Wind

GE seals ScanWind purchase deal

General Electric Co. has closed its purchase o f Norway’s ScanWind, which develops advanced drive train and controls for offshore wind turbine technologies that eliminates the need for gearboxes. Financial details were not disclosed. (Source: Boston.com, September 15, 2009) Contact: Vic Abate, VP, Renewable Energy, General Electric Co, General Electric Offshore Wind...

Siemens introduces Offshore Turbine

Siemens has released a 3.6 MW wind turbine featuring a 120 meter rotor diameter – the SWT-3.6-120 turbine. This new turbine will be equipped with 58.5 meter long rotor blades and has a swept area of 11,300 square meters, which is equivalent to nearly two football fields. In addition, Siemens indicates that it is considering a short list of three potential European sites for a new offshore wind turbine assembly plant and it will make the final decision based on which offers the best support. According to Siemens Wind Power CEO Andreas Nauen, Germany, Denmark and the U.K. are possible locations for the facility. (Source: Power Engineering, Reuters, September 14, 2009) Contact: Andreas Nauen, CEO, Siemens Wind Power ,...

Offshore Wind for Europe

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), offshore wind turbines could meet 13-17 % of Europe’s electricity need in 2030 if wind power projects get sufficient support. The EWEA’s targets are for Europe’s offshore installed wind power capacity to grow from 1.9 GW in 2009, to 40 GW in 2020 and to 150 GW by 2030. EWEA has presented a 20-year plan for the development of offshore wind providing a comprehensive approach to constructing a transnational offshore power grid. Building on the 11 grids already in place and the 21 being studied by grid operators in the North and Baltic Seas, EWEA proposes eight additional offshore grids by 2020 and six more by 2030. (Source: Reuters, September 14, 2009) Contact: Oceans of Opportunity,...

U.S. House passes Wind Energy R&D Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009. The bill requires the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program of research and development to improve the energy efficiency, reliability, and capacity of wind turbines and authorizes $200,000,000 US per year from 2010 through 2014 for these programs. Contact: Paul Tonko, Representative & Sponsor of the Act, (202) 225-5076,...

$5M for Turbine Manufacturing in KS

The Kansas State Finance Council has approved $5,000,000 US in bonds for a wind turbine nacelle manufacturing plant that Siemens Energy will establish in Hutchinson. German-based Siemens has a wind turbine blade plant in Fort Madison, Iowa and a wind turbine R&D center in Colorado. Contact: Siemens,...

A change in The Pickens Plan

T. Boone Pickens is suspending plans to build the world’s largest wind farm as proposed under “The Pickens Plan”, and is choosing instead to build three or four smaller wind projects at an estimated cost of $ 2 billion US at potential locations in the Midwest or Canada. Several factors influenced this decision – a lack of transmission lines and a reduction in the price of natural gas, along with the current global financial situation. Previous details of the proposal are found in our archives. (Source: Globe and Mail, July 8, 2009) Contact: The Pickens Plan, (877) 872-3247, boone@pickensplan.com,...

Green Energy Technologies installs first turbine in Ohio

Akron, Ohio-based Green Energy Technologies LLC has unveiled its first commercially installed WindCube® , which is expected to generate 150,000 kWh/year, on the roof of the new Crown Battery Renewable Energy Center in Port Clinton’s Lake Erie Business Park. “This is the first of several installations we intend to complete in the coming months,” said Green Energy Technologies President Mark Cironi. According to Cironi, the company’s proprietary small-scale turbine is suitable for on-site power generation in urban and suburban locations. (Source: PR Newswire, July 6, 2009) Contact: Mark Cironi, President, Green Energy Technologies, (888) 666-8577, mark.cironi@getsmartenergy.com, www.getsmartenergy.com...

Duke seals Colorado Wind Power deal

The Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year agreement with a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp. to purchase the output of a new 51 MW wind farm to be built in east-central Colorado, near Burlington in Kit Carso n County. The Kit Carson Windpower Project will be comprised of 34, 1.5-megawatt General Electric turbines connected to existing transmission lines. Duke Energy will construct, own, operate and provide all maintenance services on the facility, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2010. (Source: Denver Business Journal, July 7, 2009) Contact: Ken Anderson, EVP, (303) 452-6111, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, www.tristategt.org; Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com...

Deepwater Wind signs $20.7 mn US Wind Turbine

Following up on a deal last identified in our May 19, 2009 edition, Deepwater Wind Rhode Island LLC has signed a 10-year, $20.7 million agreement to lease 117 acres of land at the Quonset Business Park for use as its regional manufacturing headquarters and local development office. The Quonset Development Corporation Board of Directors has approved the deal which includes a 10 year renewal option. Deepwater has been chosen to build Rhode Island’s first two offshore wind farms; a small facility off Block Island and a utility-scale facility in Rhode Island Sound. Deepwater has also received exploratory licenses for projects in waters off New Jersey. (Source: July 3, 2009) Contact: Paul Rich, Development Officer, DeepWater Wind, (401) 274-2000, info@dwwind.com, www.dwwind.com; Jack Sprengel, Director of Operations, Quonset Development Corporation, (401) 295-0044 ext. 216 jsprengel@qdcri.com, http://qdcri.com...

Britannia could still rule the Waves … and Wind Power

A report by the U.K.’s Carbon Trust indicates that Britain could become the largest producer of electricity from offshore wind by the end of the next decade. Focus for success: A new approach to commercializing low carbon technologies suggests that with carefully targeted subsidies and regulations, the U.K. could build 29 GW of capacity towards a world-wide total of 66 GW of offshore power, by 2020, giving it 45 % of the total offshore power market, compared to Germany’s 12 GW by the same time frame. The analysis also shows that, with 25% of the world’s wave technologies already being developed in the U.K., Britain could be the “natural owner” of the global wave power market, generating revenues worth $3.2 billion US (£ 2 billion) per year by 2050 and up to 16,000 direct job, providing that funding gaps are address in the wave sector. (Source: New York Times, July 3, 2009) Contact: Focus for success: A new approach to commercializing low carbon technologies Details ....