Wind Energy

GE spreads in Brazil

GE announced that it has installed 300 wind turbines in Brazil. Over the next two years, the turbine manufacturer will install more than 600 additional units in the country, the company reported at the Brazil Windpower Conference in Rio de Janeiro end of August. GE also announced its plans to open two local service centres by 2014, representing a US$ 1.5 million investment in Brazil.

GE Accelerates Wind Services Response Time at Mississippi Wind Turbine Logistics Center

Olive Brance - GE (NYSE: GE) today hosted a celebration to mark the first anniversary of its central logistics center for renewable energy components in Olive Branch, Miss. The facility distributes replacement wind turbine parts and solar technology components globally, including to renewable energy sites in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Turbine Access System (TAS) wins further Carbon Trust funding

Houlder and BMT Nigel Gee today announced that their jointly developed Turbine Access System (TAS) has been awarded additional funding by the Carbon Trust under the Offshore Wind Accelerator – Access programme. The additional backing will be used to develop an integrated bow roller mechanism to further enhance its operability as a safe, reliable and predictable transfer platform.

New fast-drying direct-to-metal coating set to reduce wind tower production times

A new anti-corrosive coating with a drying time of just 60 minutes promises to increase line-speeds for wind tower manufacturers by at least 50 per cent compared to standard two and three-coat systems. Launched today by international coatings manufacturer Hempel, Hemperea DTM 55973 can be applied directly to metal and is suitable for C3 corrosive environments.

United States Congress extends tax credits

Good news for the global and US wind industries alike: the United States Congress has finally extended the so-called Production Tax Credit (PTC) scheme. This scheme supports wind power in the USA with 2.2 US-Ct/kWh. Had Congress not taken the extension decision, the support scheme would have expired at the end of 2012.

Alstom to supply wind turbines for Kawazu wind farm in Japan

Alstom has signed a contract with Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation (Eurus Energy) to supply 10 units of ECO 74 Wind Turbines with 70m towers, each with an output of 1.67 MW, to be fully operational in February 2015.

Global Wind Day 2013 Photo Competition

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have launched a global photo competition - 'Discover the stories behind wind energy'.

Why? Because wind energy is more than a technology. It captures the imagination, inspires, fascinates and captivates. Many people have a wind energy story they can share through a photo and text.

PNE WIND AG completes construction of the Zernitz II wind farm

Cuxhaven - The wind farm project developer, PNE WIND AG, has completed the construction of the “Zernitz II” wind farm in Brandenburg comprising of three Vestas V90 wind turbines with a hub height of 95 meters and a total nominal capacity of 6 MW. The wind turbines are already operating.

Windpower 2013 ramped up in Chicago


AWEA Windpower 2013 Conference & Exhibition took place in Chicago from May 5 to 8, 2013. New leadership for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was inducted, followed by a packed schedule of educational sessions and a dynamic exhibition covering the area of 11 football fields.

"Making the sky blue"

Tom Kiernan (Photo: NPCA)

Tom Kiernan, the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) new CEO, recently pinned an informative piece in the Huffington Post on why he decided to take the job and what he wants to do with it. Here it is: