Wind Energy

The German wind power market is growing

In the first half of 2012, there were 414 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 1,004 MW newly installed in Germany. Compared to the same period of last year, this corresponds to a 26 % increase.

Germany addresses offshore liability

In future, grid operators will be liable for damages in the event that grid connections for offshore wind farms are delayed, but they can pass a large part of those costs on to consumers. (Foto: Tennet)

At its 29 August cabinet meeting, the German federal government established a compensation scheme for delayed offshore wind farm grid connections and introduced a binding offshore grid integration plan.

Siemens eliminating hundreds of positions in the USA

When Barack Obama visited the Siemens plant in Fort Madison in April 2010 the order books were full. (Photo: dpa)

Siemens is eliminating hundreds of positions in the USA and will drop 615 employees from the payroll, according to an announcement sent to the company’s staff. Siemens attributed the cuts to a lack of orders in the wind power segment.

Large players join OWIB

Players from Denmark and abroad are now signing up for the international B2B event for the offshore wind sector, OWIB 2012, on November 14-15 in Esbjerg. Over the course of a few years, Offshore Wind International Business2Business has grown into one of the leading events in the global offshore wind sector.

GE Empowers Kennedy Renewables to Develop Company’s First Wind Project

Glasgow - Next month, Kennedy Renewables’ Little Raith Wind Farm will be fully operational in Fife, Scotland. Little Raith, powered by GE (NYSE:GE) wind turbines, marks the culmination of a new relationship between GE and Kennedy Renewables resulting in an important milestone for Kennedy: the company’s first wind project.

Spacelift MC 35000 DLS: 1500 metric tons test lift successfully performed!

The Spacelift MC 35000 DLS is an unique mobile marine crane with 1.500 tonnes lifting capacity, and stands for a new era in the offshore industry. The system’s architecture, combined with all other technical innovative features of this crane, marks the beginning of a new generation mobile offshore cranes.

GDF inaugurates 33 MW wind farm in Brittany

The wind farm Landes de Couesmé is the first project in France in which ECO 110 turbines have been used. (Photo: Alstom)

Officially, GDF Suez launched their new 33 MW wind farm in Brittany at the end of November, though it has been on the grid since September. Landes de Couesmé consists of eleven Alstom turbines of type ECO 110 and is currently the largest wind farm in Brittany.

DNV and Germanischer Lloyd to merge

From left: Hinrich Stahl, Maryland GmbH, Erik van der Noordaa, CEO GL Group, Henrik O. Madsen, CEO DNV (Photo: DNV GL)

Pending the approval of antitrust authorities, the GL Group will lose its independence and merge with DNV. The DNV Foundation will hold a 63.5% stake in the new DNV GL Group. The owner of the GL Group, Mayfair S.E., will hold a 36.5 % share.

Spares in Motion founds Spanish office

Spares in Motion, the electronic business platform for the wind turbine maintenance market, is opening a sales office in Spain. According to information issued by the company itself, the intention is to promote the prerequisites for more international business relationships on the market for wind turbine maintenance in Europe.

Tentec Supplies Bolt Tensioning Tools to Wind Turbine Gearbox Manufacturer

A new wind turbine gearbox manufacturing plant in Gainesville, Georgia has purchased a Tentec M42 WTB bolt tensioner system for its production facility. ZF Industries opened its new factory in 2012 and manufactures the Atlas 1 wind turbine gearbox for Vestas.