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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For Earth Day, ecobee, the company responsible for inventing the smart thermostat, today unveiled #HeatedDiscussions, a social experiment to see if humor might prove a useful tool to engage climate change skeptics in serious conversations about climate change. And it worked.

ecobee and agency DCX Growth Accelerator invited 20 climate change skeptics to a focus group. As the skeptics discussed their views, the facilitators began to turn up the heat, literally. The temperature in the room rose through the 90s, and hidden cameras caught participants in various states of discomfort-- sweating profusely, fanning themselves, and even struggling to remain coherent as the room reached over 100 degrees. In addition to heat, the groups experienced other extreme simulations synonymous with real-life weather conditions, including smog and hurricane-force winds. Footage reveals participants discussing climate change while wearing gas masks.

Ultimately participants laughed out loud, and the tenor of the conversation shifted. Participants who had earlier in the discussion dismissed climate change as “preaching” by elite celebrities and politicians began to more earnestly discuss its potential dangers. Some citing that they recycle regularly and leverage public transportation as ways of practicing eco-friendly actions in their everyday lives.

The hypothesis behind the social experiment was that humor might be a useful tool to engage skeptics in the climate change discussion, where more emotional and didactic pleas of green advocates have failed. “The discussion around climate change is one of the most important issues we face, and yet we’re at a point where millions dismiss it outright as a political issue,” said Jackie Poriadjian-Asch, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at ecobee. “This is not a political issue, it’s a planet issue. Our approach may have been excessive, but we were willing to go to extremes to spark a much-needed discussion. Confronting the realities of climate change can feel overwhelming, but we firmly believe that each of us has the power to make a significant impact.”

“In our research, we found that many climate skeptics were rejecting sustainability messaging as either preachy or highly political.” explains Doug Cameron, Chief Creative Officer of DCX. “So, we wondered if a fresh approach might be needed.”

“ecobee was founded 12 years ago with the goal of helping people reduce their energy consumption,” said ecobee President and CEO Stuart Lombard. “Today, we continue to help people make a difference by offering them a simple way to conserve energy and save money. But it is not enough to just talk to those who share our perspective. On Earth Day, we are hoping to foster an open dialogue and ultimately, continuing to raise awareness on a global scale.”

#HeatedDiscussions underscores ecobee’s unwavering commitment to the planet on Earth Day – and every day. Whether it’s donating time, data, or technology, ecobee is committed to protecting the planet and helping communities. Since inventing the smart thermostat ecobee has helped its customers save 6.7 TWh of energy and prevented half-a-million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Together ecobee and its customers are fighting climate change and building stronger greener communities.

The campaign launches with a 1:45 spot, as well as a 3:30 long-form and various cut-downs. Video will air nationally across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Visit www.ecobee.com/heated to get involved and join the conversation. Heated discussions can be uncomfortable. But they can also create room for change.

About ecobee

ecobee inc. empowers people to transform their lives, homes, communities and planet through innovative technologies that are accessible and affordable. The company introduced the world’s first smart Wi-Fi thermostat in 2007 to help millions of people save energy and money without compromising on comfort. ecobee has since continued to expand its suite of technologies and services to deliver a state-of-the-art connected home experience to customers across North America. ecobee products combine the company’s pioneering sensor technology with the power of voice, machine learning and artificial intelligence to help customers control their home’s comfort and energy consumption while effortlessly connecting them to the online streaming and service platforms they love. For more information, visit www.ecobee.com.

About DCX

Founded in 2015, Brooklyn-based agency DCX Growth Accelerator (DCX) aims to grow brands and businesses by inserting them into the cultural dialogue. Founder Doug Cameron is the co-author of “Cultural Strategy: Using Innovative Ideologies to Build Breakthrough Brands.” Clients include Beech-Nut, The Rockefeller Foundation, Indeed, L'Oréal Group, and Danone Waters. DCX’s most recent “Palessi” ad for Payless ShoeSource was Adweek’s most read story of 2018. In 2017, DCX was named to Adweek’s Agency 3.0 list. DCX devotes a portion of its profits to driving social change through situationist art stunts, such as its #JessesPricedOut and airBnBodega.com campaigns to save Jesse's Deli, threatened by rent increase; its "Trump Hut," a luxury protest hut in the shape of Donald Trump's hair, which received national and international media attention; its Bulletproof Schools gun violence protest, which received national media attention for sending Brooklyn students to school wearing bulletproof vests.

Credits

Agency: DCX Growth Accelerator

Concept: Doug Cameron and Tommy Noonan

CCO/CW: Doug Cameron

ECD/Art Director: Tommy Noonan

Account Director: Patrick McCormick

Designer: Mo Ku

VP Strategy: Laurent Bouaziz

COO: Tom Sewell

Production Company: DCX Cultural Production Studios

Director/Executive Producer: David Logan

Assistant Directors: Doug Cameron, Tommy Noonan

Line Producer: Kelly Scott

Production Manager: Jerry terHorst

Director of Photography: Shane Collins

Editorial: Versus NYC

Sr. Editor 1: Michael Equi

Executive Producer: Rob Meyers

After Effects: Justin Barnes

Colorist: Matthew Rosenblum @ Versus

Audio Mix: Plush NYC

Online Conform: Michael Equi @ Versus

ROSEMONT, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Northridge Group, a leading management consulting firm serving a distinguished portfolio of Fortune 200 and government clients, will open a new office in the Greater Atlanta city of Alpharetta, GA on April 22. The Northridge Group specializes in customer experience solutions, cost transformation, and operational excellence initiatives, using advanced data analytics and business process redesign to deliver results.

“The addition of this new office certainly reflects the tremendous business growth that continues at The Northridge Group, but our choice of Alpharetta means something more,” says Daren Moore, President of The Northridge Group. “Alpharetta is a hub for technology and offers outstanding infrastructure, workforce talent and a strong business climate, aligning with our company’s core values of service, collaboration, integrity and innovation. Alpharetta was a strategic choice, positioning us very well to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

The Alpharetta location is the firm’s third, joining offices in Rosemont, IL (the company’s headquarters) and Hauppauge, NY. The new office is conveniently located in the NorthWinds Office Park, just 25 miles north of downtown Atlanta with easy access to/from Highway 400:

Northwinds VI, Suite 430
11675 Rainwater Drive
Alpharetta, GA

About The Northridge Group

The Northridge Group is a premier management consulting firm, specializing in customer experience solutions, quality monitoring services and operational excellence initiatives. The firm serves Fortune 200 clients in the healthcare, telecom, financial services, travel and transportation industries, as well as key government agencies. The Northridge Group is now in its twentieth year of business. For more information on The Northridge Group and its service offerings, please visit www.northridgegroup.com.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ComEd announced today that it successfully conducted a test proving that the Bronzeville Community Microgrid can keep power flowing in the event of an emergency. The “simulated islanding” test checked the resiliency of the microgrid by mimicking events that have the potential to affect power delivery, including major weather events or cyber security or acts of terrorism.

As the realities of climate change become more apparent, projects like the Bronzeville Community Microgrid support efforts to integrate additional renewable generation, including wind and solar while enhancing resiliency for communities.

Essentially a small power grid with defined boundaries, a microgrid can operate in conjunction with the main grid or disconnect from it and operate in island mode when there’s an interruption on the main grid. The set of tests ComEd conducted demonstrated the microgrid’s ability to provide power in island mode while drawing upon distributed energy resources (DERs), including battery energy storage and solar photovoltaic PV, to serve customers within the microgrid footprint.

“The Bronzeville microgrid not only demonstrated the value it offers the community when the grid is impacted by a disruptive event, but also in supporting integration of renewable energy,” said Terence R. Donnelly, president, ComEd. “This test is an important milestone for ComEd and the Bronzeville community, and numerous supporters in government, academia and industry. We’re grateful for the support of an exceptional group of partners, including Illinois Tech, University of Denver, Argonne National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Quanta Technology, SIEMENS, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).”

During the test, a portion of ComEd’s electric grid operated from distributed energy resources to demonstrate the capability of the microgrid to serve the customers in its footprint. The residences, businesses and public institutions served by this circuit in Bronzeville received power from a locally sited battery energy storage system, solar energy and mobile generation. Customers experienced no difference in the level of service during the test and were not separated from the system at any time.

The microgrid will ultimately connect with an existing microgrid on the campus of Illinois Tech, resulting in one of the most advanced urban microgrid clusters in the nation. Donnelly said, “The microgrid cluster creates a unique opportunity to study how to maximize the value of the interaction between two microgrids in the ongoing effort to enhance grid resiliency and security.”

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), a Fortune 100 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

LUGANO, Zwitserland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy Vault, een bedrijf van Idealab dat opslag voor hernieuwbare energieopslagproducten creëert, heeft vandaag bekendgemaakt dat zijn selectie door Fast Company als de winnaar van een van zijn prijzen voor World Changing Idea 2019. Het bedrijf won in de energiecategorie en werd erkend vanwege zijn transformatieve energieopslagtechnologie op industriële schaal die een nieuwe standaard creëert op het gebied van economische en andere operatieve prestatievoordelen voor globale energieleveranciers. De oplossing van Energy Vault wordt verder gedifferentieerd door zijn unieke gebruik van duurzame materialen voor zijn blokopslagcomponenten, inclusief het vermogen om materialen te gebruiken die anders een stortplaats of hergebruik tegen hoge kosten zouden vereisen, bijv. ascarbonaat, grond verontreinigd met koolwaterstoffen, staalslib, enz. World Changing Ideas onderscheidt bedrijven, beleid, projecten, en concepten die innovatieve oplossingen aanbieden die de wereld kunnen transformeren en helpen de samenleving duurzamer en gelijker te maken. De winnaars werden gekozen uit een lijst van honderden finalisten uit een pool van bijna 2000 inzendingen. Iedere categorie werd beoordeeld door een jury van prominente sociale ondernemers, durfkapitalisten, denkers, ontwerpers, en een redacteur van Fast Company . De technologie van Energy Vault wordt in de mei-editie van het papieren tijdschrift in het zonnetje gezet, die vandaag in de winkel ligt.

Duurzame energie heeft geworsteld om fossiele brandstoffen te vervangen als gevolg van onvoorspelbaarheid in de productie en afhankelijkheid van factoren zoals wind en zonlicht. In de afwezigheid van meer efficiënte en kosteneffectieve opslag, is de hoeveelheid elektriciteit die aan het netwerk kan worden geleverd van duurzame energiebronnen beperkt, al is het nu betaalbaar.

Energy Vault's baanbrekende technologie was geïnspireerd op waterkrachtcentrales met pompen die afhankelijk zijn van de kracht van zwaartekracht en de beweging van water om elektriciteit op te slaan en af te geven. De oplossing van het bedrijf is gebaseerd op dezelfde goed begrepen principes gebruikt in deze centrales, maar vervangt water met speciaal gemaakte betonblikken door een zeer innovatief gebruik van goedkope materialen. De grote blokken worden gecombineerd met Energy Vault's gepatenteerde systeemontwerp en gepatenteerde algoritme-gebaseerde software, die de energieopslag en afgifte van elektriciteit kalibreert terwijl het rekening houdt met een aantal factoren, waaronder stroomvoorziening, volatiliteit van de energievraag, en weersomstandigheden.

Als resultaat kan het bedrijf alle voordelen van een waterkrachtcentrale leveren, maar tegen een veel lagere prijs van opslag, hogere roundtrip-efficiëntie en onbegrensde schaalbaarheid gegeven de eliminatie van de vereiste voor specifieke topografie en negatieve impact op het milieu en flora en fauna. Het systeem van Energy Vault kan ook worden gekoppeld aan duurzame energieopwekking zoals zonnecellen voor offgrid- en microgrid-oplossingen, zodat commerciële en industriële klanten in staat zijn om hun duurzame energiegebruik te maximaliseren en de belofte van betrouwbare 24 uur per dag aan afgelegen steden en dorpen in opkomende markten.

“Het gebrek aan een levensvatbare, duurzame en schaalbare opslagoplossing is een van de grootste uitdagingen van de mensheid geweest tijdens de transitie van zijn historische afhankelijkheid van fossiele brandstoffen naar duurzame energie,” zei Robert Piconi, chief executive officer en medeoprichter van Energy Vault. “Energy Vault’s technologie lost dit probleem op in een manier die goed voor de planeet is en ook efficiënt om te bouwen en gebruiken. We zijn zeer vereerd dat Fast Company het belang van ons werk heeft erkend met de World Changing Idea Award. We willen onze inspanningen snel doorzetten terwijl we onze innovatieve ideeën transformeren in daadwerkelijke commerciële inzet en alle energieleveranciers ondersteunen voor een duurzame wereld.”

Naast de reeds genoemde klanten- en strategische partnerschappen, heeft Energy Vault overeenkomsten met andere klanten op meerdere continenten.

Bezoek voor meer informatie over Energy Vault's technologie en de selectie voor een World Changing Idea 2019 prijs:

Over Energy Vault
Energy Vault, een Idealab portfoliobedrijf, is een maker van opslagproducten voor duurzame energie die de benadering van langdurige, grootschalige energieopslag revolutioneren. Door de conventionele natuurkundige principes van zwaartekracht en potentiële energie toe te passen, combineert het systeem een innovatieve kraan met zes armen die speciaal ontwikkelde massieve betonblokken optilt met een gepatenteerd cloudgebaseerd softwareplatform dat de opslag en afgifte van elektriciteit orkestreert. Met gebruik van 100 procent milieuvriendelijke materialen tegen ongeëvenaard lage prijzen, versnelt Energy Vault de transformatie naar een volledige duurzame wereld.

Bezoek voor meer informatie over Energy Vault energyvault.ch of volg ons op @EnergyVaultInc

Over de World Changing Ideas Awards
World Changing Ideas is een van de Fast Company’s grote jaarlijkse prijsuitreikingen en richt zich op het maatschappelijk welzijn, en bevordert eindproducten en dappere concepten die de wereld beter maken. Een panel van juryleden uit alle sectoren kiezen winnaars, finalisten en eerzame vermeldingen op basis van haalbaarheid en potentiële impact. Met het belonen van vindingrijkheid en bevorderen van innovatie richt Fast Company de aandacht op ideeën met veel potentie en helpt hen hun bereik uit te breiden om meer mensen te inspireren om de werken aan het oplossen van de problemen die ons allemaal aangaan.

Deze bekendmaking is officieel geldend in de originele brontaal. Vertalingen zijn slechts als leeshulp bedoeld en moeten worden vergeleken met de tekst in de brontaal, die als enige rechtsgeldig is.

LUGANO, Schweiz--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy Vault, ein Unternehmen von Idealab, das Produkte zur Speicherung erneuerbarer Energien herstellt, gab heute bekannt, dass es von Fast Company zum Gewinner eines der World Changing Idea Awards 2019 des Magazins gewählt wurde. Das Unternehmen gewann die Kategorie Energie und wurde für seine transformative Energiespeichertechnologie im Kraftwerksmaßstab ausgezeichnet, die neue Maßstäbe in Bezug auf wirtschaftliche und andere betriebliche Leistungsvorteile für globale Energieversorger setzt. Eine weitere Differenzierung der Lösung von Energy Vault ist die einzigartige Verwendung von umweltfreundlichen, nachhaltigen Materialien für seine Kern-Ziegelspeicherkomponenten, einschließlich der Möglichkeit, Materialien zu verwenden, die andernfalls zu erheblichen Kosten entsorgt oder wiederhergestellt werden müssten, z. B. Kohlenaschenkarbonat, mit Kohlenwasserstoffen verunreinigte Böden, Stahlschlamm usw. World Changing Ideas zeichnet Unternehmen, Richtlinien, Projekte und Konzepte aus, die innovative Lösungen anbieten, die die Welt verändern und dazu beitragen können, die Gesellschaft in eine nachhaltigere und gerechtere Zukunft zu führen. Die Gewinner wurden aus einer Liste von Hunderten von Finalisten gewählt, die aus einem Pool von fast 2.000 Einsendungen ausgewählt wurden. Jede Kategorie wurde von einer Jury aus prominenten Sozialentrepreneuren, Risikokapitalgebern, Denkern, Designern und einem Fast Company -Editor bewertet. Die Technologie von Energy Vault wird in der Mai-Ausgabe des Printmagazins vorgestellt, das heute an Kiosken erhältlich ist.

Erneuerbare Energien hatten Schwierigkeiten damit, fossile Energieträger vollständig zu ersetzen, da sie aufgrund der Abhängigkeit von Faktoren wie Wind und Sonneneinstrahlung bei der Produktion mit Unvorhersehbarkeiten und Unterbrechungen zu kämpfen haben. Mangels effizienterer und kostengünstigerer Speicherlösungen ist die Elektrizitätsmenge, die aus erneuerbaren Energiequellen in das Stromnetz eingespeist werden kann, begrenzt, auch wenn die Energieproduktion mittlerweile sehr erschwinglich geworden ist.

Die bahnbrechende Technologie von Energy Vault wurde durch schwerkraftbasierte Pumpspeicherkraftwerke inspiriert, die sich zur Speicherung und Entladung von Elektrizität auf die Schwerkraft und auf Wasserbewegungen stützen. Die Lösung des Unternehmens beruht auf denselben wohlverstandenen Grundlagen wie bei jenen Kraftwerken, wobei aber dank einer extrem innovativen Nutzung von kostengünstigen Materialien statt Wasser speziell hergestellte Betonziegel verwendet werden. Die großen Ziegel werden mit dem patentierten Systemdesign und der firmeneigenen algorithmenbasierten Software von Energy Vault kombiniert, um einen neu entwickelten Kran zu betreiben, der die Energiespeicherung und die anschließende Elektrizitätsentladung kalibriert und dabei eine Vielzahl von Faktoren berücksichtigt, darunter Stromversorgung, Volatilität des Energiebedarfs und Wetter.

Dadurch kann das Unternehmen alle Vorteile eines Pumpspeicherkraftwerks bieten, jedoch bei wesentlich niedrigeren nivellierten Speicherkosten, höherer Umlaufeffizienz und unbegrenzter Skalierbarkeit, da die Anforderungen an die spezifische Landtopographie und die damit verbundenen negativen Auswirkungen auf Umwelt und Tierwelt entfallen. Wichtig ist, dass das System von Energy Vault auch mit erneuerbarer Erzeugung wie Solar-PV für Offgrid- und Microgrid-Lösungen kombiniert werden kann, so dass kommerzielle und industrielle Kunden ihre Nutzung erneuerbarer Energien maximieren können und das Versprechen, abgelegenen Städten und Dörfern in Schwellenländern rund um die Uhr zuverlässigen Strom zur Verfügung zu stellen, eingehalten wird.

„Das Fehlen einer tragfähigen, nachhaltigen und skalierbaren Speicherlösung war eine der größten Herausforderungen für die Menschheit beim Übergang von ihrer historischen Abhängigkeit von fossilen Brennstoffen zu erneuerbaren Energien“, sagte Robert Piconi, Chief Executive Officer und Mitbegründer von Energy Vault. „Die Technologie von Energy Vault löst dieses Problem auf eine Art und Weise, die für den Planeten ebenso verantwortungsbewusst ist wie sie effizient zu bauen und zu betreiben ist. Wir fühlen uns geehrt und sind dankbar, dass Fast Company die Bedeutung unserer Arbeit mit dem World Changing Idea Award anerkannt hat. Wir sind bestrebt, unsere Bemühungen zügig fortzusetzen, da wir unsere innovativen Ideen nun in konkrete kommerzielle Anwendungen umsetzen und alle Energieversorger unterstützen, um eine erneuerbare Welt zu ermöglichen.“

Zusätzlich zu den bereits angekündigten Kunden- und strategischen Partnerschaften hat Energy Vault erste Vereinbarungen mit anderen Kunden auf mehreren Kontinenten getroffen.

Weitere Informationen über die Technologie von Energy Vault und ihre Auswahl für den World Changing Idea Award 2019 finden Sie unter:

Über Energy Vault
Energy Vault, ein Portfoliounternehmen von Idealab, ist ein Entwickler von Produkten zur Speicherung erneuerbarer Energien, die den Ansatz der langfristigen, Energiespeicherung im Kraftwerksmaßstab revolutionieren. Unter Anwendung konventioneller physikalischer Grundlagen der Schwerkraft und der Lageenergie kombiniert das System ein innovatives Krankonzept, das speziell entworfene, massive Betonsteine anhebt, mit einer firmeneigenen, Cloud-basierten Softwareplattform, die die Speicherung und Entladung von Strom koordiniert. Durch die Nutzung von 100-prozentig umweltfreundlichen Materialien auf einem bisher unerreichten Kostenniveau beschleunigt Energy Vault den Übergang zu einer vollständig auf erneuerbaren Energien beruhenden Welt.

Für weitere Informationen über Energy Vault besuchen Sie bitte energyvault.ch oder folgen Sie uns @EnergyVaultInc

Über die World Changing Ideas Awards
World Changing Ideas ist eines der wichtigsten jährlichen Auszeichnungsprogramme von Fast Company und konzentriert sich auf das soziale Wohlergehen, mit dem Ziel, Endprodukte und mutige Konzepte zu entwickeln, die die Welt besser machen. Eine Jury aus verschiedenen Branchen wählt Gewinner, Finalisten und ehrenvolle Erwähnungen aus, die auf der Grundlage der Machbarkeit und des Wirkungspotenzials ermittelt werden. Mit dem Ziel, Einfallsreichtum auszuzeichnen und Innovationen zu fördern, macht Fast Company auf Ideen mit großem Potenzial aufmerksam und hilft ihnen, ihre Reichweite zu steigern, um mehr Menschen zu motivieren, an der Lösung der Probleme zu arbeiten, die uns alle betreffen.

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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC (“Leeward”) today announced the company has successfully completed the full-scale repower of its Mendota Hills Wind Farm (“Mendota”) located in Lee County, Illinois. Leeward achieved a financial close with a subsidiary of Citi, which provided tax equity financing for the project.

The full-scale repower of Mendota included the decommissioning of the existing wind turbine generators (“WTGs”) and the installation of new foundations and WTGs to maximize efficiency and extend the life span of the wind farm. Mendota replaced the 63 legacy Gamesa WTGs with 29 SG 2.6-126 WTGs, increasing the capacity from approximately 50 MW to 76 MW. With turbine technology improvements, Mendota will increase reliability, performance and reduce operational cost.

Leeward entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Digital Reality and will provide approximately 276,000 MWhs of renewable wind power annually. Through the construction phase of Mendota, Leeward generated approximately 250 jobs and will increase its contribution to Lee County in the form of property tax payments.

“This was an ambitious project that is creating tremendous benefits and efficiency for our customers and Lee County,” said Greg Wolf, Leeward Renewable Energy CEO. “The Mendota project illustrates the innovation that Leeward is striving for in both our development initiatives as well as management of our existing assets to build and maximize our portfolio.”

In addition to working with Leeward on the repowering initiative, Siemens Gamesa provides operations and maintenance for the sites.

The repowering of Mendota was completed on March 21, 2019.

About Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC

Leeward Renewable Energy is a leading US-based independent power company. Leeward has a portfolio of 19 wind power facilities in nine states with a total owned interest of 1,720 GW that use proven, best-in-class technology. Additionally, Leeward has a development pipeline of over 1 GW wind, solar and energy storage projects that provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business. For more information about Leeward, visit www.leewardenergy.com. Leeward is owned by OMERS Infrastructure, the infrastructure arm of one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans.

Paris, France, April 16th 2019 -- GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding with Eolien Maritime France (EMF) confirming its commitment to provide and service Haliade 150-6MW turbines to the first French EMF offshore wind farm to be cleared of any legal recourse. This memorandum of understanding terminates GE's exclusive supplier status on the two other projects carried out by EMF. The terms of the Memorandum of Understanding have not been made public.

Currently, the three projects developed by EMF off Courseulles-sur-Mer, Saint-Nazaire and Fécamp are still awaiting the last court decisions, following appeals against the administrative authorizations required for their implementation.

The cumulative excessive delays since 2012 on these projects, related to these claims, have significantly impacted the financial characteristics of those projects for GE Renewable Energy. GE has therefore decided to review its engagement in the implementation of all these projects.

Since the award of the three offshore wind farms to EMF in 2012, GE Renewable Energy has committed the necessary resources and investments to design and manufacture the turbines, with the installation of a dedicated engineering office in Nantes and the construction of its manufacturing plant in Saint-Nazaire, which has enabled GE to produce already more than 80 turbines for other offshore wind farms in Europe, Asia and North America.

In a technological and market that has changed significantly in recent years, GE has chosen , while executing when time comes the remaining EMF project, to continue its contribution to the development of the offshore wind energy sector in France through an ambitious evolution towards a new generation of Haliade-X 12MW turbines. Resources from Saint-Nazaire, Nantes and Cherbourg will be mobilized in order to ensure the development and commercialization, then the delivery, of this new turbine.

GE is a leading player in the French renewable energy sector, fully committed to its development.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy, on www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, or on www.twitter.com/GErenewables

Phoenix, April 15, 2019: GE Renewable Energy announces today that is has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

The project will enable dispatchable renewable energy penetration into the grid, helping power New York state with reliable renewable energy. Seamlessly integrating solar and storage solutions together enables an overall higher availability and capacity factor while delivering dispatchable and predictable renewable energy into the grid. The battery system will store the energy that the solar field generates during the day when the sun shines and allow the site to meet power requirements during other peak demand periods.

The system will use a direct DC coupled configuration with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the hybrid system while optimizing equipment and installation costs and increasing the overall system reliability.

 “The world is seeing an increased penetration of renewable generation, driven by the declining Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCoE) of wind and solar.” says Rob Morgan, Energy Storage CEO, GE Renewable Energy.  “In addition, with the context of declining costs of battery storage, combining renewable energy generation sources together with storage will help unlock new revenue and value streams in the renewable hybrid industry and accelerate the energy transition to more renewables.

About GE Renewable Energy:

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons. Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

Phoenix, April 15, 2019: GE Renewable Energy announces today that it has reached agreement with SERC to integrate Battery Energy Storage systems with two LM6000 Gas Turbines. GE, along with Wellhead Power Solutions, will provide the Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine (EGT) modification solution to allow the two Gas Turbines to operate with the Battery Energy Storage systems as a 98 MW integrated hybrid resource.

The Hybrid EGT enables and Always On/Instant Response gas turbine without burning fossil fuels. In periods of high power demand, the LM6000 starts up quickly and can reach full power generation in 5 minutes, while the battery system is able to also provide immediate response for other actual or prospective services. Combining the gas turbines with a battery will allow the turbine to be off until its needed. The battery, always synchronized to the grid, will discharge stored energy while the gas turbine starts and reaches full power, which allows the system to be dispatched immediately and provide power when needed. This more economical solution will enable lower greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding constant spinning of the gas turbine.

In addition, allowing faster power generation for peak conditions will enable more renewable energy penetration onto the grid. “GE’s LM6000 Hybrid EGT combines a gas turbine and an energy storage system that enables immediate availability into the grid.” says Rob Morgan, Energy Storage CEO, GE Renewable Energy. “Systems like this can instantly provide power when demand rises or when intermittency lowers output from wind or solar sources and extend the service indefinitely thanks to the Gas Turbine assets taking over the load over time.”

The technology has been co-developed with Wellhead Power Solutions, the technology affiliate of the Wellhead Electric Company, an independent energy projects developer and power producer. The companies previously installed two Hybrid EGTs in Southern California, which has resulted in site emissions reduction of about 80% while enabling increased renewable energy penetration onto the grid.

The project is currently under construction in the Los Angeles Basin. The battery energy storage components are expected to be delivered at the end of 2019 and, for the Hybrid EGT to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2020.

Hybrid technologies will help unlock new revenue and value streams in the renewable energy industry.” says Hal Dittmer, President of Wellhead Power Solutions, co-developer of the EGT*. “The Hybrid EGT technology proves that energy generation sources integrated with storage systems is an optimal method to reliably increase renewable energy penetration on the grid.

*Trademark of General Electric Company.

About GE Renewable Energy:

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons. Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

- Showcases its latest solar roof tiling solution at Renewable Energy Roofing Display Center in Sydney


The clean energy giant, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (00566.hk), today announced that it's all set for the global launch of Thin Film Flat SOLARtile, its cutting-edge solar roof tiling solution developed in collaboration with CSR Group, the largest roof tiles producer and roofing solution provider in southern hemisphere. The duo, Hanergy and CSR Group have also co-constructed the Renewable Energy Roofing Display Center that was built last month at Monier Roofing Headquarter located in Rosehill, Sydney.

Ahead of the global launch later this year, Hanergy marks the debut of its brand new Thin Film Flat SOLARtile at Renewable Energy Roofing Display Center, welcoming the visitors and international companies across the globe to give them a first-hand view of this innovative solar roof tiling solution. The two companies will also sign an agreement to officially commence the presales of Thin Film Flat SOLARtile in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Japan and Unite States markets.

Model House Applied with Thin Film FLAT SOARtile

The Thin Film Flat SOLARtile is specially designed to meet overseas market needs. Unlike the curve shape of HanTile, Thin Film Flat SOLARtile is flat and has a square shape, which enables the house to meet local housing standards and harmonize better with the neighborhood. It adopts CROSS BOND structure, where the tile-to-tile interlock is put right in the middle of next row’s tile to ensure best waterproof performance. Junction boxes are covered by 2mm steel and safe trays are used to protect cables. The design of roofing system is inspired by Gympie Pyramid to feature a traditional Pacific vibe and improve the aesthetics of the housing.

Mr. Lv Yuan, Vice President of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group said, “We’re particularly excited about the launch of Thin Film Flat SOLARtile in the global market. We’re confident that our latest solar roof tiling solution will set a new standard in the global solar market. Further, we’re thrilled to join forces with CSR group and hope to create yet another case study pronouncing the huge success of our soon to be launched solar roof tiling solution.”

With CIGS thin-film solar chips incorporated inside it, Thin Film Flat SOLARtile can achieve conversion efficiency, as high as 18.7% which is the world’s record. The product has received an outstanding rating for having been exceptionally wind, water proof and fire resistant. It can work under extreme conditions from -40 degrees to 80 degree Celsius. Along with thin-film technology’s characteristics of being light, thin and flexible, as well as being able to work under low light conditions, it has great adaptability and can be applied in varied scenarios.

Seizing over 70% market share in Australasia and the largest roof tiles producer and roofing solution provider in southern hemisphere, CSR Group is a major Australian industrial company producing building products for residential and commercial construction. It also owns the biggest glass manufacturer in Australia and a curtain wall solution company.

Earlier in December 2018, Hanergy had signed a co-operation agreement with CSR Group to co-develop Thin Film Flat SOLARtile. With CSR’s dominant market share in Australia market and rich experience in roofing industry, and Hanergy’s cutting-edge thin-film solar power technologies, the collaboration has borne great fruits.

- The award will be conferred to Harry Atwater, Hanergy's US subsidiary Alta Devices’ co-founder at the 46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference


The world's largest thin-film solar power solution company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (00566.hk), today announced that its US subsidiary Alta Devices’ co-founder and Hanergy Group Scientist, Prof. Harry Atwater, has been honored with IEEE 2019 William R. Cherry Award, one of the most distinguished awards in the solar photovoltaic energy industry. Prof. Atwater will receive the illustrious award at the 46th IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Photovoltaic Specialists Conference to be held in Chicago, USA from June 16-21, 2019.

The William R. Cherry award, which is named in honor of William R. Cherry, a founder of the photovoltaic community, recognizes the individual engineers or scientists who have made significant contributions to the science and/or technology of PV energy conversion, with dissemination of substantial and important publications and presentations. Prof. Harry Atwater has been honored the award in recognition of his many and outstanding contributions to photovoltaic science and technology over more than 35 years.

Over the past three decades, Harry Atwater’s research topics have shown his passion for PV from his first paper forming silicon absorbers via zone-melt crystallization (1982) to his most recent on optics for spectral-splitting to achieve ultrahigh efficient modules. His contributions to both the science and technology of photovoltaics, as disseminated through PVSC and EDS, and his creativity are widely recognized and seemingly unbounded, evident in more than 450 publications. Equally remarkable, he co-founded six companies including ETC Solar (commercializing effectively transparent contacts), Luminescent Energy, and Alta Devices.

Mr. Zhang Bin, Senior Vice President of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group said, “We'd like to congratulate Prof Atwater on this distinguished honor and his outstanding accomplishments in the field of solar PV. As one of the most well-informed experts with foresight into the solar technology, Prof. Atwater’s invaluable contributions have been instrumental in achieving several breakthroughs in our core technology. He is Undoubtedly a worthy recipient of the Award and we are grateful for his commitment to Hanergy’s technological innovations. We will continue to stay at the forefront of technological breakthroughs and go all-out developing additional cutting-edge technologies.”

Prof Atwater’s honoring with this most respected award in the field of PV, is a resilient evidence of the global technology leadership of Hanergy’s Alta Devices in the field of photovoltaics. Atwater is also an early pioneer in Nanophotonics and Plasmonics. Under Atwater’s leadership Alta Devices has grown exponentially and holds the current world record for one-Sun single-junction solar cell efficiency and module efficiency.

Professor Atwater received his B. S., M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology respectively in 1981, 1983 and 1987. He held the IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University from 1987-1988 and has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1988.

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire; April 4, 2019 — Today, GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business announced that it has signed two deals to build energy systems in Benin and upgrade three substations in Cote d'Ivoire. These agreements align with GE's commitment to providing scalable power solutions in partnership with governments and utilities to meet West Africa's growing energy needs while developing self-sustaining electricity systems for businesses and households in the region.

Benin
In Benin, 85 percent of electricity utilized is currently imported from neighboring countries. To strengthen the country's grid and manage electricity losses that result during energy transmission, GE will design and supply the first Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) in Benin for the Société Béninoise d'Energie Electrique (SBEE) and undertake the rehabilitation of substations and telecommunication infrastructure at the National Distribution Control Center in Cotonou.

Part of GE's Digital Energy portfolio, ADMS is engineered with adaptive algorithms and predictive analytics to help utilities operate the grid more efficiently and enable automation. The system will be able to predict issues, identify the faults on the grid and propose a restoration plan.

"The Distribution Management System (ADMS) will help optimize energy distribution, reduce electricity losses and minimize shortages," said the National Coordinator for MCA-Benin II. "This project is aligned with the government's ambition to efficiently manage the generation from power plants, microgrids and other grid infrastructure to improve the quality, efficiency and availability of power to our customers. "This system will also help manage the security and maintain control of the grid."

Cote d'Ivoire
Under this contract, GE will rehabilitate and expand three 225kV substations in Ferke, Man and Taabo. This project will help improve the electricity supply in the northern, western and central part of Côte d'Ivoire.

"With about 90% of the country's population having access to electricity and the growing demand for energy, limited distribution systems cause a total energy loss of approximately 20% annually. There is a need to rehabilitate and strengthen the country's grid infrastructure," said Bile Gerard TANOE – Secretary General of CI-ENERGIES. "This project will improve the power capacities of Ferke, Man and Taabo substations to help mitigate total energy losses and provide the reliability needed to limit the total unavailability of these critical substations," he added.

"Energy is a key component for on-going development in Sub-Saharan Africa. With only 45 percent of electrification rates in many countries in the region, it is critical to develop an end-to-end solution to increase energy access and foster economic development," said Lazarus Angbazo, President & CEO of GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business in Sub-Saharan Africa. "These projects reinforce GE's involvement in implementing key infrastructure for energy transmission and interconnection development in Africa through smart solutions and turnkey project expertise."

GE's Grid Solutions business provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries, bringing together the right mix of high-voltage products through expert engineering and full project management. Grid Solutions has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects globally in the last 10 years.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy, on www.linkedin.com/company/gerenewableenergy, or on www.twitter.com/GErenewables

The Global Wind Energy Council has partnered with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) to launch the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. The program is designed to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment.

GWEC: 1 in 5 wind turbines installed by Vestas in 2018, according to new market intelligence report

  • GWEC releases first edition of annual Global Wind Market Development – Supply Side Data 2018 report, as part of its new Market Intelligence platform.
  • 20,641 wind turbines installed in 2018, produced by 37 manufacturers.
  • 1 in 5 wind turbines were installed by Vestas, the world’s largest turbine supplier, in 2018, followed by Goldwind and Siemens Gamesa.
  • Eight out of the top 15 wind turbine manufacturers are based in China.
  • Vestas, Mingyang and Goldwind are the number one supplier in each of the three turbine technology categories, high-speed geared drive, medium speed geared drive and direct drive, in 2018.

The Global Wind Energy Council has published the first edition of its annual Global Wind Market Development – Supply Side Data 2018. According to the report, 20,641 wind turbines were installed globally in 2018, with a combined capacity of 50,617 MW. The report finds that over half of the top 15 wind turbine manufacturers are based in China.

Vestas held the title as the world’s largest turbine supplier in 2018, due to its wide geographic diversification strategy and strong performance in the Americas. Goldwind moved up one position to second place after its domestic market share increased by 5.1% in 2018. Siemens Gamesa fell one position to third place, primarily due to lower installation in the UK, Germany and India in 2018.

The report shows that the geared wind turbine systems remain the preferred choice of wind turbine technology. The market share of conventional high speed geared systems and medium speed turbines increased to 69.7% and 3.7% respectively in 2018, while the market share of direct drive wind turbine dropped nearly 2% to 26.6% in 2018, primarily due to the reduction of wind turbines installed by Germany’s Enercon in 2018. The No.1 suppliers in each of the three technology categories (high-speed geared drive, medium speed geared drive and direct drive) in 2018 were Vestas, Mingyang and Goldwind respectively.  

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “The fact that tier one suppliers gained greater market share in a year when the new installation declined by 3% reinforces that leading global suppliers’ hard work, focusing on product innovation and value-added solutions, has finally paid off. While there are 8 Chinese manufacturers included in the top 15, the picture changes dramatically when sales in the domestic Chinese market are excluded. Aside from Goldwind, none of the Chinese suppliers installed sufficient new wind capacity in the overseas market for any to be included in the top 10 ranking in 2018.”

Feng Zhao, Strategy Director of GWEC, said: “In 2018 we saw further consolidation taking place on the supply side. The severe competition resulting from the transition from Feed-in-Tariff to auctions pushed another seven small turbine OEMs out of the market last year. This trend is likely to continue in China – although there are 19 local turbine OEMs active in this country, the upcoming auction and the central government’s goal to reach grid parity in the early 2020s will certainly force many small and medium-sized Chinese turbine vendors to give up their wind turbine production activities”.

GE Renewable Energy retained fourth place by taking advantage of stronger performance in the US market, where it recaptured the title as the No.1 supplier. Envision replaced Enercon in fifth place, mainly due to its strong growth in China and the sharp drop of installations in Enercon’s domestic German market in 2018.

Chinese suppliers Mingyang, United Power and Sewind moved up to seventh, ninth and tenth respectively, which can be largely attributed to stable performances in their home markets. Suzlon dropped out of the top 10 turbine supplier ranking in 2018, primarily a result of reduced installations, by up to one third, in its home market of India.

Senvion fell three positions to 12th, with new installations in Germany in 2018 halving compared to the previous year. Chinese suppliers CSIC Haizhuang and XEMC remained in the top 15, however both of them lost market share in 2018.

The report is being published as part of GWEC’s new Market Intelligence service and is the update of FTI Consulting’s Global Wind Market Update – Supply Side Analysis that FTI Intelligence granted GWEC the Intellectual Property Rights on 3 April 2019.

The full report is exclusively available for GWEC members and is available in the Market Intelligence Members Area on the GWEC website. The final report includes more than 30 tables and figures charting the evolution of global wind power markets on the supply side.

Appendix:

Top 15 wind turbine suppliers in annual global market in 2018:

  1. Vestas
  2. Goldwind
  3. Siemens Gamesa
  4. GE Renewable
  5. Envision
  6. Enercon
  7. Mingyang,
  8. Nordex Acciona
  9. United Power
  10. Sewind
  11. Suzlon
  12. Senvion
  13. Windey
  14. CSIC Haizhuang
  15. XEMC

About GWEC 

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/  

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As a native New Yorker, I’m always happy for an opportunity to tout my home state’s clean energy leadership. And while New York’s offshore wind commitments have dominated the headlines, this month the state announced a pair of critically important, under-the-radar initiatives: grid modernization and transmission expansion.

The American Society of Civil Engineers rates the country’s electric grid an unacceptable D+. It notes that many U.S. transmission lines were built in 1950’s and 60’s and have far outlived their 50-year life expectancy. Some lines are over a century old. That’s hardly adequate to support a competitive global economy and today’s modern technology.

New York is looking to change that.

Largest transmission expansion in three decades

Earlier this month the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO, New York’s grid operator) approved a pair of new transmission projects that would be the state’s largest transmission expansion in thirty years. Projects like these are necessary to meet the state’s ambitious clean energy standard, and they’ll help make the overall system more reliable and more affordable.

“[These] transmission projects… will benefit New York State’s electric consumers by enabling the delivery of environmentally desirable power required to meet state energy goals, relieving uneconomic congestion, and replacing aging infrastructure while enhancing New York State’s already high standard of system reliability,” NYISIO explained.

NYISO further noted just how significant the announcement was, saying “Our action constitutes one of the most significant decisions by the Board of Directors (“Board”) in the nearly twenty-year history of the New York Independent System Operator, Inc.”

This should start rectifying an issue NYISO first began assessing a decade ago.

“There have been no large-scale, high-voltage, alternating current (“AC”) transmission facilities constructed in New York State in over 30 years. This has resulted in an aging and congested transmission infrastructure that cannot adequately accommodate the state’s future energy goals…” NYISO said.

Projects like these create a more reliable system while helping families and businesses gain access to low-cost power. Studies show that transmission upgrades usually more than pay for themselves as well.

Modernizing the electric grid

Also this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $30 million in new funds to modernize the state’s electric grid. Just like developing the interstate highway system in the 1950’s paved for the way decades of economic growth, expanding and updating the grid will create a 21st century clean energy economy.

“Modernizing New York’s grid will create long-lasting benefits for all New Yorkers through a more reliable and affordable system, while increasing resilience for extreme weather events and adding more renewable energy sources into our system,” Gov. Cuomo said.

The new funds are aimed at improving grid resiliency and flexibility while making it possible to bring more renewable energy onto the system.

Transmission expansion and grid updates may not generate some of the same splashy headlines as other energy news, but they’re just as important when it comes to creating a future powered clean, affordable, reliable electricity. The strength of our economy and national security will depend on exactly these sorts of projects moving forward.

Last chance to apply for Women in Wind 2019-2020!

Today is the last day for mentees to apply to the inaugural year of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program Join GWEC and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) in promoting best practices for gender diversity within the wind industry, and advancing the role of women as agents of change in society. Officially launched on 2 April 2019, the Women in Wind program includes:

  •  A dedicated program of training and mentoring, aimed at providing participants with multidisciplinary experience and global perspectives;
  • A network of mentors among leading women in the wind industry;
  • A comprehensive education program incorporating the latest technological developments and best practices from the industry;
  • A platform to assist leading companies in the sector in identifying talent and reaching new gender equality benchmarks; and,
  • A growing network of alumni who can serve as mentors for future generations of women entering the industry, as wind becomes one of the world’s dominant energy sources.

Interest has been high and applications have been received from all over the world. Don’t miss this chance to be part of this exciting program for future female leaders in wind, and apply at the link below. The application period will close tonight at 15 April 2019, 23:59 CET. 

 

Keep following the Women in Wind blog for program updates and features on our mentees. Next up on the blog – data-driven insights on the applicant pool.

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Have you seen how tall wind turbines are? Climbing to the top requires good physical fitness! That’s why the AWEA Fitness for Work Task Force has developed the new AWEA Fitness for Work document. This new resource helps employers establish and maintain guidelines to identify the fitness for work condition of wind technicians working onshore.

These new guidelines provide industry best practices to help employers and employees maintain the physical condition needed to work in the wind industry.

“Having a Fitness for Work program is a win/win,” notes Len Tully, Chair of the Task Force. “A potential candidate takes away the confidence that they can do the job and they get a good feel for what the expectations will be.”

“Requirements of your own internal Fitness for Work program may vary depending on what your company specializes in, however, the minimum practices detailed within the AWEA Fitness for Work Guidelines should be considered,” said Ryan Dove, a member of the Task Force. “The Fitness for Work programs in which companies develop based on these guidelines should not only encompass the minimum physical standards for the routine job tasks your company performs but also guidance on proper return to work protocol and management roles pertaining to this program.”

The Fitness for Work Guidelines document includes best practices, a new hire fitness assessment process flow chart, and a sample pre-climb fitness self-certification form. Check it out today as you get ready for the long climb up!

Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:

Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’

Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?

It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.

Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.

In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.

“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.

Courtesy Senvion

There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.

The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”

Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.

Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."

Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”

Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."

The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.

Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!

Courtesy Senvion

At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.

One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.

250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.

Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."

At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.

The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.

"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.


Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."

Courtesy Senvion

AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world. 

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.

The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.

The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.

Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.

“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.

While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.

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WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.

So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of  wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.

Learn more about GE’s wind power software and Digital Wind Farms by contacting us today.

Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/

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ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).

The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.

Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.

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The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.