With some 8.7 GW of onshore turbines installed in 2016, Vestas has reclaimed the top spot in the annual ranking of wind turbine manufacturers. GE is placed second in the global ranking with Goldwind close behind. Installation of offshore wind turbines was led by Sewind and Siemens.
Offshore Wind Energy
Siemens will provide the complete offshore wind power plat solutions for the Hohe See offshore wind project 90 km north of the German island Borkum. The inter-array cabling contract with a value of approximately € 80 million has been awarded to VBMS.
A microgrid combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies will be installed in Anchorage. The small scale project aims to identify technologies that will enable the integration of more renewables.
The Global Wind Energy Council released its annual market statistics: the 2016 market was more than 54 GW, bringing total global installed capacity to nearly 487 GW.
On 9th February WindEurope has released the European annual wind statistics for 2016. Also Wind accounted for 51 % of all new power installed, there are still big differences between the Member States of the EU and there is a lot left to do for the Governments.
SeaOwls and Ulstein launched a pioneering heavy lift jack-up vessel design, the SOUL, allowing transport and installation of the next generation wind turbines with a capacity of 10 to 12 MW. The cruciform structural lay-out of the SOUL jack-up vessel makes the patent-pending solution more than 10 % lighter than conventional jack-up vessel designs. In combination with a high capacity crane, SOUL enables operators to install the next generation wind turbines with 10 to 12 MW in the same time frame as currently used for installing 6 to 8 MW units.
The World Wind Energy Association WWEA and Intersolar Europe have agreed to co-host World Small Wind Conference together. Small and medium wind stakeholders as well as the solar PV and energy storage industry are welcome to participate in the event, taking plac in Munich on 1st and 2nd June 2017 in parallel with the Intersolar Europe exhibition 2017 (31 May - 2 June).
Allianz and MUFG, one of the world’s leading financial groups, have together invested tax equity in the Great Western wind park developed and owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE). The 225 MW project is located in Ellis and Woodward Counties, around 200 km north-north west of Oklahoma City. During the next 25 years, Great Western is projected to generate more than 25 million US-$ in property taxes for Ellis and Woodward Counties.
The German manufacturer Enercon has announced the successful commission of the first E-141 EP4. The prototype of the new low wind speed WEC (wind class III) was installed according to plan on a hybrid tower with a hub height of 129 m in Coppanz, Thuringia.
AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) announced that design work with Boulder Environmental Sciences & Technology (BEST) is underway to deploy the world’s first buoy based microwave profiling radiometer on a floating platform, the FLiDAR WindSentinel. The companies are certain that the measurements of this system will significantly improve weather forecasting and lead to better site evaluation and energy producing.