Wind Energy

Beluga Shipping takes American investor on board for new building program

Bremen - Beluga Shipping GmbH, the global market leader in the project & heavy lift shipping segment, today announced plans to make further investments in the super heavy lift market, extend its existing business segments, and improve its overall service offering. Initially, additional growth is expected in the offshore wind farm sector.

Alstom gets 108 MW order from Brazil

Alstom has been awarded a contract by Odebrecht Energia for the supply of four wind farms in the South of Brazil. The contract was signed in the context of the reserve energy auction, A-3. In a reserve capacity auction the distribution company does not buy the electricity.

Service contract for 310 wind turbines in Spain

Iberdrola has signed a service contract with GE and Tamoin for 310 Spanish wind turbines. (Photo: Iberdrola)

A consortium consisting of GE and Spanish energy provider Tamoin Energías Renovables has signed a contract with Iberdrola for the maintenance of wind turbines. The contract covers 310 GE wind turbines erected on Spanish territory. It is the most comprehensive service contract to date in Europe for GE turbines.

Vestas sells tower factory

Towers for Vestas turbines will be manufactured in Varde also in the future. (Photo: Vestas)

In January Vestas decided to close its tower factory in Varde, Denmark. Now the company has entered an agreement with Chinese Titan Wind Energy (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. to sell off the facility and thereby maintain most of the jobs for about 120 employees. The agreement was signed on 12 June. It must be approved by Chinese authorities, which is expected to happen shortly.

Gamesa sells four wind farms in France and Germany

Gamesa has set up 126 MW of wind power capacity in France. (Photo: Gamesa)

Gamesa has signed an agreement with the German real capital asset manager KGAL GmbH & Co. KG for the sale of three wind farms in France and one in Germany, with a total installed capacity of 56 MW. KGAL integrates the wind farms in its renewable energy fund for institutional investors, European Sustainable Power Fund 2.

Service market is growing

Servicing wind turbine systems offers increasing potential for business. (Photo: cp.max)

The European market for wind energy services will increase from 2.3 billion Euros in 2011 to an estimated 4.5 billion Euros by 2020. In addition, experts expect the maintenance business to offer more attractive margins than the construction of onshore and offshore wind farms. This is the result of a study conducted jointly by the companies Deliotte and Taylor Wessing.

Statkraft to build two additional wind farms in Sweden

Statkraft has decided to build the Björkhöjden and Ögonfägnaden wind farms in Sweden. The two new wind farms will be built in Jämtland and Västernorrland counties, northeast of Östersund in mid/northern Sweden. Björkhöjden wind farm will have an installed capacity of 270 MW and will start operations in two stages, in 2014 and 2015.

Enercon opens concrete tower factory in France

Production has started up at the new concrete tower factory belonging to the German turbine manufacturer Enercon in the province of Picardy. The first prefabricated tower segments made of concrete were already produced at the beginning of October.