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Husum, 25 November 2008 - "In agreement with other trade fair organisers, Messe Husum has decided to postpone the 12th Husum WindEnergy, which was scheduled to be held from 7 to 11 September 2010, by two weeks". Therefore, the internationally leading trade fair of the wind energy industry will take place from 21 to 25 September 2010. {pagebreak}The Managing Director of Messe Husum, Hanno Fecke, disclosed during a meeting of the advisory council that the HUSUM WindEnergy (HWE) took this decision because otherwise the HWE dates would have clashed with those of the international leading trade fair SMM, which is organised by our partner Hamburg Messe & Congress GmbH and which "is also considered an important business platform by major exhibitors of the HWE"."We took this decision also in agreement with the persons responsible for the power expo in Zaragoza, in order to avoid date clashes with this important trade fair for Renewable Energies". According to Fecke, this was successful.For enquiries please contact:Klaus LorenzPress officer HUSUM WindEnergyT: +49 (0) 2182-5 78 78-0E-mail: lorenz@husumwindenergy.comGudrun Blickle, T: +49 (0)40-3569-2442, E-mail: gudrun.blickle@hamburg-messe.de 

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Europe should erect more wind turbines, a new report into energy in the bloc has said. A draft of the EU's Second Strategic Energy Review, says planning will start for a new power grid linking offshore wind turbines in the North Sea and for bolstering imports of liquefied natural gas.{pagebreak}Linking all the North Sea's windfarms by a ring of undersea cables would smooth out any power fluctuations caused by turbulent weather, easing concerns that wind is too variable to be useful."It should become

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Irish energy company Energia has taken delivery of 61 megawatts of wind power from two major new turbine facilities in counties Cork and Kerry.The company will harness the wind for onward supply to its renewable energy customers throughout Ireland. Energia supplies 25 per cent of the business electricity market on an all-island basis with more than 40,000 customers.{pagebreak}This new development by Energia will remove more than 90,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and it provides the equivalent power for 36,000 homes. Energia is a leading all-island player in the provision of renewable power. The company also supplies conventionally generated electricity from two major gas fired generating stations in Dublin.Energia's wind farm offtake contracts and asset development pipeline on the island of Ireland comprises more than 550MW of electricity. Energia is investing €550 million in wind farm offtake contracts in fifteen locations across Ireland which will all be completed next year. Last July, it also took delivery of 30 megawatts of new wind power from Donegal, Sligo and Tipperary. Energia is part of Viridian Power and Energy. 

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British wind power experts have been sharing their expertise with Taiwanese counterparts at a seminar in Taipei held by the British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO).Led by Richard Brooks, head of Business Development of the Renewable Deployment Team of Britain's Department of Energy and Climate Change, a U.K. delegation comprised of 16 experts from nine companies and three universities delivered presentations at the seminar about U.K. expertise in the offshore wind power sector. {pagebreak}Speaking at the opening ceremony of the seminar, BTCO Director Michael Reilly said the seminar was very timely, because as the world faces a major economic slowdown and the recent collapse of oil prices, some experts and politicians around the world have suggested that this is a time to go slowly in efforts to develop a low-carbon future."Acting now will place us all in a better position when the world economy picks up speed once again. Investing now in renewable energy projects will help counter the impact of the slowdown, " Reilly said."And, most of all, increasing the use of renewable energy now will improve energy security in the years ahead," he added.According to Reilly, the U.K. became in 2008 the number one in the world for

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Power and Energy Solutions (PES) magazine has been named as an official partner for the European Wind Energy Conference in Marseille, France, next year.The event, which will be held in March, is the biggest gathering of wind energy experts and commentators from Europe and beyond and it provides an opportunity to discover the latest developments in the sector, network and generate new business.{pagebreak}PES magazine will have a bonus distribution at the show's media point and it will be promoting the conference through print and online outlets. Mark Smith, PES Project Director, said: "The opportunity to become involved in EWEC 2009 is a very exciting one, not least because this prestigious event represents a gathering of the finest minds in wind energy today. We're really looking forward to promoting the conference and being represented at it in such a high-profile way."Roland Sundén, CEO, LM Glasfiber & EWEC 2009 Conference Chair, commented: "Coming at a time when EU member states will be preparing their National Action Plans, designed to deliver against the EU renewables targets, EWEC 2009 represents an ideal opportunity to discover the latest developments in the wind energy sector, exchange ideas and information, and generate new industry contacts and business

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Nine UK manufacturers are ready to blow away the competition to gain new business in wind energy and other fast growing renewable energy sectors.As part of an Envirolink business improvement project funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and central government, the companies have energised their own people and performance to compete more effectively in this fast growing market.{pagebreak}Together, the nine companies have generated big productivity benefits as a direct result of the project. Participants were put on a fast track to lean transformation by experts from The Manufacturing Institute, who were commissioned to provide up to 18 days advice, support and coaching to each company. This ranged from early diagnosis work to assess key challenges, through to in-depth training for staff, and practical lean implementation work to boost productivity.Manchester-based HMG Paints, which supplies coatings for wind turbines, achieved a 33 per cent productivity improvement in its unit department business area through driving non value added activities out of its processes and standardising best practice operating procedures.John Falder, Managing Director of HMG Paints, said: "The Manufacturing Institute, working in conjunction with our team, undertook a totally fresh look. Techniques such as 5S workplace organisation and process mapping combined with educating

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Power conversion specialists Converteam have taken top honours at an awards ceremony which recognised their work in the wind turbine field.The UK-based company, which makes a leading range of drives, including the MV3000, widely used in the most advanced wind turbines, came first in the World Class Manufacturing category at the Manufacturer 2008 Live awards.{pagebreak}Ten members of the team were at London's ExCel arena to receive the prize in front of an audience of 400 industry executives.The award recognised the business development and productivity improvements the company has made at its Kidsgrove site. Converteam's entire approach to manufacturing came under close scrutiny from the judges, including its monitoring and analysis of lead times, customer returns, work content, labour minutes per unit, inventory levels and cycle times.Stephen Beattie, General Manager at Kidsgrove who received the award on behalf of Converteam said, "Winning this award is a great achievement against stiff opposition and shows what can be achieved when we work together as a team. We have weathered the downturn experienced by traditional industries to emerge as the UK's biggest supplier of wind turbine converters."Due to the combination of innovative design and lean manufacturing methods, this 300 strong site has shipped

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No strangers to lucrative means of producing energy, the money men of the Middle East are now looking towards the renewables sector for cleaner ways of making a profit.A company based in Abu Dhabi has bought a 20 per cent stake in London Array offshore wind farm, which is set to be one of the largest in the world. {pagebreak}The planned 1,000 MW project in the Thames Estuary off the Kent and Essex coasts could power three quarters of a million homes.Masdar and energy firm E.ON recently announced the joint venture recently and representatives from both firms were meeting government ministers at Downing Street to discuss the project.E.ON said it was hoped the first stage would be completed in 2012 and would consist of up to 175 turbines.Before the deal was made, E.ON owned half of the wind farm project and DONG Energy owned the other half.Masdar bought 40 per cent of E.ON's share, giving it a 20 per cent stake in the whole enterprise.E.ON chief executive Dr Wulf Bernotat said: "We have secured in Masdar a strong partner to work with us on the London Array scheme and on future renewable energy projects which will help push the industry

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No less a personage than the Queen of England has stepped into the renewables debate by promising to invest in wind power projects in the deep waters off Britain.The Crown Estate, which is the holder of the Queen's property, says it will pay up to half of all pre-construction development costs for companies wanting to build wind farms in the North Sea.{pagebreak}The announcement has been met with a huge surge in applications for the latest round of licensing, with around 100 companies interested in developing their ideas.Adam Bruce, chairman of the British Wind Energy Association, said: "The Crown Estate offering to be a development partner takes away much of the cost and uncertainty with third-round projects, which is why we have seen so much interest in the latest licensing round."Although deep-water projects are expensive, they could be far more efficient because they could utilise larger turbines and take advantage of stronger prevailing winds, said Bruce. "Unlike onshore wind schemes, the operator is also only dealing with one planning regime and one landlord in the Crown Estate, which is now offering to be a partner."A spokeswoman for the Crown Estate said the response to the licensing round had "greatly exceeded our

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Harnessing Ireland's offshore wind and wave energy is vital to help the country to slash its carbon emissions by 2020, a new parliamentary committee has said.The Dail's Committee on Climate Change, which was established a year ago, {pagebreak}said Irish people now produce the fifth highest levels of greenhouse gas in the world in per capita terms. The EU wants Ireland to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and also harness 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by the same date.Committee chairman Sean Barrett called for the development of wind and wave energy projects in Ireland's offshore area, which covers 900,000 square kilometres of sea bed or ten times the land area of the country. He said the current planning regime for such projects was several decades out of date. "If we are to exploit offshore wind and harness the power of waves and tides, we must replace outdated structures with a modern system for dealing with marine developments," Mr Barrett said.In Northern Ireland, a Unionist MP has criticised a cross-border call for Ireland to remain a "nuclear-free zone". Sammy Wilson said that true environmentalists should support nuclear power.The Democratic Unionist MP was responding to

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