Offshore Wind Energy

Natural Power tops consultancy tables for WAsP certified users

Leading international renewable energy consultancy group Natural Power has now reached a total of 14 fully certified users of the widely used WAsP software. WAsP (the Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program) is the wind energy industry's standard software for performing wind flow modelling and analysis for wind farm energy yield assessments in non-complex flow environments.

Gamesa attends the Manten-er trade fair and unveils new services, including the launch of a division for reconditioning major turbine components

Valladolid - Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, will attend the III Manten-er trade fair, which begins today in Valladolid, with new offerings in the area of operation and maintenance (O&M) services for the wind energy market.

Natural Power appointed as Owners Engineer on 20.5MW Sixpenny Wood wind farm

Leading international renewable energy consultancy group Natural Power has been appointed as Owner's Engineer at Sixpenny Wood wind farm for AES Wind Generation, a subsidiary of the energy company AES Corporation. Construction on the farm, located in East Riding of Yorkshire, is expected to commence in February 2012 and will comprise of 10 REpower 2.05MW turbines.

South Chinese province to build offshore wind farm

This has been reported by the state news agency Xinhua, referring to an announcement made by the electricity supply utility Guangdong Electric Power Development Co. Ltd.

Sinovel advances with its 6 MW turbine

<b>The 6 MW turbine is following the company’s 3 MW turbine SL 3000.</b><br><i>Photo: Sinovel</i>

Sinovel will supply Huaneng Renewables, a leading Chinese wind farm developer, with 17 units of 6 MW offshore wind turbines in the first stage of a pilot offshore wind farm in the Lingang sea area of Shanghai. With an investment of US$ 279 million, the wind farm will be completed in September 2014.

Siemens receives first wind power orders from Thailand

Siemens Energy has received orders for a total of 90 wind turbines with a total rated capacity of 200 MW. The turbines are for the two wind farms Korat I and Korat II in the province of Nakorn Rachasrima in northeastern Thailand. The customers, K.R.Two Company and First Korat Wind, are both subsidiaries of the Thai company Wind Energy Holding Co. Ltd.

Nordex sells large turbines to China

Nordex SE has received its first order from China for N90/2500 turbines. Power plant operator Zhongmin Wind Power wants to the 2.5 MW turbines at a 30 MW wind farm off the coast of Zhongcuo.Nordex only just started marketing its large turbine series in the Far East in the autumn of 2011. Since then, the company has been refitting its Chinese manufacturing plants to produce the 2.5 MW turbines.

Successful first quarter for the US wind industry

After 2009, the first quarter 2012 was the second successful quarter of a year ever. (Graphic: AWEA)

The US wind industry installed 1,695 MW during the first quarter of 2012 bringing the total US wind power capacity installations to 48,611 MW through the end of March. During Q1 of 2012 the US wind industry installed 52 % more MW than during the first quarter of 2011.

Energetx rolls off first rotor blades

The first industrial-size wind turbine blades will soon roll off the factory floor at Energetx Composites in Holland, Michigan (USA). Energetx has begun building the 64-metre-long blades under its first major contract with a turbine supplier for wind energy projects. The company will supply the firm with the turbine blades for the next 2.5 years under that contract, MLive reports.

Vestas sells tower factory

Towers for Vestas turbines will be manufactured in Varde also in the future. (Photo: Vestas)

In January Vestas decided to close its tower factory in Varde, Denmark. Now the company has entered an agreement with Chinese Titan Wind Energy (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. to sell off the facility and thereby maintain most of the jobs for about 120 employees. The agreement was signed on 12 June. It must be approved by Chinese authorities, which is expected to happen shortly.