Wind Energy

Applications open for course of studies in offshore wind

Applications for the Continuing Studies Programme Offshore Wind Energy opened on 1st February. All application documents must be submitted to the ForWind Centre for Wind Energy Research at the University of Oldenburg in Germany by 30th June 2012. The first academic class of the internationally oriented course will start in October 2012 with 24 participants.

WinWinD tests new Brevini gearbox

The prototype is currently being tested in a system made by the finish turbine manufacturer WinWinD, which is also planning a serial production run.

Inauguration of Latin America’s biggest wind power complex

<b>Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa inaugurated the Oaxaca II, III and IV wind parks on 7 March.</b><br><i>Photo: Acciona</i>

The wind parks, owned by Acciona, represent the biggest wind power complex in Latin America, with an operating capacity of 306 MW.

EPURON acquires German operating wind park

Hamburg - EPURON today announces that it has acquired the 28 MW operating wind park Cottbuser Halde in Brandenburg, eastern Germany from Green Wind Renewables A/S, part of Danish wind energy group Green Wind Energy, which is currently in reconstruction proceedings under Danish bankruptcy law.

New test site for wind turbines

 Teamwork: GL Garrad Hassan, GEO Gesellschaft für Energie und Oekologie mbH and Bürgerwindpark Janneby eG joined forces to develop the new test site. (Photo: GL Garrad Hassan)

Schleswig-Holstein is able to boast a new test centre for wind turbines. The site developed by GL Garrad Hassan, GEO Gesellschaft für Energie und Oekologie mbH and Bürgerwindpark Janneby eG received final building approval at the beginning of May. Work can now commence on erection of the first turbines. Actual testing is expected to begin at the end of the year.

Technology prize for innovative wind companies

Effective immediately, innovative companies in the wind energy sector can apply for the Windallianz Award. The technology prize will be awarded for the first time ever by the Husum Wind Energy trade fair and Deutsche Messe AG.

Dongfang obtains type certification

The DF82-1500 from Dongfang has obtained type certification from TÜV Süd. (Photo: TÜV Süd)

DF82-1500, The Chinese company Dongfang Electric New Energy Equipment Co. Ltd. has obtained type certification for its wind turbine from the German technical inspection agency TÜV Süd. This makes Dongfang one of the first Chinese companies to obtain such a type certificate for a turbine, thus meeting an important requirement for its export.

Service market is growing

Servicing wind turbine systems offers increasing potential for business. (Photo: cp.max)

The European market for wind energy services will increase from 2.3 billion Euros in 2011 to an estimated 4.5 billion Euros by 2020. In addition, experts expect the maintenance business to offer more attractive margins than the construction of onshore and offshore wind farms. This is the result of a study conducted jointly by the companies Deliotte and Taylor Wessing.

GL Renewables Certification: Streamlining the CE Marking Process under the LVD

Hamburg - CE marking is an essential part of bringing products to the European market. It gives consumers the assurance that the product complies with European legislation and enables the free movement of those products throughout the European Economic Area (EEA).

Enercon opens concrete tower factory in France

Production has started up at the new concrete tower factory belonging to the German turbine manufacturer Enercon in the province of Picardy. The first prefabricated tower segments made of concrete were already produced at the beginning of October.