Chinese manufacturers eye German market

December 12, 2012

flag chinagermanyBerlin-based Germany Trade & Invest, the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany, confirms Chinese companies are building factories in Germany. Citing an example, the agency mentioned that Chinese subsidiary Jade Werke will begin production of steel fundaments for offshore wind parks in Germany as early as 2013. The company is investing €50 million in a production plant in Wilhelmshaven, with construction planned to begin this summer.

According to the agency, last year, Germany installed 2,007 MW of wind energy capacity, bringing its total capacity to 29 GW. It added that the 30% growth of new installations still comes primarily from the onshore segment, but offshore wind will account for a growing share in the coming years.

This year alone, construction is expected to begin on six new offshore parks totaling 1,660 MW capacity along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic Sea coastlines. Growth rates in the onshore segment were strong last year, the policy framework has been improved, and the offshore market ready to take off, said Anne Braeutigam, wind energy expert at Berlin-based Germany Trade & Invest.

Nordex to abandon offshore wind efforts

December 12, 2012

German wind turbine maker Nordex is to discontinue its efforts to develop offshore turbines. The development emerged as the group terminated plans to transfer its entire offshore activities to a joint venture. Nordex was not able to agree with the negotiating partner on a concept for the continuation of the activities in a joint venture. Nordex disclosed its intention to seek an industrial partner for this business in Summer 2011.
Going forward, the goal is to strengthen the development of onshore turbines. Nordex plans to sell the assets of the offshore business to other interested parties in the short to medium-term. The business unit “Offshore” will be discontinued. The employees of the unit will be assigned to other Nordex business units.

Dong Energy gears up to test Siemens 6MW turbine

October 2, 2012

Danish energy company Dong Energy has gained full consent to test two next generation offshore wind turbines at its Gunfleet Sands site in South East England. The two Siemens 6 MW machines will be installed at Dong’s Gunfleet Sands 3 demonstration project. It is the first time that the Siemens 6 MW turbine will be tested offshore. Referring to the demonstration project, Morten Buchgreitz, deputy CEO of Dong Energy Wind Power, mentioned that the company is going to be the first company to this new Siemens machine. The Gunfleet Sands 3 demonstration project is located 8.5 km south east of Clacton on Sea. Buchgreitz also highlighted that the Round 3 projects in the UK are in deeper waters and will have a much bigger capacity than existing wind farms, requiring the technology to increase in capacity.
The new turbines will be installed by November this year with construction starting in May, and will be connected through a dedicated export cable. Dong plans to verify turbine performance, reliability and functionality. A prototype of the 6 MW turbine is also being tested at an onshore test centre at Hovsore, Denmark.

US, UK collaborate on floating wind turbines

September 11, 2012

Floating wind turbines are to be the initial focus of a new agreement between Britain and the U. S. The two nations have chosen to collaborate in the development of floating wind technology designed to generate power in deep waters currently off limits to conventional turbines but where the wind is much stronger. The UK and US are both making funding available for this technology. The development emerged as energy ministers from 23 of the world’s leading economies gathered in London recently to discuss accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies. The US and UK agreed on a new Memorandum of Understanding on ‘Collaboration in Energy Related Fields’.
In the UK, the Energy Technologies Institute is currently in the process of commissioning a £25 million offshore wind floating system demonstrator. Participants in the project will be tasked with producing an offshore wind turbine that can produce 5-7 MW, by 2016.
In the US, the Department of Energy have recently announced a US$180 million funding opportunity for up to four Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects in US waters – which potentially could include a floating wind demonstration.

Goldwind becomes No. 1 WTG maker in China; bags 3 US Orders

September 3, 2012

Goldwind became China’s number one WTG manufacturer in 2011 by installing the largest capacity in the country, pushing the previous year’s leader Sinovel to second place. Last year, Goldwind installed 3.6 GW, or 20.4 per cent of the Chinese market, while Sinovel, with 2.9 GW, could secure a 16.7 per cent of the market.

This year Goldwind has already bagged orders from three new customers in North America – Enel Green Power North America, Wind Energy Developers LLC, and Debenham Energy. Upon completion of the projects, the wind turbine manufacturer will have 13 projects operating in eight States of the United States, in addition to Ecuador and Chile. “The US market is particularly competitive and to succeed there demonstrates any global company’s ability to compete on an international scale,” said Wang Haibo, head of the Hong Kong-based Goldwind International.

Meanwhile, the company has signed a financial agreement with China Development Bank Corp. for wind power projects worth RMB 35 billion. The accord signed through its subsidiary Beijing Tianrun New Energy Investment Corp. also covers asset acquisition. The agreement comes after Goldwind received an RMB 10 billion credit facility from Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. in November 2011. The company is also on track to launch a prototype of its first 6-MW offshore turbine in the next three months.

Siemens enters African Energy Market

August 28, 2012

Germany-based Siemens has received its first wind turbine orders in Africa after it bagged an order to deliver 44 wind turbines with a total capacity of 100 MW to the Haouma and Foum El Oued wind power plants in Morocco. Both plants are expected to come online by 2013. Commenting on the development, Felix Ferlemann, CEO of Siemens’ wind power division said, “These orders mark the entry of Siemens Wind Power in the African wind market and clearly show that our internationalisation strategy is successful.” In December 2011, Siemens had announced plans to dramatically ramp up its African operations by investing $260 million to boost local manufacturing and to increase the presence of its sales teams in the continent.

Morocco launches 850-MW Wind Tender

August 28, 2012

Morocco’s State-run power company, Office National de l’Electricite (ONE), has invited expressions of interest from companies for five wind energy projects with a total wind power generation capacity of 850 MW. Upon passing the preliminary phase, companies would be invited to bid in an international tender to be launched in the second quarter of 2012. Besides the five projects, the tender also includes a separate project of 200 MW capacity for procurement and maintenance purposes. The wind projects will be realised under a public-private partnership with ONE, the Energy Investment Company and King Hassan Fund, all owned by the State. Morocco aims to increase its wind farm capacity from the current 280 MW to 2,000 MW by 2020 at a total cost of $3.6 billion.

Egypt Wind Power Capacity May Exceed 3,000 MW by 2016

December 6, 2011

Egypt’s wind power capacity may reach 3,040 MW by 2016 as the country seeks to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources, according to Electricity and Energy Minister Hassan Younes. “The North African country decided to exempt imported components used in the renewable energy industry from duties as part of wider plan to encourage investment in the field,” Younes said today in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.

Egypt, the most populous Arab country, currently generates 550 MW of power from wind energy. It plans to generate 20 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, of which 12 per cent would come from wind power, according to the ministry.

Iberdrola, Areva ink deal

December 5, 2011

Spain’s Iberdrola Renovables and France’s Areva have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop offshore wind projects in France. Under the deal the two companies will compete for two of the five zones to be offered in the forthcoming tender for up to 3GW of offshore power: St-Brieuc (500 MW) and St-Nazaire (750 MW). Areva will act as sole supplier to the projects, offering its M5000 turbine, while Iberdrola will contribute its extensive offshore expertise. Keith Anderson, CEO of Iberdrola’s Global Offshore Division, said, “The development of offshore wind projects is one of the key areas of growth for Iberdrola Renewables.”

Areva in May announced a partnership with French companies GDF Suez and Vinci to bid for the right to build wind farms in three of the offshore zones — Dieppe-Le Treport, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Fecamp.

Atkins, Assystem target offshore wind market

December 5, 2011

UK-based engineering and design consultancy Atkins and industrial engineering specialist Assystem are jointly targeting opportunities in the offshore wind market in France. Services provided by Assystem, with the support of Atkins, include concept and detailed engineering design as well as owner’s engineer services and consortium management. Atkins has expertise in offshore wind infrastructure design and engineering services, while Assystem is equipped with local knowledge of the French energy market.

Atkins and Assystem intend to capitalise on France’s €20 billion plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy production.  The plan is to produce a 6,000 MW power base by 2020, which corresponds to 1,200 wind turbines.

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