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DUNSFOLD, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AFC Energy (AIM:AFC), the industrial fuel cell power company, today announced the successful deployment of CH2ARGETM, the world’s first electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The breakthrough by the UK-based energy technology company could enable 100% clean electricity for future EV charging.

The demonstration of AFC Energy’s CH2ARGE system took place at Dunsfold Aerodrome, home to the BBC Top Gear test track, and saw a BMW i8 as the first ever car to be recharged with power generated by a hydrogen fuel cell. The innovation takes place after 10 years of fuel cell research development at the AFC Energy laboratories.

AFC Energy is preparing for the commercialisation of fuel cell-based EV Charge solutions to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly power in the EV market. Traditional charging causes pollution with electricity from fossil fuels, but AFC Energy’s CH2ARGE can be 100% emissions free.

The EV market is set to grow rapidly and the UK government has stated that 50% of new car sales will be EVs by 2030 which will see nine million EVs on the road. By 2040, 100% of new car sales are planned to be EVs leading to the entirety of the UK’s fleet of 36 million cars becoming EVs. To recharge the fleet of EVs, the UK National Grid estimates show this will require generation to be increased by 8GW, while calculations by AFC Energy show that if one in 10 of the EVs is being recharged simultaneously the UK’s future fleet of 36 million cars would have a peak demand surge of 25.7 GW based on an average EV battery of 57 kWh. This maximum peak demand equates to approximately half the UK current generational requirement and is the equivalent of 7.9 new nuclear power stations or 17,100 wind turbines. Popular venues such as sports centres, stadiums and supermarkets will also have to scale up EV recharging solutions; a scenario where 25% of vehicles are EVs and half plug in to charge while at the venue would require 11.5MW of electricity generation. Extensive investment in new power stations and upgrade of the distribution network would be required unless these demands are met through localised power generation.

AFC Energy is working to provide a solution to the potential future challenges caused by EV charging and its CH2ARGE system could potentially deliver locally-generated electricity through thousands of installations that generate 100% clean electricity. In contrast, the provision of power through central generation would require massive investment in new generating capacity and a re-architecting of the distribution network.

“By 2030, it is estimated that there could be nine million electric vehicles on the roads of Britain, up from 90,000 today,” said Adam Bond, Chief Executive Officer at AFC Energy. “For this transition, we need charging stations to be embedded throughout the country, as well as seeking innovative solutions to overcome the severe limitations of centrally generated electricity. By developing and demonstrating the effectiveness of our hydrogen fuel cell in the application of EV charging, AFC Energy has shown it is ready to lead the way not only in solving the challenges of increased demand for electricity, but also doing so in a truly zero emissions approach.”

CH2ARGE includes AFC Energy’s small-scale fuel cell connected to an inverter similar to those used by other major automotive companies at their Electric Vehicle research centres. The inverter transfers energy created by the fuel cell to a charger. The system is supported by a 48V battery pack to assist with peak power demands. The solution can also be tailored for both on and off grid applications and scale up as required.

The demonstration CH2ARGE system was sized to provide sufficient power to charge two EVs concurrently at recharging levels 1,2 or 3. The system’s inverters are controlled via AFC Energy’s fuel cell control system which ensures the safe and precise control of the complete setup. Being integrated into AFC Energy’s control system means that product solutions can be implemented with Smart Charging capabilities.

AFC Energy is looking to enter into discussions with potential OEM partners and suppliers for the production of its CH2ARGE scalable EV Charge systems for commercial deployment.

About AFC Energy

AFC Energy plc is commercialising an alkaline fuel cell system, to provide clean electricity for on and off grid applications. The technology, pioneered over the past ten years in the UK, is in the process of being deployed in industrial gas plants for grid generation, as an alternative to diesel generators for localised power, and as the power source for local electricity needs.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Our rainy January continues in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s service territory, and forecasts show that the strongest storm this week will arrive Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday. PG&E has a plan to safely deal with outages and restoration work. The company is urging its customers to take the necessary steps to be prepared and stay safe.

PG&E meteorologists forecast continued gusty winds from the south, widespread rain and potential for heavy mountain snow, with the majority expected to fall above 5,000 feet. A break in the storms is possible Friday lasting through early next week.

“We’re in the midst of the second large weather system of the year with the biggest storm expected late Wednesday afternoon, and we want to remind our customers to be prepared and have a plan. Our meteorology team is closely tracking the weather and working with our team in the field to ensure we’re ready to restore outages safely and as quickly as possible,” said PG&E meteorologist Mike Voss.

PG&E’s meteorology team uses a Storm Outage Prediction Model that incorporates real-time weather forecasts, historic data and system knowledge to show where and when storm impacts will be most severe. This model enables the company to pre-stage crews and equipment as storms approach to enable rapid response to outages.

Storm Safety Tips:

  • Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
  • Use flashlights, not candles: During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
  • Have a backup phone: If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work, such as a cordless phone or answering machine, plan to have a standard telephone or cellular phone ready as a backup.
  • Have fresh drinking water, ice: Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling. Blue Ice from your picnic cooler also works well in the freezer.
  • Secure outdoor furniture: Deck furniture, lightweight yard structures and decorative lawn items should be secured as they can be blown by high winds and damage overhead power lines and property.
  • Use generators safely: Customers with standby electric generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to customers, as well as crews working on power lines. If using portable generators, be sure they are in a well-ventilated area.
  • Turn off appliances: If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
  • Safely clean up: After the storm has passed, be sure to safely clean up. Never touch downed wires and always call 811 or visit 811express.com at least two full business days before digging to have all underground utilities safely marked.

Other tips can be found at pge.com/beprepared

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

ORANGE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE:AGR) will be releasing its fourth quarter & full year 2018 financial results on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, after the market closes.

In conjunction with the earnings release, AVANGRID will conduct a webcast conference call with financial analysts on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 beginning at 9:00 A.M. Eastern time. AVANGRID’s Executive team will present an overview of the 2018 financial results and provide 2019 earning guidance followed by a question and answer session.

In addition, AVANGRID will host a meeting for the investor community on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in New York beginning at 9:00 A.M. Eastern time. AVANGRID’s Executive team will present an update of AVANGRID’s Long-term Plan followed by a question and answer session.

Interested parties, including analysts, investors and the media, may listen to both live audio-only webcasts by accessing links located in the Investors section of AVANGRID’s website at http://www.avangrid.com. Presentation materials will also be posted on this page and audio replays of the webcasts will be available for 30 days following each event.

Institutional investors can access the fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results conference call on February 20, 2019 beginning at 9:00 A.M. Eastern time via Thomson Street Events (www.streetevents.com), a password-protected event management site.

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, received a Climate Development Project climate score of “A-,” the top score received in the utilities sector, and was recognized by Ethical Boardroom as the North American utility with the “best corporate governance practices” for 2016 and 2017. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ubiquitous Energy, the leader in transparent solar technology, has named Keith Wilson as Chief Executive Officer. Ubiquitous Energy is a Silicon Valley technology company leading the development of transparent photovoltaics with its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology—the world’s first truly transparent solar technology. The company’s industry-leading performance combination of energy conversion and visible transparency will enable products such as energy efficient windows that generate electricity from the sun without aesthetic impact.

Keith brings over 25 years of experience in operating management and finance, including venture capital as an investor and operating partner. With a background in finance, Keith has led both public and privately held companies. Most recently Keith served as Managing Partner and CEO of Cranberry Capital along with management roles at Sweetwater Energy, Clerio Vision, and Health Care Originals. Building on deep relationships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester, Cranberry Capital has made a number of material science and health care technology investments.

“As an early investor in our company, I have worked with Keith for many years and am excited to welcome him to our team as CEO,” said Ubiquitous Energy co-founder and CTO, Dr. Miles Barr. “Keith’s experience and expertise will help accelerate our growth and lead us through this exciting time as we are on the verge of commercializing our truly transparent solar technology.”

Founded by renowned scientists and professors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Michigan State University, Dr. Miles Barr, Prof. Vladimir Bulovic, and Prof. Richard Lunt, Ubiquitous Energy was formed upon the novel concept of creating transparent solar cells that can be deployed seamlessly throughout our everyday world. Applied directly to glass using standard glass coating equipment, ClearView Power™ is a highly transparent, color-neutral coating that generates electricity from sunlight. ClearView Power™ selectively absorbs and converts non-visible light (ultraviolet and infrared) to electricity while transmitting visible light. Having raised more than $25M in total financing, the company is working with global partners to integrate ClearView Power™ into a variety of products with a focus on architectural window applications.

Ubiquitous Energy is primed to revolutionize the way we think about solar technology with the commercial deployment of ClearView Power™. “The team at Ubiquitous Energy has done an amazing job developing this novel and unique transparent solar technology,” said Keith Wilson. “Having observed the technology since its beginning it’s incredible to see the progress. I look forward to helping the team bring this technology to the market. We have many great things coming, stay tuned.”

About Ubiquitous Energy

Ubiquitous Energy is the world leader in transparent photovoltaics. Its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology is the first truly transparent solar product. ClearView Power™ harvests solar energy and serves as an invisible, onboard source of electricity for a variety of end products. The thin coating can be applied to the surface of window glass to provide electricity generation and energy efficiency. Originally spun out of MIT in 2012, Ubiquitous Energy is now producing its highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its pilot production facility in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ubiquitous.energy.

Rotterdam, January 16th 2019 – GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) announced today that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement.

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam said "We are proud that GE Renewable Energy and SIF are using our port as a test location to develop the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world. It confirms the port's reputation and validates our focus on being an attractive partner for the offshore wind industry as it drives the energy transition."

Alderman Bonte, responsible for Rotterdam's Energy Transition, said "In our fight against climate change we need a massive expansion of the number of windfarms at sea. We are delighted that GE has selected the Port of Rotterdam as the test location for the Haliade-X 12 MW, which is the largest wind turbine in the world and can therefore help us accelerate the clean energy transition."

John Lavelle, VP & CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy said "As we rapidly progress on assembling the Haliade-X prototype, this announcement is a critical step forward for GE and our customers. The port of Rotterdam has been a real partner and provides all the necessary conditions to test the Haliade-X in the most drastic weather conditions".

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding Netherlands mentioned "we are very pleased to install the Haliade-X 12 MW on the Sif site in Rotterdam, supporting Sif's ambition to remain at the forefront of developments in the offshore wind industry. The project also fits Sif's ambition to become entirely CO2 neutral as the Haliade-X 12 MW will supply carbon-free energy to the electricity grid.

Activities in Rotterdam to prepare the site for future installation have just begun. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections will be produced in Seville (Spain). All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018 to help reduce offshore wind's cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us @GERenewables and www.ge.com/renewableenergy
For further information: Santiago Chacon, Offshore Wind Communications Leader
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (+33) 7 79 46 93 46

About Pondera
Pondera Consult is a well-known Dutch renewable energy consultant. Pondera is involved in the development of almost all current and future offshore windfarms in the Dutch North Sea. Besides offshore wind projects Pondera develops onshore wind, energy storage and solar projects for numerous clients. Pondera has been actively involved in a pipeline of more than 10 GW renewable energy projects, of which 1 GW is installed to date. In some cases, through a specific Pondera Development entity, we are involved in co-developing renewable energy projects.
For further information: Ester Bierens, Marketing and Communications Officer
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (+31) 6 33 65 98 71

About Sif Holding N.V.
Sif is a leading manufacturer of large steel tubulars, which are used as foundation components mainly for the offshore wind market. The Company manufactures customized tubular components for offshore foundations, predominantly in the greater North Sea region. Sif combines a highly automated and flexible production facility with technology leadership in rolling and welding of heavy steel plates, which is based on over 70 years of experience and innovative in-house developed techniques and processes. Sif primarily produces monopiles, transition pieces and piles that are used to anchor jacket foundations in the seabed for offshore wind turbines. It furthermore produces components for offshore steel structures as jacket legs, piles, pin piles, and pile sleeves.
For further information: Diederik de Bruin, Project Manager Future Wind This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (+31) 6 24 28 41 04

GOLETA, Kalifornien--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Transphorm Inc. —der führende Hersteller von Halbleitern aus Galliumnitrid (GaN) mit höchster Zuverlässigkeit und nur qualifizierter Hochspannung (HV)—hat heute bestätigt, dass der führende Stromversorgungshersteller TDK-Lambda, ein Unternehmen der TDK-Gruppe, sein erstes GaN-basiertes AC-DC-Netzteil auf den Markt gebracht hat. Das voll funktionsfähige, auf 504 W geschätzte PFH500F-28 ist die neueste Generation des Moduls mit AC-DC-Grundplatte und gekühlter Stromzufuhr des Unternehmens. Darüber hinaus ist das Leistungsmodul das neueste Transphorm-Kundenprodukt, das die Vorteile von HV-GaN demonstriert und den Wirkungsgrad in einem 28 Prozent kleineren Gehäuse gegenüber der vorherigen PFE500F-Serie um 5 Prozent erhöht.

Großflächige industrielle Einsatzmöglichkeiten erhalten einen Schub

Das PFH500F-28 ist ein flaches Leistungsmodul mit 28 Volt Ausgangsleistung, das für verschiedene raue Umgebungsbedingungen, handelsübliche Standard-Netzteile (COTS), kundenspezifische Lüfterlose Stromversorgung, Verkehrssignalisierung und mehr entwickelt wurde. Das neu gestaltete Standard-Power-Modul von TDK-Lambda verwendet eine brückenlose Totem-Leistungsfaktor-Korrektur-Topologie, um das TPH3206LDG FET von Transphorm im beliebten 8x8-PQFN-Gehäuse zu optimieren.

Das Entwicklungsprojekt wurde von dem TDK-Lambda Americas Dallas, TX-Team und dem Anwendungssupport-Team von Transphorm in verschiedenen Phasen der dreijährigen Initiative geleitet.

„Wir freuen uns, die neue PFH-Standardserie vorzustellen“, erklärte Jin He, Vizepräsident Ingenieurwesen bei TDK-Lambda. „Unsere Ingenieure prüfen sorgfältig neue Technologien, die unseren Endkunden zugutekommen, um sicherzustellen, dass jedes neue Produkt, das wir auf den Markt bringen, zuverlässig ist und einen deutlichen Fortschritt gegenüber früheren Modellen darstellt. Unsere Entscheidung, mit Transphorm an unserem ersten GaN-AC-DC-Produkt zu arbeiten, basierte vor allem auf der bewährten Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit der Leistungshalbleiter sowie dem Ruf des Teams für erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit. Unsere Erfahrung war, dass wir das PFH500F-28 mit unserer dreijährigen Garantie herausgebracht haben und mit Transphorm über zukünftige Projekte sprechen.“

Das bisherige GaN von Transphorm hat es den Kunden ermöglicht, Computernetzteile, Servomotoren und Telekommunikationsnetzteile herzustellen, die deutliche Vorteile in Bezug auf Leistungsdichte, Größe und Systemkosten aufweisen. Das Leistungsmodul von TDK-Lambda kommt hinzu, da der PFH500F-28 im Vergleich zu seinem siliziumbasierten Vorgänger folgende Vorteile bietet:

  • Energieeffizienz: bis zu 92 Prozent, eine Steigerung um 5 Prozent gegenüber dem PFE500F
  • Leistungsdichte: 100 W/Kubikzoll, eine Steigerung von 30 Prozent gegenüber dem PFE500F
  • PMBus™-Überwachung und -Programmierung (Lesen/Schreiben)
  • Verkleinerung: Von 122 x 70 x 12,7 auf 101,6 x 61 x 13,5 mm, eine Reduzierung um 28 Prozent
  • Reduzierte Größe der externen kapazitiven Komponenten
  • Thermische Einwirkung: 38 Prozent weniger Abwärme, daher weniger Kühlkörper/Kühlung erforderlich als beim PFE500F

Über die TDK-Lambda Corporation

Die TDK-Lambda Corporation, ein Konzernunternehmen der TDK Corporation, ist ein weltweit führendes Stromversorgungsunternehmen, das hochzuverlässige Stromversorgungen für Industrieanlagen weltweit anbietet. Die TDK-Lambda Corporation erfüllt die unterschiedlichen Bedürfnisse der Kunden mit ihrem gesamten Leistungsspektrum, von Forschung und Entwicklung über Herstellung, Vertrieb und Service mit Standorten in fünf Schlüsselbereichen, die Japan, Europa, Amerika, China und Asien abdecken. Für weitere Informationen besuchen Sie bitte https://www.tdk-lambda.com/en/.

Willkommen bei der GaN-Revolution!

Transphorm konstruiert und fertigt GaN-Halbleiter mit höchster Leistung und Zuverlässigkeit für Stromwandlungsanwendungen mit Hochspannung. Transphorm verfügt über eines der größten IP-Portfolios (über 600 Patente) und produziert die einzigen JEDEC- und AEC-Q101-qualifizierten GaN-FETs der Branche. Dies beruht auf dem vertikal integrierten Geschäftsansatz, der Innovationen in jeder Phase der Entwicklung zulässt: Konstruktion, Herstellung, Gerät und Anwendungsunterstützung. Transphorm: Leistungselektronik, die die Grenzen des Siliziums überwindet. Website: transphormusa.com Twitter: @transphormusa

Rotterdam, January 16th 2019 – GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) announced today that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam (NL) during summer 2019. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement.

This Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE Renewable Energy to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam said "We are proud that GE Renewable Energy and SIF are using our port as a test location to develop the most powerful offshore wind turbine in the world. It confirms the port's reputation and validates our focus on being an attractive partner for the offshore wind industry as it drives the energy transition."

Alderman Bonte, responsible for Rotterdam's Energy Transition, said "In our fight against climate change we need a massive expansion of the number of windfarms at sea. We are delighted that GE has selected the Port of Rotterdam as the test location for the Haliade-X 12 MW, which is the largest wind turbine in the world and can therefore help us accelerate the clean energy transition."

John Lavelle, VP & CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy said "As we rapidly progress on assembling the Haliade-X prototype, this announcement is a critical step forward for GE and our customers. The port of Rotterdam has been a real partner and provides all the necessary conditions to test the Haliade-X in the most drastic weather conditions".

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding Netherlands mentioned "we are very pleased to install the Haliade-X 12 MW on the Sif site in Rotterdam, supporting Sif's ambition to remain at the forefront of developments in the offshore wind industry. The project also fits Sif's ambition to become entirely CO2 neutral as the Haliade-X 12 MW will supply carbon-free energy to the electricity grid.

Activities in Rotterdam to prepare the site for future installation have just begun. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections will be produced in Seville (Spain). All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

This prototype in Rotterdam is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE Renewable Energy in March 2018 to help reduce offshore wind's cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us @GERenewables and www.ge.com/renewableenergy
For further information: Santiago Chacon, Offshore Wind Communications Leader
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (+33) 7 79 46 93 46

About Pondera
Pondera Consult is a well-known Dutch renewable energy consultant. Pondera is involved in the development of almost all current and future offshore windfarms in the Dutch North Sea. Besides offshore wind projects Pondera develops onshore wind, energy storage and solar projects for numerous clients. Pondera has been actively involved in a pipeline of more than 10 GW renewable energy projects, of which 1 GW is installed to date. In some cases, through a specific Pondera Development entity, we are involved in co-developing renewable energy projects.
For further information: Ester Bierens, Marketing and Communications Officer
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (+31) 6 33 65 98 71

About Sif Holding N.V.
Sif is a leading manufacturer of large steel tubulars, which are used as foundation components mainly for the offshore wind market. The Company manufactures customized tubular components for offshore foundations, predominantly in the greater North Sea region. Sif combines a highly automated and flexible production facility with technology leadership in rolling and welding of heavy steel plates, which is based on over 70 years of experience and innovative in-house developed techniques and processes. Sif primarily produces monopiles, transition pieces and piles that are used to anchor jacket foundations in the seabed for offshore wind turbines. It furthermore produces components for offshore steel structures as jacket legs, piles, pin piles, and pile sleeves.
For further information: Diederik de Bruin, Project Manager Future Wind This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (+31) 6 24 28 41 04

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SAN DIEGO  – EDF Renewables North America announced today that the 80 megawatt (MW) Copenhagen Wind Project (Project) is fully operational and delivering electricity.  Consisting of 40 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the Project benefits from a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with Narragansett Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Grid.

Located in Lewis and Jefferson counties in upstate New York, Copenhagen Wind supported approximately 200 jobs during the construction phase and invested $15 million in supplies, equipment, utilities and fuel sourced from local businesses. In addition to the annual $700,000 property taxes to be paid locally, the project has entered a $430,000 Host Community Agreement with the Town of Denmark as well as another $60,000 Cultural Mitigation Agreement.

“We are pleased to join the ranks of leaders in New York wind and support the State’s renewable energy target of 50 percent renewables by 2030.  Through Copenhagen Wind, which was developed under a model of true local partnership, we also cemented a long-term relationship with National Grid to supply affordable, reliable wind power to its Rhode Island customers,” commented Jacob Susman, Vice President, Head of Origination at EDF Renewables.  “The Project is yet another great example of how wind power provides an economic boost not just in the Wind Belt, but also on the coasts, through the creation of local jobs, tax revenue, and recurring landowner lease payments.”

EDF Renewables Asset Optimization will perform asset management services to increase project operational performance as well as balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics from our San Diego-based Operations Control Center (OCC) to increase equipment availability and reduce downtime.

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 35,000 average homes.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 177,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually1 which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 37,500 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year.

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

1 According to US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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SAN DIEGO (Jan. 7, 2019) – EDF Renewables North America has signed a multi-year agreement with Phoenix Wind Repower, LLC, a portfolio investment of a fund managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy at Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES), to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for three wind projects located in Texas.  With this agreement, EDF Renewables’ Asset Optimization portfolio has reached over 2,300 megawatts (MW) in Texas encompassing 15 projects and six turbine manufacturers.

Under the terms of the agreement, EDF Renewables will provide Asset Management, Balance of Plant (BOP) Management, Remote Monitoring, and NERC Compliance Services for the wind projects. Trinity Hills (225 MW), Sherbino Mesa II (145 MW), and Silver Star (60 MW) projects currently operate with Clipper C96-2.5 machines and will be repowered with Vestas V110-2.2 technology by 2020.

“We appreciate the opportunity to be trusted to help the three Texas wind projects deliver the highest value,” said Dalen Copeland, Vice President, O&M Business Development for EDF Renewables Asset Optimization. “This agreement demonstrates how we keep project owner’s success in mind by leveraging deep experience and a flexible suite of services into smarter decisions and increased performance.”

EDF Renewables is an industry leader, providing asset optimization services to more than 13 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar projects globally. With more than 30 years of experience and over 450 experts employed in North America, EDF Renewables offers the same innovative solutions to our customers that maximize the performance of our owned projects.

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Enel, through its US renewable company Enel Green Power North America, Inc., has started operations of the 320 MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm, its first wind facility in the US state of Nebraska, and the Diamond Vista wind farm of around 300 MW in Kansas.

EDF Renewables, Canada today announced the signing of a 20-year Renewable Electricity Support Agreement with the Alberta Electricity System Operator for the renewable attributes related to the 201.6 megawatt Cypress Wind Project.

Area has potential to produce 2,500 megawatts of wind energy

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As the old saying goes, there’s nothing permanent except change. This certainly holds true for the U.S. energy landscape. It is constantly evolving and renewable energy cost declines, technology advancements, and impending power plant retirements are driving the transition.

How can we stay up-to-date on these changes? And more importantly, what role will wind energy play in the future energy mix? One effective method is tracking electric utilities’ integrated resource plans (IRP), and the AWEA Utility IRP Database is here to help keep you in-the-know about important changes.

AWEA members can download the Utility IRP Database today for details on IRPs filed in the U.S. since the beginning of 2015. Key database items include:

  • Planned wind capacity additions
  • Planned solar capacity additions
  • Other planned renewable energy additions
  • Planned natural gas additions
  • Total planned capacity additions
  • Planned coal retirements
  • Capital cost assumptions for wind, solar and natural gas
  • Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) assumptions for wind, solar and natural gas
  • Wind capacity factor assumptions

The database helps users understand which electric utilities across the country are actively planning to add renewable energy, and wind energy specifically, to their generation portfolios over the next 10 to 20 years. Users can also compare cost and performance assumptions across electric utilities, serving as an aid in IRP proceedings.

Electric utilities across the nation are planning changes to their generation portfolios through their IRP processes and are making significant infrastructure investments as a result. IRPs outline electric utilities’ resource needs to meet expected electricity demand over a long-term planning horizon. Currently, 33 states require utilities to file IRPs for review by state public utility commissions (PUC). IRP requirements vary by state, but they generally address resource needs over a 10- to 20-year planning horizon, with updates made every two to three years.

With over 3,300 utilities across the country serving hundreds of millions of customers, IRPs are critical for delivering reliable, low-cost electricity to consumers. And utilities continue to be a leading customer of wind power, owning or contracting three-quarters of the total wind capacity installed today. Therefore, it’s critical to ensure the fair valuation and treatment of wind power and its many benefits in IRP proceedings.

Utilities like wind power because it contributes to a diverse resource mix, acting as an anchor component for many IRPs. Speaking on the evolution of Minnesota IRPs over time, PUC Chair Nancy Lange said, “Wind is currently the most cost-effective resource … The technology performance continues to improve while the costs continue to decline.” Some of the many ways wind power directly benefits utilities include:

  • Low cost: Wind’s costs have fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009, making it the lowest-cost source of new electric generating capacity in many parts of the country.
  • Price hedge: Wind energy has zero fuel costs, providing an effective hedge against both short- and long-term energy market volatility.
  • Reliability: Xcel Energy, the main utility in Colorado, has at times satisfied over 66 percent of its demand for electricity with wind. Four states now generate over 30 percent of their electricity using wind.
  • Environmental Benefits: Wind power produces no carbon or air pollution and reduces water consumption.

Download the Utility IRP Database today! The last database update occurred on January 10, 2019. Future database updates will occur on a quarterly basis.

GWEC at IRENA Coalition for Action meeting in Abu Dhabi

This week saw Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC attend the latest IRENA Coalition for Action strategy meeting. Ben is joining the Steering Committee and will be working with organisations across the energy system to advance the uptake of renewables, discuss industry trends and share knowledge alongside best practice. 

The meeting explored the future priorities and work programme for the group going into 2019. A key part of the meeting was to discuss the future of renewables and how the group can ensure private sector investment in renewables in emerging markets.
Ben spoke on behalf of GWEC on how wind can be deployed in emerging countries and across the world. 

  • Find out more about the IRENA Coalition for Action here.

  • Find out more about the IRENA General Assembly here. 

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2018 may be in the rearview mirror, but let’s take a moment to reflect on another year of incredible progress for American wind power.

Wind energy made huge strides across the U.S., from the shores of Massachusetts all the way out to California and dozens of places in between. And that’s good news for families and businesses, because it means access to more affordable, reliable, clean electricity is on the way.

As we look back, here are some of the high points that stood out to us:

The wind development pipeline hits an all-time high

Here’s a remarkable fact: There has never been more wind power under construction in the U.S. than right now, which means America’s 105,000 wind workers and 500 wind-related factories are as busy as ever.

Just under 38,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind projects are under construction or advanced development. That means in just the next few years, the U.S. is poised to add as much new wind as all the wind currently installed in Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa combined, the country’s top three wind states.

Much of this activity is centered in a diverse group of seven states on track to double the amount of wind within their borders: Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts. Arkansas also represents a newcomer to the wind club—when an under-construction project there comes online it will become the 42nd state with a utility-scale wind project.

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Costs continue falling while technology keeps advancing

Wind energy is a perfect example of American ingenuity taking a nascent technology, improving it, and bringing it to market viability. Since 2009, the cost of wind has fallen by 69 percent, largely due to technological advances and improved domestic manufacturing. In fact, in many parts of the country wind is now the cheapest source of new electric generating capacity.

2018 saw the first 4 MW land-based turbine orders in the U.S., which are powerful enough to provide electricity for 1,400 homes. That’s almost twice as many homes as the average wind turbine installed in 2017. As technology continues improving, and turbines reach stronger, steadier winds, electricity output will continue increasing and wind will become economically viable in even more parts of the country.

States commit to more renewable energy

States big and small decided they want more renewable energy in 2018. Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia all passed legislation increasing their Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). On election day, Nevada voters also passed a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to include a 50 percent RPS, which now must be approved by the legislature.

Companies continue powering more of their operations using wind

We don’t have the final numbers just yet (you’ll need to wait for the release of the Fourth Quarter Market Report later this month), but we already know 2018 was a record year for corporate and other non-utility customers buying wind power. In just the first nine months of 2018, non-utility wind customers signed contracts for more wind power capacity than any other year, for a total of 2,904 MW.

Over the last several years, non-utility customers including major consumer brands, cities and universities have become a major source of demand for wind power. Wind’s low cost and stable prices offer affordable electricity and facilitate long-term planning, making it a highly attractive power source.

“For us, that’s kind of a gate,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook, explaining why his company built new data centers in Iowa. “If we couldn’t [power them with wind], we would not be here.”

AWEA data show that corporate and other non-utility customers have contracted for more than 10,000 MW of wind capacity through power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date—more than the entire installed capacity of Oklahoma, America’s second largest wind state.

We also saw an uptick in innovation in 2018, from the increased adoption of the Volume Firming Agreements to more companies teaming up to procure renewable energy and the continued expansion of green tariffs from electric utilities. These innovations are making it easier for more companies and other non-utility buyers to enter the wind energy market.

Wind power’s low and stable prices continued to drive strong demand from corporate and other non-utility customers, including a diverse mix of repeat customer and first-time buyers in 2018 including Smucker’s, Boston University, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Interest in offshore wind hits an all-time high

In mid-December, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held an auction to develop three wind energy areas off the coast of Massachusetts. No one expected the results.

The winning bids for each of the three lease areas reached $135 million—shattering the previous high of $42 million, set in 2016. This is yet more proof that companies see enormous business potential in developing offshore wind projects. That’s great news for communities up and down the East Coast, as offshore wind development will create new jobs, a new domestic supply chain, and port revitalization.

RTOs set new wind production records

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that wind power is an increasingly integral part of the U.S. power grid. All you have to do is look at the records wind is setting across the country.

Consider ERCOT, the primary grid for Texas and the largest wind energy market. In 2018, wind generation set multiple records. First, on December 14, ERCOT recorded the highest instantaneous output from wind – 19,168 MW. Just two months earlier Texas’ grid saw 54 percent of total electricity generation come from wind turbines.

But ERCOT is not alone. SPP set records for both real-time wind output and instantaneous wind penetration – 16,382 MW and 64 percent, the record for wind penetration across all markets. CAISO, MISO, PJM, and ISO-NE all also set records for real-time wind output in 2018.

The record setting performance didn’t end in 2018. Already this year MISO and PJM have experienced record wind output. On January 8th, wind produced 16,282 MW at one point in time in MISO. The next day, wind delivered 7,889 MW, serving 9.24 percent of real-time demand in America’s largest electricity market.

Yesterday, MISO reached a new wind peak surpassing the previous peak by 685 MW. pic.twitter.com/QBUTgbflYT

— Midcontinent ISO (@miso_energy) January 9, 2019

With a record number of wind projects under construction and a mounting development pipeline, wind will continue to set records across the country in the years ahead.

January 9, 2019

Who we are:

CanWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA is Canada’s leading source of information on wind energy’s social, economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadian communities and provincial economies. Established in 1984, CanWEA represents the wind energy community — organizations and individuals who are directly involved in the development and application of wind energy technology, products and services.

Who we are looking for:

CanWEA has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic individual to join our dynamic team as our Director of Business Development. The Director of Business Development is responsible for building, managing and executing effective business strategies to secure the revenue required to enable CanWEA to deliver its core membership services; develop, evaluate and pilot new revenue generation initiatives; and develop and oversee the strategic direction of CanWEA’s events and membership program.

This is a senior role located in Ottawa and reports to the CanWEA President.

All interested candidates please e-mail your CV and a one-page cover letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note, our application deadline is January 24th, 2019.


Key Accountabilities

Strategy and Leadership:

  • Work as part of CanWEA’s senior leadership team on issues related to the organization’s future development and the establishment of its annual strategic objectives and budget;
  • Participate in CanWEA’s quarterly Board of Directors meetings and provide updates and strategic advice on issues relating to membership, events, sales and new initiatives;
  • Lead direct reports and provide ongoing professional mentoring, assist in their expansion of learning, provide them with the tools to help build their knowledge, skills, and growth capacity; and serve as a knowledgeable resource for new and current staff;
  • Manage the overall operational / budgetary / financial activities of the department;
  • Plan and allocate resources to effectively staff and accomplish the work to meet departmental productivity and quality goals;
  • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures; and
  • Ensure the Business Development team works in a collaborative manner with others in CanWEA to support the achievement of optimal organizational outcomes.

Sales and New Revenue Generation:

  • Accountable for all sales activity for the association
  • Develop strategies and business plans to secure revenue to fund core membership services and support the achievement of CanWEA’s strategic objectives;
  • Build and strengthen relationships with top members;
  • Continually evaluate services and identify gaps to improve or launch new services to members;
  • Generate, evaluate and pitch new revenue generation ideas to the CanWEA Board of Directors;
  • Pilot new initiatives and assess feasibility to continue with effort; and
  • Participate in discussions about any “special asks” of CanWEA members to ensure they do not represent a threat to CanWEA core membership services and funding.

Membership Program:

  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for CanWEA’s membership program;
  • Ensure annual membership renewal campaign is executed effectively and efficiently, striving to secure all renewals by second quarter of the calendar year;
  • Monitor the effectiveness and impact of members communications and make recommendations and adjustments as required;
  • Develop and implement membership initiatives; bring forward analysis and recommendation on evolving membership needs based on trends, patterns, member satisfaction measures in an effort to maximize member satisfaction;
  • Collect and analyze all membership related data used for evaluating membership as well as historical and future planning purpose; and
  • Put in place infrastructure, systems and processes to support efficient membership program activities.

Events:

  • Lead strategic direction and provide oversight for all activities related to CanWEA events;
  • Determine pricing on event registration, exhibition and sponsorship based on market research and competitive analysis;
  • Lead marketing efforts to effectively promote events to member base and prospect list; and
  • Evaluate profitability of events annually and provide recommendations for adjustments, evolution or termination.

Please note other duties may be assigned as needed to meet the evolving needs of the Association and its mandate.

What you will need to be successful:

Experience and skills:

  • 5-7 years of experience working in sales or business development in the private sector and / or a membership based non-profit organization;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of client interaction, customer service and membership based programs that drive revenue opportunities;
  • At least 3 years of supervisory experience, including: managing, mentoring, and developing staff;
  • Understanding of membership life cycle – including recruitment/acquisition and retention, reinstatements, membership reporting and budgeting – would be an asset;
  • Good general knowledge of the renewable energy industry is an asset;
  • Effective track record of strategic planning while applying operations experience;
  • Superior communication skills including oral, listening and written, including the ability to compose summary reports;
  • Superb analytical skills and ability to think things through, anticipate solutions and next steps, and see the bigger picture, while offering fresh ideas;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; familiarity working with online tools; and an openness to embracing new technology; and
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and to complete a high volume of work and meet deadlines with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Education:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or a related field; having a master’s degree is a plus but not required.

Language:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required; and
  • Bilingual in English and French (written and spoken) would be a strong asset.

Travel Needs:

  • This role requires travel on a somewhat regular basis (10-15% of time); travel consists of quarterly CanWEA Board meetings within Canada and regional travel to support CanWEA and industry events roughly 4-6 times per year.

Green Financing Taiwan: Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing and Community Wind

 

Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing is a one of the most important trends in the renewable energy industry right now and is attracting huge interest around the world, becoming a new source of financing for wind and other renewable energy sources globally. According IRENA, companies sourced renewable electricity in 75 countries either through corporate PPA, utility green procurement programs or other schemes. There is no doubt that corporates are hungry for more renewable energy across the world.

Community wind is another type of financing for small scale wind farms. With Taiwan’s onshore wind potentials and government target of 2.5 GW, there is significant potential for wind development if community ownership can be introduced to the Taiwan market.

This one-day Conference is designed to talk about the opportunities and challenges for Corporate Renewable Energy Sourcing and community ownership of wind farm in Taiwan and how the wind industry can take advantage of the financing potential of these trends. From business models for Corporate RE sourcing, to policies and legal barriers for each type of business models of corporate sourcing of RE and the Community ownership of wind farm – we will dive into how companies can be part of a new age of green financing in Taiwan.

This event follows GWEC’s corresponding event Global Offshore Wind Summit : Taiwan on the 24-25 April 2019. For more information about this event, visit the event website here

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.