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Ignore the Bluster – Wind Farm Power is Effective

A UK Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) research paper dismisses illusions about wind power as an energy resource. Much opposition to wind power appears to be based on the belief that it is an ineffective technology, inefficient or unreliable. This claim is untrue and it is important to get ‘beyond the bluster’ in assessing the effectiveness of wind power. The report addresses two commonly held misconceptions around two important, often misunderstood, questions:     •    Is wind power an effective way of reducing carbon emissions?     •    Is wind power a secure and reliable source of energy for the UK? It shows unequivocally that wind power can significantly reduce carbon emissions, is reliable, poses no threat to energy security, and is technically capable of providing a significant proportion of the UK’s electricity supply with minimal impact on the existing operation of the grid. The conclusions of the report note that:     •    It is inaccurate to describe the output from wind power as ‘unpredictable’.     •    In the short term, wind power output is remarkably stable and increases and decreases only very slowly.     •    The risks associated with ‘long, cold, calm spells’ have been overstated.


Wind Power Deal for Rauma

On December 20, 2011, STX Finland Oy and VentusVis Oy signed a letter of intent, the purpose of which is to develop wind park for the city of Rauma on Finland’s west coast. The goal is to get building permissions for three wind turbines within the UPM Rauma mill site and one within the area of the STX Rauma Shipyard. VentusVis Oy is a company which develops land assets owned by UPM suitable for wind power investments and STX Finland Oy offers construction, user


Bill Seeks to Spark Offshore Wind Investment

According to a report on SustainableBusiness.com, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the US Senate would create incentives for investments in offshore wind energy. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the "Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act," which extends investment tax credits for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service - roughly 600 wind turbines.


Denmark Receives Power from Anholt Offshore Wind Farm

The first CO2-free power is now being fed into the Danish power grid from Anholt offshore wind farm. On its completion next year, the farm, with its total capacity of 400 MW, will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm and will deliver power equivalent to the consumption of 400,000 Danish households. The turbine supplier is Siemens Wind Power. “We are on schedule and are therefore already now able to deliver the first green power to the Danes


Certification for Siemens SWT 6.0-154 Wind Turbine Prototype

GL Renewables Certification has provided Siemens Wind Power prototype certification for its new six MW offshore wind turbine SWT-6.0-154. The prototype certification is a prerequisite for the testing of the turbine. Field testing of Siemens Wind Power's new 154-meter rotor for the six-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine began in Østerild, Denmark, on October 6, 2012. Bent Weibel, Head of Product Integrity at Siemens Wind Power


Blowing in the “Vind”

(Images courtesy LADE AS)

Vindskip that is, a new ship shape claiming 60% Fuel Savings Norway is no stranger to maritime innovation, as the small Scandinavian country with a population just north of five million (according to most recent statistics from the World Bank) has a strong historical and current affinity towards anything to do with the sea. In addition, Norwegians are traditionally a population that considers environmental matters a top concern


Poland Gets Permits to Build 3 Baltic Wind Farms

Polish state-controlled power company PGE said that it had won permits to build three wind farm projects on the Baltic Sea with a combined potential capacity of 3.45 gigawatts, taking the lead in the development of Poland's offshore wind industry. Poland, which produces around 90 percent of its energy from coal, is obliged by the European Union to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix to 15.5 percent by 2020. It currently has no operational offshore wind farms.


Europe & China Offshore Wind Power Report Available

A new report looks at opportunities in the developing Sino-European offshore wind energy market. Offshore wind is the means of a reliable, intensive and abundant renewable energy. This relatively new source of electricity generation, which is capable to meet much of the populated coastal areas need for power around the world, has been also stimulating the development of marine economies with thousands of new jobs. Recently


Seat on UK Offshore Wind Board for ABB's Stephen Trotter

Stephen Trotter: Photo credit ABB

Stephen Trotter, Managing Director for ABB’s UK Power Systems business, takes a seat on new UK Government advisory board. He is to represent the electrical, cables and transmission and distribution fields on a new board set up by the Government to shape the future of project delivery in the offshore wind sector. As one of 11 industry members, Stephen will sit on the Offshore Wind Programme Board alongside other senior representatives from Government


UDEI Hosts Wind Energy Symposium

Cristina Archer: Photo credit UD

Experts explore future of wind energy research in two-day symposium at the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI). How would wind turbines in the ocean alter the wind flow? Is wind energy a practical solution for powering electrical grids? Forward-looking questions such as those were addressed by experts in the field of wind energy at a recent symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI)


Cape Wind Secures $600M toward Mass. Wind Farm

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters Cape Wind said on Wednesday it has secured $600 million in financing for its proposed $2.5 billion wind power farm off the Massachusetts coast, and expects to have the rest locked up by the end of the third quarter.


Bureau Veritas, LM Wind Partner for Turbine Certification

Photo courtesy Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas (BV) said it has signed a framework agreement with LM Wind Power, a supplier of components and services to the wind industry, to cover the certification of wind turbine blades to international standards. The contract follows a collaboration between both companies


NorSea Group Buys Danbor from Mærsk

Danbors supply base in Esbjerg

NorSea Group is said it taking a major step forward in its international involvement by purchasing the Danish base and logistics company Danbor AS. In addition to enhancing the global presence of NorSea Group, Danbor will boost the company’s capability in the wind power market.


WWH Increases Stake in NorSea Group

Image courtesy of NSG/WWH

Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding Invest AS (WWHI), a fully owned subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (WWH), informs it hs raised its shareholding in NorSea Group AS (NSG) from 35.4% to 40%. The share increase follows a share issue in the company whereby NSG buys Danbor AS from A.P


German Greens Cool on Sustainable Energy Subsidy Cuts

Image courtesy of EWEA

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has agreed to proposals to curb aid for new onshore projects to cut the cost of the country’s unprecedented switch from nuclear energy to renewables. The output energy goal for sea-based wind farms is also to be cut to 6


The Switch's New Generator Passes Initial Tests

Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, The Switch CEO

The Switch, a manufacturer of permanent magnet generators and full-power converters, announced that its 8.6 MW permanent magnet generator (PMG) for offshore use passed initial no-load testing. The massive drive train component is scheduled to undergo complete full-load tests in the upcoming weeks


Shift in Wind Favourable to UK Offshore Wind Industry

Photo courtesy of EWEA

The government is to make big changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy, with subsidies for windfarms set to rise at the expense of onshore options, reports BBC News. The BBC reports Government ministers as stating that they will cut support for onshore wind and solar energy


Norfolk, Virginia, Leaders Push Offshore Wind Development

Photo courtesy of EWEA

As Congress considers extending critical federal incentives for wind energy this month, leaders from the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, the City of Norfolk, and the Virginia Ship Repair Association joined Environment Virginia to detail the economic and environmental benefits of


Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

MAS diagram: Image credit Aquarius Innovation Lab

KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices.


Altra Industrial Motion Acquires Svendborg Brakes

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Svendborg Brakes A/S and S.B. Patent Holding ApS, the global manufacturer of caliper brakes. Headquartered in Vejstrup, Denmark, Svendborg provides engineered braking systems for a wide range of industrial markets


ABS Group Certifies Vattenfall Wind Project

ABS Group will present Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd. with the Certified Design Basis Verification for the Kentish Flats Extension Offshore Wind Farm Project. The project, which has been successfully completed, will be located off the North Kent coast, adjacent to the existing Kentish Flats Wind Farm


Siemens Wins U.S. Inaugural Commercial Offshore Windfarm Project

An offshore wind farm: Image courtesy of Siemens

Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract for the construction of the United States' first utility-scale offshore wind farm situated off the Northeast coast, 20 kilometers offshore of Nantucket, at Horseshoe Shoal in the Nantucket Sound. Installation and commissioning is expected for 2016


Major Offshore Wind Turbine Manufacturers Form Joint Venture

Photo credit Hans Hillewaert Wiki CCL

Industry majors, Gamesa and Areva, have announced exclusive negotiations to create a 50/50 joint-venture company in the field of offshore wind power. The companies add that: 'The definitive agreements concerning the creation of the JV will be signed within the next few months following final


The Switch Lands First Marine PM Shaft Generator Order

Permanent Magnet Generator: Image courtesy of The Switch

The Switch, a leading supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generators, motors and frequency converters, say they have signed an agreement for the delivery of four direct-drive 1.5 MW PM shaft generators to WE Tech Solutions Oy of Vaasa, Finland


The Switch Inks Deal with WE Tech

Image: The Switch

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generators, motors and frequency converters, received an order from WE Tech Solutions Oy of Vaasa, Finland for four permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators. Coupled together with WE Tech’s WE Drive


 
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