in drafting precise delivery and maintenance contracts for wind energy systems (WEA), contracts with prime contractors and other delivery and building contracts. The engineering graduate has gained extensive experience in operational departments at a number of well known companies in the wind energy sector. His last position was that of sales engineer and sales area manager for GAMESA at their site in Spain, where he was responsible for German and Eastern European sales activities.In his new position at BBB, Laubinger also supports the work of the Order Planning, Construction Monitoring and Wind Measurement departments."We have entrusted Mr. Laubinger with great responsibility by appointing him as departmental head for contracting and procurement," said Joachim Binotsch, managing partner at BBB. "Continuously increasing demand for our engineering and consulting services requires us to keep the punctuality, reliability and quality of deliveries to our customers at a high level." Investment in human resources is

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With effect from 1 March 2011, the HARTING Technology Group has appointed Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Torsten Ratzmann as Senior Vice President Operations. Alongside global management of all production sites, his future area of responsibility includes all logistics procedures and goods movements, plus the management of HARTING Applied Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, where special machine and tool manufacturing is carried out for the Group. In addition to his new function, he will remain active as managing director of HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG and HARTING Electronics GmbH & Co. KG.Completing his studies in material engineering at Osnabruck Technical College, Torsten Ratzmann started his professional career in 1992 as a development engineer in plastics technology for Wilhelm Karmann GmbH in Osnabruck. During his two years as director of plastics production at Vorwerk Semco S. A. in France, his main tasks included optimizing process technology, developing new technical processes and building a new French directing team. In 1999, Torsten Ratzmann took on the role of Production Director at Johnson Controls Interiors, Wuppertal. His tasks included introducing new technology and managing the project to introduce a globally deployed business system at the Wuppertal headquarters. In 2001, Torsten Ratzmann became CEO of the Johnson

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National Energy Administration to fully support Clean Energy Expo China and Wind Power Asia The naming of clean energy, especially wind power as one of its main beneficiary in China's 12th Five-Year plan is expected to be a boon to the domestic industry for the coming years.The Chinese government has announced its 12th Five-Year plan signaling its commitment for non-fossil energy consumption to reach 11.4 per cent in relation to the primary energy consumption and by 2020 to reach 15 per cent.To fulfill the plan objectives, the security of energy supply and the reasonable control of total energy consumption, China is said to vigorously promote the efficient use of clean energy, and make great efforts to develop clean energy, mainly in the area of wind power.As an important component in the clean energy mix, the wind power industry poses great potential in the next five years. Based on an analysis by the Global Wind Energy Council, China's total wind power installed capacity is forecast to reach 13 GW by 2015, 25 GW by 2020 and exceeding 50 GW by 2030.

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In what is regarded as milestone decision Finish authorities granted the water permit to Suurhiekka offshore wind farm, the first full scale offshore project of the country. The project of 80 turbines has been developed by wpd since 2007 and aims for start of construction in 2014 - depending on the government's decision on a support mechanism.The water permit includes the decision on the environmental acceptance and has only to be completed by a technical approval prior to start of construction. The permit was granted by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Northern Finland yesterday.The advanced stage of the Suurhiekka project puts the question of remuneration for offshore wind in the focus of Finish energy politics. Without offshore, Finland cannot reach its national goals for 2020 and a support for offshore wind is therefore under discussion."During the last four years we pushed the project through the various stages. We now ask for a debate on a remuneration model for offshore wind so that we reach the final stage: Suurhiekka offshore wind farm producing energy for 300 000 Finish households!", comments Heli Rissanen, Deputy Managing Director of wpd Finland OY.wpd Finland Oy is part of the wpd Group which has realized

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The revolutionary character of trendsetting technologies sometimes can be misjudged and underestimated because they only make out one part of complex high-end systems. In the case of the innovative crane, currently being in the construction process in Rostock and destined for the new Heavy Lift Jack-Up-Vessel by BELUGA HOCHTIEF Offshore the danger of such a misinterpretation does not exist.Austrian crane specialist Liebherr develops the heavy lift crane particularly for BELUGA HOCHTIEF Offshore, a joint venture specialized in the transportation, installation and maintenance of offshore wind power plants made up by HOCHTIEF Construction AG and project and heavy lift carrier Beluga Shipping GmbH. Due to the crane lifting capacity of up to 1,500 tons in combination with its extraordinary length of about 130 meters the giant crane well justifies the predicate "groundbreaking". Detailed analyses ascertaining the need for improvement or future potential usually pave the way for many technical revolutions. In this case a market study identified the growing demand for high-performance hardware in the offshore wind energy sector and initiated the development of the crane. Due to the huge size and the innovative method of construction, which allows an extremely efficient positioning on board, the huge crane sets standards in

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Ukraine is making a firm step towards the green energy future. This week one of the country's regional governors launched a project which will becomea pilot for other green energy solutions in Ukraine. The Chairman of Donetsk Region State Administration Anatoly Blyzniuk announced that installation of three out of 23 preplanned wind power units in Ukraine is complete. Each unit has the capacity of 2.5 MW,and the whole project is expected to be completed by 2015.The innovative wind-driven electrical power plantwill be launched in Donetsk region ofUkrainethis month, according to AnatolyBlyzniuk.The new wind-power plantwill start generating electricity on February 19.Today, Ukraine uses only 0.2 percent of its wind capacity.However, the Ukrainian energy strategy foresees the increase of alternative energy generation of up to 6 percent. At the same time, the wind energy would be sufficient for providing 20 percent of electricity used by Ukrainians,said Dmytro Khmara, an energy expert to Radio Svoboda.Nowadays around 60 percent of energy resources, mainly natural gas,in the country is imported. Therefore, increasing the wind generated energy will make the country more energetically and politically self-sufficient, mentioned Dmytro Khmara.Other developing countries also extend their wind energy capacity.According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), India added

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Despite a buoyant European offshore wind market, developers are facing into a whole bundle of purchasing headaches due to the seemingly limited number of suppliers in the offshore wind energy business.The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) says 9.3 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power capacity was installed in the EU during 2010 with offshore wind power installations growing 51 per cent from 582MW in 2009 to 883MW last year. With further projects in the pipeline from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and most recently France, Europe will continue to be the largest offshore wind energy-producing region in the world for years to come.Utility-led projects are the lynchpin of the offshore wind industry's continuing progress. Justin Wilkes, Director of Policy at EWEA noted: "Projects led by utilities are less affected thanks to their ability to fund investments from their balance sheets".However, utility scale developers at the forefront will be seeking out only companies capable of providing and meeting the necessary challenges imposed on the industry today.RWE Innogy, Vattenfall Wind Power, DONG, Mainstream Renewable Power, REpower, Alstom Wind, GE Energy, GAMESA, and many more leading offshore wind industry companies will meet this march in London to discuss, debate and appraise the latest

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