Wind Energy

Enercon commissions first E-141 EP4

A prototype of the new low wind speed WEC was installed in Germany. (Photo: Enercon)

The German manufacturer Enercon has announced the successful commission of the first E-141 EP4. The prototype of the new low wind speed WEC (wind class III) was installed according to plan on a hybrid tower with a hub height of 129 m in Coppanz, Thuringia.

06.02.2017

World’s first floating microwave radiometer complements measurements of the first floating LiDAR

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) announced that design work with Boulder Environmental Sciences & Technology (BEST) is underway to deploy the world’s first buoy based microwave profiling radiometer on a floating platform, the FLiDAR WindSentinel. The companies are certain that the measurements of this system will significantly improve weather forecasting and lead to better site evaluation and energy producing.

06.02.2017

Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm fully commissioned

With the installation of the last of a total of 72 turbines at Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm the construction phase has been completed three months ahead of the originally planned time schedule. (Photo: Vattenfall)

The offshore wind power plant Sandbank, located 90 kilometres west of the island of Sylt, is now fully installed and commissioned. On 21 January the installation vessel MPI Adventure together with Siemens erected the last turbine. Four days after that the last turbine “SB41” has achieved ‘final commissioning’ already.

26.01.2017

Total offshore wind capacity in Europe stands at 12.631 MW

 2016 saw a high level of investments in offshore wind and a strong pipeline of new projects. (Photo: WindEurope)

WindEurope released its report on the European offshore wind key trends and statistics for 2016. Offshore wind investments in 2016 reached a record € 18.2 billion with 4.9 GW of new capacity financed. Germany, the Netherlands and the UK were the only countries to install in 2016 and the first 8 MW turbine went into the water at Burbo Bank Extension wind farm.

26.01.2017

Expansion figures for Offshore Wind Power in Germany

New offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 818 MW went online in Germany in 2016. The industry views this expansion as positive and expects that, combined with optimised turbine technology and operating concepts, this will also lead to cost reduction in the forthcoming tendering processes in Germany.

25.01.2017

DNV GL certifies prototype of Siemens’ 8 MW offshore wind turbine

Handover of the Certificate for Siemens’ new 8 MW offshore wind turbine prototype (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL has assessed Siemens’ new 8 MW offshore wind turbine SWT-8.0-154 in development and awarded Siemens Wind Power with the Prototype Certificate. The prototype certification confirms all relevant safety features on the turbine according to the Danish Executive Order BEK 73:2013 and IEC 61400-22, allowing installation of the prototype to demonstrate its performance. By erecting the turbine at the test centre for wind turbines in Østerild, Denmark, Siemens is able to perform the measurement campaign for the next phase of the type certification process which is crucial to bring the turbine to the market.

18.01.2017

16 turbines ordered for Mynydd y Gwair

Senvion is about to deliver 57 of its MM92 turbines to Innogy Renewables UK. (Photo: Senvion)

Senvion and Innogy Renewables UK have signed a contract for the delivery of 16 Senvion MM92 turbines for the wind farm Mynydd y Gwair in South Wales. The 32.8-MW-Park is expected to be completed in October 2018.

11.01.2017

A2SEA installs first turbine on Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

Sea Challenger and her crew, together with Statoil and Siemens installed the first turbine on Dudgeon OWF. (Photo: Statoil, Byron Price / Rix Leopard)

A2SEA’s Sea Challenger installed the first out of the 67 Siemens 6 MW turbines on the 402 MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm for Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft. For the next months, the vessel will install the turbines being shipped from Green Port Hull in the UK. This is the first time, the Port of Hull will be used as load out port for an offshore wind project.

10.01.2017

Siemens wins first offshore wind project in Belgium

42 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 units will supply clean energy at Rentel offshore project for approximately 300,000 Belgian households. (Photo: Siemens Wind Power)

Siemens has entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order of direct drive wind turbines for the 309 MW Rentel wind project.

05.01.2017

New wind power field-test site in the Swabian Alps

An animation visualizes the wind currents of the field-test research plant. (Photo: WindForS)

Wind power has making inroads even into mountainous regions with irregular winds and air turbulence brought on by the rough terrain. Six partners from Wind-ForS, a wind energy research cluster in southern Germany, are now investigating how wind turbines can best be operated at these locations. The collective is planning to set up a field-test research site with two systems and four meteorological measurement towers in the Swabian Alps.

20.12.2016

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