Wind Energy

Global Wind Energy: Solid Growth in 2012

The Global Wind Energy Council released its 2012 market statistics today, showing continued expansion of the market, with annual market growth of almost 10%, and cumulative capacity growth of about 19%. A record year for US installations and a slower market in China mean that the two countries all but tied for the top spot in 2012.

Alstom produced electricity with its 1 MW tidal turbine for the first time in real conditions

Following its recent acquisition of Tidal Generation Limited from Rolls-Royce, Alstom ‘s 1MW tidal turbine generated power for the first time at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal test site in Orkney, Scotland. After the successful test of its 500kW device, it is the second Alstom tidal turbine generating power to the grid.

Enercon awarded contract for Finland

Enercon is to install the first E-92 wind turbines in Finland this year. Construction is scheduled to start at the end of September. Enercon has recently signed a contract to this effect with the Finnish power supply company Kotkan Energia Oy.

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.

Suzlon upgrades S97 turbine to higher wind speeds


Suzlon Group is announcing that its S97–2.1 MW wind turbine has been upgraded to handle higher wind speeds in a 60 Hz version for application in the North American market. Announced at AWEA Windpower 2013 in Chicago, the new S97 will be for sale after the event.

Challenge met: Heinen & Hopman successfully completes giant HVAC project

Heinen & Hopman in the Netherlands has completed the installation of a major HVAC system onboard the Dolwin Alpha offshore converter platform. Designed by IV-Oil & Gas, commissioned by Tennet /ABB and built by Heerema Fabrication group, the platform is now ready to be moved to the North Sea.

Euros expands production in Poland

The rotor blade manufacturer Euros is now manufacturing for onshore turbines in the 3 MW class in the Polish town Żory-Warszowice. (Photo: Euros)

Euros Entwicklungsgesellschaft für Windkraftanlagen mbH from Berlin celebrated the expansion of its rotor blade production in the Polish town Żory-Warszowice on 19 June. The new facility has 14,000 m² of production area. Euros now has five times more production capacity for onshore rotor blades in south-western Poland.

Markus Tacke new CEO of Siemens Wind Energy

Markus Tacke (Photo: Siemens)

Effective 1 August, Markus Tacke (48) will assume the responsibilities of CEO of the Wind Energy Division at Siemens. He will replace Felix Ferlemann (53), who will be leaving the company "by mutual consent", states Siemens in a press release.

Ikea to purchase Irish wind farm

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has closed a deal to sell its 7.65 MW Carrickeeny Wind Farm to Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer.

Gamesa starts selling its 5 MW turbine

The new Gamesa G128-5.0 MW wind turbine is an evolution of the G128-4.5 MW WTG.

Gamesa has sold the first wind turbines of its new G128-5.0 MW type. The company has won a contract to supply three G128-5.0 MW turbines to TuuliWatti Oy. The G128-5.0 MW is an evolution of the G128-4.5 MW WTG.