Wind Energy

Vestas and GE struggle for supremacy

Depending on which market researcher you believe, either Vestas or GE was in the lead in 2012 when it came to global market shares among manufacturers of wind energy equipment.

WindMade launches public consultation on Product Standard

WindMade, the first global consumer label for companies using wind energy, launched the proposed WindMade Standard for Products and Services, setting out the technical requirements for the label to be used on individual products. This draft will now enter a one-month public consultation period.

Ikeuchi Towel first Japanese company to be labelled WindMade

Brussels / Ehime - Ikeuchi Towel, a manufacturer of eco-friendly towels and related products, is the world's first Japanese company to be awarded the WindMade label for sourcing 100% of its electricity consumption from wind power.

GL Wind Energy Award for Young Professionals

Hamburg - How can offshore wind turbines be built more safely, quickly and cost-efficiently? What can be done to ensure that energy generated by wind farms is fed into the grid exactly when it is needed? How can transport losses be reduced? Is there any hidden potential to make wind turbines more efficient?

Siemens receives a 81-MW wind power order from Philippines

Siemens Energy has received its first wind power order for the Caparispisan project in Pagudpud, Illocos Norte, Philippines. The customers are Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corporation, AC Energy Holdings, Inc. and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure comprised of Government Service Insurance System, APG and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Limited.

Ontario compensates wind energy system operators if they shut their systems off

Wind farm operators in Ontario will now receive money for not operating their sy

In the Canadian province of Ontario, operators of wind turbines will now receive compensation if they shut down their systems and do not feed electricity into the grid. This was reported by the Canadian online portal Global News. The government hopes that this measure will relieve taxpayers.

Study on noise reduction in offshore installations published

Protecting porpoises from harmful noises during the driving of foundation piles into the seabed remains a critical factor in the construction of offshore wind farms in the North and Baltic seas. In the past, the noise emission limit of 160 dB (decibels) at 750 m from the source was often exceeded by 10 dB, i.e. by a factor of 10. As a comparison, a jet plane emits around 140 dB at 30 m.

RWE Innogy tests offshore turbines

One of the two Repower 6M test turbines in Eemshaven. (Photo: RWE)

In early November, RWE Innogy and Essent inaugurated two wind energy installations of the type REpower 6M in Eemshaven in the Netherlands. They each have a rated output of 6.15 MW and a hub height of 114 m.

Vertical axis turbines for the Mediterranean

This Nenuphar turbine will be installed in the Mediterranean. (Graphic: Inflow)

Ten project partners from six European countries launched the Inflow ("Industrialization setup of a floating offshore wind turbine") research project in Paris. A floating vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) will be installed in the Mediterranean as part of the demonstration project headed by the French plant engineering company Technip.

New offshore centre provides round the clock support

OutSmart’s new Offshore Operations Centre in Emden is planned to be fully operational by the end of the year. (Graphic: OutSmart)

OutSmart will open an offshore wind operations centre for the German market in Emden at the end of this year. The operations centre will be manned 24/7 to operate offshore wind farms in the German North Sea and coordinate maintenance and logistic activities. Launching customer is Trianel for wind farm Borkum West 2 that is currently under construction.