Wind Energy

Vestas closes production plant in China

Vestas does not see any future for either V52-850 kW or V60-850-kW turbines in China. (Photo: Vestas)

After internal analysis revealed a declining demand for kilowatt-class wind turbines, the Danish manufacturer Vestas has decided to cease production of its V52-850 kW and V60 850 kW turbines and consequently also to close its factory in Hohhot, China. A total of 300 to 350 workers are affected by this closure.

Kjaer is leaving the EWEA

 Christian Kjaer (Photo: EWEA)

The European Wind Energy Association EWEA is looking for a new CEO. Christian Kjaer announced at the beginning of September that he would leave his position as of April 2013. Kjaer has worked for the EWEA since 2003. At first he was responsible for political business for the association; since 2006 he has been the CEO.

World's largest rotor commences operation

Siemens has installed the largest rotor star in the world at Østerild, Denmark. (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens Energy has installed the first 154 m rotor. On 6 October, the company started test operation on a 6 MW wind power plant at Østerild, Denmark.

GE Empowers Kennedy Renewables to Develop Company’s First Wind Project

Glasgow - Next month, Kennedy Renewables’ Little Raith Wind Farm will be fully operational in Fife, Scotland. Little Raith, powered by GE (NYSE:GE) wind turbines, marks the culmination of a new relationship between GE and Kennedy Renewables resulting in an important milestone for Kennedy: the company’s first wind project.

Small wind is growing in Italy

Small wind is booming in Italy. (Photo: Ropatec)

The installation of small wind turbines is growing rapidly in Italy since the introduction of feed-in tariffs, according to a report by the Department of Engineering at Milan's Polytechnical University (Politecnico di Milano Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale).

New attack on the rotor blade record

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) wants to invest £15.5 million (€19 million) in British rotor blade manufacturer Blade Dynamics to help the company set a new record for rotor blade length. Blade Dynamics will use the cash injection to fund the manufacture of a carbon rotor blade with a length of between 80 and 100 m for use in offshore turbines with generation capacities of 8 to 10 MW.

DONG Energy sells Polish onshore wind business

DONG Energy's Polish onshore wind business operates three wind farms with a total installed capacity of 111.5 MW and has a development portfolio of more than 700 MW. Photo: DONG Energy

Two Polish utilities, PGE and Energa, will acquire DONG Energy’s Polish onshore wind business. The two companies will each take over separate parts of the activities.

Siemens opens R&D test facilities


Siemens Energy has opened two major Research & Development test facilities for wind turbine technology in Brande and Aalborg, Denmark. The new test center in Brande features test stands for major components of Siemens wind turbines, including generators, main bearings and complete nacelles.

Wind Sector Project Funding Activity Robust in Q1 2013 Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the first quarter of 2013.

Wind venture capital funding rebounded in the first quarter of 2013, raising $16 million in three deals after the previous quarter saw just one $500,000 VC deal.