A major merger in wind turbine manufacturing is just around the corner: Siemens Wind Power and the Spanish company Gamesa have announced binding agreements for merging the Siemens wind power business, including service, with Gamesa. The combined company will be based in Spain. Siemens will hold a 59% stake and Gamesa's shareholders will hold 41%.
Offshore Wind Energy
The Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa has increased its stake in software developer NEM Solutions to 50 percent. The regulatory authority gave the green light for the transaction. Gamesa aims to use NEM to improve its installations service.
Adwen has begun testing the drive train of the AD 8-180 at the IWES Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DYNALAB) in Bremerhaven. The validation process will continue until the end of the year and includes mechanical and electrical tests of the drive train and the primary tower components as a unit.
The preparations took a year; finally at the end of May, the test rig known as the FVA nacelle was officially inaugurated at the RWTH Aachen. A joint project is currently in progress there to test the stresses on drive components of wind turbines at the Centre for Wind Power Drives (CWD).
The Prysmian Group has announced two milestones in energy transmission: the company's new mass-impregnated 700 kV MI-PPL and the 600 kV cross-linked polyethylene cable systems (XLPE) for applications in high-voltage DC transmission (HVDC) field have been successfully tested and have also set new voltage records.
If horizontal does not work, then do it vertically: Since the lower tower segment of a wind turbine in Denmark could not be transported in a horizontal position, the transport companies needed to come up with something special. They also broke a record while they were at it.
Ahead of the Energy Council in Luxembourg on June 6, 2016, 11 energy companies signed a joint declaration stating that offshore wind can be fully competitive with coal and gas by 2025, achieving a cost of 80 €/MWh and below.
Wind energy is growing faster than any other type of energy generation in the USA. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is clearly proud of the results achieved over the last five years: There was an installed capacity of almost 74 GW at the end of 2015. This is more than twice as much as there was five years ago.
Monsoon, typhoon or high temperatures and humidity – no problem for their offshore wind turbine AD 5-132, Adwen assures. Now the 5 MW turbine has received the type certification by the independent certification body DNV GL.