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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest market research report released by Technavio, the global flow battery market is expected to accelerate at a CAGR of over 9% during the forecast period. The increasing concerns for Li-ion battery recycling is one of the key factors triggering the growth of the market.
This research report titled ‘Global Flow Battery Market 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. It also includes an up-to-date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
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The market research analysis categorizes the global flow battery market into the following battery types:
- Redox battery
- Hybrid battery
In 2016, the redox battery segment accounted for 72% of the global market and is projected to decline to 70% by 2021, exhibiting almost 2% decrease in market share.
Global flow battery market: An evolving trend
The increasing shift toward renewable energy is an emerging trend in the flow battery market space. Nations worldwide are shifting toward renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Growing subsidies and incentives for solar and wind power generation and enhanced efficiency in energy harnessing have reduced the cost per kilowatt for power generation from these sources. The need for optimizing intermittency of renewable sources fed into the main grids and balancing the demand-supply gap has boosted the energy storage market growth. Energy storage ensures continuous power supply to the grid whenever needed, especially during peak load and power outage and during supply shift because of intermittency of renewables.
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- Key Emerging Trends
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- Key leading countries
- Market segmentation by battery type (redox battery and hybrid battery)
- Vendor classification
- Market positioning of vendors
- Competitive scenario
- Analysis of top vendors (Primus Power, redT energy, UniEnergy Technologies, VanadiumCorp Resource, and Vionx Energy)
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REDMOND, Washington--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kymeta – das Kommunikationsunternehmen, das das Versprechen einer globalen, mobilen Konnektivität einlöst – hat heute die kommerzielle Verfügbarkeit seiner neuesten Angebote mTenna PLUS und mTenna SELECT bekannt gegeben, die eine zuverlässige Kommunikation für eine Vielzahl von Märkten ermöglichen.
mTenna PLUS und mTenna SELECT funktionieren Hand in Hand mit KyWay™-Außeneinheiten (outdoor units, ODUs) von Kymeta, um eine Leistungsverstärkung und Erweiterung der Abdeckung zu ermöglichen. Das mTenna PLUS erhöht den Durchsatz durch die Kombination der Empfangsverbindung von zwei bis vier ODUs und liefert bis zu 5,4 dB effektive RX-Verstärkung und Signal-Rausch-Verbesserung für vier koplanare Antennen. Sobald es kombiniert wurde, wird das Signal über eine L-Band-Schnittstelle an ein Standardmodem weitergeleitet.
In nicht-koplanaren Installationen wechselt das mTenna SELECT die ODUs, um Daten von der am besten positionierten Einheit zu übertragen, wobei es wechselt, wenn das Schiff oder Fahrzeug abbiegt oder die Richtung ändert. „Durch die Zusammenführung von bis zu vier ODUs bieten mTenna PLUS und mTenna SELECT eine skalierbare Lösung für zusätzliche RX-Verstärkung und gewährleisten einen zuverlässigen Internetzugang bei hohen Geschwindigkeiten oder auf hoher See oder im Gelände“, so David Fotheringham, Product Manager bei Kymeta.
mTenna PLUS und mTenna SELECT bieten auch eine neue Lösung zur Beseitigung eines häufigen Problems in anspruchsvollen Installationsumgebungen, in denen der Internetzugang durch blockierte Blickwinkel, schnelle Bewegungen und andere unvorhersehbare Bedingungen beeinträchtigt werden kann. Zusammen können mTenna PLUS und mTenna SELECT eine flexible, skalierbare und anpassungsfähige Satellitenkonnektivität für eine Vielzahl von Anwendungen bereitstellen, sowohl für feste als auch für mobile. „Derzeit müssten Sie mehrere kardanische Schalen verwenden, um 360°-Blickwinkel mit Horizont-zu-Horizont-Abdeckung zu erreichen, um blinde Flecken zu vermeiden. mTenna PLUS und mTenna SELECT ermöglichen es uns, die gleichen Probleme mit einer schlankeren und eleganteren Lösung zu beseitigen“, so Fotheringham.
Die weltweite Nachfrage nach der allgegenwärtigen mobilen Konnektivität ist unwiderlegbar. Ein globales, mobiles Netzwerk ist die Antwort darauf, wie Menschen und Orte miteinander verbunden werden können, die noch nie zuvor miteinander verbunden waren.
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CANTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Canton campus of MIAT College of Technology near Detroit will welcome more than 250 high school students, teachers, chaperones and representatives of Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance as a Manufacturing Day Hub site on Manufacturing Day, Friday, Oct. 5. MIAT’s 125,000 square-foot Canton campus is located at 2955 South Haggerty Road.
Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges, so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. Created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International in 2012 and hosted annually on the first Friday of October, Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and what it isn’t. Manufacturers and those affiliated with them also address the skilled labor shortage they are facing, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry.
Chris Davis, Assistant Director of Community Partnerships for the MIAT College of Technology Canton campus, has been organizing MIAT’s Manufacturing Day program since May. He confirmed that River Rouge High School, Romulus High School, and Starkweather Academy based in Plymouth are participating in this MIAT event. Davis and MIAT are collaborating with Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) to plan and host Manufacturing Day activities at the Canton campus. JMG is the state-based affiliate of the national Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). The organization is dedicated to student dropout prevention, student dropout recovery, and school-to-career initiatives. SEMCA has been a leader in talent development programs. SEMCA partners with various community organizations and contractors to serve residents in Wayne and Monroe counties, excluding the city of Detroit.
“Students will tour our college and gain valuable career exploration experience while they spend their day with us. Members of our faculty will share details about our career training programs. In addition to providing lunch for our guests, we also will provide them with helpful MIAT materials for their review when they go back to their homes and classrooms. We are extremely committed to ensuring that these students and our other guests have a meaningful and memorable experience at our campus,” Davis commented.
Established in 1969, MIAT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and has graduated thousands of students since its inception. MIAT offers morning and evening schedules, career counseling, financial assistance, and housing assistance to accommodate students.
“I salute Chris for his leadership and vision for bringing such an important program and so many visitors to our impressive campus for Manufacturing Day 2018,” said Jennifer Paugh, MIAT College of Technology Canton campus president. “While we have participated in previous Manufacturing Days, this is our first year participating at this level. We have found that Manufacturing Day aligns with our mission and vision as an organization very well. In fact, MIAT routinely teams up with business leaders to understand their needs for skilled workers, develop course curricula, and acquire equipment and materials that enrich the learning experience here at our college. Our newest Electro-Mechanical Technology program is a perfect match for future workers and future employers in a wide range of manufacturing and construction sectors. High school students need to acquire skills that will propel them into productive careers. Career colleges like MIAT are an effective educational and training solution for students and recent high school graduates who want to be workplace ready in a shorter period of time.”
MIAT partners with several high schools in the Detroit metropolitan area to offer career technical education for those students interested in pursuing a trades-based program post high school graduation.
About MIAT College of Technology
MIAT College of Technology was founded in Michigan in 1969 and has built a strong reputation and effective, mutually beneficial working relationships with leading employers throughout the United States. Having almost 50 years of vocational and technical education experience, MIAT serves several hundred students at its 125,000 square-foot headquarters facility in Canton near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and its 40,400 square-foot campus in Houston near the Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston campus, which opened in 2010, is approved to accept international students and is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Both campuses offer admissions guidance, career services, financial services, housing assistance, and a Learning Resource Center, and are approved for Federal Military and Veterans Education Benefits (VA).
With the support of highly qualified and actively engaged faculty and staff, MIAT College of Technology has graduated thousands of students since its inception. MIAT equips its students with the industry-relevant skills, experience, relationships and connections to employers that it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers.
MIAT develops its programs and curricula in direct response to feedback and input from industry leaders who are seeking qualified employees. The school collaborates with its employer partners to tailor its programs to address the highest needs and priorities of the end users in the industries that they exist to serve. MIAT graduates gain the confidence and extensive preparation that facilitate a smooth transition into the workplace through their industry-influenced, practical training.
MIAT also offers customized industry-specific training for strategic employment partners locally and nationally, which include the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Siemens, Marathon Oil, DTE, and many others. The Canton campus offers co-op programs with numerous local high schools, and the Houston campus also offers a co-op program via the Houston Independent School District at Sterling High School near Hobby Airport.
In addition to Aviation Maintenance Technology, MIAT offers programs full-time in Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), Energy, and Wind Power. The school's curriculum for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate in Applied Science degree and Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate is approved by the FAA under CFR Part 147. MIAT is now also offering programs in Welding at its Houston campus and for Electro-Mechanical Technology at its Canton campus.
For more information, please visit www.miat.edu or call the Canton campus at 800-447-1310 or the Houston campus at 888-547-7047. Tours at each campus are welcome and available by appointment.
MIAT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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ADELAIDE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SolarReserve, a leading worldwide developer of large-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Heliostat SA, a South Australian company focused on the manufacture and assembly of heliostats and heliostat components.
Bringing manufacture jobs to South Australians
Under the MOU, Heliostat SA and SolarReserve will partner in the development of plans and processes for the supply, fabrication and assembly of more than 12,800 of SolarReserve’s proprietary SR96 heliostat assemblies for the Aurora Solar Energy Project near Port Augusta, South Australia.
Heliostats are the large tracking mirrors in a solar thermal power station, which follow the sun throughout the day and precisely reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver. [How it works] The SR96 heliostat will provide market leading performance, fully integrated with SolarReserve’s proprietary molten salt receiver and controls system. Each of the assemblies includes 96 square metres of glass, plus steel supports and electric drives, resulting in a field of mirrors with more than a million square metres of surface area.
“We’re excited to have formed a long-term partnership with Heliostat SA and look forward to teaming up with them to bring manufacturing of our world-class heliostats to South Australian workers,” said Kevin Smith, SolarReserve’s Chief Executive Officer. “SolarReserve is committed to supporting South Australia’s goals which will attract investment, create South Australian jobs and build an exciting and growing new industry.”
“Signing the MOU marks a significant step forward in the partnership between our companies,” said David Linder-Patton, Heliostat SA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The team at Heliostat SA are really looking forward to adapting the low-cost manufacturing techniques learned from more than 20 years of automotive knowhow into the manufacture and assembly of the SR96. Heliostat SA plans to exploit our supply chain knowledge across the SR96 program, to ensure a very high local South Australian content is achieved.”
Close to 200 jobs could be created in South Australia solely as a result of a deal between Heliostat SA and SolarReserve for the Aurora project, including over 115 unique skilled labor positions related to manufacturing of steel components and heliostat assemblies. The two companies are working together to complete the final agreement, which includes achieving as much local content and labour as possible. The balance of construction of SolarReserve’s Aurora project in Port August is anticipated to create an additional 650 full-time construction jobs on site, and more than 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the region.
The Aurora project is being developed with the option to add solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in order to maximise electricity generation from the CSP facility during peak demand periods, as well as meet the station’s own electricity needs. The addition of PV could broaden the scope of Heliostat SA’s manufacturing supply to include PV racking systems.
Investing in South Australia’s Renewable Energy Future
The Aurora project is part of a much bigger picture for South Australia. SolarReserve hopes to build six solar thermal projects in the State over the next ten years, with their Australian headquarters in Adelaide serving as the development hub. South Australian manufacturing will be well positioned to support these future projects.
“The Aurora project along with SolarReserve’s future investment in the state will develop a supply chain and local manufacturing expertise that can be leveraged across the broader region, create thousands of jobs for South Australians, and bring about a new age in clean, reliable and affordable energy,” said Tom Georgis, SolarReserve’s Senior Vice President of Development.
Heliostat SA is a South Australian company and part of the Fusion Renewables Group which comprises Precision Components, Fusion Capital, and the University of South Australia. Precision Components is a founder shareholder of Heliostat SA, having historically been a tier one supplier to Ford, Toyota and GM Holden.
After auto producers announced their decision to cease manufacturing cars in Australia, Heliostat SA was borne out of Precision’s strategic plan to transition from a component hot stamping and metal pressing business to an advanced manufacturing and engineering business with a focus on high value-add, specialized products in emerging markets leveraging collaborative partnerships with like-minded companies and universities. Fusion Capital is the investment arm of Precision Components and looks at investments into advanced manufacturing and engineering opportunities, which have synergies with their existing portfolio of projects and include mass transport solutions and renewables.
SolarReserve is a leading global developer, owner and operator of utility-scale solar power projects, with more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide. The company has commercialised its proprietary ThermaVault™ advanced solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage that delivers renewable power that is dispatchable 24-hours per day. The U.S. developed technology is now one of the world’s leading energy storage technologies and allows solar energy to operate like traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation – except the fuel is the sun which means zero emissions, zero hazardous waste, and zero dependence on fuel price volatility.
SolarReserve is also experienced in advanced heliostat and collector field design, deployment and controls. The company’s heliostat innovation areas include advancements in pointing accuracy, nimble structure design, high precision and efficient drive systems, ultra-light and high reflectivity mirror facets, and various heliostats and collector field control, power and communication systems.
Since the company's formation in early 2008, SolarReserve's experienced team has assembled a pipeline of over 13 gigawatts across the world's most attractive, high growth renewable energy markets. SolarReserve is headquartered in the US and maintains a global presence with six international offices to support widespread project development activities across more than 20 countries. The company has been developing projects in Australia since 2013, with its Australian headquarters located in Adelaide, and field office located in Port Augusta.
Visit www.solarreserve.com for more information about SolarReserve.
About Heliostat SA
Heliostat SA is a leading solar manufacturing and professional services company spun off from the automotive components manufacturer Precision Components Australia, prior to the windup of car manufacturing in Australia.
Heliostat SA licenced the technology to commercialise and manufacture the CSIRO designed heliostat and control software in 2014. It has installed fields in Japan, and more recently built an R&D field with twenty five (25) heliostats located at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia.
The company continues to pursue Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) applications for high temperature industrial processes to offset high gas usage to create steam for numerous industry sectors. Key target markets include ore, chemical and food processing sectors.
Heliostat SA has developed an all Australian designed and manufactured Single Axis Tracking (SAT), Fixed and Ballast framing systems for large scale Photovoltaic (PV) solar farms. The design and manufactured framing systems utilise automation processes, low cost manufacturing techniques that have been successfully developed for the automotive sector.
Visit www.heliostat.com.au for more information about Heliostat SA.
MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MGE Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEE) marks 43 years of consecutive dividend increases in its latest investor newsletter, "Interim Report," which also includes the following topics:
- Shared Solar program expansion
- MGE proposes electric rate decrease and natural gas increase
- Wind farm construction on schedule
- MGE brings electric bus to Madison
- New resource for entrepreneurs opens in Madison
The newsletter is available on MGE Energy's website at:
Interim Report is published quarterly to provide investors with information about MGE Energy and its primary subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric.
About MGE Energy
MGE Energy is an investor-owned public utility holding company headquartered in the state capital of Madison, Wis. It is the parent company of Madison Gas and Electric, which generates and distributes electricity in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE Energy's assets total approximately $1.9 billion, and its 2017 revenues were $563 million.
WALL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) today received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to significantly expand its energy-efficiency programs available through The SAVEGREEN Project® (SAVEGREEN) to help customers better understand and manage their energy usage, reduce emissions and save money. NJNG is authorized to invest $135 million over the next three years to provide customized energy solutions to assist residential, public entities, such as schools, and small commercial customers save money on their energy bills.
“Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways we can help our customers save energy and money, protect our environment and create a stronger and fairer clean energy economy,” said Steve Westhoven, COO of New Jersey Natural Gas. “With today’s approval, we are committed to helping support New Jersey’s clean energy agenda, advancing energy efficiency and providing even more opportunities to help customers save.”
Beginning in January 2019, NJNG will roll out new and expanded programs for the residential and commercial markets, with programs and features available for low- to moderate-income customers and public entities, to help eliminate barriers to energy efficiency and make the benefits more accessible.
These new offerings include Home Energy Reports that provide customized, easy-to-implement recommendations to reduce consumption and improve energy efficiency to participating homeowners. A free, online home energy audit also will be available to help customers better understand their energy usage and opportunities for savings.
Also approved is a $49 Home Energy Assessment performed by one of NJNG’s Building Performance Institute certified auditors. This comprehensive, independent analysis is designed to help identify potential home energy savings for customers. As a part of this assessment, auditors will install low-cost energy-saving measures, such as insulation gaskets and LED lightbulbs, and provide energy-saving tips.
NJNG will promote low and moderately priced energy-efficiency products, such as smart thermostats and weatherization kits, through an online marketplace. No-cost conservation kits will also be provided to local foodbanks to distribute to their clients, helping ensure all customers, particularly senior citizens and low- to moderate-income residents, have access to energy savings.
For commercial and industrial customers, NJNG will introduce new offerings to meet their specific needs, while continuing to support specific commercial programs offered by the New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP). Qualifying commercial customers implementing energy-efficiency upgrades through NJCEP’s Direct Install and SmartStart Building programs will be eligible to participate in NJNG’s On Bill Repayment Program (OBRP) for no-interest funding for the amount of the project not covered by NJCEP.
To help address the needs of smaller commercial customers, NJNG will introduce SAVEGREEN on Main. This new program will offer qualifying customers using less than 5,000 therms annually, a free energy assessment — including a customized report summarizing energy-saving installation options, upgrades and a cost-benefit analysis for future improvements — to help identify potential energy-saving opportunities. Customers will be eligible for upfront incentives and will be able to finance the balance, up to $50,000, through NJNG’s OBRP.
NJNG also will offer tailored assistance to help reduce the energy burden for nonprofit organizations and public service entities, such as municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals. NJNG will provide expert service, including an in-depth audit and energy-saving recommendations, to those customers undertaking large energy-efficiency projects, with no up-front costs. NJNG will buy down the simple payback of the recommended energy-efficiency project costs for approved measures and the remaining project costs may be financed through an OBRP.
Since 2009, NJNG has invested nearly $160 million in energy-efficiency programs through SAVEGREEN, generating more than $392 million in economic activity in its service territory while reducing greenhouse emissions. Over the last decade, nearly 52,000 customers have participated in SAVEGREEN, and the program has grown the green energy economy in New Jersey for the more than 2,600 contractors who have participated in the program.
The average annual impact for the typical residential heating customer using 1,000 therms per year over the life of the program is estimated to be $9.94 or 1 percent. If fully subscribed, the program will result in a reduction of more than 1.5 million tons in carbon dioxide emissions.
About New Jersey Resources
New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:
- New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,400 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
- NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 335 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
- NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
- NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility, as well as its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
- NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.
NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.
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Nautilus would prepare New Jersey to take the lead in cultivating offshore wind talent, as states race to capitalize on this new economy
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Sept 5, 2018) – The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced its official acceptance of the application tendered by EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy for the Nautilus Offshore Wind project. The agency is expected to review the project over the next few months and make a decision on whether to approve the project for immediate construction, which will be located approximately 2.8 miles east of the coastline of Atlantic City and could be complete as soon as 2020. The small-scale project, expected to be comprised of three wind turbines with a combined capacity of up to 25 megawatts (MW), is a crucial first step towards implementing the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) and building a workforce capable of meeting Governor Phil Murphy’s statewide goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind generation by 2030.
The Project is expected to employ the equivalent of 600 workers for a year during construction as well as additional jobs during operations and maintenance. New Jersey residents across the state could expect to begin receiving power generated by the Nautilus Offshore Wind project as early as 2021. It’s estimated that for the average New Jersey electric consumer, the additional cost of power will amount to about $1.76 per year, which is less than the price of a cup of coffee. In return, an independent analysis showed that Nautilus is expected to increase New Jersey’s total economic output by $150 million with construction by 2020. Maintaining the offshore wind project could add $16 million annually for the state, with a projected economic and environmental net benefit of $235 million.
“Our purpose with Nautilus is not just to deliver offshore wind power, but to leverage this initial build to help the New Jersey workforce quickly gain deep expertise in offshore wind in comparison with other states,” said Doug Copeland, EDF Renewables regional project manager. “With offshore wind poised to become one of the nation’s fastest growing production sectors, there is a real opportunity for New Jersey to lead the country in implementing future commercial scale projects faster and more cost effectively – all with a minimal impact on the ocean environment.”
A number of New Jersey economic organizations and political officials have already voiced support for the project.
“Nautilus will make it possible for Atlantic City to become the birth place of an emerging industry, creating new jobs and sustainable economic growth,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo. “When approved, the project will be the start of an energy transformation that will allow for a brighter and cleaner future here in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County and across the state.”
“A myriad of benefits will be realized through the experience gained in implementing the Nautilus Offshore project,” said Philip K. Beachem, president of the New Jersey Alliance for Action. “We welcome clean energy investments such as this, that have the potential to bolster economic growth across the state.”
“Nautilus is poised to create hundreds of new jobs in the short-term, as well as lay the foundation for future employment growth throughout the region. The Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters looks forward to expanding its clean energy workforce that will be equipped to expand New Jersey’s economy,” said William Sproule, assistant executive secretary treasurer of the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.
Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind added, “The Nautilus Offshore project is a perfect example of how states can quickly kick off the build of their offshore wind economies. Along our U.S. coastline, offshore wind provides us with the power to create unparalleled job and economic growth.”
EDF Renewables plays a leading role in offshore wind energy, having gained several years of experience with a strong portfolio of offshore wind projects in development throughout Europe totaling almost 2 gigawatts (GW), including three projects along the French coastline with 1.5 GW in total capacity, and a 450 MW offshore wind project in the UK. EDF Renewables already operates more than 800 MW of offshore wind capacity with three projects: C-Power (325 MW) in Belgium, Teesside (62 MW) and Blyth (41.5 MW) in the UK, and the operations and maintenance of 400 MW of offshore wind capacity with the recent acquisition of a company specialized in this activity based out of Germany.
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 29, 2018 – Officials today celebrated the opening of Delta Solar, Michigan’s largest tracking solar array that will provide the state’s capital city and region with clean energy.
Representatives of CMS Energy, the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) and EDF Renewables announced the 24-megawatt, two-part project is now fully operational during an event with community leaders this morning at the combined facility, west of I-96/I-69 and north of Sundance Highway in Delta Township. Delta Solar provides enough power to serve up to 4,200 homes.
“Delta Solar illustrates CMS Energy’s commitment to our triple bottom line – supporting people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity,” said Patti Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy, which owns and operates Delta Solar through its subsidiary, CMS Enterprises. “CMS Energy is excited to help power Lansing-area homes and businesses with a project that leaves our planet better than we found it.”
“This project reinforces BWL’s commitment to providing our customers with 30 percent clean energy by 2020 and 40 percent by 2030,” said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. “We know this is what our customers want and we’re committed to giving them a clean energy future.”
Delta Solar is located on about 200 acres in Delta Township in Eaton County. The project features over 86,000 solar panels that use modern single-axis tracking technology to follow the sun’s movement, capturing more energy than traditional fixed-tilt solar modules. The project was constructed using local skilled labor and provided over 100 jobs during construction.
The Lansing Board of Water & Light has a contract to purchase the power from Delta Solar, helping the municipal utility to achieve its renewable energy goals. CMS Enterprises owns and operates the project, which was originated, developed and constructed by EDF Renewables. CMS Enterprises will manage Delta Solar’s daily operations, with EDF Renewables providing long-term maintenance services.
“EDF Renewables commends the Lansing Board of Water & Light in leading the state and the capital region to turn toward a clean and secure energy future,” said Jamie Resor, CEO of EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “The success of this project is directly attributable to the support we received from the community, our partners BWL and CMS Energy, and our subcontractors and suppliers.”
CMS Enterprises has been active in developing renewable energy projects in Michigan and the region. It worked with EDF Renewables to develop the 2.5-megawatt Flambeau Solar power facility last year in northern Wisconsin. CMS Enterprises also recently closed on the purchase of the 105-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Haviland, Ohio.
KIEV, UKRAINE – AUGUST 28, 2018 – GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), announced today it facilitated the raising of €90MM in project financing for stage I (100-megawatt) of DTEK Renewables B.V. Primorskaya wind electricity plant (Primorskaya WEP), located on the Sea of Azov shore in Zaporizhia region, South Ukraine.
Bayerische Landesbank, a leading German bank based in Munich, led a German banking consortium, which included KfW IPEX-Bank and Bremer Kreditbank, to provide senior debt to the project. The deal is supported by German Export Credit Agency, Euler Hermes, which provided an export credit guarantee for the transaction.
This project was awarded to GE Renewable Energy’s onshore wind business, which has committed to provide 26 of its 3.8-130-110HH wind turbines to the Primorskaya WEP and arrange for the installation/commissioning of the turbines to power the wind farm.
Stage I of Primorskaya WEP is part of a two-phase process to build a 200-MW wind farm in Ukraine. Once fully operational by end of 2019, the Primorsk wind farm, equipped with one the most powerful GE onshore turbines, is expected to generate enough electrical energy to power the equivalent of ~350,000 homes in Ukraine. The financing will support subsequent phases of the project and assist Ukraine in meeting its target of generating 11 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
Guto Davies, Managing Director - Global ECA Advisory and Execution Leader, GE Energy Financial Services, said “We’re seeing increased demand for renewables projects in emerging markets as part of their clean energy ambition. Primorskaya WEP highlights GE’s capability in deploying its financial and technological expertise to renewable projects across the emerging markets.”
Peter Wells, Onshore Europe/SSA Leader, GE Renewable Energy, said: “This is an important milestone for GE as we work toward Ukraine’s renewable energy goals. GE Renewable Energy is excited to work with DTEK and supply some of GE’s most innovative wind turbines to the Primorskaya WEP project, enabling affordable, reliable and clean energy to the residents and businesses of the Zaporizhia region.”
Philipp Leckebusch, CEO of DTEK Renewables, said: "DTEK Renewables has proven its major role as a long-standing respected partner in Ukraine for leading international financial institutions and industrial corporations for the supply of the necessary equipment. With our investments in advanced and innovative solutions, we will continue to contribute to the transformation of the Ukrainian energy sector and the sustainable development of the country."
GE also signed a 20-year Full Service Agreement for the operation and maintenance of the turbines. Additionally, GE Grid Solutions has signed a €4MM contract for the supply of equipment related to the connection of the wind farm to the national grid. Key turbine components will be made in Germany and the nacelle will be built at GE facility in Salzbergen, Germany.
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Schenectady, NY (August 14, 2018)—Today TerraForm Power, Inc. (“TerraForm”) announced that GE Renewable Energy has been selected to provide a range of services for its North American wind fleet, one of the region’s largest with more than 900 turbines. The agreement leverages GE’s service and digital capabilities to improve and optimize turbine performance while enabling the ability to deliver unique customer-focused financial outcomes and metrics.
As part of the agreement, GE Renewable Energy will take on the remote management of TerraForm’s windfarms, centralizing the monitoring and analysis of the entire fleet across multiple OEM and turbine types while providing NERC/FERC compliance services including Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP) Version 5 requirements.
Vikas Anand, GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind America’s leader, said “This agreement with TerraForm is a great example of how we can combine GE’s unmatched onshore equipment and services experiences to create the right solutions for our customers. By working closely with TerraForm, we are creating an entirely new level of value for their fleet.”
GE Renewable Energy’s digital solution harnesses terabytes of data and orchestrates proprietary analytics to diagnose and predict turbine underperformance on a fully integrated software platform designed specifically for the wind industry. If any part of the fleet is underperforming, or an anomaly is detected, GE automatically alerts and dispatches technicians to remedy the issue.
“GE Renewable Energy now manages more than 70 GW of renewable energy globally,” said Anne McEntee, CEO for GE Renewable Energy Digital Solutions. “Our customers’ operational strategy is what drives our digital products and lifecycle solutions. We focus on what matters most to them—outcomes that increase revenue, reduce costs and lower risk. Only GE can do this by applying data-driven insights, expert recommendations, and advanced field services, thoroughly integrated in a single software platform.”
In addition, the agreement also covers a number of additional services including:
Securing NERC regulatory certification as part of remote management and system control
Blade repairs and extended coverage
Parts and equipment to cover non-GE assets and update existing site inventory and ordering mechanisms
Documentation and training for on-site personnel
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SAN DIEGO and ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (August 6, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America and Fishermen’s Energy, today announced the submission of a joint petition for approval of the Nautilus Offshore Wind project, located in state waters off the coast of Atlantic City. The project represents a crucial opportunity for New Jersey to gain the immediate benefit of local investment, jobs, infrastructure, and offshore experience ahead of many other states looking to capitalize on this new economy. EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy will contribute to the New Jersey offshore industry and deploy capital investment to bring a first project online by 2020.
The project is expected to generate skilled offshore wind construction and operations jobs, positioning the local workforce to build gigawatts of wind projects off New Jersey’s coast and up-and-down the Atlantic coast. These workers will be the first wave of the nearly 40,000 jobs1 that are expected to be created in the US, building the 8 GW of offshore wind that’s currently in the project pipeline.
EDF Renewables will leverage its global procurement capabilities, having supply agreements in place for more than 9 GW of onshore wind in North America throughout the past decade, precise skill, and long-term relationships with suppliers to source cost of energy leading technologies.
The application shows substantial net benefits to the state at a low cost for New Jersey electric consumers. Additionally, the companies anticipate the project will further serve to improve environmental management by providing a laboratory for testing of new avian monitoring and marine mammal sensing technologies.
New Jersey will realize considerable benefits by moving forward with a small-scale project first, similar to the benefits that New England reaped from moving forward with the Block Island project years ago. Most importantly, the project will bring valuable lessons learned that will bring down the cost of future projects and position New Jersey to capture more economic value as the state continues to develop its most abundant natural energy resource.
1 BVG Associates, LTD. (2017). U.S. Job Creation in Offshore Wind A Report for the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind(Report No. 17-22). Retrieved from Northeast Wind Center website: www.northeastwindcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/US-job-creation-in-offshore-wind.pdf
SAN DIEGO (August 1, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America announced today the signing of two Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) by which PGGM Infrastructure Fund will acquire a 50 percent ownership interest in the following projects: Glacier’s Edge Wind and Valentine Solar. Combined capacity of the projects is 332 megawatts (MW). Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions precedent.
This transaction follows on an earlier agreement between the two companies concerning three projects for 588 MW. Total capacity of the portfolio (five projects in total) is 920 MW. EDF Renewables will remain a 50 percent co-owner and provide management as well as operations and maintenance services.
The agreement with EDF Renewables is part of PGGM’s fast-growing portfolio of investments in climate solutions for PFZW, the pension fund for Dutch healthcare workers. At this stage PGGM has realized €7 bn. of these investments both in private and public markets. These investments generate market rate financial returns and have measurable positive impact on the world’s carbon footprint.
Nate McMurry, director, divestiture and portfolio strategy for EDF Renewables commented, “PGGM is an ideal partner for this large portfolio of EDF Renewables developed projects. Their focus on long-term investments and interest in a diverse portfolio of wind and solar projects is well aligned with our strategy in North America. This equity partnership with PGGM will help to facilitate EDF Renewables growth.”
Erik van de Brake, head of infrastructure at PGGM commented, “EDF Renewables has a long track record of successful investments in the American sustainable energy market. The PGGM Infrastructure Fund is looking forward to building a strong long-term partnership with EDF Renewables.’’
EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, biomass and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
In the race for offshore wind leadership playing out up and down the east coast, New Jersey just made a big move—the Garden State’s Board of Public Utilities has approved the country’s largest single offshore wind solicitation. The Board is seeking 1,100 megawatts (MW) of new offshore wind capacity.
Since taking office earlier this year, Gov. Phil Murphy has made offshore wind development a major priority.
“In the span of just nine months, New Jersey has vaulted to the front of the pack in establishing this cutting-edge industry,” he said. “We campaigned on rebuilding New Jersey’s reputation as a clean energy leader, and that involves setting an aggressive timetable on offshore wind. Thanks to the board, today we took another enormous step toward realizing that goal with the largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind in the country.”
Besides clean energy, New Jersey’s move to bring offshore wind energy to its shores also means new jobs for its residents.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if, down the road, to see wind turbine manufacturers relocating or having satellite facilities in New Jersey,” said board President Joseph L. Fiordaliso.
In fact, a recent study found the East Coast’s current offshore wind commitments could create nearly 40,000 full-time jobs by 2028, and building an offshore wind project requires 74 different occupation types, according to the Workforce Development Institute.
New Jersey’s announcement continues a 2018 trend of exciting news for American offshore wind power. There’s been encouraging news from North Carolina up through Massachusetts as this new ocean energy resource begins to take shape. Look for this good news to continue in the months ahead.
At Fort Benning, Georgia, American wind power is helping the U.S. Army secure competitive, productive and well-paying careers for its veterans.
Earlier this summer, the Fort Benning Career Skills Program launched a new course to help transition soldiers and veterans to jobs in wind energy and other renewable industries.
In partnership with Airstream Renewables Inc., the 28-day Renewable Energy and Communications Tower Technician Program prepares students for entry-level positions in communication towers, wind energy and other alternative energy industries.
“We started out transitioning civilians to Soldiers; now we want to transition these experienced Soldiers to be civilians again with good paying jobs,” said George Steuber, the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning deputy garrison commander. “We’re going to make sure that when you go on and you are done with your active-duty career that there is another career out there that is equally competitive and productive in the civilian economy.”
And wind power is a good place to look for these careers– veterans find jobs in wind at a rate 72 percent higher than the average U.S. industry. Plus, there are plenty of wind jobs openings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind technician is the second fastest growing job in the country and is expected to grow as much as 108 percent by 2024. The wind industry currently supports more than 105,500 jobs across all 50 states.
Veterans come to the wind industry with experience in teamwork, responsibility, discipline, technical skills, dexterity, and physical fitness. The men and women who have served our country are a significant reason why U.S. wind power has grown so successfully in recent years.
The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has more information on wind energy education and workforce development.
Argentina is looking to contract 400 MW of clean energy from medium scale projects in the third round of its RenovAr renewable energy auction programme.
The tender, which will also focus on promoting the regional development of the country, was announced on Thursday by Renewable Energy Deputy Secretary, Sebastian Kind, during the Argentina Wind Power 2018 event.
Argentina’s energy ministry has announced a new renewables tender to contract 350MW of small-scale wind and solar projects and 50MW of other renewables technologies to be connected to the grid through low voltage lines ranging from 13kV to 66kV.
The tender process is expected to start in October and end in May 2019, with the signing of the PPAs for projects with a maximum capacity of 10MW and minimum of 0.5MW. Aside the smaller capacities being tendered, all other conditions such as 20-year, dollar-denominated PPAs and incentive programmes through the FODER fund will be the same, the government said.
Known as MiniRen, the government’s sub secretary of renewables Sebastián Kind, said the tender will be the third round of the country’s RenovAr renewable energy programme.
During the first day of the conference “Argentina Wind Power 2018”, organized by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the Under Secretary of Renewable Energy of the Nation, Sebastián Kind, announced Round 3 of the RenovAr program, known as MiniRen, which will be launched in October.
This new round will offer 400 MW of power to be connected in medium voltage networks of 13.2 kV, 33 kV and 66 kV. The maximum power allowed per project will be 10 MW, while the minimum power will be 0.5 MW. The distribution per technology will be 350 MW for wind and solar photovoltaic, 10 MW for Small Hydroelectric Utilities, 25 MW for biomass for 10 MW biogas and for biogas for landfill there will be 5 MW.
ARGENTINA: Wind will compete against solar PV for 350MW of capacity in the third round of the country’s Renovar programme, with a tender scheduled for October.
Projects of between 0.5MW and 10MW will be eligible to compete for a total capacity for 400MW in the new tender round, which will begin in October, under-secretary of renewable energy, Sebastian Kind announced at the Argentina Wind Power 2018 conference.
There will be 350MW available for wind and solar PV, 25MW for biomass, 10MW for small hydroelectric utilities, 10MW for biogas and 5MW for biogas for landfill, Kind said.
The new capacity will be connected in medium-voltage networks of 13.2kV, 33kV and 66kV.
Ben Backwell, the new CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), which had organised the conference, said: “This announcement provides a boost for the wind industry in Argentina and it’s a clear signal of ongoing support for the future.”
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.
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!
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."
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.
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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Wind energy sector in India is growing at an impressive pace.
In Conversation with, Mr. Narayan Kumar, Development Director, Acciona Wind Power India
1.What is current installed capacity of your company and how has been your journey so far?
ACCIONA is one of the foremost Spanish business corporations with a global footprint. We are leaders in development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services.
ACCIONA's has been in India for close to a decade, with primary presence in renewable energy. ACCIONA was the first Spanish company to install and operate a wind farm in India. We have operating wind farms with a capacity of around 175 MW.
2.What is your current order book position and what are the projects that you are currently bidding for?
Acciona India is an Independent Power Producer. Unlike Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), we don’t maintain an order book. We are focused on development of both solar and wind energy investments in India. Currently we are evaluating opportunities at both the national level as well as in different states to participate in auctions for both PV and wind space.
3.What is the impact of Reverse bidding on the wind energy sector?
Wind energy sector in India is at cross roads because of introduction of reverse bidding since February 2017. It would have been ideal if the industry had been provided with a 12-15 month period for transition from feed-in-tariffs to competitive based reverse bidding. Now that the reverse bidding has been introduced, this has created a sense of uncertainty in the industry and is bound to affect capacity addition for 15-18 months. We need to evaluate the sustainability of tariffs of around INR 3.40 – Rs 3.50 / kWh.
It’s interesting to see how future bids will play out since we are reading reports about one of the winning bidders from the Feb 2017 auction already backing out from its commitments. We have also witnessed the same trend in the PV space as well. There is perhaps the need for the industry to think through their bid strategy and evaluate pricing on rational, sustainable, long-term basis.
4.What are your growth plans for the next couple of years?
Acciona India has aggressive plans to increase our footprint in both wind and PV. It would be difficult to share specific numbers at this time. We are evaluating several greenfield as well as brownfield growth opportunities. We are long-term investors and are guided by the sustainability of returns.
5.Would you like to add anything else about wind sector?
When India’s first ever auction of wind projects worth 1 GW capacity early this year threw up record low tariffs, none of realised that it would become a flashpoint for the resentment of power distribution companies (discoms) against generators in the days ahead. But that is exactly what we are seeing today.
Discoms have stopped signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind power generators, leaving a big question mark hanging over the future of 3 GW of assets underconstruction. If the logjam is not broken soon, the government’s renewable power capacity addition could get off track, compromising effortsto rein in emissions and fight climate change.
Discoms believe that they were paying very high tariffs to IPPs and are reneging on their signed commitments. Discoms’ refusal to sign PPAs has forced the Centre to intervene and asked for signed commitments to be honoured. Such blatant change of tack has serious repercussions on the country’s renewable energy programme as well as India’s perception with global investors. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has already cautioned discoms that if PPAs are not signed, there would be no further wind capacity addition either in 2017-18or 2018-19.
Even if wind auctionsrestart at this stage as is widely envisaged, the projects would be commissioned only over the next 15 to 18 months.In such a case there would be no wind capacity addition in 2017-18 and a major part of 2018-19. This would mean that most atates would not be able to meet their non-solar RPO obligations.
This would also throw a spanner in the plans of OEMs who have made large investments in capacity as well as inventory. They will go through a difficult phase on this account, though this is expected to be temporary.
Re-Powering – A growthopportunity
Repowering is something which needs to be absolutely encouraged. Vintage turbines occupy some of the best wind sites across India. Policies or guidelines may require changes as we have not made a big headway into repowering.
Again it’s perhaps premature to comment as there are issues like existing substation capacity, current PPAs, disposal of old turbines and current owners of land who are reluctant to give up their land etc.
Power being a concurrent subject; it’s possible to have a state repowering policy. The bottom line is, repowering can bring in about a capacity addition on an estimate of 1 GW every year for the next 2-3 years. This can possibly increase if grid connectivity and substation capacity can be augmented.
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.
Courtesy National Renewable Energy Laboratory