Archives December 2014


December 2014


Electrical Acceptance Testing for Wind Energy Sites

Good design and good construction means reduced maintenance costs

The wind industry in North America is booming. Yes, it always seems like it’s on a roller coaster, but 2015 looks to be the best year ever. The USA already has over 62GW on-line, but a further 14GW are under construction with completion expected by the end of 2105. An additional 5 GW are in […]
Paul Idziak

BASF Receives Type Certification for Offshore Grout

High-strength, fast curing compound deemed suitable for offshore concrete structures

MasterFlow 9500 from Master Builders Solutions by BASF is the first product of its kind to receive a DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd) certificate for Offshore Concrete Structures. The Type Approval Certificate issued by the internationally acknowledged test and certification body, which specializes in oil, gas and maritime services as well as in […]


PRODUCT SHOWCASE: ZeroLift Pad Rack Offers Site Transport Option for Outrigger Pads

DICA® Outrigger Pads introduces the ZeroLift Pad Rack, a crane accessory offering safety benefits for crane operators. The Pad Rack eliminates the need for crane operators to manually lift and carry outrigger pads, and makes transport on the job site simple and safe. ZeroLift Pad Rack has a carrying capacity of 1,000 pounds and is […]
December 15, 2014

MHI Vestas Prototype Breaks 24-Hour Production Record

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0 MW prototype set a new benchmark for power production recently when the turbine produced 192,000 kWh in a 24 hour period, enough to power approximately 13,500 Danish households, demonstrating the full capability of the world’s most powerful wind turbine. The V164-8.0 MW prototype turbine has broken the record for power […]
November 14, 2014

Pattern Receives EAC For British Columbia Project

Reaching a key milestone in the development process, Pattern Energy Group LP announced it has received an Environmental Assessment Certificate for its Meikle Wind project, a 185 MW wind power project located in British Columbia. “This is Pattern Development’s first project in British Columbia, expanding the Company’s presence to a third province in Canada,” said […]
October 8, 2014

U.S. Wind Energy Adds 835 MW In First Half Of 2014; 14 GW In Development

Affordable, homegrown wind power is helping to save consumers money in many regions of the country, encouraging new wind power growth and the start of construction of over 14,000 megawatts (MW) in America so far this year.  “Today’s great values on clean, low-cost wind power are encouraging utilities and major companies to sign more and […]
August 7, 2014

GE Submits Revised Bid For Alstom

GE announced it has revised its bid for the acquisition of French energy and transportation powerhouse Alstom. Under the revision, GE proposes “alliances” between the two companies, while maintaining a degree of autonomy. Among the partnerships GE proposes is a 50/50 joint venture involving Alstom’s wind and hydroelectric renenewable energy assets. In a similar joint […]
July 14, 2014

ScottishPower and Vattenfall Receive Planning Consent For 1.2 GW UK Offshore Project

East Anglia One Offshore Wind , a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, has received consent from the Department for Energy & Climate Change for a 1200 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of East Anglia, the largest renewable energy project ever to receive planning consent in England and Wales. The East Anglia […]
July 14, 2014

DOI Opens Mass. Wind Energy Area, Doubling Available U.S. Offshore Wind Acreage

As part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be available for commercial wind energy leasing. The proposed area is the largest in […]
June 17, 2014

DNV GL FORCE Approach Aims To Reduce Cost Of Offshore Wind

DNV GL’s project FORCE (For Reduced Cost of Energy) has identified potential savings of at least 10 percent of the cost of offshore wind energy, if an integrated approach to four market-ready technologies is adopted. The cost savings identified by the FORCE team could be exploited by industry right now if industry shifts to collaborative […]
June 13, 2014

Vestas Releases 1Q 2014 Financials

In the first quarter of 2014, Vestas generated revenue of EUR 1,283 million—an increase of 17 percent over the year-earlier period. EBIT before special items increased by EUR 148 million to EUR 40 million due to improved project margins, higher revenue, lower fixed capacity costs and lower depreciation. The EBIT margin before special items was […]
June 11, 2014

Xcel Energy Achieves Wind Energy Milestone

Xcel Energy achieved a milestone recently, when wind power met 46 percent of customers’ electricity needs in the company’s Upper Midwest service territory. At the time the company’s Upper Midwest record was set, wind resources provided 1,622 megawatts of the 3,512 megawatts Xcel Energy’s customers were using in Minnesota and neighboring states. The previous record […]
June 11, 2014

CanWEA To Ontario PC Party: Reconsider Wind

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recently urged the Ontario PC Party to reassess its energy policy platform, and to acknowledge that affordable energy for Ontario should include wind energy—a clean, renewable and cost-competitive source of electricity supply.  “Independent analyses by the energy consulting firm Power Advisory LLC show that wind energy was responsible for […]
June 11, 2014

Nordex Targets Further Growth And Improvement In Earnings In 2014

On the basis of its audited consolidated financial statements, Nordex confirms the preliminary figures for 2013 which it had reported in February. Thus, consolidated sales rose by around 33 percent to EUR 1,429.3 million (previous year: EUR 1,075.3 million), with return on sales widening to 3.1 percent. Consolidated profit after interest and taxes amounted to […]
June 11, 2014

Nordex Receives Research Loan From EIB

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will support the research and development activities of wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE. The bank will provide the company with a loan of EUR 100 million for its multi-year R&D program. Within the framework of the R&D program, which is due to run until 2017, Nordex will work together with […]
June 11, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Kurt Hydraulics Introduces 6W Couplings With High-Pressure Hoses For The Wind Energy Industry

Kurt Hydraulics’ line of 6W Couplings combined with high pressure braided hose are ideally suited for applications that require high pressure capabilities and temperature ranges from -40°F to 250°F for the wind industry. The couplings are a one-piece, bite-the-wire crimp coupling with non-skive design to eliminate cover skiving before assembly to the hose. The Kurt […]
June 11, 2014

ACCIONA Debuts Medium-Wind Site Turbine In Las Vegas

ACCIONA Windpower has upgraded its AW125/3000 wind turbine, with a new version specially designed for medium-wind sites (IEC IIb). This new design was highlighted at the WINDPOWER 2014. The upgraded design of the AW125/3000 allows for siting at locations with higher average wind conditions and lower turbulence intensity. The AW125/3000 combines a 125-meter rotor with […]
June 11, 2014

GE’s Wind PowerUp Reaches 1,000 Installations

GE recently announced that its Wind PowerUp platform has secured more than 1,000 units under contract to date. PowerUp is a customized software-enabled platform that allows wind farm operators to increase annual energy production (AEP) on their turbines by up to 5 percent, taking into account environmental conditions. A 5 percent increase in energy output […]
June 11, 2014

Sage Oil Vac Receives 2014 President’s “E” Award

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded Sage Oil Vac, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas the 2014 President’s “E” Award in recognition for the company’s achievements in making significant contributions to the increase of U.S. exports. Sage Oil Vac has demonstrated a sustained commitment to U.S. export expansion. The “E” Award Committee has recognized Sage’s innovation […]
June 10, 2014

Prairie Wind Completes Section Of Transmission Line

Kansans are a step closer to benefitting from a more robust electric transmission system with a portion of the Prairie Wind Transmission line now in service. About 78 miles of the 108-mile, double circuit 345 kV transmission line is complete and moving electricity between Wichita and Medicine Lodge. The line was energized Wednesday. The remainder […]
June 9, 2014

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Free Web Tool Facilitates Cable Transit Design And Installation

Roxtec recently announced the release of its Roxtec Transit Designer 2.0—a free, web-based tool that simplifies both product selection according to needs and requirements and the process of designing, purchasing, and installing cable and pipe transits. Giuseppe Principato is an instrument designer in Italy  and one of thousands of designers and engineers in more than […]
May 14, 2014

Greensmith On Track To Integrate Four New Battery Types In 2014

Greensmith, a leader in grid-scale energy storage technologies has announced it is on track to successfully integrate an additional four new battery types in 2014, bringing the company’s total since inception to 12 using its battery-agnostic technology platform, now in its fourth generation. With over 23 MW of energy storage capacity to be deployed in […]
May 14, 2014

Nordex Targets Further Growth And Improvement In Earnings In 2014

On the basis of its audited consolidated financial statements, Nordex confirms the preliminary figures for 2013 which it had reported in February. Thus, consolidated sales rose by around 33 percent to EUR 1,429.3 million (previous year: EUR 1,075.3 million), with return on sales widening to 3.1 percent. Consolidated profit after interest and taxes amounted to […]
May 14, 2014

Renewable Energy Leaders Determine Future Strategies to Increase Power Production

Over 110 wind farm owners including Iberdrola, NextEra, EDPR, E.ON, Google, Infigen, NRG Energy and EDF Renewable Energy will gather at next week’s Wind O&M Summit in Dallas (April 14-16) to devise asset life extension and performance enhancement strategies to meet 2020 renewable energy targets.    A large percentage—73 percent—of U.S. wind farms will come […]
April 10, 2014

Vestas Adds Another 450 U.S. Jobs

Driven mostly by North American demand, OEM’s total workforce addition at four Colorado factories to top 850. Two blade factories have already filled about 400 positions and Vestas expects to add at least 450 more production workers in 2014. One of the best years for wind-turbine orders for Vestas has led to significant hiring at […]
April 10, 2014

Senvion Eclipses 10 GW Installed Capacity Milestone

Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, installed more than 1.4 GW of capacity in 2013 followed by a strong installation start in 2014–thereby breaking the mark of 10 GW of capacity worldwide. This capacity is enough to supply 20 million people–or the entire population of Australia– with electricity for one year. […]
April 10, 2014

GE Announces Its Next-Generation “Brilliant” Wind Turbine

2.75-120 features flexible storage, delivers 5 percent more AEP than its predecessor GE recently announced its 2.75-120 wind turbine—a smarter, more powerful turbine—at the European Wind Energy Association’s annual event. Part of GE’s brilliant wind platform, the 2.75-120 provides 5 percent more annual energy production than GE’s 2.5-120 model and is available with various tower […]
April 10, 2014

GE Targets New Heights With Space Frame Turbine Tower Design

GE’s renewable energy business announced the introduction of its new space frame tower for multi-megawatt wind turbines at the European Wind Energy Association’s annual conference in Barcelona, Spain. The five-legged enclosed lattice tower enables towers up to 139 meters to be built more cost-effectively in never before accessible locations, using a logistics-friendly model of standard […]
April 10, 2014

Siemens Touts Benefits Of D3-Platform Uprating

Direct-drive turbine now delivers 3.2 MW output, resulting in increased energy yield and lowered costs. Step by step, Siemens Energy is successfully pursuing its strategy for lowering the costs of wind power. At the European annual event for the wind energy industry, EWEA 2014, Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Division reported how the uprated performance of […]
April 10, 2014

First Wind Secures Financing Its First Texas Project

First Wind has announced that it has obtained $206 million in financing for its Route 66 Wind project in Armstrong and Carson Counties, Texas. With financing closed for its first renewable energy project in Texas, First Wind will continue engineering and construction activities on the project. The Route 66 Wind project is expected to deliver […]
March 11, 2014

Availon Marks 2 GW Turbine Service Milestone

Availon recently announced that its portfolio of wind turbines-under-maintenance has reached the 2 GW milestone since its foundation in 2007. Availon has experienced steady growth and currently employs a workforce of around 300 employees. In addition to focusing on its core market of Germany, the company is also steadily expanding its global strategic position in […]
March 11, 2014

Report: Global Turbine Tower Market To Keep Growing

With wind power technology gaining popularity and institutional support globally, the wind turbine towers market is expected to increase from $12.1 billion in 2013 to $19.3 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9 percent, according to a report from research and consulting firm GlobalData. According to the report, China had […]
March 11, 2014

Helukabel Continues International Growth With Three New Affiliates

Helukabel, one of the world’s leading cable manufacturers, has further expanded its global reach by adding local branches in three strategic markets. During 2013 Q3, new affiliates were launched in the United Kingdom and the Middle East, and in the beginning of 2013 Q4, Helukabel Indonesia became the 23rd affiliate to join the global network. […]
March 11, 2014

Vestas Secures Service Agreement in Romania

Vestas has secured a 15-year service contract covering 42 V90-2.0 MW turbines at the Topolog Dorobantu wind power plant in Tulcea County in Romania. The last of the 42 turbines is expected to be installed within April this year. The order has been placed by LUKERG Renew, a joint venture between ERG Renew and LUKOIL. […]
March 11, 2014