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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new survey funded by the Exelon Foundation found that even though nearly four out of five high school girls believe action must be taken to address climate change, the majority don’t feel equipped to take on this critical issue themselves. And despite survey respondents’ confidence that women have the talents needed to address climate change issues, only 50 percent foresee females leading these efforts.

Recognizing the need to empower girls to pursue career paths that address climate change issues, the Exelon Foundation and United Nations Women HeForShe are hosting their second annual STEM Innovation Leadership Academy. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Taking place in Baltimore (July 14-19), Philadelphia (July 21-26) and Chicago (August 4-9), the 2019 Academy events are tailored to the increasing number of young women who express an interest in STEM careers. In fact, 60 percent report that they are likely to pursue a career that uses STEM, with nearly half attributing their interest in STEM to the pathways it provides to make a positive impact on the world.

“The global climate crisis is one of the most urgent issues of our time. It’s very encouraging to hear that most young women surveyed recognize the need to act, but we must arm them with the necessary tools and reinforce the confidence they need to tackle climate issues head-on,” said Chris Crane, Exelon President and CEO and HeForShe Thematic Champion.

Designed to inspire and equip the next generation of climate leaders, the STEM Innovation Leadership Academy will provide a week-long curriculum that incorporates a series of hands-on STEM activities centered on climate action, visits to noteworthy energy and environmental landmarks and discussions with prominent female STEM leaders. Each of the three events will host approximately 60 young women and culminate with an Academy-wide Energy Innovation Challenge, encouraging participants to identify ways to increase energy efficiency on college campuses.

The second annual STEM Innovation Leadership Academy is a primary component of the Exelon Foundation’s commitment to the UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, which was created to foster a movement where men can become agents of change for gender equality. The second annual Academy is part of Exelon’s three-year, $3 million investment to encourage and support the involvement of young women in STEM.

“HeForShe is committed to mobilizing people of every gender identity and expression as advocates for gender equality,” said Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Senior Advisor to Under Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women and Global Head of the HeForShe Movement. “We’re proud to partner with Exelon for their STEM Innovation Leadership Academy in an effort to educate and empower young people to become leaders in fields that can make a global impact.”

“The Exelon STEM Innovation and Leadership Academy is a creative, comprehensive, and effective approach to exposing young people – especially girls – to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in practical and exciting ways that allow them to see a future in these fields,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “This event goes hand in hand with my proposed expansion of Maryland’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program, which Exelon has supported from the very beginning. I applaud you and appreciate the ongoing partnership.”

In 2018, Exelon contributed $13.7 million to education-related causes. In addition to the company’s investment in STEM programs for young women and girls, Exelon’s partnership with HeForShe also includes a commitment to improving the company’s retention of women by 2020, with a goal of reaching parity in voluntary turnover of men and women professionals.

To learn more about Exelon’s initiatives to promote gender equality and support the communities where its employees live and work, visit exeloncorp.com.

About Exelon

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers in the U.S. Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2017 revenue of $33.5 billion. Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.

About HeForShe

Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime. HeForShe invites people around the world to stand together as equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all of humanity. For more information, visit www.HeForShe.org/en.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management GmbH (Kaiserwetter) today announced that CEO and Founder Hanno Schoklitsch will deliver the closing keynote address at the United States Energy Association’s Advanced Energy Technology Forum on July 17th in Washington, D.C.

WHAT:

USEA Advanced Energy Technology Forum

Closing Keynote Address delivered by Hanno Schoklitsch

 

WHEN:

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

WHERE:

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

8th Floor Rotunda – North Tower

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.

 

DETAILS:

Schoklitsch’s keynote remarks will discuss how big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can solve many of our energy challenges.

 

SPEAKER BIO:

Hanno Schoklitsch is the CEO and founder of Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management. He is a civil engineer and holds a master degree in Business Administration. As a civil engineer, he is specialized in the construction of hydro power stations, which gives him the basic understanding of energy assets. Hanno started his career within real estate investment, heading the second biggest German real estate fund. The understanding of managing assets and energy was the basis for creating Kaiserwetter in 2012. Over the last 5 years, he transformed Kaiserwetter into the markets first energy IntelliTech company, providing Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) to catalyze investment into renewable energy.

For complete event details, please visit: https://www.usea.org/event/advanced-energy-technology-forum.

About Kaiserwetter Energy Asset Management GmbH

Kaiserwetter is the market´s first energy IntelliTech company, providing Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) to catalyze investments into renewable energy. The company’s digital intelligence product suite includes its award-winning, cloud-based IoT platform ARISTOTELES, which uses smart data analytics, predictive analytics, and machine learning to minimize investment risks, maximize returns and create financial transparency. Also, IRIS, the company’s web-based Analytics Machine, providing detailed due diligence analysis for wind energy M&A transactions and quick insights into the current state of existing wind assets. And ZULU, the world's first online service configurator, enabling customers to modularly configure services related to the technical and commercial management of renewable energy assets, creating transparency and minimizing operational expenditures.

Kaiserwetter offers its specialized digital services to all stakeholders as part of an investment process and throughout the entire investment cycle on a worldwide basis. Clients include investment funds, private equity investors, infrastructure funds, financing institutions, insurance companies, supranational organizations, rating agencies and energy companies. The company, which was founded in 2012, is headquartered in Hamburg with offices in Madrid and New York and is in the process of expanding into China and India.

Further information about Kaiserwetter, visit www.kaiserwetter.energy or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enviva Partners, LP, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, which provide low-carbon, renewable power, tonight thanked the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) for the opportunity to hear from stakeholders at a public hearing regarding new air emission control equipment that Enviva will install at their Sampson facility. In addition to the new air quality equipment, Enviva is also seeking to increase the production volume and permissible percentage of softwood (pine).

Tonight at the hearing, Enviva had a strong showing of supporters who took time to voice their support for the facility – recognizing the company’s role in job creation, economic growth, and community support, and praising Enviva’s commitment to air quality and sustainability.

Enviva Chairman and CEO, John Keppler commented, “Enviva is growing to meet the increasing global demand for renewable wood energy as a replacement for coal. As we work to meet this demand, we will continue to make substantial investments in environmental control technology, reflecting our continued strong commitment to having a positive impact on the environment and in our local communities. With these new and voluntary investments, Sampson will be the most controlled plant in the world. We are grateful for the productive relationship with NCDEQ and for all the support we’ve received from the community, and we look forward to continuing to be a good neighbor in Sampson and the surrounding areas.

“For our customers, the investments we are making in Sampson will help us meet growing demand, to provide pellets with higher energy density, and to continue to demonstrate the environmental stewardship I know they value.”

“Enviva has proven to be a valuable member of our community and has continued to work to expand our local economy,” said North Carolina State Senator Brent Jackson. “I respectfully request that full support is given to Enviva for this permit and our office looks forward to working with them as they continue to positively impact our residents and the rest of North Carolina.”

As a next step, Enviva will continue to work with NCDEQ as they review public comments and, pending approval of the permit, plans to install the environmental control equipment in accordance with timetables and parameters set out in the permit.

Additional background information on the permits and Enviva operations:

  • We have made a commitment to voluntarily install additional air emissions control equipment that we believe is above and beyond what is required under the Clean Air Act for this type of permit.
  • The new air quality control measures will ensure the company meets or exceeds all regulations while improving the efficiency of the facility. The Sampson facility will be tested annually by a third-party auditor (most permits require testing every five years).
  • Enviva conducted due diligence to confirm that the plant’s sourcing area has commercially available low-value wood that meets its strict sustainability requirements in sufficient qualities to supply the plant at the proposed increased production level.
  • Enviva’s Responsible Sourcing Policy dictates that the company will only source low value fiber from tracts that will be replanted.
  • The request to increase the percentage of pine will provide greater flexibility in our sourcing while allowing us to meet customer demands for wood pellets with higher energy value.

Additional Background on Enviva and Renewable Wood Energy

  • Bioenergy is part of an all-in strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. Biomass energy offers a 74-85% lifecycle reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared with coal. Power generation using biomass also provides a reliable, clean source of energy that complements the intermittency of wind and solar energy, enabling a stable grid without having to rely on fossil powered backup.
  • American forest inventories are increasing every year. Today, in the southeast U.S. private forest owners are growing 40% more wood than they remove every year. Only 2% of the working forests in the Southeastern US are harvested each year, while the remaining 98% continue to grow and store carbon. Working forests thrive when managed sustainably. Our business plays a crucial role in helping ensure the protection and growth of forests. Enviva does not source from forests that will be converted to another land use.
  • U.S. Forest Service data shows that both forest area and inventory is increasing in the sourcing regions for Enviva plants that have operated the longest in North Carolina, and in fact there is a clear upward trend during the period since we started operations.
  • The key to keeping forests as forests is strong demand for forest products – including the additional value of being able to sell low-value wood for bioenergy. Additional demand raises the value landowners can get from keeping their land as managed forests. Absent strong demand, landowners have the incentive to convert their land for a higher return. That could mean a farm, a housing development, or a strip mall.
  • Enviva provides landowners with a key market for their low-value wood – including “thinning,” limbs, tops, or crooked and knotted trees that would otherwise not get used for lumber or other higher value products. Our business plays a crucial role in helping ensure the protection and growth of forests.
  • Enviva is certified to the stringent standards of the world’s foremost forestry organizations, such as the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). These independent forest certification programs provide a consistent, verifiable and transparent framework for evaluating the sustainability of a company’s operations, from forest to product. We believe that landowner certification of forestland is a good thing, and so we pay more for fiber from certified forests. We engage in ongoing landowner outreach and education, and we make direct investments to support certifications of forestlands. As we continue working to increase the total percentage of lands certified, we also ensure that non-certified fiber comes from responsible sources.
  • Enviva has also developed “Track & Trace®,” a leading-edge sustainable sourcing program, which provides transparent, publicly available data about Enviva’s sourcing. Track & Trace® allows us to specifically identify the source of our fiber to its origin in the forest or sawmill and to further monitor and audit our procurement activities. As part of this program we pay particular attention to land use change, use and effectiveness of Best Management Practices, wetlands, biodiversity, and certification status.

About Enviva Partners, LP

Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay agreements with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates six plants with a combined production capacity of nearly three million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida and is nearing completion of construction of a seventh plant with a nameplate production capacity of approximately 600,000 metric tons in Hamlet, North Carolina. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its owned marine terminal assets at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.

To learn more about Enviva Partners, LP, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com.

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG), through its competitive non-regulated unit National Grid Ventures (NGV), completed its $100 million acquisition of Geronimo Energy - a leading wind and solar developer in North America. The deal, which was announced on March 7th, 2019, has now satisfied all regulatory requirements and closing conditions.

National Grid has also entered into a joint venture agreement with Washington State Investment Board (‘WSIB’). National Grid contributed approximately $125 million for a 51% controlling share in the joint venture which acquired 379 megawatts of solar and wind generation projects from Geronimo Renewable Infrastructure Partners.

“Today’s announcement underscores National Grid’s commitment to the decarbonization of our energy system. We believe in the long-term growth potential of renewable generation, driven by consumer demand and technological advances,” said Badar Khan, president of National Grid Ventures.

Founded in 2004, Geronimo Energy has developed over 2,200 megawatts of wind and solar energy projects that are operational or currently under construction.

The company also has a strong development pipeline of projects in various stages of development throughout the United States. Geronimo Energy has a strong track record of being farmer-friendly, community-driven and customer focused, which aligns with National Grid’s core values. Geronimo Energy will continue to be headquartered in Minneapolis, with satellite development offices and operational project facilities located throughout the country.

“We’re very pleased to have officially joined the National Grid family today,” said Blake Nixon, chief executive officer for Geronimo Energy. “With our joint expertise, we have an exciting opportunity to grow our project portfolio, expand upon our commitments to project host communities and landowners, and offer our customers increasingly high quality, competitive renewable generation.”

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is one of the world’s largest investor owned utilities. We are an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and we own and operate networks and systems that deliver electricity and gas across Great Britain.

National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

About National Grid Ventures (NGV)

NGV is the competitive, non-regulated division that operates outside of National Grid’s core regulated businesses in the US and UK. NGV develops, operates and invests in energy projects, technologies, and partnerships to help accelerate the development of a clean energy future for consumers across UK, Europe and the United States. For more information, visit www.nationalgrid.com/ventures.

BAODING, China & BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SVOLT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, a rising-star battery maker in China, celebrated the world premiere of cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA). In view of the two major challenges the electric-vehicle battery (EVB) industry faces, safety and cost, SVOLT has provided two novel product solutions, steering the industry in the new direction.

In the product launch event, Mr. Yang Hongxin, General Manager of SVOLT, said that the NMx battery cell rivals the NCM811 cell in performance, while reducing the cost of materials by 5%-15% and the cell BOM cost by around 5%, and allows the materials to rise above strategic resources. On the other hand, the NCMA material not only outperforms NCM811 in cycle life, but also exhibits better resistance to heat, the ability to generate less gas and greater safety, which translates into higher capacity, longer cycle life and better safety performance in the final products.

Based on a global layout mindset, SVOLT also announced its plan to build a base in Europe. Two billion euros ($2.24 million) will be invested to build a 24GWh battery factory, a factory for cathode materials and a battery technology center. It will also integrate its 6 manufacturing bases around the globe into its AI factory construction plan.

SVOLT grew from the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motors Co. Ltd, and became independent in February, 2018. It is primarily focused on EVB business, embracing an open supply to automakers around the world. Since its establishment, SVOLT has been committed to the product development based on the high-speed stacking technology of prismatic batteries and “automotive grade” standardization, ushering the industry in a new “Stacking Age”.

Mr. Yang Hongxinalso elaborated on the concept of ‘Stacking Age’: an era specially born for electric vehicles, in which new technologies, new materials, new processes and new standards, characterized by the stacking process, will flourish.

About SVOLT

SVOLT, whose precursor is the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd, started its cell pre-research work in 2012, and became independent in February, 2018. Headquartered in Wuxi, Jiangsu, SVOLT is a high-tech new energy company that specializes in energy technology, including EVB materials, cells, modules, PACK, BMS, energy storage and solar energy R&D and manufacturing.

SVOLT plans for 7 R&D centers around the globe, with four currently in operation, in Baoding, Korea, Shanghai and India, and three are under construction in the US, Japan and Wuxi. Domestically, SVOLT’s factory is under construction in Changzhou, Jiangsu, which will be operational by the end of 2019 with SOP in February 2020, and will have a capacity of 12GWh in 2020.

Roadmap: SVOLT is pioneering the introduction of prismatic stacking batteries, making it the world’s first high-speed stacking prismatic batterymaker. The high-speed stacking process is the new generation of battery technology that breaks the bottleneck of winding processes of batteries. SVOLT aims to finish stacking one cell in 0.25 seconds in one single station. In contrast to the same type of winding process, the energy density of SVOLT stacking batteries improves 5%, the cycle life improves 10% and the cost reduces 15%.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The global solar central inverters market is expected to post a CAGR of close to 13% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio. However, the market’s momentum will decelerate in the coming years because of the decrease in the year-over-year growth.

A key factor driving the growth of the global solar central inverters market size is the rising demand for energy. Rapid urbanization and industrialization has led to a significant growth in demand for electricity across the world. This has paved the way for the development of technologies that can dramatically accelerate access to electricity. The growing demand for energy has resulted in the adoption of clean energy sources such as wind and solar energy. This is also expected to fuel the demand for solar central inverters, over the forecast period.

As per Technavio, the growing demand for clean energy technology will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period. This global solar central inverters market 2019-2023 research report also analyzes other important trends and market drivers that will affect market growth over 2019-2023.

Global Solar Central Inverters Market: Growing Demand for Clean Energy Technology

The rise in the cost of conventional sources of electricity and lighting, especially diesel and kerosene, has increased the demand for off-grid appliances. Thus, clean energy technologies such as solar power are increasingly being adopted to overcome such situations. Solar power systems are the most suitable choice of clean energy technology as it drastically reduces carbon emissions. Thus, the growing demand for clean energy technology is expected to fuel the solar central inverters market growth during the forecast period.

“Apart from the growing demand for clean energy technology, other factors such as the increased adoption of microgrids, and the rising popularity of smart inverters will have a significant impact on the solar central inverters market growth during the forecast period,” says a senior analyst at Technavio.

Global Solar Central Inverters Market: Segmentation Analysis

This market research report segments the global solar central inverters market by application (utility, and non-utility), and geographic regions (APAC, EMEA, and the Americas).

The APAC region led the solar central inverters market in 2018, followed by EMEA, and the Americas respectively. The growth of the solar central inverters market in APAC can be attributed to several factors such as the growing focus on renewables such as wind and solar, rising adoption and implantation of microgrids, and the increasing solar PV installations in China, India, Japan, Australia, and South Korea.

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  • GE Renewable Energy will open a new offshore wind factory and operation and development center in Guangdong province
  • The new factory will help GE Renewable Energy to serve the rapidly growing offshore wind demand in the region and China
  • The new operation and development center will perform R&D activities and become GE’s regional Offshore Wind Sales and Project Management main office

Beijing, July 12th 2019 – GE Renewable Energy has announced that it will open a new offshore wind factory at Jieyang’s Offshore Wind cluster in the Chinese province of Guangdong and will establish a new Operation and Development Center in the city of Guangzhou.

The new GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang will help to meet Chinese growing demand for offshore wind energy and will serve domestic and regional projects. Site construction is expected to begin at the end of this year, completed in 2021 and will start assembly production in the second half of 2021. GE’s offshore wind factory will be part of a dedicated offshore wind industrial park in Jieyang, which aims to develop an offshore wind cluster with a marshaling harbor and industry-related suppliers, to serve local and regional projects.

GE’s new Operation and Development Center in Guangzhou will perform research and development activities focused on regional needs. The site will also support customers throughout optimizing project costs, training, data management and operation and maintenance services. This new Center will be the regional Sales and Project Management office for GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind business.

John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said “China is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world, and according to Guangdong’s Offshore Development Master Plan, 66 GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030. The cutting-edge technology of our Haliade-X 12 MW, the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, will bring value to our customers in the region. Our new factory in Jieyang and the Operation & Development Center in Guangzhou will put us in a better position to meet our customer’s demands in this fast-growing industry, while contributing to meet China’s growing offshore wind ambitions.”

Rachel Duan, president & CEO, Global Growth Markets, said at this signing: “As one of China’s strategic offshore wind development centers and a key growth region for GE in China, Guangdong is an ideal place to develop our offshore wind business. The agreements we signed today represent not only GE’s continued investment in China but also a significant milestone as we accelerate GE’s growth strategies in the market through the three pillars of “localization, partnership and digital”. GE’s investments in Guangdong will bring together advanced manufacturing, operations and development, services and digital applications, together with relevant suppliers, to form an offshore wind business ecosystem that closely and effectively serves the needs of customers in China and the rest of Asia, while pushing forward China’s clean energy ambitions.”

GE’s new offshore wind factory in China will serve regional projects, while the Saint-Nazaire assembly site in France, currently manufacturing the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype, will continue to serve all other international projects. Together, they will help GE Renewable Energy meet the growing demand for global offshore wind energy, by supplying Haliade-X 12 MW. Nantes offices in France will continue to operate as GE’s global offshore wind headquarter.

The Haliade-X 12 MW is a multi-million-dollar investment that will contribute to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy by making it more competitive. One Haliade-X 12 MW turbine can generate up to 67 GWh* of gross annual energy production, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000* European households and save up to 42 million metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of the emissions generated by 9,000 vehicles** in one year.

* Based on wind conditions on a typical German North Sea site.

** According to EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator

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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

Paris, July 11, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy announced today that it will provide 81 onshore wind turbines to power the 220 MW Potegowo Wind Project in Slupsk County, Northern Poland. This is the first project between GE Renewable Energy and Potegowo Mashav Sp Z OO. With a current installed base of 580 MW in Poland, GE Renewable Energy will increase its installed base to 800 MW in the country, once the project is commissioned.

81 of GE's 2MW onshore wind turbines will power the wind farm, which is divided in four sub-projects: Biecino, with five units already in the process of being installed; Karzcino and Wrzescie, with 13 units; Gluszynko, with 20 unit; and Malechowo, with 43 units.

All turbines will be manufactured at GE Renewable Energy's site in Salzbergen, Germany. GE will also provide a five-year Full Service Agreement (FSA) offering data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services.

Peter Wells, Onshore Wind CEO for Europe and SSA at GE Renewable Energy said, "we are proud to announce our first project with Potegowo Mashav Sp Z OO and reiterate our commitment to bring sustainable green electrons to the Polish grid. Poland's wind industry is vibrant and will continue to thrive, as the upcoming auctions offer promising opportunities to continue supporting the country's National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) on its path towards decarbonization."

Tomer Eizenberg, CEO of Mashav Energia said, "we are thrilled to have the opportunity to build one of the largest wind farms in Poland, which would not have been possible without our partners at GE Renewable Energy. This is a significant milestone in our wind farm investment program, having won the Polish government tender in November 2018 for the supply of 220 MW of wind generated energy to the Polish electricity network".

The project is backed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is the first renewables investment in Poland in the past three years. The Potegowo wind farm is expected to help save 480,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

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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

About Mashav Energia
Mashav Energia is a joint venture between CERAC- a group of highly experienced, dedicated local energy professionals, Israel Infrastructure Fund II (IIF II) - international project finance and debt structure specialists, CME and Helios Fund (Helios III) - renewable energy investment specialists, pooling their knowledge base, extensive experience in project financing, last mile preparation and project management to build a top tier independent wind energy company in Poland mashavenergia.com

Istanbul, Turkey, July 10th, 2019 - GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by Borusan EnBW Enerji to provide 27 Cypress units for the 138 MW Saros project in Turkey, enough to power the equivalent of 190,000 homes in the country. Borusan will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.X MW, with a rotor diameter of 158m.

This marks the first order in Turkey for GE's Cypress platform, the company's largest onshore wind turbine in the field, and one of GE's largest wind farms in Turkey. GE's scope of work will also include 10 years services agreements.

The Cypress' revolutionary two-pieces blade will be produced by GE's wind turbine blade manufacturer, LM Wind Power at its site in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey. The company recently decided to invest another $30 million by the end of 2019 to expand its facility and recruit 300 new employees. Towers for the wind turbines will also be produced in Turkey.

Mehmet Acarla, General Manager Borusan EnBW Enerji, said: "We are determined to realize our vision of harnessing the renewable energy resources of our country and becoming the industry leader in wind energy. Our Saros WPP project is an expression of this commitment. Saros WPP, which we will be investing a total of 190 million USD, will have an installed capacity of 138 MW and an annual production of 530 GWh. The energy demand of 190,000 households will be met and 297,000 tons of carbon emissions will be prevented. We are happy and proud to bring such a facility to our country."

Manar Al-Moneef, President & CEO, Onshore Wind, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, said: "Borusan EnBW Enerji is one of the biggest investors in wind energy in Turkey, and we are thrilled to be working together and help our customer reach its renewable energy goals. GE is very proud to bring additional wind energy and to invest in localization and job creation to contribute to the development of renewable industry in Turkey. Our goal is to help our customers drive energy costs down every day, and our Cypress platform is ideally suited to make the best use of the country's wind speed and landscape."

Cypress enables significant Annual Energy Production improvements, increased efficiency in serviceability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. The two-piece blade design enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options, in locations that were previously inaccessible.

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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

About Borusan EnBW Enerji
Borusan EnBW Enerji has continued its activities in the energy sector since 2007 with the objective of effective use of Turkey's renewable energy sources and their proper development. Borusan EnBW Enerji was founded in 2009 through partnership with EnBW Energie Baden Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy companies in Germany. Borusan EnBW Energy, which attaches importance and priority to renewable energy sources strategically and has been aiming at energy production with low resource consumption since its establishment, focuses on quality in the power plants using the most advanced technologies and generates environmentally friendly energy. Borusan EnBW Enerji has 495 MW installed power together with 11 power plants in various cities throughout Turkey and its entire energy generation portfolio consists of renewable energy-based power plants.
You can reach detailed information about Borusan EnBW Energy at www.borusanenbwenerji.com

Cherbourg, le 3 juillet 2019 : GE Renewable Energy a annoncé aujourd'hui son intention de recruter plus de 200 employés supplémentaires cette année sur le site de fabrication de pales d'éoliennes de sa filiale LM Wind Power à Cherbourg. Soixante personnes ont d’ores et déjà été recrutées depuis le début de l’année et viennent tout juste de commencer une formation intensive au « Centre d’excellence » de l’usine.

Ouvert en avril 2018, le site de Cherbourg est la première usine de fabrication de pales d’éoliennes en France. A fin 2018, le site comptait déjà 120 employés, dont 34% de femmes.

La phase de prototypage y a débuté en Janvier 2019 afin de produire cinq pales de 107 mètres, les plus grandes jamais construites.  Celles-ci sont destinées à la nouvelle éolienne offshore de GE, l’Haliade-X de 12 MW, dont les premières nacelles sont en cours de production dans l’usine GE de Saint-Nazaire. Deux pales seront expédiées sur des sites de tests et trois autres seront assemblées sur le prototype de l’Haliade-X à Rotterdam. L'augmentation des effectifs de production permettra de préparer la phase de production commerciale des pales.

Erwan Le Floch, Directeur de l’usine, a déclaré « Une majeure partie des employés de notre site aujourd'hui est originaire de NormandieNous sommes fiers de pouvoir participer au développement social et économique de la région et nous sommes heureux de créer davantage d'emplois localement cette année. »

L’usine est principalement à la recherche d’opérateurs de production, des postes qui sont accessibles à tous types de profils et de compétences, car chaque nouvel employé sera formé à la fabrication de pales d’éoliennes dans le cadre du programme de formation proposé au sein de l’usine. Chaque nouvel employé recevra une formation théorique et pratique de six semaines, ce qui leur apportera une expertise technique et qualifiante. Les nouveaux arrivants seront également encadrés par des experts venant des sites mondiaux de la société. Le site recherche également des superviseurs de production, des contrôleurs qualité, des techniciens en logistique et en maintenance, ainsi que des postes d’alternance.

 « Alors que l’usine monte en puissance, ce projet suscite un grand enthousiasme, et nous avons assisté à un remarquable travail d’équipe, entre les employés à Cherbourg et les experts venus du monde entier pour former le personnel de Cherbourg et partager leur savoir-faire. », explique Erwan Le Floch. « Les équipes sont ravies d’avoir participé à la production de la première pale au monde de plus de 100 mètres. Nous accueillons de nouvelles personnes d'horizons différents et en même temps, nous construisons une nouvelle pale d'une taille jamais atteinte auparavant. »

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À propos de GE Renewable Energy 
GE Renewable Energy combine l’une des gammes de technologies de production d'énergie renouvelable les plus complètes et diversifiées et l’une des plus larges capacités « tout-en-un » de l'industrie. Notre portefeuille de produits actuel comprend des solutions de production d'énergie éolienne à terre et en mer, d’énergie hydroélectrique ainsi que d'autres énergies renouvelables, depuis les composants individuels aux centrales clés en main, avec des services allant de la conception au développement, de la fourniture de turbines et composants à la construction de centrales électriques ainsi que de l'exploitation à la maintenance. GE Renewable Energy dispose aujourd’hui d’une capacité installée de plus de 400 GW à travers le monde. GE Renewable Energy, dont le siège est implanté en France, compte plus de 40,000 employés dans 80 pays, dont plus de 1500 en France.

www.ge.com/renewableenergy | @GErenewables

À propos de LM Wind Power

LM Wind Power est un leader mondial dans la conception et la fabrication de pales pour éoliennes, avec des usines de fabrication au Brésil, au Canada, en Chine, au Danemark, en Inde, en Pologne, en Espagne, en Turquie, en France et aux États-Unis. La société a produit plus de 195 000 pales depuis 1978, ce qui correspond à plus de 84 GW de capacité installée, et à des économies globales de plus de 166 millions de tonnes de CO2 par an. LM Wind Power est une entreprise appartenant à GE Renewable Energy.

www.lmwindpower.com

MEXICO CITY, (July 3, 2019):  EDF Renewables Mexico today announced the 119.6 megawatt peak (MWp) Bluemex Power 1 Solar Project (Bluemex) is fully operational and delivering electricity.  Located on over 340 hectares near Empalme, Sonora, the project is comprised of photovoltaic (PV) modules supplied by Canadian Solar Inc.

Bluemex is one of two projects awarded to EDF Renewables Mexico through the second long-term auction for energy and clean energy certificates supply and purchase contracts with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) call for tenders in 2016.  EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services were provided by Gransolar.

Vice President and Country Manager for EDF Renewables Mexico, Gerardo Pérez Guerra, commented, “We offer our sincere thanks to the landowners, Municipal, State and Federal authorities for the long-standing support to bringing this project to operation. This project is contributing to Mexico’s international commitments concerning clean energy and is also playing a relevant role by supporting several social and environmental projects in the nearby community of San Fernando and municipality of Empalme.”

With an annual generation capacity of 277 gigawatt hours per year (GWh) and an investment of approximately USD $110 million, the project created 900 jobs during the construction phase, and 18 permanent operation and maintenance jobs. EDF Renewables will perform asset management, operation and maintenance, and on-site 24/7/365 dispatch and monitoring service to ensure operational performance, equipment availability and reduce downtime.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Present in Mexico since 2001, EDF Renewables installed its first wind project in 2009 and today operates 1 GW of wind and solar projects in the country.

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Cherbourg, 3 July 2019: GE Renewable Energy announced today its plan to recruit more than 200 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. 60 out of the additional employees were recently recruited and just began intensive training at the factory's ‘Center of Excellence'.

Opened in April 2018, the Cherbourg facility became the first wind turbine blade manufacturing site in France. A year later, the site counted 120 employees, 34 percent of whom are women.

Prototyping phase began in January 2019, when the teams started the production of five 107-meters blades, the largest in the world, set to be installed on GE's Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine, the most powerful one to date. While, in Saint-Nazaire, France, GE is producing the Haliade-X's nacelles. Two blades will be shipped to testing facilities, and three will be assembled to the Haliade-X prototype site in Rotterdam. The expanded production workforce will allow LM Wind Power to prepare the blades commercial production phase.

"A significant part of the employees at our site today are from the region of Normandy" said Erwan Le Floch, the site Director. "We are proud to take part in the region's social and economic development, and we are happy to create more jobs in the surrounding community this year."

Mostly looking for production workforce, the positions are open to all profiles and backgrounds, as every new employee will be trained to manufacture wind turbine blades through LM Wind Power's ‘Center of Excellence' training program. Each new employee will receive a six-week theoretical and practical training course, founded on a permanent search for excellence, which will provide skilled and technical expertise, and improve the quality of products and therefore the satisfaction of our customers. Newcomers will also be mentored by experts from the company's sites worldwide. The site will also be looking for production supervisors, quality controllers, logistic and maintenance technicians, as well as apprentices' positions.

"This project creates enthusiasm as the factory is ramping-up, and we have witnessed a significant combination of efforts as we use the expertise from our facilities worldwide to train the people in Cherbourg" says Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 P Project Manager, "The teams are excited to have produced the first blade in the world longer than 100 meters. We are welcoming new people with diverse backgrounds, and at the same time, we are building a new blade of a size we have never achieved before."

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About LM Wind Power
LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy Business, is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that includes blade factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain, France, Turkey and the United States. The company has produced more than 215,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 102 GW installed capacity and global savings of 212 million metric tons of CO2 annually. In 2018, LM Wind Power became the first carbon neutral business in the wind industry.
Follow us at www.lmwindpower.com or on Twitter @lmwindpower

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

Women in Wind Q&A: Sarah Barber (Switzerland) 

 

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with Sarah, one of this year’s Mentors, to chat about her pathway into renewable energy and the key issues facing women in the wind sector.

Sarah currently leads the Wind Energy Research Programme at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil in Switzerland, where she is responsible for projects on high-fidelity wind modelling, smart measurement systems, wind farm acceptance, microgrids, environmentally-friendly blade materials and eLearning. She has been active in the research and development of wind turbines in Switzerland and Germany for more than 12 years, including as a researcher at ETH Zurich, a wind energy expert at BKW Energie AG, CTO at Agile Wind Power AG and Group Manager of the Center for Load Measurements at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy. She holds a M.Eng. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cambridge University (UK) and MIT (USA) as well as a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Sheffield (UK). Sarah has participated actively in a range of mentoring programmes, including SwissTec Ladies, FeelScience (University of Stuttgart) and TALENTA (Fraunhofer). She is also a qualified Business Coach (Trigon).

How did you first become interested in renewable energy and joining the clean energy transition?

I studied engineering because I wanted to apply technology to help people. I did my PhD on the aerodynamics of soccer balls, which was really interesting and great fun, but something was missing. I didn’t feel like I was really helping people or contributing to making the world a better place.

At this time, a friend was working for a wind energy company and became very passionate about the topic. I realized that wind energy would be a perfect way to combine my relevant skills in fluid dynamics with my desire to help improve the world.

Tell us about your expertise and passion in the sector. For you, what is the next “space to watch” in renewable energy?

I have been working passionately in applied R&D and teaching in the area of wind energy in Switzerland and Germany since my post-doctorate position at ETH Zurich 12 years ago. The business area has professionalized immensely over this time period, and the main focus now lies on reducing electricity costs through innovations such as advanced wind farm control strategies, Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and high-fidelity flow simulations in complex terrain.

The next “space to watch” is the integration of renewable energies with storage technologies for grid stability, as well as sector coupling solutions such as power-to-gas.

What sort of challenges  did you encounter in entering the sector? Can you tell us about an achievement wherein you overcame such a challenge?

The main challenge for me so far has been the lack of acceptance of wind energy in Switzerland, and the resulting lack of companies, jobs, teaching, motivation, innovation and R&D.

I am currently attempting to overcome this challenge by setting up a new wind energy research program at the university at which I work and by founding the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network, which aims to bring universities and companies together and bundle resources to improve innovation.

 

 GWEC, in partnership with the World Bank Group, held the first intergovernmental forum for emerging markets with strong offshore wind potential in London this week. The forum brought together governments, commercial developers, development partners and wind energy experts from developing countries in order to realise the offshore wind potential in emerging markets.

The delegation included representatives from 12 governments, including: Algeria, Argentina,  Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Poland, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam. These countries already represent nearly a fifth of forecasted onshore installation capacity up to 2023 and the activity in the UK was focused on sharing the commercial, regulatory and planning learnings that will encourage the development of their offshore wind pipelines too.

The arrival of the delegation during Renewable UK’s Global Offshore Wind Summit in London is testament to the success story of offshore wind industry in the UK, whose experience can help other countries with potential to attract investment, create jobs and ensure their communities are benefitting from cost-effective clean energy.

 

The delegation started off the week with a seminar supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the UK. GWEC brought in experts from both the industry and UK’s government to discuss a wide-range of topics such as regulatory frameworks the UK used to boost their offshore industry, innovative technology developments, case studies of auctions and tenders, as well as how to plan to develop offshore wind farms.

During Day 2 of the tour, the delegation attended RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind 2019, one of the largest offshore wind events in Europe. Here, they had the opportunity to put the learnings from the first day in practice with a workshop to better understand the opportunities and challenges for offshore wind in each of these high potential markets. The delegates then had the opportunity to network with leaders in the offshore wind industry during an exclusive networking session at the event.

The last half of the week consisted of a study tour to North East England to experience first-hand the benefits that a thriving offshore wind industry can bring in terms of supply chain investment, jobs and of course, clean energy.

North East England has been at the forefront of the offshore wind industry since its inception and is recognised as a key strategic location to service the European and Global market. In addition to being home to the UK’s first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, it has developed an extremely innovative and successful integrated supply chain, which is technologically driven and experienced in delivering large scale projects across the sector, supporting several thousand jobs in the region.

During the visit, the delegation visited key locations and companies including the Port of Blyth where they will tour facilities operated by DeepOcean, Global Marine, Royal IHC and Port Training Services. 

They also were shown the innovation taking place at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, which is located at the port, which is developing next generation technologies for the sector in partnership with supply chain companies.

In the south of the region the delegation visited JDR, Offshore Structures Britain, RelyOnNutec and Van Oord / MPI Offshore as well as attending Hartlepool College where they will hear presentations from PD Ports and the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

 

This week marked an important step forward in our partnership with the World Bank Group to help support the development of the next-generation of leading countries in offshore wind. Markets like the UK, Europe and China have already made significant strides in building offshore capacity but the real potential for offshore remains untapped. Offshore wind provides scalable, zero-emissions power in relatively short time frames and costs continue to come down, making it a highly attractive source of generation for an increasing amount of countries.”

GWEC’s landmark partnership with the World Bank Group’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on efforts to accelerate the uptake of offshore wind in emerging markets was announced earlier this year. The program is taking place in cooperation with the GWEC and its Global Offshore Wind Task Force, which brings together leading offshore wind developers, equipment manufacturers and service providers to support emerging markets in creating a regulatory and business environment conducive to offshore wind market growth.

About GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Task Force

The GWEC Global Offshore Wind Task Force was established in September 2018 and is chaired by Alastair Dutton, who previously worked for the UK Crown Estate, BEIS and BP. Its  purpose is to advise governments on regulatory frameworks and tendering systems for offshore wind; measure and highlight the economic and social benefits of offshore wind and the deployment of local supply chains; foster technological innovation and the testing of new turbines, installation techniques and operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies, including promoting the benefits of digitalisation; spread best practices and transfer knowledge from Europe and other established markets to new and developing markets; and, create appropriate forums to promote the growth of the global offshore wind industry, from seminars and technical workshops to conferences and exhibitions. Henrik Stiesdal, the former Siemens Windpower CTO and the “father” of the offshore wind energy industry, acts as GWEC Ambassador for the Global Offshore Wind Task Force.

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organisation that represents the entire wind 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 and regional wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

For more information visit: https://gwec.net

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About the World Bank Group

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Each institution plays a distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards for people in the developing world. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org, www.miga.org, and www.ifc.org.

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GWEC brings key stakeholders in Japan’s offshore wind market to the UK as part of Global Offshore Summit 2019

 From the 24-28 June, GWEC hosted a large delegation of more than 40 members of the Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) and the Ports & Harbors Association of Japan (PHAJ). JWPA members own and operate about 85% of wind farms in Japan; following the Japanese offshore promotion law that came into effect in April 2019, they are now looking ahead to both fixed and floating offshore wind projects. With more than 29,750 km of coastline – the seventh longest coastline in the world – Japan is an increasingly promising market for offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific.

The Japanese delegation was one of three major trade delegations at GOW, in addition to groups from China and Taiwan. JWPA members were invited to present at the Global Markets Theatre, including Shigeru Yasu, Chairman of Japan Renewable Energy Corporation, on offshore wind power in Japan, as well as Naoaki Eguchi, Partner at Baker McKenzie in Tokyo, on the new offshore wind promotion law in Japan. PHAJ senior researcher Eiji Nishizaki also participated in a panel session on promising global markets for offshore wind, moderated by GWEC CEO Ben Backwell.

 

A panel session, jointly organised by GWEC and the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), gave prominent sector leaders the opportunity to share their insights on upscaling Japan’s offshore wind sector to the delegation. Chaired by GWEC Global Offshore Wind Ambassador Henrik Stiesdal, the panel included Chris Willow, Floating Wind Growth Manager at Innogy, Rhodri James, Leading Business Developer at Equinor UK, Cian Conroy, Senior Manager at Principle Power, Samuel Leupold, Chairman of Wind Energy at Green Investment Group, and Bruce Valpy, Managing Director at consultancy BVG Associates.

GWEC also organised a programme of tours and local supply chain visits relevant to the UK offshore wind sector. The delegation took a fleet of boats out to view Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, developed by Orsted. The group was fortunate to have calm waters, which allowed them to view the first commercially deployed offshore 8MW turbines at close range. Afterwards, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority hosted the delegation for presentations by Mark Knowles, Head of Low Carbon Economy at the Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership, Emma Toulson, Lead Stakeholder Adviser at Orsted, Stephen Bolton, CEO of Bibby Marine Services, and Chris Almond, Business Development Manager at Bibby HydroMap.

 

The delegation also travelled by coach and ferry to the Isle of Wight, where they toured the MHI Vestas blade manufacturing facility and enjoyed a presentation on the evolution of offshore turbine blades. They also spent a half-day at HR Wallingford near Oxford, with the opportunity to tour a modelling hall and a ship simulator demonstration centre, and to hear presentations on fixed bottom offshore wind services, metocean modelling and floating structure modelling. Finally, the delegation heard presentations on cost reduction solutions and joint industry programmes from Steve Wyatt, Research and Innovation Director at ORE Catapult, and from a number of Carbon Trust principals including David Aitken, Associate Director of Innovation, Faizi Freemantle, Associate of Offshore Wind, Dan Kyle Spearman, Manager of Offshore Wind Accelerator, and Liam Leahy, Offshore Manager.

Over the course of a week, the Japanese delegation travelled more than 1,300 km around the UK by coach, ferry and fishing boat, seeing first-hand the technological breakthroughs and transformations brought to the UK by offshore wind. The lessons learned – in collaboration, competition, scale and ambition – may serve to accelerate the growth of Japan’s offshore wind sector in years to come.

GWEC launches newest Policy Pulse on Argentina on its Market Intelligence Platform

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched a Policy Pulse report on Argentina, which provides qualitative analysis of the political and macroeconomic headwinds steering the wind sector and the measures needed to unlock greater wind power potential.

Argentina is a promising market with some of the best wind resources in the world. Wind energy has enjoyed a strong three years, establishing itself as one of the country’s main energy sources despite macroeconomic challenges. This report discusses:

  • The current grid bottlenecks and future pipeline of renewable energy;
  • The upcoming RenovAr 4 auction and usage of the MATER framework for corporate PPAs and self-supply; and,
  • Risk perceptions vis-à-vis Argentina’s macroeconomic volatility and the upcoming elections in October 2019.

Our forecasting sets out the latest polling data regarding presidential candidates, and the various scenarios for renewable energy under an incumbent or new administration. GWEC believes that even if a new administration is elected, it is likely to be pro-renewables and pro-wind, given the capacity of renewables to attract international investment.

Access this Policy Pulse along with other global data and insights on the wind industry exclusively on GWEC’s Market Intelligence Platform

If you are interested in learning more about Argentina’s emerging wind market, join us the 4-5 September in Buenos Aires for Argentina Wind Power. Organized by GWEC, Camara Eolica Argentina and Grup La Nacion, this official industry event will feature two days of high-level conference, exhibition, and networking opportunities to take Argentina’s wind energy market to the next level. Find out more about the event here. [link]

About the Policy Pulse series

The report on Argentina follows a Q2 2019 Policy Pulse on Taiwan, which focused on renewable energy policy and the upcoming Taiwanese elections in January 2020. Policy Pulse reports take a deep dive into the political and macroeconomic context of the wind sector, providing vital insights into energy policy direction and regulatory pressure points. Each report provides a must-read overview of the wind sector over the course of 15-20 pages, featuring up-to-date infographics, market forecasts and bullet-point summaries. Upcoming reports in 2019 will cover the markets in Brazil and Vietnam.

Policy Pulse and other reports are available in the Members Area, which provides in-depth market intelligence to GWEC’s members and their employees. Other available materials in the Members Area include statistics and market data, growth forecasts and market outlooks, country profiles and insights from GWEC’s Task Forces and Committees.

These Market Intelligence products are available exclusively for GWEC Members or subscribers to our Market Intelligence. If you are not yet a GWEC Member but are interested in learning more about our Market Intelligence services and other membership benefits, contact Deny Tenenblat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

15 July , 2019

Vietnam Wind Power 2019 – Government and Industry Gather to Discuss Wind Development in Vietnam

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) hosted its annual Vietnam Wind Power Conference on the 11-12 June in Hanoi for the second time running, gathering major international wind companies, energy authorities, financial institutions and regulators to discuss the potential for wind energy in Vietnam and the impact of renewables in the region. Vietnam Wind Power 2019 is the official industry event taking place in partnership with GIZ, the Danish Embassy Hanoi and the Embassy of Ireland.

With over 400 delegates attending the two days of roundtables, workshops, meetings, and conference, this event showed that Vietnam is ready to become a leader of wind energy in the region.

 

The first event on 11 June was a full-day workshop focused on addressing the burning issues facing the financing of wind projects and is specifically targeted at international and local finance institutions, development banks and government officials. The workshop was well attended with over 250 conference delegates, with speakers from international and domestic banks, international development institutions and financial advisories. These discussions were focused on some of the crucial topics in the country such as thebankability of PPAs,  mitigation strategies of project investment risks, as well as on new sources of finance for wind projects in the region.

Running in parallel to this workshop was a high-level Offshore Roundtable. The offshore roundtable is the first attempt by the wind industry to have a close door stakeholder consultation with the government and gathered representatives from the MOIT, EVN, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, as well as DOIT representatives from 7 provinces that have offshore potential. The discussion were centered around  current challenges for offshore development in Vietnam, policy needs particular to the offshore sector, as well as the future aspirations from both the industry and the government. GWEC is developing awhite paper on offshore sector in Vietnam as a result of this roundtable, which will be released in the near future after further input from relevant stakeholders.

 

The full-day conference on 12 June featured a range of plenary and parallel sessions including regulatory, market, policy, technology updates, offshore as well as other pressing issues relating to the development of a sustainable wind and renewables industry. We were delighted to have Mr. Do Duc Quan, Deputy General Director of Electricity and Renewable Energy Agency (EREA), MOIT to share the government’s future plan on renewables development in Vietnam as well as Mr Nguyen Huu, Director of Power System Department, Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV) to share the grid planning and the DPPA plan.

Overall, Vietnam Wind Power 2019 was a huge success and highlighted the ambition of both the industry and government to tap into the huge wind energy potential that Vietnam has to offer. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Vietnam Wind Power 2020 and join us again next year from 10-11 June 2020 in Hanoi for the next edition of this official industry event!

15 July , 2019

Market to Watch: South East Asia

In GWEC Market Intelligence’s latest report, Market Update on South East Asia – Insights on Vietnam, the region’s potential for wind power is put into the spotlight, with Vietnam emerging from the pack as one of the countries with the highest potential. Launched in Hanoi at Vietnam Wind Power 2019,the report provides insights on how Vietnam can be a wind power leader in the region with over 327MW of onshore and offshore wind capacity already installed, and an additional 1GW forecasted to be installed by 2021.

 

GWEC Market Intelligence believes South East Asia has all the fundamentals in place to become the next big wind power market. With a rising population, growing GDP, ever-increasing power demand and concerns over energy security, wind power is helping to meet the region’s growing energy demand in a way that is low carbon, cost efficient and bringing local economic benefits. In the report,  a five-year market forecast for South East Asia shows that the onshore market will grow annually at a  13.5% rate on average over the period of 2019-2023, whereas the offshore market will grow at a 22% rate over the same period.

The new report shows that Vietnam is the country with one of the highest potentials in the region for both onshore and offshore wind.. The country’s 3,000km coastline has some of the best resources for both onshore and offshore wind, and it is the only country in the region that has developed offshore wind, with 99MW already installed.

 

Changes in local policies is giving the industry renewed momentum and creating significant opportunities for the wind energy market to grow in Vietnam and the South East Asia region as a whole. With a favourable Feed-in-Tariff and ambitious renewable energy targets up to 2030, it is clear that the government is ready to make the shift to clean energy.

The report is exclusively available for GWEC members and as part of GWEC’s new Market Intelligence platform. The final report includes more than 30 tables and figures charting the market outlook for the South East Asia region up until 2030. This report is the first edition of Market Updates of GWEC Market Intelligence, with the next Market Update to be released in fall shifting focus to Latin America.

If you are a GWEC Member, access the report here.

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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.

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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!

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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."

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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.