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The Nordex Group has succeeded in entering the Ukrainian market with a major order for 133 MW.

PLATTSBURGH, New York--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Officiële vertegenwoordigers van Norsk Titanium (Norsk), wereldwijd toonaangevend leverancier van luchtvaartwaardige, met additieven geproduceerde titaniumcomponenten, en SAE International (SAE) zijn verheugd met de aankondiging van het uitbrengen van de eerste specificaties voor gerichte energiedispositie in additievenproductie. De specificaties worden aangewend voor de proces- en materialvereisten van Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™), die op dit moment door vele original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) worden gebruikt. Met het uitbrengen van de documenten met de SAE luchtvaartmateriaalspecificaties (Aerospace Materials Specifications, AMS) wordt het proces beschikbaar gesteld voor een bredere, wereldwijde gebruikersbasis.

“Onze ingenieurs hebben met plezier samengewerkt met het SAE-team bij de validatie van onze bedrijfseigen processen in de ingenieursgemeenschap,” zei Michael Canario, president en CEO van Norsk. “RPD™ is echt een baanbrekend proces voor de huidige subtractieve productie-industrie, met vele voordelen die niet alleen de leverancier, maar ook de eindgebruiker ondersteunen.”

Deze in de commissie voor additievenproductie van SAE (Additive Manufacturing, SAE AMS-AM) ontwikkelde specificaties vormen de minimale basis die vereist is voor de inkoop van RPD™-voorvormingen bij Norsk door luchtvaart of niet-luchtvaartklanten. Daarnaast ondersteunen deze specificaties het regelgevende certificeringsproces door constante proces- en kwaliteitscontrole te garanderen. Het uitbrengen van AMS7004 Voorgevormde titaniumlegeringen na plasmabooggerichte energiedispositie in additievenproductie bij substraat Ti-6Al-4V spanningsarm (Titanium Alloy Preforms from Plasma Arc Directed Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing on Substrate Ti-6Al-4V Stress Relieved) en AMS7005 Proces voor plasmabooggerichte energiedispositie in additievenproductie met draadvoeding (Wire Fed Plasma Arc Directed Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing Process) zijn mijlpalen in de industrie voor metaaladditievenproductie.

“Aangezien geavanceerde materialen en geavanceerde productie strategische speerpunten zijn voor SAE International, blijven we de vooruitgang en de toepassing van additievenproductietechnologieën ondersteunen. Naast de bijdrage aan belangrijke technische expertise speelde Norsk Titanium een leidende rol als documentverstrekker bij de ontwikkeling van de baanbrekende nieuwe specificaties. In combinatie met de andere AMS-AM-output dragen deze nieuwe materiaal- en processpecificaties bij aan het behandelen van het verzoek van regelgevende instanties naar adviesmateriaal met betrekking tot deze cruciale opkomende technologie”, zei David Alexander, directeur Aerospace Standards van SAE International.

SAE’s AMS-AM-commissie, in 2015 door leiders in de luchtvaartindustrie ingesteld en ondersteund door een taakverzoek van het Amerikaanse federale luchtvaartbureau (Federal Aviation Administration), zet de ontwikkeling van luchtvaartmateriaalspecificaties (SAE AMS) voor metaal- en polymeer-AM voort om de behoeften van de luchtvaartindustrie te ondersteunen. Er zijn meer dan 500 wereldwijde deelnemers uit meer dan 20 landen betrokken bij de commissie. Deze vertegenwoordigen luchtvaart-, ruimtevaart- en motoren-OEM’s, materiaalleveranciers, operators, apparatuur-/systeemleveranciers, serviceaanbieders, regelgevende instanties en agentschappen van defensie.

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Over Norsk Titanium
Norsk Titanium is ’s werelds toonaangevende leverancier van luchtvaartwaardige, met additieven geproduceerde, structurele titaniumcomponenten. Het bedrijf is vooraanstaand in de luchtvaartindustrie door zijn gepatenteerde Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™)-proces dat titaniumdraad omzet in complexe componenten die geschikt zijn voor structurele en veiligheidskritieke toepassingen. Norsk Titanium is een preferente leverancier van Boeing en heeft zich toegewijd tot het verlagen van de kosten van vliegtuigonderdelen en straalmotoren voor ’s werelds eersteklas luchtvaartfabrikanten. RPD™ is het eerste FAA-goedgekeurde, 3D-geprinte, structurele titanium van de wereld, die een substantiële besparing op de doorlooptijd en kosten voor de luchtvaart, defensie en commerciële klanten oplevert. www.norsktitanium.com

Over SAE International
SAE International is een wereldwijd samenwerkingsverband dat als doel heeft de ultieme kennisbron voor de technische bedrijfstak te zijn. Door per jaar bijna 200.000 ingenieurs, technische experts en vrijwilligers te betrekken, ontwikkelen we de kennis en expertise in een breed industrieënspectrum. We handelen volgens twee prioriteiten: het stimuleren van levenslang leren bij professionals in de mobiliteitstechniek en het bepalen van de normen voor de machinebouwindustrie. We streven naar een betere wereld door het werk van onze filantropische SAE Foundation, met programma's als A World in Motion® en de Collegiate Design Series™. www.sae.org

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, welke als enige rechtsgeldig is.



CEZ Group | INVEN CAPITAL announces its first investment in Israel. The Driivz platform is set to accelerate electromobility development.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Equinor Wind US today submitted a bid to provide New York state with a significant, long-term source of renewable energy from its Empire Wind lease site located offshore New York and New Jersey. Equinor’s bid comes in response to the 800MW New York State Offshore Wind Power Procurement, the state’s first formal solicitation targeted to the newly developing U.S. offshore wind industry. The state is expected to announce chosen supplier(s) later this spring.

The company secured the 80,000-acre lease in a federal auction in December 2016. The site is located between 14 and 35 miles south of Long Island in the New York Bight, with a potential capacity of up to 2GW of renewable power.

“Submitting this offer to provide New York with a steady supply of offshore wind is both a major step forward in the development process of the Empire Wind project and an important milestone for New York’s transition to renewable energy. Our project can make a major contribution toward fulfilling New York’s robust renewable energy goals, and the emissions reductions and economic impacts of our bid provide a clear benefit to New Yorkers. We look forward to working with the state as we turn that potential into a tangible asset that the people of New York can rely on for energy well into the future,” says Christer af Geijerstam, President of Equinor Wind US.

New York poised to harness offshore wind potential

New York is a leader in the U.S. in its commitment to renewable energy, and to using offshore wind to help achieve its ambitious renewable energy goals. The state has excellent offshore wind conditions that make it well-suited to the development of this promising new source of energy. Because offshore wind is a relatively new technology and a new industry in the U.S., New York will benefit from the infrastructure that will be developed to support offshore wind in the state and region. The state’s strong maritime workforce and port infrastructure assets will also play an important role in the growth of the industry. Over the life of the project, Empire Wind will generate savings of around 1 billion dollars in reduced wholesale energy costs in New York.

Equinor has already undertaken considerable work to bring offshore wind to the New York area, gathering detailed information about the seabed conditions, grid connection options and wind resources throughout the site for nearly two years. The company recently deployed a specialized buoy known as a Floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to measure wind speed, wind direction, wave conditions and other factors that inform the resource potential and eventual development of the wind farm.

Equinor’s growing offshore wind portfolio

The Empire Wind project marked the first stage of Equinor’s commitment to take a leading role in renewable energy development in the US. The company is developing a separate project in the lease area called Boardwalk Wind geared to New Jersey, and submitted a bid in response to that state’s offshore wind solicitation in December 2018. That same month, Equinor acquired a second lease area in the US east coast wind market, a 128,000 acre site offshore Massachusetts. In total, Equinor’s US offshore wind portfolio now has the potential to power more than two million homes with renewable power.

“We firmly believe in the long-term potential for offshore wind as a major local source of renewable, reliable and cost-effective energy in the region. The US northeast is a key component of our growing commitment to develop offshore wind resources around the globe,” said Pål Eitrheim, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions.

Building a material position in renewables

Equinor is building a material position in renewable energy, particularly in offshore wind. Equinor now powers more than 1 million European homes with renewable wind power from five projects in the United Kingdom and Germany. Equinor commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm in 2017, off the coast of Scotland. Equinor is also developing offshore wind in Poland, as well as solar energy in Brazil and Argentina.

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF (Exchange‐Traded Fund) (NYSE: ENFR) declared its first quarter distribution on February 13, 2019 in the amount of $0.25892. The dividend is payable on February 21, 2019 to shareholders of record on February 15, 2019.

ENFR Distribution:

  • Ex‐Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Record Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Payable Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Additional Fund Information can be found at www.alpsfunds.com/ENFR.

Important Disclosures

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus that contains this and other information call 866.675.2639. Read the prospectus carefully before you invest.

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs including the loss of money. Additional information regarding the risks of this investment is available in the prospectus.

The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF Shares are not individually redeemable. Investors buy and sell shares of the Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF on a secondary market. Only market makers or “authorized participants” may trade directly with the Fund, typically in blocks of 50,000 shares.

The Fund’s concentration in securities of MLPs involves risks that differ from investments in common stock, including risks related to: (1) limited control and rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP; (2) potential conflicts of interest between the MLP and its general partner; (3) cash flow; (4) dilution; and (5) the general partner’s limited call right. Actual results, performance or events may also be affected by, without limitation, (1) general economic conditions, (2) performance of financial markets, (3) interest rate levels, (4) changes in laws and regulations and (5) changes in the policies of governments and/or regulatory authorities. An investor’s shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. MLPs may have additional expenses, as some MLPs pay incentive distribution fees to their general partners. Infrastructure companies are subject to risks specific to the industry they serve including, but not limited to commodity price fluctuations; reduced volumes of energy commodities available for transporting, processing, storing or distributing; changes in the economy or regulatory environment; and extreme weather. The Fund invests primarily in energy infrastructure companies which may be adversely affected by changes in worldwide energy prices, exploration, production spending, government regulation, changes in exchange rates and depletion of natural resources.

The Fund may be subject to risks relating to its investment in Canadian securities. Because the Fund will invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies and the income received by the Fund will generally be in foreign currency, changes in currency exchange rates may negatively impact the Fund’s return.

ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc. is the Distributor of the Fund.

About SS&C Technologies

SS&C is a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software for the global financial services and healthcare industries. Founded in 1986, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and has offices around the world. Some 13,000 financial services and healthcare organizations, from the world's largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C's products and services.

About ALPS

ALPS, which was acquired by SS&C in April 2018, provides customized asset servicing and asset gathering solutions to the financial services community through an entrepreneurial culture based on the commitment to “Do Things Right.” Founded in 1985, ALPS continues to actively promote all of its various business segments, from asset servicing through ALPS Fund Services, Inc. to asset gathering through ALPS Distributors, Inc. and ALPS Advisors, Inc. Headquartered in Denver, with offices in Boston, New York, Seattle, and Toronto, ALPS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc., today represents more than 400 employees, over 200 clients, and an executive team that has been in place for more than 18 years. For more information about ALPS and its services, visit www.alpsinc.com. Information about ALPS products is available at www.alpsfunds.com.

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Wells Fargo to its Green Power Partnership National Top 100 for using nearly 2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually, representing 100 percent of the company’s global electricity requirements. Wells Fargo ranked No. 4 on the list. The list recognizes organizations that take action to maximize the production of renewable energy and minimize the climate impacts associated with their operations.

Wells Fargo also ranked No. 1 among financial services companies.

The EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 is based on the amount of renewable energy purchased and produced by each organization.

Acting on an operational sustainability commitment made in 2012, Wells Fargo began meeting 100 percent of its global electricity needs in 2017, primarily through the purchase of unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates. The company is working to transition, by the close of 2020, to long-term contracts that fund net-new sources of renewable energy, bundled with Renewable Energy Certificates and supplemented by maximizing on-site solar production within its nearly 85 million square feet of real estate.

“Wells Fargo’s sustainability goal is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, and we are a recognized leader and innovator in the area of operational efficiency,” said Mary Wenzel, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Wells Fargo. “Setting and meeting aggressive operational sustainability goals — like our 100 percent renewable energy goal — is one way we put our commitment into action. It also is a great point of pride for so many of our committed team members.”

James Critchfield, program manager of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, said, “This list of the largest users of green power across the nation is proof that good business practices can also benefit the environment. EPA applauds the leading organizations in the Green Power Partnership rankings for their notable commitment to expand the use of green power and protect the environment.”

According to EPA, Wells Fargo's green power use of nearly 2 billion kWh is equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 184,000 average American homes.

Wells Fargo also leverages its businesses, its company culture and its community support to meet sustainability goals. For example, in 2018 the company announced it would provide $200 billion in financing to sustainable businesses and projects by 2030, with more than $100 billion earmarked for renewable energy, clean technology and green building transactions that directly support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Also, in 2017, 8 percent of all wind and solar energy generated in the U.S. came from facilities owned wholly or in part by Wells Fargo through its Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance business.

For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to sustainability, go to https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/environment/, or read our most recent Corporate Responsibility Report.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

The Nordex Group has succeeded in entering the Ukrainian market with a major order for 133 MW.

EDF Renewables and its Indian partner SITAC Group have signed a 300-MW power purchase agreement for an unnamed project in India, the green unit of French utility EDF said on Monday.

ISGF gears up for India Smart Utility Week 2019 from 12 -16 March 2019 in Delhi

One of the broadest portfolios in the industry with Wind, Hydro, Grid, and Renewable Hybrids coming together to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable, affordable green power. 

BOSTON – 30 January 2018: GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it intends to intensify its focus on the growing renewable energy market by consolidating all of the company’s renewable and grid assets into a single, simplified Renewable Energy business. 

Global demand for renewable power generation and the associated grid integration continues to increase globally; the latest report from the International Energy Agency* showed that renewable capacity additions of 178 gigawatts (GW) accounted for more than two-thirds of global net electricity capacity growth in 2017.  The proposed moves announced today are part of a broader effort on the part of GE to position the company to meet the evolving needs of the power market, including the growth of renewable energy. These moves include:

  • Moving GE’s grid solutions and hybrid renewables (including solar and storage systems) technologies into the GE Renewable Energy Business, complementing its existing onshore wind, offshore wind, LM Windpower, and hydro offerings. 
  • Complementing all offerings with digitally enabled services
  • Streamlining its Onshore Wind structure, eliminating its headquarters layer and elevating its current regional teams—Americas, Europe/Africa, MENAT and APAC—to improve competitiveness, speed, customer focus, and local execution in the Onshore Wind business.

The proposed moves will enable GE Renewable Energy to drive more local and integrated solutions, simplify its structure, and improve performance. The business will be capable of supporting customers from project development, to equipment and services, to full turnkey solutions. It will have the most diverse and broadest renewable portfolios in the industry, enabling customers to bring green electrons to the grid or to power their operations. 

GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., said, “This strategic realignment positions GE to lead in the fast-growing renewable energy market. This move will help our Renewable Energy teams to better support their customers in leading the energy transition by simplifying the way they can access innovative products, integrated solutions, and services that reflect the evolution of the clean energy marketplace.”

GE Renewable Energy CEO Jerome Pecresse said, “With the unique diversity and scale of this portfolio and the combination of expertise, technology, and local reach, we will create enhanced value for all our customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable green electrons. Our team is excited by the possibilities this new structure creates to help us lead the energy transition for GE.”

The expanded Renewable Energy is part of GE’s energy related portfolio, which also includes the newly created Gas Power business and GE’s Power portfolio which operates Steam, Nuclear, and Power Conversion. 

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SAN DIEGO (Jan. 29, 2019):  EDF Renewables North America today announced the 212 megawatt (MWdc) / 170 MWac Morris Ridge Solar Project was awarded a long-term contract by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the 2018 Renewable Energy Standard Solicitation. The Project, sited on approximately 1,000 acres in the Town of Mount Morris, south of the Village of Mount Morris, expects to deliver clean electricity by the end of 2022.

Stephane Desdunes, Director of Development, Northeast Region for EDF Renewables North America said, “Our team is thrilled to be awarded the 170 MWac Morris Ridge Solar Project to help fulfill New York State’s goal to achieve 70% of the state’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030.  The region, including the Town of Mount Morris and Livingston County, will benefit from procurement and employment opportunities throughout the development, construction and operational phases. Morris Ridge will bring more than 200 jobs during peak construction and contribute millions of dollars to the County, Town and School District during the operational life of the project.”

EDF Renewables looks forward to a continued collaboration with the Town of Mount Morris towards the realization of the Project.  Supervisor Charles DiPasquale commented, “The Town Board is excited by the contract with NYSERDA that will make the project and its benefits a reality for the town and surrounding community.”

“Congratulations to EDF Renewables for its successful participation in this solicitation, which is a concrete step towards meeting New York’s nation-leading clean energy goals under Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal,” said Doreen Harris, Director of Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA. “NYSERDA worked closely with EDF Renewables and the Town of Mount Morris to make community engagement and responsible siting a priority, ensuring the project will not only help steward our precious natural resources, but benefit the state and local economy, and its workers.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of over 39,000 average New York homes1.  This is equivalent to avoiding nearly 140,000 metric tons of carbon (CO₂) emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 30,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data.  

2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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New Delhi, India – January 24, 2019–GE announced today that it has implemented the first Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) solution in India for Tata Power’s thermal business. This is one of two deals that GE won in India to optimize approximately 8GW of Tata Power’s thermal and renewable energy power portfolio using digital solutions. GE is implementing the Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) solutions for Tata Power’s thermal assets across nine sites for a period of seven years. The renewable deal is still under execution.

Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power said, “Our aim is to continue to be the leading power company in India and globally by constantly upgrading our assets with state-of-the-art technology and provide our customers with quality and reliable power. GE has provided a noteworthy contribution to fulfill our vision of digitizing our thermal and renewable assets.”

Mr. Ashok Sethi, COO and Executive Director, Tata Power said, “Tata Power is a pioneer in India, as well as globally, to have taken up the RCM led O&M transformation on a large scale. This company wide program aims to improve assets reliability, embed best in class O&M processes while optimizing cost. Digitization is one of the main pillars of this program and we’re glad to partner with GE and their APM solution to bring to life our vision.”


GE is supporting Tata Power’s ambitious program to drive operational excellence across its entire fleet—from traditional generation to renewable sources. This includes the implementation of RCM on their thermal assets, which was launched two years ago by Tata Power to increase the reliability of all its equipment with a proactive approach of the daily operation and maintenance. GE’s solution will help Tata Power reduce its operations & maintenance (O&M) expenses, optimize availability, reliability, reduce risk, and reduce costs through intelligent asset strategies, as well as improve maintenance planning for its power plants. In addition, this agreement includes GE’s Renewable Energy Digital’s lifecycle and APM solutions on their wind and solar assets. GE has also been chosen to provide a digital wind and solar APM solution to manage Tata Power’s wind turbine and solar inverter assets across 10 additional sites in India. The wind sites covered by this agreement include 7 different OEM wind turbine models totaling 1 GW.


Commenting on the significance of the announcement, Andrew DeLeone, Managing Director, GE Power India Ltd. said, “We are excited to partner with Tata Power in extending our range of digital solutions to the company’s fleet of power plants. Given the enormous potential of digitization and IIoT to drive operational performance, this technology will help improve asset reliability and availability while reducing O&M costs. GE remains committed to improve India’s thermal assets, thereby moving the country forward in its journey towards cleaner power.”

 “The TATA win is a solid milestone in the evolution of GE’s digital strategy in energy. From the inception, this deal was driven by TATA’s own operational strategy and success measured in outcomes. The combined offering of our digital and lifecycle solutions will position TATA for the future in managing unplanned maintenance costs, reducing risk and ultimately increasing revenue, across not only their GE but also non-GE assets” said Anne McEntee, CEO of GE Renewable Energy Digital Services. “Digital also enables flexibility. The power market transformation is a race for flexibility. As TATA’s generations sources diversify, the integration and orchestration across assets becomes even more critical.”

GE’s APM employs holistic and risk-based intelligent asset strategies to balance performance and cost by considering design, operational procedures, and maintenance plans for all assets. These solutions can be applied across GE or non-GE assets. The Predix-operated APM helps reduce unplanned downtime and increases availability and reliability by helping to ensure that critical assets and systems are monitored and protected from emerging threats. Further, costly emergency repairs can be drastically reduced by detecting problems early, turning unplanned downtime into planned downtime. The implementation of this technology will help provide heads up on potential problems and consequently help users make better-informed decisions. GE’s APM solution has helped customers globally improve the reliability of power generating machines, reducing unplanned downtime up to 5 percent, reducing false positive alerts up to 75 percent and reducing overall operations and maintenance costs.

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“Wind is the largest single source of zero-carbon power-generating capacity in the U.S.” This fact and more were revealed yesterday by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy in its 2019 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. AWEA is a proud sponsor of the report and I’m excited to share a few more of the findings with you.  

Growing fast, remaining affordable 

Wind and solar capacity have more than quadrupled since 2009 (from 36.2 GW to 164.6 GW in 2018). That’s remarkable progress to make in a decade.  

Even with record amounts of renewables on the grid, most Americans aren’t paying more for it. Consumers dedicated a record low share of their household spending to electricity (1.3 percent), according to the new report. The report also found that the U.S. has the second lowest industrial electricity prices out of the G7 nations. That gives American businesses an important competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Corporations are taking note of these low prices and are commissioning wind projects left and right. Facebook, Google and Walmart have worked together with utilities in New Mexico, Georgia and Tennessee (among others) to build new wind and solar projects. And let’s not forget how Budweiser put wind power right at the center of their Super Bowl 2019 strategy with a commercial titled “Wind Never Felt Better,” featuring Clydesdales and a dalmatian alongside wind turbines – set to the soundtrack of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” 

New aggregation models are also allowing smaller energy buyers like Etsy and Adobe to combine their demand to sign onto an individual project. This means small and large companies alike can use wind to meet their sustainability goals and save money.  

Riding on the renewable energy highway 

The Factbook shows that we are well on our way to a sustainable energy future. But our journey is far from over. To keep moving on an upward trajectory, we’ll need to bring markets and the power grid into the 21st Century. Transmission infrastructure will be essential.  

Much like America’s highways, transmission lines move a valuable product—low-cost electricity—from where it’s produced to where it’s needed on the grid. If we have road blocks and lane closures, there’s no way we can make the system reliable or efficient. That’s why we need electric transmission upgrades and investments.  

Transmission helps connect and scale up new energy technologies that benefit consumers, including renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage and demand response, while remaining essential for traditional power sources. We can make the grid cleaner, more reliable, and lower cost with faster, smarter permitting and planning for transmission lines.  

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You can download the full report on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy website.  

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Tens of millions of Americans experienced record cold weather at the end of January as Arctic air inundated much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. However, the power system and electricity markets worked as designed, keeping the lights (and heat) on when customers needed it most. And the value of transmission in keeping the grid reliable and affordable was on full display.

This success demonstrated how renewable energy and transmission increase the power system’s resilience to extreme events. As shown below, wind energy output (orange line) was consistently well above the level planned for by grid operators (grey line) during the period of highest electricity demand (blue line, left axis) on January 30-31 across the Midwest (MISO) and Great Lakes, and Mid-Atlantic regions (PJM). Wind output was even higher on the evening of January 29 when the Midwest experienced very high demand.

This follows wind’s large contributions during last winter’s Bomb Cyclone event, the 2014 Polar Vortex event, and a similar cold snap in Texas in 2011. It is not surprising that wind output was strong, as these events were driven by an intrusion of fast-moving Arctic air into the United States. A secondary factor is that cold air is denser than warm air, proportionally increasing wind turbine output for a given wind speed.

Solar output was also very strong in PJM during the morning peak demand periods on January 30 and 31. Specifically, PJM utility-scale solar output ramped up by around 1,000 megawatts (MW) from 7-10 AM on each of those mornings, helping to meet high electricity demand in those hours. This occurred because the semiconductors that produce electricity in solar photovoltaic panels are significantly more efficient when they are cooled by low temperatures and high wind speeds.

The value of transmission

This event and previous cold snaps also showed the value of transmission for increasing resilience and maintaining access to reliable electricity during extreme weather. On January 30, the cold air moved eastward sooner than expected, decreasing wind energy output in the Midwest but increasing it in the Great Lakes region. This higher wind output helped the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic grid operator (PJM) export in excess of 5,000 MW of power westward to the Midwest grid operator (MISO) during its time of peak demand, a reversal of the typical eastward flow of power. This shows the value of wind’s geographic diversity paired with a well-connected grid, creating a more resilient overall system.

Transmission also allowed MISO and PJM to take advantage of the diversity in their electricity demand patterns, in addition to the diversity in their wind output. PJM electricity demand was relatively low on Wednesday morning when MISO experienced its peak demand, while MISO demand was lower by Wednesday evening when PJM experienced its peak demand for the day.

Similarly, during last winter’s Bomb Cyclone, eastern PJM was more affected by extreme cold than western PJM. PJM’s large operating footprint allowed excess power supply from western PJM – including high wind output there and in MISO – to help meet demand in the east, though expanded transmission infrastructure would have provided even larger savings to PJM consumers. Because of transmission congestion, power prices per megawatt hour were consistently higher in eastern PJM (Dominion’s Virginia footprint) than western PJM (ConEd’s Illinois footprint) during the Bomb Cyclone, as shown below. Largely as a result, PJM customers incurred $900 million in transmission congestion costs in the first half of 2018, up from $285 million in the first half of 2017. Expanded transmission infrastructure would have helped alleviate some of these costs.

Last week’s extreme cold also revealed opportunities for expanding transmission in order to provide consumers with greater access to low-cost energy resources like wind. For example, when MISO and PJM experienced their highest electricity demand on the morning of January 31, the grid operator to their west (the Southwest Power Pool) had more than 9,000 MW of wind output. Similarly, electricity prices in MISO‘s South region were consistently low throughout January 30 and 31 because that area was not as affected by the extreme cold. Stronger transmission ties within MISO would have benefited consumers by providing them with greater access to low-cost electricity generation.

Onsite fuel is not a silver bullet

This year’s Polar Vortex also demonstrated why it is misguided to focus on generator attributes, like the presence of onsite fuel, when discussing grid resilience. Last week saw large contributions from resources like wind and solar that do not have onsite fuel, just as many resources with onsite fuel experienced outages. PJM has documented that power plants with onsite fuel experienced a variety of challenges during the Polar Vortex, with coal and nuclear generators accounting for nearly half of outages. A similar pattern was also observed during the 2018 Bomb Cyclone, 2014 Polar Vortex, and the 2011 ERCOT event, when generators with onsite fuel experienced widespread outages, mostly due to equipment freezing and breaking in the extreme cold. Instead of specifying characteristics like onsite fuel that are of questionable value for predicting performance, grid operators and others should focus on market-based solutions to obtain needed reliability services from all resources, with payment based on performance.

As studies by the New England and PJM grid operators have shown, wind and solar make important contributions to grid resilience and fuel diversity, particularly during extreme cold weather. For example, during this year’s Polar Vortex, wind output was consistently high in Michigan, helping to compensate for natural gas supply shortages resulting from a fire at a compressor station.

More importantly, these cold snap events show the electricity transmission and distribution systems should be the primary focus of efforts to increase electric resilience, and not power plants. Some customers did lose power in each of the last two winters’ events due to extreme cold causing localized failures on the low-voltage electricity distribution system. As demonstrated above, transmission played a critical role in allowing power to be shared within and between MISO and PJM during both events, and stronger ties could have yielded even greater savings for consumers. These events reinforce the fact that transmission and distribution infrastructure account for more than 99 percent of customer electric outages, with generation and fuel supply failures accounting for a fraction of one percent of power outages.

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More than ever, companies are looking to power their businesses using wind energy. Across the world, companies more than doubled the renewable energy contracts they signed between 2017 and 2018. And here in the U.S., 2018 was a record year for non-utility wind power deals. Altogether, non-utility buyers in the U.S. have contracted for more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy to date, more than the entire installed capacity of Iowa, the country’s number two wind state.

Why are they looking to wind? Because costs have fallen by 69 percent since 2009, wind is the cheapest source of new electricity in many parts of the country. Plus, because wind doesn’t use fuel, it’s insulated from costly and unexpected price spikes. That increases stability, an attractive quality for businesses that like to plan for the long-term.

But this isn’t just a story about business decisions. As companies power up with wind, they also create far-reaching benefits and economic development opportunities in towns across the U.S. hosting wind farms and the facilities they power.

“Iowa’s renewable energy expansion isn’t just about electricity. It’s also an important economic development tool, helping attract major technology companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft while keeping costs low for existing industries,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has explained. “We’ve found that renewable energy distinguishes Iowa from other industrialized states competing for projects. That’s why we don’t just mention wind energy on recruitment trips — we lead with it”.

It’s clear that states that make it easy to buy renewable energy have a competitive edge over others when attracting corporate investment.

What do the community benefits of non-utility wind deals look like? Case studies of wind farms with corporate investments in Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma provide good examples. We examined the following projects:

Facebook: Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project

In 2017, Facebook made a deal to purchase 320 megawatts (MW) from the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project, owned by Enel Green Power North America Inc. in order to power its Papillion, Neb. data center. The project is largely possible because of Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) creation of a tariff that allows the corporation to purchase renewable energy, enabling Facebook to move toward its goal of powering its global operations with renewable energy by 2050. The tariff allows companies to directly source renewable energy from specific wind projects in OPPD’s service territory.

AT&T: AT&T Windstrong Energy Center Webb and Duval Counties

In 2018, AT&T signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources for 300 MW of wind power from the AT&T Windstrong Energy Center in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas. This project, one of four wind farms with AT&T PPAs signed in 2018, is part of the company’s goal to enable carbon savings equivalent to ten times the footprint of its operations by 2025. While these were AT&T’s first major purchases of renewable energy, they made the company the second largest corporate purchaser of U.S. renewable energy in 2018.

Google: Minco II Wind Facility

Back in 2011, Google signed an agreement to purchase 100.8 MW of power from NextEra Energy Resources’ Minco II wind farm. The PPA is for 20 years and supplies electricity to Google’s Mayes County data center located in Pryor, Okla. This power purchase is part of Google’s initiative to power its global operations with renewable energy, a goal the company met in 2017. Google announced that one of the top reasons the company chose Mayes County as the location for its new data center was the opportunity for renewable energy procurement and suitable infrastructure.

The Benefits

Corporate purchases of wind energy are not just adding electricity to the grid in rural America, they are making investments in the local community. The case studies reviewed show the wide range of benefits, from new jobs to non-profit donations or college scholarships, that communities have seen from corporate investment.

Property Taxes

Property taxes are an important tool for renewable energy projects to benefit the surrounding community. Tax payments are often used to fund school districts, libraries, emergency services, or build roads and bridges. Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project will generate tens of millions of dollars in property taxes over the first 20 years of its existence. AT&T Windstrong Energy Center in Webb and Duval Counties is expected to pay approximately $60 million in property taxes over the project lifetime.

Landowner Payments

Because 99 percent of wind turbines are built in rural areas, landowners and farmers are taking advantage of the opportunity to lease their land and receive a steady source of income over the project contract. This can help protect the farm from fluctuations in commodity prices or poor crop yields during drought years. Turbines have minimal impact on farming practices and farming can continue nearly right to the base of the turbine. The Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project has over 100 local landowners involved in the project that will collectively receive tens of millions of dollars from the project over the first 20 years of the project life. NextEra’s Webb and Duval Counties project will pay approximately $60 million in lease payments to landowners over the project lifetime.

Employment Opportunities

Enel’s Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project created 300 jobs during the construction period and more than a dozen full-time workers. Facebook’s data center in Papillion employs more than 1,000 construction workers and expects to employ over a hundred long-term employees to operate the data center. Many of these positions have already been posted on Facebook’s data center page, and these jobs are available in the community because of Nebraska’s wind resources.

AT&T’s project is expected to create 250 jobs during construction and up to 15 full-time jobs.

As of February 2018, Google’s Mayes County data center campus employed over 400 workers. Roger Harris, on the Hardware Operations team, started as a construction worker at the Mayes County data center and later accepted an internal position with Google.

“Now I take care of the infrastructure that allows Google to do what it does,” Harris said. “I love the fact that I work for a company that truly wants to make the world a better place and make information accessible to all.”

The mayor of Pryor Creek, Jimmy Tramel also touted the employment opportunities that Google provides saying, “It will impact our economy somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000 to $200,000 per year for the next couple of years, just based on the part-time workers and the sales tax they bring in. Moreso than anything, it brings people here to live. They are good-paying jobs…They are a huge part of the community and I mean that in every aspect”.

Community Programs

AT&T and Google’s investment in nonprofits and schools are two examples for other corporate purchasers of how to create a lasting partnership with a host community. AT&T created a Wind Energy Scholarship fund for students earning a wind energy degree or certificate at Texas State Technical College. The scholarship is open to students who are from counties in Texas that host wind farms with AT&T contracts. NextEra Energy Resources, owner of the wind farms, commits to interview graduates from the program for available technician and intern positions.

“We welcome the opportunity to educate, expose, and equip our students with dynamic skill sets stemming from the benefits of a career in renewable energy,” said Beto Gonzalez, superintendent of Webb Consolidated Independent School District. “We are grateful to both NextEra Energy Resources and AT&T for their generous contributions to establish one of the nation’s first high school wind energy programs and for creating a new and exciting career path for our students.”

Google has awarded grants to Boys and Girls Clubs of Green Country, a local Boy Scout troop, the Philbrook Museum of Art, and schools ranging from elementary to Oklahoma State University.

Environmental Impact

Wind power is a low-carbon energy source–when a wind turbine generates electricity it produces zero carbon emissions. In 2017, the electricity generated from wind turbines across the U.S. avoided an estimated 189 million tons of carbon pollution, roughly equal to 11 percent of 2017 power sector emissions. Wind also helps cut significant amounts of air pollution that creates smog and triggers asthma attacks, creating $8 billion in public health savings in 2017 alone.

Facebook’s investment in the Rattlesnake Wind Farm will help avoid about 940,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. AT&T Windstrong Energy Center will help avoid more than 888,822 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, equivalent to taking 190,326 cars off the road.

Rural communities in windy states like Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma have a distinct advantage when offering corporate purchasers opportunities to buy clean energy and fulfill sustainability goals. But as many decision makers have acknowledged, providing mechanisms for companies to buy low-cost renewable energy is key to attracting this development. That in turn will benefit local families and businesses as wind projects bring new jobs and revenue to communities across the country. That’s a win-win for everyone.

Feng Zhao joins GWEC as Strategy Director

Wind Energy expert Feng Zhao has joined GWEC as its new Strategy Director. Zhao is one of the world’s foremost experts on the wind industry, having created and provided industry leading data and advisory services first for BTM Consult, and then for FTI Consulting. His project experience includes advising on global supply chain management, market growth projection, product portfolio development, market entry & exit, regulatory and policy review, O&M, M&A and dispute support.

Feng will now bring his skills to GWEC, where he will provide both strategic direction and create new data, insights and services for GWEC members.

GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said: “We are delighted to attract someone of Feng’s calibre to GWEC. He will provide badly needed strategic insight for our members and help create all kinds of exciting new services and intelligence, as well as helping us to navigate a complex political environment.

Feng, currently located in Denmark, speaks fluent Chinese, English and Danish. As well as contributing to GWEC’s global strategy, Feng will also play a leading role in developing GWEC’s China acitivities.

Zhao said: “With China continuing to take the lead in renewable energy development, Chinese companies taking strategic positions in the international energy industry and continuing technology innovation and consolidation, this is an exciting time for the wind industry. I am looking forward to working with Ben and the team to ensure that GWEC plays a relevant and constructive role in this transformation.”

 

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Wind Power on Capitol Hill is the biggest opportunity of the year to meet with your representatives in Congress to advocate for wind energy. And this year, we have some great new opportunities to tell wind’s story. With new members making up over 20 percent of the 116th Congress, we have the chance to educate them on the benefits wind delivers to our communities.

As a first-time attendee, I am especially eager to meet the many dedicated wind professionals and advocates who make the trip to Washington. I am sure many visitors are looking forward to enjoying the beauty of the Capitol complex while sharing their stories with lawmakers. These folks make American wind power successful, and they’re the people members of Congress want to hear from most.

American wind power has an exciting story to tell. More of the country is powered by low-cost, reliable and clean electricity generated from wind than ever before. Since 2009, the cost of wind has fallen 69 percent, and improved siting practices and more efficient turbines continue to make accessing America’s natural wind resource even cheaper.

All this while supporting over 105,000 American jobs. It may surprise lawmakers that wind’s footprint exists in every state—whether it is the over 500 wind-related factories or the hundreds of operational wind farms. We need you to join us in Washington and help us deliver this message.

Of course, I am also looking forward to learning from members of Congress. Like House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who will be delivering the event’s keynote address on March 5th. Majority Leader Hoyer has served in the House of Representatives since 1981. Or Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), who knows all about wind as by representing Oklahoma, the country’s third largest wind state. Reps. Hoyer and Lucas offer valuable insight for communicating with your representative and on what to expect from the 116th Congress.

Here are some of the other exciting opportunities that await participants

  • Learn the wind industry’s top message points and some best practices for going into congressional meetings.
  • Enjoy a networking reception at the end of each day with opportunities to meet other wind supporters and members of Congress.

There is no voice louder or more persuasive to a Member of Congress than that of their constituents. Members of Congress want to hear from people directly benefiting from wind. Whether you are a landowner who hosts turbines or a technician who climbs the towers, you have valuable experience to impart on your member of Congress.

Don’t delay, register today! And we will see you March 5-6, 2019 on Capitol Hill!

For questions about Wind Power on Capitol Hill 2019, please contact Jenna Marinstein.

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!

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.

Courtesy The World Bank

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/

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

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.

Courtesy ENERCON

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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.