Wind Energy

SWM orders wind farm in Sweden


Stadtwerke München (SWM) has ordered a 144-MW wind farm from the Swedish company Nordisk Vindkraft, which is a subsidiary of the RES Group. It will be built about 500 km north of Stockholm, between the towns of Umeå and Sundsvall.

The Switch signs new deal with PROKON and triples its order backlog

Vantaa - The Switch, a leading supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received orders for key wind power components from PROKON of Germany.

Nordex USA Secures 45.6 MW Order from Exelon Wind

Hamburg - Nordex USA, Inc. will be supplying 19 wind turbines to Exelon Wind, LLC for the next phase of the Beebe Community Wind Project in Gratiot County, Michigan. The first phase, which was completed in December 2012, features 34 of Nordex’ N117/2400 turbines and was the first major project worldwide to use the machines, specifically designed for light wind conditions.

Fraunhofer IWES builds 10-MW nacelle test stand

Planned test stand for wind energy nacelles (Illustration: Fraunhofer IWES / IDO

On 20 September, Fraunhofer IWES laid the foundation of a new 10-MW nacelle test stand. Fraunhofer IWES is building the test facility for complete wind turbine nacelles, which is unique worldwide, in Bremerhaven.

Gardline and Geo drill for Wikinger

The British Gardline Group and GEO from Denmark are to carry out the geological investigations for the planned German offshore wind farm Wikinger. The two companies have received a contract for a total of € 18 million from the British Iberdrola subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables.

London Array produces its first electricity

 London Array: The first phase is almost complete and is already supplying the first electricity. (Photo: London Array)

At the end of October, the recently completed London Array, which is the world's largest offshore wind farm project to date, supplied its first electricity. On 29th October the project consortium consisting of Dong Energy, E.ON UK and Masdar, reported that 151 of the planned 175 turbines had been connected to the grid. The construction of the wind farm has been going on since March 2011.

Europe knocks on 5 GW door

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), 293 offshore wind turbines were connected to the grid in 2012. Their combined capacity amounts to 1,165 MW, meaning that in 2012 around 33 % more capacity was installed than in 2011 (874 MW).

Statoil and Statkraft acquire Dudgeon Offshore wind power project

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will be developed next to the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, which also was carried out by Statoil and Statkraft. (Photo: Scira Offshore Energy)

Statoil and Statkraft have acquired the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project through the acquisition of all shares in Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited (DOW), a subsidiary of the UK energy company Warwick Energy Limited.

Dong starts flidar measurement campaign in the Irish Sea

According to the involved companies, the first commercial offshore wind measurement campaign using floating Lidar in European waters has kicked off. FLiDAR NV has deployed a Lidar buoy for Dong Energy in the southern East Irish Sea.

Vestas and Mitsubishi form a joint venture for offshore business

Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. are combining their offshore activities in a new joint venture. Vestas will bring know-how, personnel and orders into the partnership; Mitsubishi will begin by contributing € 100 million.