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.

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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.


Turkey taps into big wind energy potential

December 5, 2011

Turkey’s newest wind farm is now selling clean energy to the country’s power grid. The 22.5-MW Sares wind farm is jointly owned by GE Energy Financial Services and GAMA Holding, a Turkish general contracting firm. The installation, which uses nine E 2.5-MW turbines, is located in one of Turkey’s most extreme wind regions near the city of Canakkale.

“The Turkish market’s potential for wind business is huge,” said Stephan Ritter, general manager of GE Renewables Europe. The GE-GAMA joint venture is also developing a 10-MW wind farm in Karadag, around 350 kilometers south of Sares. Construction on the project is expected to start in the third quarter of 2011, with completion expected in the second quarter of 2012. According to GAMA Enerji, the two wind farms will generate enough electricity to power 59,000 average Turkish homes and avoid 80,000 tonnes a year in greenhouse gas emissions. The country aims to generate 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020.


SWAY offshore wind turbine prototype installed in Norway

December 5, 2011

SWAY, which is planning to develop a 10-MW floating offshore wind turbine, has installed its first prototype off the coast of Bergen, Norway. The 1:5 scale prototype has a 29 m tower, which is constructed a bit like a floating bottle with most of the weight at the bottom moving the centre of gravity some distance below the surface. Above the surface, the tower measures 13 m. The structure weighs 22 tonnes. The prototype’s rotor diameter is 13 m, and it is designed so that the whole tower and turbine swivel according to the wind direction. SWAY is currently looking for a financial and industrial partner to bring the offshore wind turbine to the industrialisation stage.

(picture from: http://www.swayturbine.no/)


Siemens puts €150 million into wind in Denmark

December 5, 2011

Siemens plans to invest €150 million over the next two years to expand its wind power business. The company is contemplating to open two research and development centres, and an offshore “centre of excellence” in Denmark. Siemens Wind Power CEO Jens-Peter Saul said further factories were being planned in the UK, Canada, Russia and India.

Meanwhile, Siemens has won its first ever offshore turbine order in China. Guodian-subsidiary Longyuan has given the manufacturer a 48 MW deal for the Rudong inter-tidal project located in Rudong county, Jiangsu province, western China. The project will use 21 Siemens SWT-2.3 MW, 101 turbines. The contract also includes a five-year service agreement. The turbine’ blades will be manufactured at its new Chinese facility.

In October last year, Longyuan won a tender to develop the 200 MW Dafeng offshore project.

In yet another development, Siemens has installed the first prototype of its 6 MW offshore wind turbine, the SWT-6.0-120, with direct drive technology. The prototype has been installed at Høvsøre in Denmark. The offshore wind turbine’s nacelle and rotor weigh under 350 tonnes, something that could cut the cost not only of the nacelle, but also the tower and supporting structures, Siemens says.

“In tendency large wind turbines have always been heavier per megawatt than small ones. The SWT-6.0-120 breaks this rule, having a weight per MW similar to that of many turbines in the 2-3 MW range,” says Henrik Stiesdal, CTO, Siemens Wind Turbine Business Unit. Serial production of the 6 MW offshore wind turbine is scheduled for 2014.


Dong, ScottishPower to set up 389 MW offshore wind farm

December 5, 2011

Denmark’s Dong Energy and Iberdrola’s subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables have stepped up their collaborative effort to install a mega capacity wind farm off the shore of Irish Sea. Named as the West of Duddon Sands wind farm, the project will encompass a whopping 108, 3.6 wind turbines supplied by Siemens. The 389-MW capacity grand project will incur a humongous cost of $2.56 billion with construction to be started in 2013. Specially made installation vessels would aid in the ambitious building process, so as to accentuate upon the efficiency of construction during all seasons. But the actual productivity (power generation) of the farm will be around 374 MW, taking into account the conventional transmission losses.


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