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GL Garrad Hassan Opens Cape Town Office

To support the developers and financiers of South Africa's burgeoning wind power industry GL Garrad Hassan opened its first office in the Rainbow Nation, in Cape Town on 1 January 2012. South Africa is ideally suited for renewable energy development, given its abundant wind and solar resources, ample number of suitable sites and modern high voltage electrical infrastructure. The opening of the new office will mean that GL Garrad Hassan can now offer its clients a local point of contact for its global network of experts. Greg van der Toorn, GL Garrad Hassan Country Representative South Africa, said: "South Africa is making a significant commitment to developing its renewable energy resources over the coming years…

GL Garrad Hassan supports Kawasaki Tidal Project

According to official studies, the theoretical worldwide generation potential of tidal energy has been estimated at over 7,800 TWh/year. Working to support the growth in this emerging sector of the renewable energy industry, tidal energy experts from GL Garrad Hassan are aiding Kawasaki Heavy Industries in the development and deployment of its 1MW prototype tidal turbine by providing technical information and guidance on tidal resources and technologies. Mr. Hiromitsu Kiyose, Project Manager of Kawasaki Tidal Energy Project said “It has been helpful to get support from GL Garrad Hassan, which has an excellent reputation in the renewable energy sector world-wide and indeed experienced in consulting business, for our development of the 1MW prototype tidal turbine.

GL Garrad Hassan Registers Offices In The Netherlands

29. Apr. 2011 | [Group,Renewables] | Hamburg/Germany - GL Garrad Hassan is now registered in the Netherlands as a B.V. (Dutch Limited). The name of the new entity is "GL Garrad Hassan Nederland B.V.". The renewable consultancy has offices in Heerenveen, Leiden and Sint Maarten to accommodate the demand for consulting, design, project management services and training courses for renewable energy projects. The Netherlands has emerged as an evolving market for renewable energies with particular emphasis on offshore wind energy.

Andrew Garrad to Retire from DNV GL

Andrew Garrad.  Photo: DNV GL

Dr. Andrew Garrad, the co-founder of Garrad Hassan, has announced he will retire from DNV GL on December 23, 2016. Following the merger between DNV and GL Garrad Hassan two years ago, Andrew ceased to play an active operational role in the company, but remained associated with DNV GL, as advisor, as Chairman of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital (which DNV GL sponsored) and as President of the European Wind Energy Association 2013-2014. He co-founded Garrad Hassan in 1984 and became President of GL Garrad Hassan after Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Garrad Hassan merged in 2009.

New GL Garrad Hassan Representative in India

GL Garrad Hassan has appointed Mr Rajsekhar Budhavarapu as the new Country Manager of GL Garrad Hassan India. Mr Budhavarapu will be based in Bangalore, India and will develop local services and support for designers, manufacturers, developers and investors of renewable energy projects. Budhavarapu has 19 years of experience providing technical, operational and strategic leadership for the renewable energy industry. Before joining GL Garrad Hassan he worked for TERI, Asian Wind Turbines (NEG-Micon, India), ECN – the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, Enercon India Power Development Ltd and Acciona Energy India. At ECN, as an Engineering Scientist…

Offshore Wind Sees New Capital Investments

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With the support of technical due diligence advice from GL Garrad Hassan, Sumitomo Corporation and its subsidiary Sumitomo Corporation Europe last week agreed to invest significant amount of equity in two Belgian offshore projects. The Belwind 1 operational wind farm and Northwind project together account for 127 wind turbines and 381 MW of generating capacity with total project cost of about €1,550 million. The investment by Sumitomo is further evidence that offshore wind is attracting new sources of equity capital. Sumitomo agreed to take 39% of Belwind 1 and 33% of Northwind.

Wind Farm Courses in Turkey

Turkey is one of the key emerging wind markets in Europe. As a response to the high demand in wind farm installation, GL Garrad Hassan is adding more training courses offered throughout Turkey in 2010. With the goal to develop professionals' skills within the industry, Wind Farm Design and Introduction to GH WindFarmer courses will be conducted in Istanbul on 28 and 29 September. A course on "Financing Your Wind Farm" will take place on 14 October. Wind Farm Design is a one day course providing a detailed overview of the wind farm design process. It focuses on numerous principles including wind flow, turbulence, wake effects, optimized energy production, and the use of sophisticated software tools.

Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Research Project

Taiwan MOU Signing: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan signs MOU with Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute to develop Taiwan's offshore energy strategy. The offshore wind resource around the Taiwanese coast is considered excellent, with more than 6,000MW potential capacity at water depths of less than 50m. Earlier this year the Taiwanese government announced an extensive plan to speed up the deployment of offshore wind farm and promote green energy economics. Beginning with a demonstration project in 2015, offshore installation is planned to ramp up over the coming years and reach 1000 turbines and 3000MW by 2030.

GL Garrad Hassan and GL Academy to Offer Joint Training Program

GL Garrad Hassan and GL Academy are merging their expertise to offer joint training seminars. With GL Garrad Hassan’s skilled trainers working within the GL Academy infrastructure and through GL Academy’s local branch offices, these combined training programs will be offered worldwide. The development of future seminars for the renewables community will also be supported by GL Academy’s knowledge of training organization and teaching techniques. Andrew Brown, who manages GL Garrad Hassan’s training courses, will be a part of the global GL Academy team and takes on the role of Product Manager for Renewables responsible for the marketing, preparation and organisation of the seminars.

GL Garrad Hassan Names Business Development Manager

Ian Finch (Photo: GL Garrad Hassan).

Hamburg - GL Garrad Hassan has appointed a new Business Development Manager in the UK, Ian Finch will be responsible for managing sales and business development activities for the GL Group with a special focus on offshore wind. He will work closely with Christoph Thiel, the newly appointed Head of Business Development and Sales for GL Garrad Hassan and Colin Morgan, who leads the Group's Offshore Wind Practice. Finch is an experienced sales and business development manager with over twenty years of working experience.

GL Garrad Hassan Winner of Two DOE Grants

Hamburg, Germany – GL Garrad Hassan, part of the GL Group, has been awarded grants by the US Department of Energy (DOE) of $500,000 and $200,000 to fund two studies to identify optimal strategies for the installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms and to assess the readiness of US ports to meet the needs of the industry. To meet the renewable energy targets of the next century, offshore wind projects hold great promise with steady, strong winds, abundant space and low impacts. These benefits are not without their challenges, however, as developing offshore wind power projects requires significant investment, expertise and a reliable knowledge base.

GL Garrad Hassan Announces New Country Manager

Mr Dilip Kumar will take up the role of Country Manager for GL Garrad Hassan in India. India is the world's third largest market for wind, with annual installations doubling over the last several years. The reintroduction of a government subsidy wind farms and low coast loans for clean energy production should help to ensure that India's importance continues to grow as a center for the design, development and manufacture of wind turbines. Mathias Steck, Asia-Pacific Vice President for GL Garrad Hassan, announced the appointment, saying "Mr Kumar's breadth and diversity of experience will be invaluable to GL Garrad Hassan in helping our customers in dealing with the wide range of projects and geographical diversity they face.

GL Garrad Hassan: Policy and Grid Shape Wave and Tidal Risk Profile

Photo: GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan has carried out new analysis questioning the perception that the risk profile of wave and tidal projects is primarily driven by technical challenges. The work was launched as part of RenewableUK's Annual marine energy report "Conquering Challenges, Generating Growth" at the industry association's 10th Wave and Tidal conference. Adopting a bird's eye view of the industry, the work demonstrates that much of the risk associated with marine energy projects emerges from the electrical and political systems in which they must operate.

Towering Met Mast Order for GL Garrad Hassan

Offshore Met Mast: Image credit GL Garrad Hassan

Centrica awards contract to GL Garrad Hassan for design, supply, installation & operation of an offshore meteorological mast system. The contract is for Centrica's Celtic Array project in the Irish Sea. Located 15km north of Anglesey, the system includes a meteorological mast, power supply system, navigational aids and full suite of measurement equipment. “We’re delighted to be delivering to this high profile Round 3 project and having the opportunity to use what our Measnet-accredited…

Singapore Office Opened by GL Garrad Hassan

Ragna Schmidt-Haupt: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

The consulting company's Ragna Schmidt-Haupt leads a drive focused on the area's renewable energy services' sector. Ragna’s extensive experience in the solar industry leaves her well positioned to head-up GL Garrad Hassan’s activities in Singapore and she is already leading commercial consultancy assignments for investor clients in the region. In her previous role, she was responsible for equity sales of utility-scale solar power plants built in Europe and Canada at solar project developer Enfinity Germany.

GL Garrad Hassan Recognizes Wind Power PhD Thesis

Dr Andrew Garrad (left), with GL Garrad Hassan Senior Vice Presidents Dr Lars Landberg (far left) and Dr Tim Camp (far right), congratulate the winner of the award, Dr Iñigo Martínez de Alegría. Photo: GL Group

Dr Andrew Garrad, Non-Executive Chairman of GL Garrad Hassan, awarded the prize to Dr. Martinez in recognition of his work examining the potential use of Direct Current (DC) grids in offshore wind farms. By introducing high frequency power transformers in the power stage of wind turbines and a fully DC integrated system for the elimination of power stage redundancies, the thesis aims to reduce the overall cost and power loss of offshore wind farms. Dr. Martínez, an Associate Professor with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication at the University of the Basque Country…

Offshore Wind Turbine Software Anniversary

Dr Andrew Garrad: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of 'Bladed' software at the recent EWEA Conference in Vienna. GL Garrad Hassan pioneered the development of design tools for wind, wave and tidal energy devices and Bladed is now recognised as the industry standard design tool for wind turbines with 450 licences held by 250 clients worldwide. consultants, Bladed has been used to analyse hundreds of turbine designs and thousands of installed turbines. Bladed was introduced in February 1993. Since then the tool has been under continuous development.

GL Garrad Hassan at Husum WindEnergy 2012

GL Garrad Hassan report examines offshore wind potential in Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Sea has great offshore wind potential. The development of offshore wind resources will be vital for many of the Baltic nations, as they look to meet their commitments to boost renewable energy generation. GL Garrad Hassan, part of the GL Group's renewables business segment, has presented a new report outlining the potential for large scale offshore wind power deployment in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The report was sponsored by the Baltic Sea Region Energy Cooperation (BASREC), a Ministerial process designed to promote sustainable growth, security and prosperity in the region through the energy sector.

GL Strengthens Offshore Wind Leadership Team

GL Group's David Robertson and Elaine Greig

The GL Group said it has recently strengthened its offshore team with two appointments: David Robertson who takes on the role of Head of Practice for the U.K. Marine and Offshore Project Management Services and Elaine Greig who is the new U.K. Head of Offshore at GL Garrad Hassan. David Robertson’s career in renewables began after 13 years in the onshore petrochemical industry. He worked on a number of onshore wind farm projects, including managing the delivery of the Electrical…

GL Garrad Hassan as Wind Power Forecaster

In order to manage wind generation in its real-time and day-ahead markets, the system operator for the New England area of the U.S., ISO New England Inc., has awarded GL Garrad Hassan a two-year contract to provide wind power forecasting services to all wind in the ISO’s footprint, including generation within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. GL Garrad Hassan is in the beginning stages of this project for the ISO, with plans to begin first forecast delivery in 2012. Accurate forecasting is the key to the management of any generation source that inherently depends on the variability of the weather, requiring advanced short-term prediction of  generation to make it approach the manageability of conventional electricity sources.

Market Report on High Altitude Wind Energy

The world’s demand for safe and clean energy continues to grow, with renewable sources playing an every greater role. Wind power generation, having expanding offshore, is now not only looking out but up. International renewable energy consultancy, GL Garrad Hassan, has issued the first market report which analyses the burgeoning new industry of High Altitude Wind Energy (HAWE). HAWE systems are designed to tap into the high velocity, stable air currents that exist at altitudes anywhere from 200m to 20 km above the earth; a source for generating cheaper and more abundant electricity than current wind technology. The report looks at the potential of high altitude winds as an energy source, the current technologies within the sector and their potential as mature systems.

Andrew Garrad Awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Photo: DNV GL

Dr Andrew Garrad, who retired from DNV GL on 23 December 2016, has been awarded a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. The CBE rewards contributions to the arts and sciences as well as work with charitable and welfare organisations. In 1984, Andrew co-founded Garrad Hassan (GH) in Bristol. It grew to become the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy, employing 1,000 people in 29 countries. He became President of GL Garrad Hassan after Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Garrad Hassan merged in 2009.

GL Garrad Hassan at EWEA 2011: Measuring Wind Turbine Reliability - Results of the Reliawind Project

Hamburg/Germany, Bristol/UK, 9 March 2011 - Over the last three years, the EU funded Reliawind Project has been conducting research to improve the reliability of wind turbines. In his presentation at EWEA 2011 in Brussels, Michael Wilkinson, GL Garrad Hassan, gives insights to the results of the Reliawind Project. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, 16.03.2010, from 9:00 - 10:30 at EWEA. One of the reasons for this project was to better understand reliability by measuring the failure rate and downtime of existing machine designs at operational wind farms.

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