Wind Energy

First wind energy contract for Siemens in Chile

The Siemens SWT 2.3-101 has a rotor diameter of 101m. (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens has obtained a contract to install wind turbines with a total capacity of 115 MW in Chile. The El Arrayán project, which awarded the contract, is a joint venture between Pattern Energy and Ashmore Energy International (AEI). The Chilean mining concern Antofagasta also has a stake in the project.

From Siemens to LM Wind Power

Leo Schot is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at rotor blade manufacturer LM Wind Power. The Dutchman succeeds Roland Sundén, who left LM Wind Power after six years.

The longest rotor blade in the world travels through Denmark

Roundabouts are some of the most difficult obstacles. (Photo: Siemens)

In the last few days the longest rotor blade in the world has been transported right across Denmark. The new 75 m blade was accompanied by two escort vehicles for 320 km from Esbjerg to Österild. The top speed of the procession of 67 km/h was rarely achieved.

Bloomberg U.S. operations awarded WindMade label

Bloomberg is the first news organization in the world to receive the WindMade certification label for its U.S. operations.

Prokon and The Switch sign deal

Prokon placed another order with The Switch for ten units of direct-drive 3 MW permanent magnet generator (PMG) and full-power converters (FPC). This contract follows a previous one for two direct-drive prototypes in the same class that will be ready for testing by the end of 2012.  The Switch’s PMG and FPC packages will be used in Prokon’s P 3000 turbines.

Africa’s largest wind farm

When it comes to the development of renewable energy Morocco has left its North African neighbours far behind. The planned wind farm project in Tarfaya will have a final capacity of 300 MW. (Photo: Office National de L’Electricite)

Morocco is now set for the implementation of a 9-year 2,000 MW wind power expansion plan after resolving two major stumbling blocks to the construction of its largest wind farm near the city of Tarfaya.

Global Wind Energy: Solid Growth in 2012

The Global Wind Energy Council released its 2012 market statistics today, showing continued expansion of the market, with annual market growth of almost 10%, and cumulative capacity growth of about 19%. A record year for US installations and a slower market in China mean that the two countries all but tied for the top spot in 2012.

Garrad follows Zervos as President of EWEA

Andrew Garrad (Photo: EWEA)

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has elected Andrew Garrad as its new President. He follows Arthouros Zervos, who announced at EWEA's annual event in Vienna in February that he would stand down as President after 12 years in the post.

Vestas launches new 3-MW systems onto the market


With an improvement to the nacelle and larger rotor blades, Vestas is pushing its 3-MW platform and has launched three new variants onto the market. The V112-3.3 MW, V117-3.3 MW and V126-3.3 MW are based on the proven technology of the V112-3.0 MW, but deliver a power of 3.3 MW.