Wind Energy

Gamesa signs 7-year O&M agreement with FCC covering 397 turbines and total capacity of 421 MW

Zamudio - Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed a 7-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement with FCC covering 397 wind turbines with total installed capacity of 421 MW.

ACCIONA finishes its second wind farm in Poland, with AW 3000 wind turbines

ACCIONA Energía has grid connected its second wind farm in Poland, totaling 33 megawatts (MW). This takes its overall figure for the country to 71 MW of installed capacity. The Krobia I wind farm consists of eleven 3 MW ACCIONA Windpower wind turbines.

DEWI figures for the first half-year: 32.5 GW of wind power in Germany

During the first half of 2013, 446 new wind turbines were installed with a cumul

DEWI has presented the current figures on the development of wind energy in Germany. According to the report, the cumulative capacity of wind turbines as of 30 June 2013 reached 32,479 MW and the number of plants was 23,287.

GL releases new technical note for wind turbines

With its new technical guideline, GL will help to ensure that wind turbines can
GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) has published its new “Technical Note for the Certification of Wind Turbines for Tropical Cyclones”. The Technical Note is a supplement to GL RC’s Guidelines for the Certification of Wind Turbines and addresses the question of how cyclones influence wind turbine designs.

Pile driving: noise levels coming closer to emission limits

Researchers within the Evaluation of Pile Driving Noise Mitigation Systems (ESRa) program have published the results of tests conducted in the Baltic Sea. Last August, five sound mitigation concepts were tested at the so-called Brodtner pile (Neustadt Bay), in a water depth of nine metres.

Debate over whale protection re-ignited

In Germany, the debate over whale protection has been re-ignited: Ten nature conservation organizations, which are jointly active on this issue, see "a variety of critical and questionable conclusions and substantive gaps" in the sound insulation concept for the construction of offshore wind parks, which was recently presented by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), their preliminary statem

Jack-up barge officially in operation

Large crowds assembled to witness the official christening ceremony of the Innovation jack-up barge. (Photo: Hochtief)

On September 3rd, the Innovation, the most powerful crane jack-up barge of the wind industry, was christened and commissioned in Bremerhaven. The 147-m long jack-up barge can accommodate up to 180 persons and reaches a maximum speed of 22 km/h (12 knots). The ship can operate in water depths of up to 65 m and has a loading capacity of 8,000 t.

Iberdrola pushes ahead with Wikinger wind farm in the Baltic Sea

 The Spanish energy company is moving forward with its plans for the Baltic Sea wind farm Wikinger. (Photo: Iberdrola)

In mid-June the Spanish utility company Iberdrola made public its plans for the German offshore wind farm "Wikinger" (Viking). The company announced that it wants to invest € 1.6 billion into the Baltic Sea project, which is entering the decisive development phase.

Ming Yang completes first 6.5 MW offshore prototype

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group has completed manufacturing of its first 6.5 MW prototype super compact drive (SCD) wind turbine generator. Installation and testing are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2013. The turbine utilizes Ming Yang's two-bladed SCD technology and is designed mainly for offshore operation.