Wind Energy

Gardline and Geo drill for Wikinger

The British Gardline Group and GEO from Denmark are to carry out the geological investigations for the planned German offshore wind farm Wikinger. The two companies have received a contract for a total of € 18 million from the British Iberdrola subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables.

London Array produces its first electricity

 London Array: The first phase is almost complete and is already supplying the first electricity. (Photo: London Array)

At the end of October, the recently completed London Array, which is the world's largest offshore wind farm project to date, supplied its first electricity. On 29th October the project consortium consisting of Dong Energy, E.ON UK and Masdar, reported that 151 of the planned 175 turbines had been connected to the grid. The construction of the wind farm has been going on since March 2011.

Europe knocks on 5 GW door

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 293 offshore wind turbines were connected to the grid in 2012. Their combined capacity amounts to 1,165 MW, meaning that in 2012 around 33 % more capacity was installed than in 2011 (874 MW).

Statoil and Statkraft acquire Dudgeon Offshore wind power project

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will be developed next to the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, which also was carried out by Statoil and Statkraft. (Photo: Scira Offshore Energy)

Statoil and Statkraft have acquired the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project through the acquisition of all shares in Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited (DOW), a subsidiary of the UK energy company Warwick Energy Limited.

Dong starts flidar measurement campaign in the Irish Sea

According to the involved companies, the first commercial offshore wind measurement campaign using floating Lidar in European waters has kicked off. FLiDAR NV has deployed a Lidar buoy for Dong Energy in the southern East Irish Sea.

Vestas and Mitsubishi form a joint venture for offshore business

Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. are combining their offshore activities in a new joint venture. Vestas will bring know-how, personnel and orders into the partnership; Mitsubishi will begin by contributing € 100 million.

Siemens wind turbine with ATS hybrid tower completed

After the concrete tower was erected on the wind test site at the end of 2008 (see S&WE 1/2009, page 116), ATS recently built the steel tower segment on top of it. With the installation of the 2.3 MW turbine nacelle from Siemens and the rotor, the pilot project is now completed. At a hub height of 133 m, the plant reaches an overall height of 180 m.

Koala discovers wind energy

The Service Technicians Marcus Lindemann and Aaron Campbell (from left) gave the guest the name “Nelson”. The wind farm, with 23 Repower turbines and a total capacity of 44 MW, will be completed in the middle of this year.

State Utilities in India to buy minimum 5 % renewable Energy

The CERC will determine the active slightest buy level for renewable energy which will aid lower down emission from the electrical energy sector. “While the minimum purchase standard will be fixed, from 2009-10 onwards all electrical energy utilities in the country will have to buy renewable energy.

Daewoo buys DeWind

With this acquisition, Daewoo assumes all liabilities of CTC subsidiary DeWind Inc., based in Lübeck, Germany, as well as its subsidiaries, and enters the wind energy sector. "We will use the technology and experience of DeWind to become one of the leaders in the global wind energy market," announced Sang Tae Nam, president and CEO of Daewoo.