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Shares in a Scottish wind farm have exceeded market expectations, raising more than £1.25 million of investment.The Great Glen Wind Farm Co-op share offer closed recently, and delighted investors by surpassing its target by more than five times. The scheme is being run by Energy4All, a not-for-profit company set up to spearhead community-owned renewable energy schemes.{pagebreak}The company's latest offering is an investment opportunity in Scotland's largest wind farm co-op. The Kilbraur Wind Energy Co-op share offer has now launched and will remain open until the 24th October.Energy4All's launch of the new arm of its organization; Energy4All Scotland has been initiated to develop community ownership of renewable energy projects from a uniquely Scottish perspective.A key project to be progressed by Energy4All Scotland will be the Caledonia Renewable Energy Co-operative. Caledonia, a Scotland-wide Co-op will enable anyone in Scotland to invest in a portfolio of renewable projects - from wind to hydro and biomass. Energy4All Scotland has launched a ‘call for projects' where landowners, communities and developers are invited to add their project to the Caledonia portfolio. By joining this initiative, individual developers can receive an ethical investment from within Scotland and extend the opportunity for local people to create a Co-op.

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The European wind power industry could replace the automotive sector as the biggest user of steel by 2020, a Green MEP has claimed.Luxemburg MEP Claude Turmes, who helped a report calling for massive investment in renewables reach almost unanimous backing by the industry committee of the European Parliament, said the legislation would lead to massive growth of the renewables industry.{pagebreak}The committee agreed to commit to increasing the share of renewables in energy consumption to 20 per cent by 2020.MEPs in the committee voted for the final report, which included support for a supergrid, by 50 votes to two.Among the 35 amendments was the proposal to ban the installation of windfarms on peat land.Scottish MEP Alyn Smith, who sits on the industry committee, said that the grid proposal would benefit Scotland massively but was dismissive of the ban on peat land amendment proposed by Scottish MEP Conservative Struan Stevenson.Mr Smith said: "Scotland stands to benefit massively from the increased capacity for renewables this grid will enable." 

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Finland is the latest country to approve the development for wind farm parks in key catchment areas close to coastlines and the sea.The Finnish Government has agreed to build a number of wind power plants over the next ten years with the aim of generating about 2000 megawatts of wind power by 2020. In principle about 1,000 wind turbines would be needed to produce that much power.{pagebreak}The proposal calls for development of wind parks in key catchment areas such as coastlines and near the sea, to accommodate the large numbers of turbines needed. The proposal is part of government's climate and energy strategy that is currently being hammered out.Boosting wind power requires other supporting programmes, such as so-called input tariffs, which are expected to be approved in principle during the autumn.Government's climate and energy strategy working group has been divided on the question of Finland's future wind power needs.The amount currently agreed on has failed to meet the expectations of the Green League, but is also more than the quantity proposed by the National Coalition Party.The working group has failed to reach agreement on amping up nuclear-generated power in Finland. 

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New Foundation Bolt Tensioning Tools Added to Tentec Aero Range Tentec, a leading UK designer and manufacturer of bolt tightening equipment has been working closely with major manufacturers and suppliers of wind turbines looking at the problems associated with anchoring bolts into the foundation structure. {pagebreak}Due to the unusual length of foundation bolts and the anchoring methods used, relatively large amounts of bolt extension are seen. It is important, therefore, that bolt tensioning tools have plenty of piston/ram extension capacity. With this in mind, the new Aero Model WTF offer a 25mm piston/ram capability for "one pull" uninterrupted tensioning. Another important design feature of these new tools is that they can be supplied to suit many different thread forms such as Williams and Dyson threaded bars and the more conventionally ISO metric and Imperial Unified Thread forms. Versatility is also key in the design of the Model WTF. As the amount of thread protruding can vary significantly from turbine to turbine, the tensioning tool has been designed to work in two different ways. When there is long stud protrusion from the foundation hexagon nut, a

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A plan to create a government office to give a leg-up to the UK's renewables industry has been welcomed by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA).Secretary of State John Hutton has announced a proposed Office for Renewable Energy Deployment. The office, which should be up and running in the spring of 2009, pending the outcome of the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation, will address 'barriers to renewables deployment including helping to develop the UK supply chain'. {pagebreak}Launched as part of Government's new framework for UK manufacturers, the initiative will help UK firms take advantage of "opportunities opened up by the move towards a low carbon economy" with the express aim of helping UK's renewables industries 'to become world-leaders in green technologies'.Maria McCaffery, BWEA Chief Executive said: "When it comes to R&D, the UK has been leading the world in areas such as wave and tidal, large turbine testing and small systems. But we have seen delays on deployment and this is where we hope the Government's new initiative will make a difference. We are pleased that the Secretary of State has firmly backed a dedicated task force which will take a lead on this issue."However, in welcoming the initiative BWEA also

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While the debate over offshore oil drilling in the United States rages, the federal government is looking to lease large swathes of its continental shelf to wind turbine operators.Competition is hotting up to develop wind projects on the shelf, which is currently covered by an oil-drilling ban that has become a contentious issue in the race for the White House. {pagebreak}The federal programme is the start of a push to develop offshore wind energy in the U.S. The country often is dubbed by renewable-energy experts as "the Saudi Arabia of wind" because of its vast, windy expanses, particularly in the Western plains.The offshore-wind race is centered on the Northeast. In June, an electricity producer and a wind-energy developer in Delaware signed a contract for a project of some 67 turbines to be built about 11.5 miles off the state's coast. Over the next two months, Rhode Island and New Jersey are expected to choose wind-energy developers to work with as the states try to put together offshore projects. And New York City officials are talking with wind-power developers about erecting turbines on a massive tract of the Atlantic Ocean about 25 miles from ManhattanWind power is booming in the U.S.

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Ireland and Scotland unite in green energy planThe Irish and Scottish governments and the Northern Ireland executive are co-operating on a plan for a wind electricity grid linking all three jurisdictions. Energy ministers recently launched the plan to make the case for an offshore wind-power grid operated by all three administrations.{pagebreak} "This is the first step on the road towards building a shared wind-power grid between western Scotland, Ireland and the North," one Irish official said. "That will enable us to link into a Europe-wide supergrid for wind energy at a later date, which would make renewable energy a more reliable, flexible resource."Eamon Ryan, the energy minister, and his Scottish counterpart Jim Mather will launch the feasibility study in Edinburgh. "Interconnection is the way forward," said Ryan.Officials say the resources in coastal areas off the three jurisdictions are significant. Around Scotland, the potential for renewable energy is estimated to amount to several times the current peak demand. Critics of wind power say it is an unreliable source of energy . But Eddie O'Connor, the Airtricity founder, counters that the solution is to build a wind energy supergrid extending across the land mass of Europe.The study is being funded under the EU

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Hydro power for city tram systemA collaboration to provide hydroelectricity for the tram system in Manchester, UK, comes hot on the heels of an announcement that the UK city will be the second place in Britain to introduce congestion charging.Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) {pagebreak}have teamed up in order to provide greener travel for Manchester's inhabitants, providing a low-carbon alternative to traditional means of transport.Philip Purdy, Metrolink director at GMPTE, claimed that the trams already run without polluting at street level, meaning that the use of hydroelectricity will further reduce their environmental impact."Anyone who travels on Metrolink instead of using their car is already helping to fight climate change as trams are nearly four times better for the environment," he commented. "Using hydropower will make them even more environmentally-friendly."According to a survey, nearly one-fifth of people in Manchester state that they have changed their travel habits as a result of climate change concerns.

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European utilities acquire Shell's stake in world's largest offshore wind farmThe world's biggest offshore wind farm has been put back on track after the UK energy minister boasted that the technology could attract £3bn investment to the north-east of England alone. A host of wind schemes have been hit by planning delays, cost-inflation fears and opposition from the Ministry of Defence over concerns that turbines damage the efficiency of local radar.{pagebreak}However, the German-based energy group E.ON and the Danish utility Dong Energy have agreed to acquire Shell's 33% stake in the 1,000-megawatt London Array scheme for an undisclosed sum. The firms, which each own a one-third stake, are to become 50-50 partners in the wind farm, which could supply electricity to more than 750,000 homes in the south east of England.Paul Golby, chief executive of E.ON UK, said: "We hope to be able to keep the project on track and we should be able to complete the first phase by the end of 2012, subject to securing a number of contracts, such as those for the wind turbines."The purchase is a major relief for the government and came on the day the biggest onshore wind farm in Europe - planned

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Maximum reliability – Cognis presents solutions to boost wind turbine efficiency at Husumwind 2008Today’s wind turbines have to withstand extreme mechanical stresses under very demanding conditions, especially with the latest trend of offshore locations, where wind speeds are much greater and maintenance work is even more challenging. At this year’s Husumwind trade show, {pagebreak}Cognis Functional Products featured solutions that help wind farm operators extend the service life and increase the efficiency of their equipment with environmentally sound products. On the display were Breox SL 320 gear oil and ProEco HE 801 series biohydraulic fluids.  Since gearboxes are both among the most stressed and most expensive components, their durability and reliability are especially important. A key factor here is the quality of lubricants – Breox SL 320 is a polyalkylene glycol-based gear oil which offers the specific performance properties required for use in wind turbines, and is ecologically sound. Thanks to its outstanding micro-pitting resistance, bearing wear protection, shear stability, viscosity stability in the presence of water, persistent foam resistance, and clean operation, Breox SL 320 helps improve reliability and extend drain intervals, thereby significantly enhancing the overall profitability of the wind turbine.The ProEco HE 801 series is a range

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