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'The future of wind energy in Europe will be found to a large extent on the open seas' Per Hornung Pedersen, CEO of REpower Systems REPOWER SYSTEMS AG Developer of 2-3.3 MW onshore turbines and a large offshore machine, this major manufacturer is majority held by fellow wind turbine player suzlon REpower is one of the leading turbine producers in the German wind energy sector where it is the third largest manufacturer. Founded in 2001, the REpower product range includes turbines between 2 MW-5...

The Offshore Wind Industry Success Story

Formerly a region of high-unemployment, the German port of Bremerhaven has experienced a remarkable economic upturn, transforming into a major offshore wind power know-how centre and wind industry supply base and home to six wind equipment suppliers, two research institutes and a technical university. Eize de Vries looks at crucial success factors that have made these wind industry ' companies decide in favour of this city. At least four of Germany's North Sea and Baltic Sea major ports have...

Fraunhofer Wind Energy Institute

Other news presented by Nick Leptin included a report on the founding of a new Bremerhaven-based Fraunhofer Centre for Wind Energy and Maritime Technology that became operational early 2009. The initiative aims at concentrating the country's wind power-related R& D infrastructure into one specialized research body. In his closing statement Leptin clearly voiced concerns over plans to pool renewable resources at a European level saying 'We are sceptical about these plans, specifically out of...

Wind Energy Education

As a city that positions itself well for the overall German wind boom and the rapidly expanding offshore wind sector, Bremerhaven's companies have already created some 700 new jobs in the past three years, this is expected to rise to 10001200. In order to continue on this growth path, these established The Multibrid assembly facility in Bremerhaven and newer companies require a continuous fresh supply of well-trained engineers and other specialists. The Fachhochschule Bremerhaven is one of the...

The Importance Of Industrial Policy

The Chinese government appears very adept at creating conditions for the development of particular industries, in executing such a strategy they have been setting goals putting in place laws, regulations and policies creating incentives nurturing key enterprises convening government agencies and enterprises to develop plans while allowing market forces to flourish. Beijing's nurturing of the wind power industry displays all of these tendencies. A November 2008 conference in Beijing (convened by...

Rotor Size Limiting Factors

DEwi GmBh Molly further pointed at several key limiting factors that can hamper further future turbine growth, with a focus on rotor size. Some of these factors are transport logistics and assembly issues (length and mass), in addition to rotor blade tip speed (noise, erosion, cross-sectional moment of inertia). Manufacturing constraints (material thickness, production-related imperfections, quality control methods and so on), component stiffness and material properties are among other critical...

Pitched Roof Installation

Located in Moers, near Duisberg, on the site of a former coalmine, the head office of Riedel Recycling has been home to Germany's largest pitched-roof thin-film plant since October 2008. The PV system has an output of 837 kW and will deliver around 750 MWh per year. Supplied by the American manufacturer First Solar, the black cadmium telluride (CdTe) modules cover the large south-facing roof, covering nearly 10,000 square metres of the former coal mixing hall. Mining at the site was...

Steel Foundations

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A fourth main offshore wind industry player in Bremerhaven is WeserWind Offshore Construction Georgsmarienh tte, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of heavy-duty steel offshore foundation structures. WeserWind is part of Germany's huge Georgsmarienh tte steel processing industrial group, with 9000 staff and a 2.7 billion turnover in 2007. WeserWind currently builds giant 45-metre high halls destined for manufacturing welded-steel deep-water offshore foundations. The current...

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Group Publisher David McConnell Editorial Director Jackie Jones Associate Editor David Appleyard Production Editor Samantha Reeves Design Production Shyam Gosai, Tony Foot Sales Managers Ekow Monney, Neill Wightman, Sharon Makinde Digital Sales Manager Leo Wolfert Published by PennWell International Publications Ltd Warlies Park House, Horseshoe Hill, Upshire, Essex EN9 3SR, UK Tel 44 1992 65 6600 Fax 44 1992 65 6700 e-mail rew pennwell.com A detailed supplier listing and other information can...

World Leader In Offshore Foundation Design For Wind Turbines

Ramboll Wind has an unrivalled track record in the delivery of wind energy projects ranging from traditional onshore and offshore turbines to incorporating wind energy generation in skyscrapers and turbines floating in 200 metres of water. Ramboll Wind provides consultancy and engineering services within all areas of a wind project. Innovative thinking combined with years of offshore and wind experience makes Ramboll the world leader in offshore foundation concepts and design for wind turbines,...

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The financial credit crunch has replaced global warming as the current cataclysmic worry among consumers. Certainly, at first blush, these latest findings from the Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates PSB 2008 Green Brand Survey appear to support the adage that US consumers are environmentalists only when the economy is strong. But this time, the shift in thinking comes with a new and more complicated twist, one that has particular significance for renewable energy. Concern about climate change...

What Next In Wind

As a maturing industry, the wind power sector has emerged as dynamic and vibrant. A number of strong players are now coming to the fore by demonstrating the longevity, technology and capacity needed to make a major impact on the global market. Here, David Appleyard looks at just a few of those key players and what they are saying. 'We are now in a position enabling us to bid for a larger number of more challenging projects' A2SEA A S OFFSHORE WIND INSTALLATION AND ACCESS A leader the field in...

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Inspection is normally carried out only on the prototype. Manufacturing evaluation activities will have much higher value when the focus is on specific deliveries. The wind turbine life can only be fulfilled if certification requirements are sufficient, the turbine is manufactured and installed in accordance with specifications and it is operated and maintained as specified. This clearly emphasises the need for inspection on each unit, especially in case of local manufacturing. A full life...

Amsc In Mw Superconducting Wind Turbine Development Plan With Us

A 10 MW-class superconducting wind turbine is to be economically evaluated under the terms of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement CRADA between the US Department of Energy and technology company American Superconductor Corporation AMSC . Together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL and the National Wind Technology Center NWTC AMSC Windtec, a wholly-owned subsidiary, will analyse the cost of a 10 MW-class machine featuring a direct drive superconductor generator. The...

Sinovel Wind Corporation Limited

This emerging powerhouse is already among the world's top ten largest turbine manufacturers and is poised to take advantage of massive growth in its home market The leading manufacturer of large-scale wind turbines in China, Sinovel Wind has made remarkable progress since its formation in 2005, already clocking up a top ten place in the global wind turbine manufacturing hierarchy, partly on the back of a number of licensed development deals with AMSC. With the backing of the Chinese government,...

Ipp Development

Meanwhile, with its final phase of commissioning, the Waldpolenz energy park in Brandis, near Leipzig, has now become the world's biggest thin-film solar PV power plant. The juwi group - based in Bolanden, south-western Germany-built the 40 MW thin-film solar park, completing the installation the end of 2008. The solar power station, located in the eastern German state of Saxony, is expected to generate approximately 40 GWh annually, displacing about 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year....