A recent study carried out by the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation shows that significant acceleration and cost reduction can be achieved in the area of offshore grid connections. It also proposes improving network utilisation to quickly eliminate bottlenecks on land.
DONG Energy has decided to build the offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 in the German North Sea, which is expected to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2019.
German Chorus Clean Energy AG based in Neubiberg near Munich acquired four wind parks in the Poitou-Charentes region in Western France with a total capacity of 62.2 MW – the largest wind park portfolio in its company history so far.
A major merger in wind turbine manufacturing is just around the corner: Siemens Wind Power and the Spanish company Gamesa have announced binding agreements for merging the Siemens wind power business, including service, with Gamesa. The combined company will be based in Spain. Siemens will hold a 59% stake and Gamesa's shareholders will hold 41%.
The Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa has increased its stake in software developer NEM Solutions to 50 percent. The regulatory authority gave the green light for the transaction. Gamesa aims to use NEM to improve its installations service.
Adwen has begun testing the drive train of the AD 8-180 at the IWES Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DYNALAB) in Bremerhaven. The validation process will continue until the end of the year and includes mechanical and electrical tests of the drive train and the primary tower components as a unit.
The preparations took a year; finally at the end of May, the test rig known as the FVA nacelle was officially inaugurated at the RWTH Aachen. A joint project is currently in progress there to test the stresses on drive components of wind turbines at the Centre for Wind Power Drives (CWD).
The Prysmian Group has announced two milestones in energy transmission: the company's new mass-impregnated 700 kV MI-PPL and the 600 kV cross-linked polyethylene cable systems (XLPE) for applications in high-voltage DC transmission (HVDC) field have been successfully tested and have also set new voltage records.