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Britain's growing offshore wind energy industry has taken another stride forward as the Thanet Offshore wind farm came online.One hundred giant Vestas V90 turbines - each on pedestals 115 metres (380 ft) tall - were switched on which together capable of generating up to 300 Megawatts of power.Thanet is now the biggest offshore wind farm in the world but will be dwarfed by others being planned around the UK coast.Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was at the site of the wind farm 35 km (22 miles) offshore from UK Southeastern town of Thanet to switch on the country's latest wind farm, which has been developed by Vattenfall.With Thanet online, Britain's total wind farm generating capacity surpassed the 5,000 MW mark, Huhne pointed out at the opening ceremony."I'm pleased that we've reached the point where 5GW of our energy comes from onshore and offshore wind - that's enough electricity to power all the homes in Scotland," Huhne declared. Source: Offshore247 

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ExxonMobil‘s Mobil SHC-branded synthetic gear oil is now being used to protect more than 30,000 wind turbine gearboxes worldwide, demonstrating how its lubricants are helping the wind energy industry become more cost competitive worldwide. As the wind turbine market has experienced rapid growth around the world over the last decade, ExxonMobil's Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 continues to be a popular lubricant choice for wind turbine operators. Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 is the initial-fill gear oil of choice for the majority of the world's top wind turbine builders."Although it starts from a small base relative to conventional sources, we expect electricity generated by wind to grow 12 percent a year through 2030," said Mike Hawkins, global brand manager for ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company. "Our wind lubricant technology helps support this growing industry by reducing maintenance requirements and ultimately lowering costs."Mobilgear SHC XMP 320 is an ideal lubricant for gearboxes used to power wind turbines because it exceeds the performance of conventional, mineral-based oils by extending the interval between oil changes from 18 months to three years or more.For wind turbine operators, maximising equipment performance and durability is essential. 

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Construction of Germany's newest offshore wind park has recently been completed. The 21 wind turbines that make up the Baltic Sea wind farm - dubbed Baltic 1 - are now complete and set to enter the commissioning phase, the final step before energy production can begin. This milestone for Germany's growing offshore industry highlights the number of market opportunities in Germany. Germany Trade & Invest will have representatives at this year's HUSUM WindEnergy 2010 conference in Husum, Germany, from September 21-25 to introduce opportunities for wind energy companies in Germany.After last year's completion of Germany's first deepwater offshore wind farm, alpha ventus, several new projects are underway. BARD Offshore 1, another wind farm with 80 five megawatt turbines, is currently under construction 100 km off the North Sea coast. More than 30 wind parks have already received formal approval.According to HSBC, the global offshore market is predicted to grow at approximately 29 percent between 2009 and 2020, with Germany set to be a major contributor. Already Europe's top wind energy generator with market growth of 15 percent in 2009, Germany's offshore segment is looking to be a growth driver for the coming years.As Europe's primary wind energy market, Germany represents

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Wind Works Power Corp. is pleased to announce it has signed a joint venture agreement to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) wind energy project in Germany. The agreement is with Energy Farming International GmbH (EFI), one of the leading wind farm developers in Germany. EFI has developed over 1,000 MW in the past 10 years, and currently manages several operating wind farms in Germany.The joint venture project is Wassertrudingen, a 20 MW project located in a known area of high wind resource in Germany. The agreement calls for Wind Works to make an initial payment of 100,000 Euros, which it has now made, as well as fund 1.4 Million Euros in development costs according to milestones over the next 12 months, successively increasing Wind Works' equity stake to 50%.The project is expected to be fully permitted by mid 2011 with a construction start date in late 2011. The total project cost is estimated to be 30 million Euros."This project is important for our growth and diversification strategy as it adds a 3rd project in the proven wind market of Germany, commented Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, CEO and director of Wind Works." All 3 of our German projects have short term revenue

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State of Michigan Provides Funding SupportCompanies Will Work to Develop Material-Enabled Automation TechnologyThe Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Astraeus Wind Energy Inc. (AWE) and MAG Industrial Automation Systems (MAG) announce today a project that will be a catalyst for the advancement of the wind industry enabled by funding from the state of Michigan.The companies have signed an agreement to collaboratively develop material-enabled automated manufacturing solutions focused on improving and enhancing the manufacture of wind turbine blade components, and finished blades, for the wind industry. The need for U.S. energy independence and economic security, coupled with the search for lower impact power sources, is driving demand for clean, alternative energy solutions like wind energy.Also today, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board finalized a Centers of Energy Excellence designation and a $6 million grant for AWE to establish operations with an initial focus on the production of spar caps -- the "backbone" of a wind turbine blade. The grant will also be used by Dow for material development and optimization, and by MAG for designing, constructing and demonstrating a prototype automated system for manufacturing the spar cap. Designed to help the state diversify into renewable energy technologies, the state funding matches U.S. federal

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- 125 wind turbines, 200 MW of capacity to be installed near Breckenridge- Utility increases its renewable energy portfolio to nearly 4 percentDetroit Edison's largest contract to purchase renewable energy was approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today, setting in motion a 20-year agreement with Invenergy Wind that will result in 200 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy in Michigan.The agreement - which represents a $1.1 billion commitment to renewable energy by Detroit Edison - paves the way for Invenergy Wind to install and operate a 30,000-acre wind farm near Breckenridge in Gratiot County, Mich.The new wind farm will host 125 1.6-MW GE wind turbines and will be the largest wind farm in the state. The wind turbines are expected to be operational by late 2011 after a year of construction and will have the capacity to power nearly 54,000 homes."This contract represents a large step in Detroit Edison's growing renewable energy portfolio," said Steve Kurmas, Detroit Edison president and chief operating officer. "Just as important are the economic development ramifications and building the state's renewable energy industry."The contract with Invenergy Wind is one of many agreements the utility expects to sign to provide renewable energy to its

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Diversified infrastructure, finance and media company General Electric Company has opened two new wind turbine service centres in Albert Lea and Pipestone, Minnesota.Making this announcement on Tuesday, the company said that these two centres expand its support for customers in the Midwestern US, which has the most potential for wind energy projects.The centres will serve as headquarters for GEaEUR(TM)s highly trained wind turbine technicians in the region; helping to bring together a wider network of support and expertise to best meet customer needs.GEaEUR(TM)s Pipestone office, which opened in December 2009, currently services an installed base of 573 GE 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines.The Albert Lea office, online earlier this year, supports an installed base of 507 wind turbine generators.In addition, GE also plans to open a service centre in Iowa, which will provide support to 571 1.5-MW wind turbines in the area.The company said that the regional service centres will be similar to GEaEUR(TM)s existing wind turbine service centre in Sweetwater, Texas.GEaEUR(TM)s wind turbine service centres provide customers with performance warranties, operation and maintenance services and turbine upgrades 

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Welwind Energy International Corp. (the "Company") is pleased to announce additional interest in the financing for its wind farm projects. After several meetings with GUANGDONG YATU INDUSTRY INVESTMENT CO., LTD ("GYII"), Mr. Feng, Director of Welwind Energy and Mr. Deng, Chairman of GYII, have entered into a formal Investment Cooperation Agreement ("ICA"). The agreement is several fold and includes the following:-- Both parties will form a strategic partnership to jointly develop wind farm projects in Zhanjiang, Inner Mongolia, and other districts of China.-- GYII agrees to invest RMB 110 million Yuan ($16.3 MILLION USD) to jointly develop Welwind's first-phase 49.5MW wind farm project located in Zhanjiang of Guangdong Province. The GYII will hold a 20% share of the invested project.-- GYII agrees to appoint Welwind as its agent in North America for selling its new multi-gen, single tower, vertical axis wind turbine generator systems developed by GYII.-- Both parties will establish a new turbine generator system assembly plant, for which each party own a 50% share.-- Welwind agrees to use 12 new multi-gen, single tower, vertical axis wind turbine generator systems, developed by GYII, for Welwind's first-phase 49.5MW wind farm project located in Zhanjiang.

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This issue of PES marks a watershed moment in the evolution of the magazine, with our inaugural roundtable interview. We've gathered together some true luminaries from the wind sector, including:* Dr Andrew Garrad, GL Garrad Hassan* Daniel Hope, Global Business Development Manager for Renewable Energy, SGS (Hamburg, Germany)* Kurt E. Thomsen, CEO, Advanced Offshore Solutions Aps* Bruce Hamilton, Director, Energy, Navigant Consulting, Inc., (US)* Bruce Douglas, COO, EWEANaturally, with five such distinguished guests, we took the opportunity to press them on a range of topics from all corners of the wind industry.Our questions encompassed the hypothetical: Let's say that tomorrow a new oil field is discovered that will provide us with ample fuel for the next 100 years. Will all the efforts into renewables go to waste?; to the practical: What are the obstacles to the development of wind energy? - and the breadth of answers was truly astonishing and illuminating.To get the inside-edge on what our guests had to say, pick up your free copy of PES at HUSUM, or head to www.pes.eu.com for an exclusive online preview. 

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Welcome to this, the latest PES e-newsletter, which comes in advance of our latest printed issue, and prior to HUSUM Wind Energy 2010.We're once again proud to be media partners at this essential event and are looking forward to meeting many of you there. By all means come and say hello if you see us, and of course, look out for your FREE copy of the magazine, which will be on display at the Media Point.The issue is, as always, bursting with all the most relevant and recent news, features, comment and analysis, with an extensive lead feature that takes a look at the jaw-dropping supersizing of turbines. We appraise the EWEA's latest offshore study, which heralds a record year for the sector in Europe, and of course, you'll also find a number of unmissable features relating to the intricacies of on-shore and offshore supply.Our regular ‘comment' pieces in the front section really are essential reading for every wind power executive who wants to get a handle on a different sector of the market, and we've comment from some of the industry's biggest commercial operators. Plus, our friends at the globally-respected Fraunhofer Institute have supplied us with an illuminating piece

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