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STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tradition Energy, announced today that it has advised the City of Dallas, Texas, on the largest green energy transaction since the inception of Texas electricity deregulation. The new 10-year contract will deliver more than 750 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year to the City with savings of ~$80 million and reduce the energy rate by over 26% compared to the expiring contract. As a result, the City of Dallas will remain the most populous city in the nation with 100% green power for its operations.

The historic renewable energy purchase also represents the first time a local government of Dallas’ size has committed to a long-term strategy of sourcing 100% of its load from off-site wind and solar farms, including new sites not yet developed, in an attempt to eliminate any electricity purchased from the grid. Initially, the contract supports and draws power from the Foard City Wind Farm in West Texas. Through Tradition’s negotiation, the winning energy supplier has agreed to work with the City on sourcing the City’s volume from new renewable assets that may be developed in North Texas, at no additional charge.

Tradition Energy’s Dallas advisory team conducted a rigorous procurement process among 12 of the top energy providers. The outcome of several months of contract negotiation resulted in numerous benefits for the City, including:

  • 26% budget reduction over the current agreement;
  • $3.66 million overall projected savings in the current fiscal year;
  • $7.85 million overall projected savings annually;
  • $1.5 million over the term for energy-related projects and initiatives and an additional $300,000 in community program support;
  • maintains the City’s environmental leadership profile of using 100% green energy;
  • allows the City to pursue the development of new renewable energy generation of their own;
  • provides budget certainty for the next decade.

“This is a great deal for Dallas,” said Errick Thompson, Director of Building Services for the City. “With significant tax revenue reductions looming, it is very important to find opportunities to reduce expenses. Our open and competitive process delivered 10 years of budget certainty and 100% renewable energy at a very market-competitive cost.”

“We are thrilled with this new renewable agreement our Dallas and Stamford teams negotiated on behalf of the City of Dallas,” said Alan Kurzer, CEO, Tradition Energy. “Not only have we helped the City achieve their sustainability goals and dramatically reduce costs, but this new contract will also provide budget certainty in the highly volatile ERCOT market for many years,” added Michael Ayala, Executive Director, Tradition Energy.

To read the City of Dallas’ announcement click here.

About Tradition Energy

Tradition Energy is the nation’s largest and most experienced independent energy risk management and procurement advisor, serving more than 1,300 commercial, industrial and governmental clients ranging from Fortune 500 global companies to medium-sized businesses to local municipalities. Tradition Energy is part of the Tradition Group, a leading global institutional broker of financial and commodity products. Tradition employs over 2,300 people in 29 countries around the world and is publicly listed on the Swiss stock exchange (CFT). www.TraditionEnergy.com

HARTFORD, Conn. & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eversource Energy subsidiary NSTAR Electric Company today announced the completion of its first ever issuance of “Green Bonds,” with proceeds used to support the company’s industry-leading low-carbon, clean energy initiatives.

NSTAR Electric issued $400 million of 3.25% debentures that will mature on May 15, 2029. The difference, or spread, between the 3.276% yield on the debentures and comparable United States Treasury obligations was only 85 basis points, or 0.85 percent. The unprecedented low spread was due to extremely high investor demand and NSTAR Electric’s strong credit rating profile. This result will benefit NSTAR Electric’s customers whose bills reflect the company’s borrowing costs.

“The spread of 85 basis points represents the tightest 10-year new issue spread for an unsecured utility green bond offering, which is tremendous news for our customers,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Treasurer John Moreira. “This is our inaugural offering in the Green Bond market and we are very pleased with the results. The proceeds from the $400 million debt issue were used to fund various ‘green’ initiatives including new solar projects and investments to help make our customers’ homes and businesses more energy efficient.”

Eversource manages the number one ranked energy efficiency programs in the nation as recognized by advocacy organizations including the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Also, the energy company recently completed 62 additional megawatts of utility-scale solar in Massachusetts. Eversource now operates 22 solar sites in the commonwealth with the capacity to power more than 11,000 homes, avoiding nearly 36,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year. This represents a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 7,000 cars off the road per year.

The energy company’s commitment to environmental sustainability is a key component of its daily operations and vision for the future. With a long-term strategy that is aligned with the region’s goals for clean energy development, Eversource has been a driving force in bringing cleaner, affordable and sustainable energy to the region through investments that include offshore wind, utility-scale solar, and energy storage.

Eversource (NYSE: ES), the #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to approximately four million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@EversourceCorp) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceEnergy). For more information on our water services, visit www.aquarionwater.com.

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens and Chronicle, an Alphabet company, today announced a new partnership to protect the energy industry’s critical infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated and malicious industrial cyber threats at Spotlight on Innovation, Siemens flagship U.S. technology and innovation conference. Through a unified approach that will leverage Chronicle’s Backstory platform and Siemens’ strength in industrial cyber security, the combined offering gives energy customers unparalleled visibility across information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) to provide operational insights and confidentially act on threats.

The energy industry has historically been unable to centrally apply analytics to process data streams, cost-effectively store and secure data, and identify malicious threats within OT systems. Research conducted by Siemens and Ponemon Institute found that while 60 percent of energy companies want to leverage analytics, only 20 percent are utilizing any analytics to do security monitoring in the OT environment. Small and medium enterprises are particularly vulnerable to security breaches as they frequently do not have the internal expertise to manage and address increasingly sophisticated attacks.

“The innovative partnership between Siemens and Chronicle demonstrates a new frontier in applying the power of security analytics to critical infrastructure that is increasingly dependent on digital technology,” said Leo Simonovich, Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security at Siemens Gas and Power. “Cyber-attacks targeting energy companies have reached unprecedented speeds, and our cutting-edge managed service unlocks the analytics ecosystem offers a new level of protection from potential operational, business and safety losses.”

“Energy infrastructure is an obvious example of cyber-attacks affecting the physical world and directly impacting people’s lives,” said Ansh Patnaik, Chief Product Officer, Chronicle. “Backstory’s security telemetry processing capabilities, combined with Siemens’ deep expertise, gives customers new options for protecting their operations.”

The partnership between Siemens and Chronicle will help energy companies securely and cost-effectively leverage the cloud to store and categorize data, while applying analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to OT systems that can identify patterns, anomalies, and cyber threats. Chronicle’s Backstory, a global security telemetry platform for investigation and threat hunting, will be the backbone of Siemens managed service for industrial cyber monitoring, including in both hybrid and cloud environments. This combined solution enables security across the industry’s operating environment – from energy exploration and extraction to power generation and delivery.

Join the conversation around Siemens Spotlight on Innovation event on social media with #SiemensInnovates and access this press release, press pictures, and other media materials via the Spotlight on Innovation news site.

More information at www.siemens.com/cybersecurity-energy.

Follow us on Twitter at @SiemensUSA and @Siemens_Energy.

Siemens Gas and Power (GP) is a global pacesetter in energy, helping customers to meet the evolving demands of today’s industries and societies. GP comprises broad competencies across the entire energy value chain and offers a uniquely comprehensive portfolio for utilities, independent power producers, transmission system operators and the oil and gas industry. Products, solutions and services address the extraction, processing and the transport of oil and gas as well as power generation in central and distributed thermal power plants and power transmission in grids. With global headquarters in Houston in the U.S. and more than 64,000 employees in over 80 countries, Siemens Gas and Power has a presence across the globe and is a leading innovator for the energy systems of today and tomorrow, as it has been for more than 150 years.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

ORANGE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), today announced that its Board of Directors has nominated four new director candidates for election at its 2019 Annual Meeting, which will be held on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. EDT at WilmerHale in Boston, Massachusetts. The nominees, who will join 10 current directors standing for re-election, are:

  • Robert Duffy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Teresa Herbert, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Independence Holding Company
  • Patricia Jacobs, President of AT&T New England
  • Sonsoles Rubio Reinoso, Internal Audit Director of the Iberdrola Group

“I am pleased to announce the nominations of Robert, Teresa, Patricia and Sonsoles to the AVANGRID Board,” said Ignacio Sanchez Galán, Chairman of the Board. “Each candidate brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in areas important to our business, including policy, finance and accounting and risk management. This is a significant step in our commitment to ensuring best-in-class governance practices through refreshing our board, with an eye toward further diversification.”

If elected at the Annual Meeting, the addition of these four individuals would increase the percentage of women on the Board to nearly 36% and the number of independent board members to 50%. AVANGRID has added six new directors over the past four years and is committed to continuously reviewing and enhancing the composition of its Board to benefit from a diversity of perspectives and experiences in a consistently evolving industry.

For more information about the Annual Meeting and the experience and qualifications of the nominees for election at the Annual Meeting, please see AVANGRID’s definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on April 29, 2019, and available in the Annual Shareholder Meeting section of www.avangrid.com.

Pedro Azagra Blázquez, Arnold L. Chase, and Alfredo Elías Ayub, who each served on the board since 2014, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and whose terms expire on the day of the 2019 Annual Meeting, will not be standing for re-election.

Mr. Galán concluded, “I want to thank Pedro, Arnold and Alfredo for their service to the Board. We are grateful for their many contributions during their tenure as directors, and the company will benefit from their contributions for years to come.”

 

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $32 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,500 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

 

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This release may be deemed to be additional soliciting material with respect to the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of the Company with respect to the Company's annual meeting of shareholders to be held on June 27, 2019 (the "Annual Meeting"). The Company filed its definitive proxy statement and accompanying proxy card relating to the Annual Meeting (the "Proxy Statement") with the SEC on April 29, 2019. The Proxy Statement and the Company's 2018 Annual Report to Shareholders were first made available to shareholders on or about April 29, 2019. Shareholders can obtain the Proxy Statement, any amendments or supplements to the Proxy Statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC for no charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the proxy materials are also available to shareholders at no charge at www.proxyvote.com or by writing to the Company's Corporate Secretary at AVANGRID, Inc., 180 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, Connecticut 06477.

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HOLLYWOOD, Florida--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sintavia, LLC, der führende Tier One-Metallzusatzstoffhersteller für die Luftfahrt-, Raumfahrt- und Rüstungsindustrie, gab heute bekannt, dass er eine Absichtserklärung (Term Sheet) zur Gründung eines Joint Ventures mit der Howco Group unterzeichnet hat, um die Entwicklung der additiven Fertigung innerhalb der Öl- und Gasindustrie zu unterstützen. Das Joint Venture würde unter dem Namen Howco Group firmieren und seinen Sitz am nordamerikanischen Hauptsitz von Howco in Houston, Texas, haben. Es wird erwartet, dass das Joint Venture noch in diesem Jahr seinen Betrieb aufnehmen wird.

„Viele der proprietären additiven Herstellungsverfahren, die Sintavia für die Luftfahrt-, Raumfahrt- und Rüstungsindustrie entwickelt hat, gelten gleichermaßen für die Öl- und Gasindustrie“, so Brian Neff, Vorsitzender und Geschäftsführer von Sintavia. „Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit Howco, um unseren gemeinsamen Kunden in der Öl- und Gasindustrie die wirtschaftlichen und technischen Vorteile von AM zu bieten.“

Howco, eine hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft der Sumitomo Corporation, ist ein weltweit führender Vertreiber von Rohstoffen und Hersteller von schlüsselfertigen Komponenten für Bohrloch-, Unterwasser- und Oberflächenausrüstungen. Das neue Joint Venture wird sich auf Werkstoffe konzentrieren, die sowohl in der Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie als auch in der Öl- und Gasindustrie verwendet werden, einschließlich Nickellegierungen und Edelstahl. Weitere Bedingungen des Joint Ventures wurden nicht bekannt gegeben.

Über Sintavia

Das Unternehmen ist Weltmarktführer bei der unabhängigen additiven Metallverarbeitung für die Branchen Luft- und Raumfahrt und Verteidigung. Mit Hochgeschwindigkeitsdruckern und einer Präzisions-Nachbearbeitungsausrüstung, ergänzt durch eine komplette mechanische Testausstattung und ein vollständiges metallurgisches und Pulverlabor ist Sintavia in der Lage, Parameter zu optimieren, Serien zu fertigen und Qualitätsteile für wichtige Industrien zu prüfen. Sintavia verpflichtet sich zu den höchsten Qualitätsstandards der Branche und ist nach Nadcap, AS9100, ISO17025 und ANAB akkreditiert sowie OASIS- und ITAR-konform. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter www.sintavia.com.

Über Howco

Howco ist der größte unabhängige Lieferant und Verarbeiter von legierungsarmen, chromhaltigen, Duplex-, Edelstahl- und Nickellegierungen für die Öl- und Gasindustrie. Howco steuert die Rohstofflieferkette mit seiner umfassenden globalen Präsenz, um Kunden im vorgelagerten Öl- und Gassektor zu unterstützen. Unsere Lagerbestände sind strategisch in Nordamerika, Europa, dem Nahen Osten und Asien positioniert und auf die Bedürfnisse unserer globalen Kunden zugeschnitten. Howco verfügt über subtraktive Bearbeitungs-, Wärmebehandlungs- und schlüsselfertige Fertigungskapazitäten in der Nähe unserer Kunden und bietet die kostengünstigste Komplettlösung.

www.howcogroup.com

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May 21, 2019 Houston – GE Renewable Energy and TÜV NORD today announced a milestone in the testing and certification of wind turbines today, the first design conformity statement to cover a 40-year period. TÜV NORD issued the statement for GE Renewable Energy's 2.7-116 turbine in accordance with the IEC 61400-22 standard. It is the first time that GE Renewable Energy has sought or received such a certification.

The GE 2.7-116 onshore wind turbine from GE's Onshore Wind business has a diameter of 116 meters, 56.9 meter long rotor blades and a hub height of 90 meters generates an output of 2.7 megawatts. It is primarily designed for areas with strong winds.

"Normally, we certify wind turbines for a period of 20 years," explains Mike Wöbbeking, Executive Vice President Renewables at TÜV NORD and General Manager of TÜV NORD EnSys. "The design review for such a long period of time was a real milestone for us as well."

Sheri Hickok, General Manager - Global Product Development, GE Onshore Wind, said, "We're delighted to have been able to partner with TÜV NORD on this certification milestone. We believe it is significant for our customers because it will both help them lower LCOE and de-risk their wind farms, both key considerations at the industry grows and matures."

In issuing the Design Evaluation Conformity Statement, TÜV NORD conducts a thorough evaluation of the design of the wind turbine. This evaluation process includes, for example, the calculation of the turbine loads and the verification of the component design (rotor blade, mechanical components and structures, tower and internals). For the increased service life, the components are subjected to additional loads in line with the extended service life. In addition, ageing and wear as well as potential faults resulting from them are taken into account.

The safety system and the manuals, the electrical system and the manufacturing processes are also evaluated. GE has developed an inspection and replacement concept that includes the safety-relevant components to ensure plant integrity over the entire life cycle, something that required a particularly interdisciplinary review by TÜV NORD.

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

About TÜV NORD GROUP
Founded 150 years ago, we stand for security and trust worldwide. As a knowledge company, we have the digital future firmly in our sights. Whether engineers, IT security experts or experts for the mobility of the future: We ensure in more than 70 countries that our customers become even more successful in the networked world.
www.tuev-nord-group.com

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May 21, 2019 Houston – GE Renewable Energy and TÜV NORD today announced a milestone in the testing and certification of wind turbines today, the first design conformity statement to cover a 40-year period. TÜV NORD issued the statement for GE Renewable Energy's 2.7-116 turbine in accordance with the IEC 61400-22 standard. It is the first time that GE Renewable Energy has sought or received such a certification.

The GE 2.7-116 onshore wind turbine from GE's Onshore Wind business has a diameter of 116 meters, 56.9 meter long rotor blades and a hub height of 90 meters generates an output of 2.7 megawatts. It is primarily designed for areas with strong winds.

"Normally, we certify wind turbines for a period of 20 years," explains Mike Wöbbeking, Executive Vice President Renewables at TÜV NORD and General Manager of TÜV NORD EnSys. "The design review for such a long period of time was a real milestone for us as well."

Sheri Hickok, General Manager - Global Product Development, GE Onshore Wind, said, "We're delighted to have been able to partner with TÜV NORD on this certification milestone. We believe it is significant for our customers because it will both help them lower LCOE and de-risk their wind farms, both key considerations at the industry grows and matures."

In issuing the Design Evaluation Conformity Statement, TÜV NORD conducts a thorough evaluation of the design of the wind turbine. This evaluation process includes, for example, the calculation of the turbine loads and the verification of the component design (rotor blade, mechanical components and structures, tower and internals). For the increased service life, the components are subjected to additional loads in line with the extended service life. In addition, ageing and wear as well as potential faults resulting from them are taken into account.

The safety system and the manuals, the electrical system and the manufacturing processes are also evaluated. GE has developed an inspection and replacement concept that includes the safety-relevant components to ensure plant integrity over the entire life cycle, something that required a particularly interdisciplinary review by TÜV NORD.

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

About TÜV NORD GROUP
Founded 150 years ago, we stand for security and trust worldwide. As a knowledge company, we have the digital future firmly in our sights. Whether engineers, IT security experts or experts for the mobility of the future: We ensure in more than 70 countries that our customers become even more successful in the networked world.
www.tuev-nord-group.com

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Houston, May 21, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy announced today at the AWEA Windpower Conference that the company has completed over 2,500 repowering upgrades, covering 4 GWs of capacity at 36 different wind farms across the United States, since 2017. The company said it expects to repower an additional 3 GW of units for 11 customers at over 25 new wind farms by the end of 2020, reflecting robust demand for the service.

GE Renewable Energy highlighted its capability to repower non-GE wind turbines, noting that two of the projects are for equipment originally supplied by other equipment manufacturers. Customers who have taken advantage of GE Renewable Energy's repowering services include NextEra, E.On, and MidAmerican Energy, amongst other leading players.

Repowering involves replacing older units with new, higher capacity turbines or retrofitting them with more efficient components – in both cases, significantly increasing wind farm production while extending the wind farm life. On average, for example, wind turbines repowered by GE have seen a 20 percent increase in annual energy production and 1.5 percent availability improvement from pre-repower performance.

Vikas Anand, GE Renewable Energy's CEO, Americas Onshore Wind, said, "Repowering existing wind turbine technology is a complex endeavor, requiring the ability to blend new technology and equipment with aging machines. GE has the engineering, design and financing expertise to help our customers do that in a way that enables them to generate the maximum amount of clean, renewable energy from each wind turbine in existence in the most economic manner possible."

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has estimated that annual US wind repowering investment could grow to $25 billion by 2030. With the largest installed base in the US, GE Renewable Energy is uniquely positioned to serve this sizable market segment. Touting a global installed base of over 60 GW, GE is strongly qualified to address the growing interest in repowering wind turbines worldwide.

With one of the most diverse renewable energy portfolios in the industry, GE Renewable Energy offers customers a wide range of products and services – from onshore and offshore wind equipment to grid solutions and digital services offerings – needed to help them drive down the cost of electricity and bring green electrons to the grid.

GE Renewable Energy is attending AWEA Windpower Conference in Houston, Texas, May 21-23. Visit us at booth #1426.

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

Fortum has made the investment decision to start the construction of the 90-megawatt Kalax wind park in Närpes, Finland.

- The clean energy giant accelerates its expansion plan in European market


- Signs the strategic cooperation contracts with Deuter, Bahama to co-design and develop solar backpacks & solar powered parasols for global market respectively

- Introduces its flexible modules & BIPV product- HanTile in Sweden Market; signs a USD 1 bn distribution agreement with Sun Lion Solar Ltd.

The clean energy giant, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (00566.hk), has been on a constant expansion mode and is steadfast to strengthen its foothold in the global market. The company recently exhibited its latest energy solutions at the 27th Intersolar Europe Exhibition, a world's leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners to feature its path-breaking energy solutions.

Hanergy Showcases Its Pioneering Energy Solutions At The Intersolar Europe Exhibition 2019 Image 2

As part of a three-day conference and exhibition held at Messe München Exhibition Centre, Munich, Germany from May 15-17, 2019, Hanergy showcased its most promising solar solutions.

Amongst the exhibits from Hanergy were - HanPaper Plus in, a portable solar power-bank product; HanPack, the solar backpack; and Humbrella, the solar-powered parasol, in consumer products category; and solar-powered housing solutions, like rooftop solutions of Single & Double Glass HanTile, power-generation wall solution, HanWall, and road paving solutions like HanBrick in the construction products category; Transportation solutions such as slide-in ground mounted system, Thin-Film Solar vehicle Roof, besides flexible modules, and production lines from Solibro and MiaSolé.

The most intriguing part is that Hanergy has also fast-tracked its global expansion with its participation at the Intersolar Europe Exhibition 2019. The company has signed the strategic cooperation contracts with renowned companies like Deuter & Bahama to co-design and develop solar backpacks & solar powered parasols respectively for the global market.

Hanergy Showcases Its Pioneering Energy Solutions At The Intersolar Europe Exhibition 2019 Image 3

As per the strategic co-operation contract with Deuter, Hanergy will be responsible for the development and the design of thin film flexible components, and Deuter will take the onus for the design and the production and the sales of the bags globally. The duo will adopt co-brand strategy to promote their upcoming solar backpacks.

On collaboration with Hanergy, Robert Schieferle, VP, Deuter said, “We’re pleased to build synergies with the company of Hanergy’s stature and bring to use their par-excellence thin film flexible components in our upcoming solar backpacks. We’re confident that our new solar backpack powered by Hanergy’ s light weight modules with dual branding of the two brands is surely going to be a head-turner.”

Deuter is a German brand of sport packs and bags, for hiking, trekking, snow sports and other uses. Founded in 1898, Deuter has been pioneering premium outdoor equipment market for over 120 years.

On the other hand, under the aegis of strategic partnership agreement with Bahama, Germany’s leading parasol brand, both the companies will co-operate to co-design and develop solar powered parasols.

Founded in 1950, today Bahama designs and manufactures a great variety of high-quality large-size parasols and sun sails.

Further, introducing its flexible modules & BIPV product- HanTile in the Sweden Market, the clean energy giant has also signed a USD 1 bn distribution agreement with Sun Lion Solar Ltd, one of renowned companies offering rooftop solutions in Scandinavian region for over 50 years.

Sweden’s solar market has grown tremendously in the past few years. Its operational PV capacity increased from 231 MW at the end of 2017 to 411 MW at the end of last year, according to new official statistics released by the Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten). The figures show that 2018 was the country’s best year ever in terms of solar energy development, with 180 MW added to the grid. That contrasts with 91 MW in 2017 and just 13 MW in 2016, while in 2015 and 2014 the country added around 37.6 MW and 36.2 MW, respectively.

Lv Yuan, vice president of Hanergy Overseas Sales company said, “Intersolar Europe has been around for years now, and we’ve been fortunate to be associated with the platform. Our participation at this year’s Intersolar Exhibition has yielded exceptionally good results for the company. We signed a US$1 billion contract to distribute our rooftop solution at Sweden, and we’ve also clinched strategic co-operation contracts with renowned companies in their respective fields like Deuter & Bahama to accentuate the look and feel of our solar backpacks and parasols, and also the sales in Europe and the world markets.”

According to Hanergy, it intends to close deals with nearly 85 potential customers with orders totaling to 380 MW at the Intersolar Exhibition. The company claims it received more than 5,000 visitors and thousands of experts from 160 nations during the exhibition.

Wang Zhongshuang, CEO of Hanergy Germany said, “Hanergy has been on a continuous growth trajectory and is constantly expanding its foothold in the global market. Our collaboration with Deuter and Bahama is a testament of our earnestness to apply our innovative thin film power technology to the products across industries. We’re committed to empower the world with mobile energy, and we’re open to work with top companies to create more energy efficient products that will change the way of life for consumers.”

According to the Global Market Outlook for Solar Power published recently by SolarPower Europe, Europe’s solar market is expected to grow exponentially. Germany will remain the largest PV market in Europe for years to come, with an expected newly installed solar capacity of 26.7 GW by 2023, bringing its total capacity to 72.6 GW. Spain will be the second-biggest market with new additions reaching 19.4 GW and its cumulative total hitting 25.3 GW by the end of the 2019-2023 period.

Over the next five years, the Netherlands, France and Italy will likely add 15.8 GW, 13.3 GW and 9.6 GW, respectively. They will be followed by Ukraine and Turkey, with 5.9 GW and 5.5 GW of respective projected growth.

Intersolar Europe, founded 27 years ago, has become one of the most important industry platforms for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar power plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy.

Houston, May 20, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy announced today from the AWEA Windpower Conference that it has secured 2,010 MW in onshore wind orders in North America through May 2019. These 728 turbines will power the equivalent of over 800,000 homes and will include windfarms across the United States, such as Engie's recently announced 160 MW Jumbo Hill wind farm.

The majority of these orders were for GE Renewable Energy's best-selling 2 MW product platform, which will have a total installed capacity of more than 15 GW by the end of 2019. GE's 2 MW fleet operates at an industry-leading average of 98+ percent availability.

Vikas Anand, GE Renewable Energy's CEO, Americas Onshore Wind, said, "We are delighted to partner with both new and long-time customers to bring affordable, clean renewable energy to more homes and communities across the country. This is a time of unprecedented growth and demand for the onshore wind industry in the US, and we are proud to offer technology and service offerings that meet the specific needs of our customers."

The US wind market remains strong. According to the American Wind Energy Association, a record 35,000 MW are in the pipeline as of the end of 2018, a 23 percent increase over 2017. GE Renewable Energy was recognized by AWEA as the top manufacturer of wind turbines in the US in 2018, supplying over 3 GW of capacity, 40 percent of the total onshore wind installed nationwide.

With one of the most diverse renewable energy portfolios in the industry, GE Renewable Energy offers customers a wide range of products and services – from onshore and offshore wind equipment to grid solutions and digital services offerings – to help them drive down the cost of electricity and bring green electrons to the grid.

GE Renewable Energy is attending AWEA Windpower Conference in Houston, Texas, May 21-23. Visit us at booth #1426.

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Sprng Energy gladly announces the partial commissioning of its second project in the country post Rewa.

May 22, 2019

Purpose
Operation and Control Engineer is responsible for supporting Engie North America’s IT and Operations Technology Engineering team the ongoing support of our Canadian renewable energy which consist of 13 generation assets coast to coast in Canada including a mix of Wind, Solar generation assets.

Reports to
IT/OT Manager – Canada

Location/Department
Markham, Ontario/ Asset Management

Vacancy Status
Local Contract Only

Status
Salary

Essential Job Functions

  • Reporting to the IT/OT Manager for Canada and secondarily to the Director of Operations.
  • Operation and Control Engineer is responsible for supporting and managing all Operations Technology Assets across Canada.
  • Participate and support site safety and environmental management systems; assure safety and environmental considerations are included in engineering products and solutions.
  • Design, plan, integrate, test and commission power system applications per defined requirements.
  • Identifies operational problems by observing and studying system functioning and performance results; investigating complaints and suggestions; interviewing process supervisors and operators; completing troubleshooting procedures.
  • Identifies operational priorities by assessing operational objectives; determining project objectives, such as, efficiency, cost savings, energy conservation, operator convenience, safety, environmental quality; estimating relevance, time, and costs.
  • Desired working knowledge of power generation equipment, substations, DVAR/DSTATCOM and SCADA control systems.
  • Develop/coordinate protective relay settings.
  • Protection & relay coordination studies.
  • Stay up to date with the latest industry standards and other requirements.
  • Knowledge of interfacing with SCADA, PLC etc.
  • Responsible for verifying accuracy of reports and documents related to plant performance and equipment, following-up with suppliers and service providers when required, and preparing reports or notifications as required.
  • Evaluate and develop site improvement projects. Provide economic justification, develop RFQ’s, evaluate bids and contract terms & conditions and award purchase orders, manage contractors, QA/QC monitoring, field change requests and develop budgets and manage cost control responsibilities for projects.
  • Provide technical guidance support and maintenance procedures.
  • Knowledge of various building, industrial and utility communication protocols like Modbus and DNP3.
  • PLC arrangements, I/O list. PLC programing and HMI programming capability is an asset.
  • Perform tier 2 support on complex technical issues associated with control system applications and the associated platforms.
  • Work with team to ensure that the control system applications and platforms are maintained according to standards, adhere to policies, and in compliance with NERC.
  • Present engineering analysis, plans and recommendations to site staff, management and directors.
  • May be required to work extended periods of time without relief when responding to priority/emergency situations (including overtime type assignments); may require shift work, weekend and holidays work, and/or on call duties.
  • Work multiple projects including supporting future development projects.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • 5 to 7 years of related experience preferably within the Renewable or Power Systems industry.
  • Excellent communication skills in either English or French, with bilingualism an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership skills to manage and supervise people and or contractors.
  • A valid Passport and valid Canadian Driver’s Licence.
  • Technical skills and the ability to learn and adapt.
  • Works with minimal supervision, manages own time effectively, maintain control over all current projects/responsibilities. Follow up on all relevant issues.
  • Excellent judgement and creative problem solving skills, including influencing, consulting, negotiation, and the agility to lead and drive complex and critical solutions while adapting to changing priorities.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Ability to meet highest attendance requirements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to use computer, calculator, etc.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs of weight.
  • Ability to climb ladders and work in heights > 250ft; enter confined spaces as required to complete assigned tasks.
  • Ability to travel, and engage in on-site troubleshooting.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field required.
  • Registered or ability to register as a Professional Engineer in Canada.

Working Environment (85% indoors, 15% outdoors)

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

“All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status”.

ENGIE North America Inc. encourages individuals to apply for open positions using the Apply Online button below.  However, if you are unable to complete your application on-line you may mail your resume to our address: ENGIE North America Inc., Attn: Human Resources, 1990 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1900, Houston, TX 77056.

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Women in Wind support for SDG7 in BusinessGreen

 

A recent article in UK media outlet BusinessGreen highlighted the Women in Wind program and the role of gender in UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” This is one of the driving principles of Women in Wind, alongside SDG5 to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

In the article, GWEC points out that women are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to cheap and sustainable energy, largely because of the socioeconomic and cultural divide in developing countries where women perform the majority of unpaid labour related to heating, cooking and lighting domestic spaces (ex. gathering firewood, retrieving water, cooking food). This in turn has deleterious effects on women’s exposure to indoor air pollution, other health risks and physical assault, and deprives them of opportunities for generating income, developing a career and leisure time. 

CEO Lunch (somente convidados)

O Conselho Mundial de Energia Eólica (Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) realizará um exclusivo “CEO Lunch”, por ocasião da 10ª edição do Brazil Windpower. Neste almoço, organizado pelo CEO do GWEC, Ben Backwell, discutiremos desafios e oportunidades no mercado brasileiro de energia eólica.

O cenário

O GWEC e a ABEEólica vêm trabalhando juntos construindo uma ponte entre a indústria e o governo para fornecer dados abrangentes e insights sobre as melhores práticas na indústria global a fim de abrir o mercado para a energia limpa, com boa relação custo-benefício.

O investimento no setor de energia eólica do Brasil deverá aumentar nos próximos anos. Com 2 GW instalados em 2018, o Brasil continua liderando o crescimento na região, com leilões a preços extremamente competitivos (segundo preço mais baixo oferecido em 2018) e apoiado por alguns dos melhores fatores de capacidade no mundo. O Mercado Livre continua a crescer, pois as corporações buscam energia limpa a preços competitivos para suas operações, enquanto a importância do vento na matriz energética, obriga o setor a buscar sinergias e oportunidades de integração com outras fontes de renováveis.

Enquanto isso, o mercado vive uma onda de investimento internacional em conjunto com fusões e aquisições, com a presença de participantes não tradicionais, como grandes fundos de infraestrutura que se tornaram grandes players no mercado.

Com a previsão de chegar a 20 GW de capacidade de geração em 2023, o setor eólico enfrentará novos desafios nos próximos anos, à medida que novas tecnologias e modelos financeiros impactarem o setor e a situação política do Brasil continuar a evoluir.

Os participantes, todos de alto nível, terão a oportunidade de ouvir apresentadores importantes e a chance única de interagir com seus pares e atores-chave no mercado de energia eólica do Brasil.

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Overview of Renewable Energy in Vietnam: Challenges and Opportunities

Summary

The capacity building workshop will raise provincial government’s understanding of renewable energy – particularly Vietnam’s renewable energy resource.  It will also cover Vietnam’s attractiveness to FDI and look at encouraging investment in the country.

Programme Objectives

The Vietnamese economy continues to grow strongly. Government plans are for the size of Vietnam’s economy to reach USD210 billion in 2020 and USD440 billion in 2025, with annual GDP growth running at around 6.5% through the coming decade. The Prime Minister has stated clearly that he wants to see Vietnam build a new “digital” economy to lead the development of the fourth Industrial Revolution in Southeast Asia.

To do so Vietnam needs to continue to build a resilient electric power sector to deliver cheap and reliable electricity to customers across the country.

The cost of renewable electricity continues to fall in markets across the world to a point where it is now cheaper to build and operate than new coal plant in most markets. Vietnam has one of the best wind resources in Southeast Asia as well as significant solar, biomass and hydro resources. Vietnam also enjoys significant offshore wind potential. The country has the capacity to install up to 90GW of wind energy, onshore and offshore, and over 200GW of solar PV plant.

In that context, the dialogue program “Overview of renewable energy in Vietnam: Challenges and Opportunities”, which is hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs of Localities in collaboration with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and global renewable energy developer, Mainstream Renewable Power, will cover the following agenda:

  • Overview of renewable energy industry and global trend in renewable energy development
  • Renewable energy development in Vietnam
  • Opportunities that renewable energy can bring to the provinces/regions, including FDI investment attraction, job creation and opportunities for businesses to participate in the regional and global energy value chain
  • Challenges that investors are facing, and the support/assistance that local authorities could provide to businesses
  • Knowledge and information provided in the training program will help provincial leaders and trade/foreign affairs officials improve their knowledge and skills, which will assist them in providing practical advice for senior leadership of the provinces/cities to attract investment and develop the renewable energy sector in the localities

Global Wind Energy Council

The Global Wind Energy Council helps open up new markets for wind energy. GWEC has a proven track record of success in helping to build the wind energy industry in emerging markets around the world, including China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India, Argentina, and Vietnam

Announcing the eight female mentors joining the 2019/2020 Women in Wind Global Leadership Program

 

Following our announcement of the eight selected participants for the inaugural Women in Wind program last week, we are so excited to share our eight mentors for this year. 

After launching the program in April, we were grateful to receive many offers of support from senior female leaders across the industry. Ultimately, our mentors were chosen for their track record of leadership, commitment to pushing the needle on gender diversity and recognized knowledge of the wind sector. We also sought to make thoughtful and suitable matches to our participants, based on shared areas of interest and expertise.

This year’s mentors (in alphabetical order)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Courtesy Senvion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.