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Tri Global Energy Announces World’s Largest Community -Sponsored Wind Farm

September 25, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

Photo courtesy of Tri Global Energy

Photo courtesy of Tri Global Energy

Wind Farm has more than 122,000 acres, 340 landowners and 450 shareholders 

DALLAS, Texas, September 24, 2013 – – Tri Global Energy, LLC announces the creation of Hale Community Energy, LLC (HCE) located in the southern part of Hale County, Texas stretching west from Abernathy to Petersburg, north to Plainview and across to the Floyd County line. HCE is a partnership comprised of the Tri Global Energy projects of Hale County Wind Farm, LLC, CottonWind Farms, LLC, Lakeview Wind Farms, LLC, and East Mound Renewable Energy Project, LLC.

The creation of this wind farm has raised a few eyebrows with more than 122,000 acres that are owned by more than 340 landowners, and has more than 450 shareholders.  As the world’s largest community-sponsored wind farm, it has the potential to produce 1,100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy with approximately 500-650 turbines, to be developed in five phases of construction.

Tri Global expects the first 200 MW phase to be operational in late 2015, and for the entire project to be operational by mid 2018.

“The actual construction of the wind turbines will bring a lot of temporary jobs into the area,” Curtis King, Tri Global’s Senior Vice President of Investor Relations said. “And once we get the wind farm up and running, there will be at least 100 permanent jobs. These will be high-paying jobs. It’s not something that will be around for just 10 years — wind farms will be a permanent fixture that will go on for several generations.”

HCE will interconnect with two national grids within one project area.  This is key for readily delivering renewable wind energy to the urban areas that are hungry for it.  The point of interconnection (“POI”) for the 200 MW first phase of the project is planned to be the Briscoe County Substation currently being constructed by Sharyland Utilities 20 miles northeast of the project. The POI for the 250 MW second phase is planned to be the SPP 345KV Tuco substation located adjacent to the southwest boundary of the project. A new 345kV transmission line is planned for completion by mid-2014 from Tuco to Woodward, Oklahoma, which will run through the southern part of the project.Map courtesy of Tri Global Energy

About Tri Global Energy

Tri Global Energy, LLC is currently developing utility-scale community wind power projects throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.  The company has 15 projects in its wind energy portfolio, representing more than 600,000 acres of wind resource sites that are under development to generate 6,200 MW of wind energy, enough to provide the annual electricity consumed by 1.8 million American homes.  Several are in the late stages of development that include the completion of wind resource studies and permitting.  Experts have identified Tri Global Energy wind power projects as having some of the best wind resources in the U.S.  Tri Global projects are also near the geographic intersection of three major transmission interconnections that serve customers across the country.  More information about Tri Global is available at http://www.triglobalenergy.com

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ABB successfully commissions Thornton Bank offshore wind connection

September 17, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

2013-09-17 – 325 megawatts of clean wind energy integrated into the Belgian grid – project completed ahead of schedule

Thornton Bank wind turbines Photo courtesy of ABB

Thornton Bank wind turbines
Photo courtesy of ABB

At the end of June this year, the last of 54 wind turbines was installed at the C-Power offshore wind farm at Thornton Bank off the coast of Ostend. The project began in 2008, with phase one in which six turbines with a total capacity of 30 megawatt (MW) were installed 30 kilometers (km) off the Belgian coast. By 2009, these turbines were generating electricity and had been temporarily connected to the mainland by ABB. Work then began on the second and third phases of the project, which involved the addition of 48 wind turbines to the wind farm and the permanent connection of the complete wind farm to the mainland. This was done via an alternating current (AC) subsea transmission link. ABB commissioned the project ahead of schedule.

Photo courtesy of ABB

Photo courtesy of ABB

Thornton Bank is now one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe, with an overall capacity of 325 MW. A submarine cable system comprises 60 km of 36 kilovolt (kV) infield cables link the turbines to a substation close to the turbines offshore. The substation collects and transmits the power to the coast. It is a large four-deck structure weighing some 2,000 tons. It comprises two power transformers, gas-insulated switchgear for incoming and outgoing current, shunt reactors to provide reactive power compensation, neutral grounding reactors to limit the current in case of a fault, and substation protection and control systems.

The wind turbines deliver 33 kV, which is stepped up by the transformers to 150 kV. Two 170 kV export cables transfer the power from the substation to shore. At the onshore cable landing point the export cables are joined to two 170 kV underground cables, which deliver the power to the Slijkens substation, about 3 km inland. At Slijkens the electricity joins the Belgian grid.

“ABB was selected by C-Power for the project because it could provide the complete offshore wind power connection to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of energy from the wind farm to the onshore transmission grid,” said Geert Dewaele, Chief Technical Officer of C-Power.

ABB is the only company that can provide a complete electrical offshore wind farm connection consisting entirely of its own products – high-voltage submarine and underground cable systems, offshore substation and onshore grid connection. By providing all the products ABB was able to optimize the solution in terms of equipment and materials to meet the requirements of C-Power for cost efficiency and performance.

ABB was contracted at an early stage of the project to help develop the overall wind farm concept and perform the electrical system studies to ensure grid code compliance. All the electrical and controls systems are designed and manufactured by ABB to meet the demanding requirements and harsh operating conditions of offshore wind farms.

The Thornton Bank wind farm was inaugurated today by the Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, adding more than 1,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity generation capacity per year to the Belgian grid. This is the equivalent to the annual power consumption of about 300,000 households in Belgium. The wind farm will contribute approximately 7 percent of Belgium’s targeted renewable energy commitment by 2020 and help avoid CO2 emissions of approximately 415,000 tons per year if the electricity were to be generated by a traditional gas-fueled power plant.

“We are proud that ABB has been able to contribute successfully to more sustainable energy production,” said Hanspeter Faesler, head of ABB’s Grid Systems business within the Power Systems division.

This article is a repost, credit: ABB Group. Video courtesy of ABB

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Vestas signs orders totalling 100 MW in China

September 9, 2013 in China, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

Hanas New Energy places two more orders with Vestas within a month  Image courtesy of Vestas

Hanas New Energy places two more orders with Vestas within a month
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Vestas has received two orders totalling 100 MW from Ningxia-based Hanas New Energy (Hanas), the leading regional natural gas supplier in China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (NHAR). Less than a month ago, Hanas ordered 50 MW from Vestas, which brought Hanas’ portfolio of Vestas turbines up to 250 MW. With today’s two additional orders, Hanas’ portfolio of Vestas turbines amounts to 350 MW and Vestas remains the sole supplier.

The two orders consist of 50 units of the new V100-2.0 MW turbine model which is built on the well-known 2 MW platform which, with its large rotor diameter, is designed and optimised for low wind sites. The turbines will be installed in the Yanchi wind farm.

The orders comprise turbine supply and delivery, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution and a standard two-year service agreement. The order does not include towers. Delivery of the first wind turbine is expected to start in the second quarter of 2014.

On the fruitful partnership with Hanas, President of Vestas Asia Pacific & China Jens Tommerup notes, “It is truly delightful to develop our business with a customer who has the same priorities and views of a successful wind project as we do. With high demands for performance and with the aspiration of building a strong and healthy business, Hanas’ priorities resemble those of Vestas for the Chinese market, where we are seeking to build partnerships that contribute to a healthy business for Vestas.”

Towards 2015, Hanas New Energy intends to build up a total wind energy capacity of one GW in the windy autonomous region of Ningxia in north western China.

About Vestas

Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ around 49,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.

Today, Vestas has delivered wind energy in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 17,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 62 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and 57 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.

Vestas is firmly rooted in China with a history which dates back to 1986, where Vestas installed China’s first wind turbines in the Shandong province. Today, more than RMB 3.5 billion have been invested in China and approximately 2,300 passionate employees are working on delivering clean energy solutions to a rapidly developing China every day.

Vestas has its largest integrated manufacturing complex globally situated in Tianjin and its China headquarters in Beijing. As of 30 June 2013, Vestas has installed more than 4,000 MW of clean energy across fourteen provinces in China. This makes Vestas one of the biggest accumulated suppliers of wind power plants in China.

This article is a repost (news release 9-5-13), credit: Vestas, www.vestas.com.

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RWE Innogy marks first generation at Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm

September 2, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

  • Gwynt y Môr begins generating electricity
  • Joint venture project of RWE Innogy, Stadtwerke München and Siemens making good progress
  • Complete commissioning planned for 2014
Photo courtesy of RWE

Photo courtesy of RWE

Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm has officially generated and exported its first electricity, on track to become the second largest operational offshore wind farm in the world. 58 out of a total of 160 wind turbines are already installed, with the first turbine now feeding electricity into the grid. The wind farm is situated about twelve kilometres off the coast of North Wales and is currently RWE Innogy’s largest offshore wind farm under construction. Gwynt y Môr represents a total investment of more than € 2 billion, shared between RWE Innogy (60%); Stadtwerke München (Munich Municipal Utilities) (30%); and Siemens (10%). Completion of the project is expected in late 2014. Following completion, the wind farm will have an installed capacity of 576 megawatts (MW), enough power to supply some 400,000 residential households with renewable electricity per year.

”This is a remarkable day. Gwynt y Môr has celebrated a number of significant achievements within the industry throughout its construction to date but this tops them all,” said Paul Coffey, COO of RWE Innogy. “We’ve gathered a lot of experience in the offshore sector in recent years which has helped us to deal with the challenges of increased water depths, unpredictable weather and increasing distances to shore. We’re delighted to have reached this milestone and we are in great shape to achieve full operation in 2014.”

Dr. Florian Bieberbach, CEO of Stadtwerke München, added: “Generation of the first ever kilowatt hour of energy from offshore wind is an important milestone both for Gwynt y Môr and for ourselves. The green energy generated by offshore wind farms is an important part of the Renewable Growth Strategy of Stadtwerke München.”

The wind farm extends over an area of some 80 square kilometres. The Siemens turbines with a capacity of 3.6 MW each are erected by means of installation vessels at water depths of up to 28 meters. Each turbine rises 150 meters above the mean sea level.

Clark MacFarlane, Siemens Managing Director, UK Offshore Wind Power, explained: “Siemens plays an important role in the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm: from its role as funding partner, to supply and installation of 160 3.6 MW turbines, the design and engineering of the offshore substations and long term Operations and Maintenance services. This is a key project for us and we are delighted to have played a part in helping this major wind farm achieve first power.”

Gwynt y Môr will make an important contribution towards the UK’s overall drive for power from domestic renewable sources, to offset the current reliance on imported fossil fuels, such as natural gas and oil.

This article is a repost (press release 8-30-13), credit: RWE Innogy, http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/8/rwe/.

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Siemens successfully installs first North Sea platform

August 26, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

The HelWin1 offshore platform is installed on a supporting substructure. This substructure alone weighs 1,000 tons. It left the shipyard in June and was anchored in the North Sea, which is 23 meters deep at this location, using ten steel piles. Photo courtesy of Siemens

The HelWin1 offshore platform is installed on a supporting substructure. This substructure alone weighs 1,000 tons. It left the shipyard in June and was anchored in the North Sea, which is 23 meters deep at this location, using ten steel piles.
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  • HelWin1 North Sea platform will supply more than 500,000 households with wind power
  • Commissioning of grid connection HelWin1 on schedule for 2014
  • More than 100 employees performing installation at sea

Siemens has installed the HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea, marking the successful completion of a significant stage in German grid connection projects. HelWin1 will link the two offshore wind farms Nordsee Ost and Meerwind to the mainland. Using the Siemens technology installed on the platform, the alternating current power generated by the wind turbines is transformed into low-loss direct current for transmission onto land. Starting next year, this will enable the network operator and purchaser TenneT to supply clean electricity to more than 500,000 German households on the mainland. The land-based station, also supplied by Siemens to TenneT, is located northwest of Hamburg in Büttel, where electricity will be converted back into the alternating current power required for feeding into the grid.

“With the installation of our platform at sea we have successfully mastered the most critical part of this project and are now in the final stretch for commissioning in 2014″, stated Karlheinz Springer, CEO of the Power Transmission Division within the Energy Sector of Siemens AG. “Installation of the platform for HelWin1 constitutes reaching a key milestone in our series of grid connection projects. The transmission capacity of our projects involves a total of 6.2 gigawatts of electric power from renewable sources. TenneT is thus contributing to offshore wind energy assuming a substantial role in the future’s energy supply,” remarked Lex Hartman, member of TenneT management board.

The network operator TenneT contracted the consortium consisting of Siemens and the Italian cable specialist Prysmian for the HelWin1 offshore grid connection in 2010. This consortium is implementing a total of four North Sea grid connection projects for TenneT; HelWin1 and HelWin2 off of Helgoland, BorWin2 off of Borkum and SylWin1 off of Sylt.

Three tugboats are needed to tow the converter platform, weighing 11,000 tons, to its location off the coast of Helgoland. Since this steel giant is too large for passage through the North Sea/Baltic Sea (Kiel) canal, it had to be towed around the northern tip of Denmark. After seven days at sea, covering 990 kilometers, HelWin1 finally reached its installation destination. Photo courtesy of Siemens

Three tugboats are needed to tow the converter platform, weighing 11,000 tons, to its location off the coast of Helgoland. Since this steel giant is too large for passage through the North Sea/Baltic Sea (Kiel) canal, it had to be towed around the northern tip of Denmark. After seven days at sea, covering 990 kilometers, HelWin1 finally reached its installation destination.
Photo courtesy of Siemens

After seven days of transport at sea and four days of installation on site, the HelWin1 platform was anchored at its final position northwest of the island of Helgoland on August 23. Siemens had installed the platform’s support substructure at this location in June in the 23-meter-deep North Sea. Ten steel pilings up to 3.2 meters in diameter and with a wall thickness of eight centimeters were anchored in the seabed for attachment of the structure. With a length of up to 100 meters, these pilings are as tall as the famous London landmark Big Ben. The platform is installed 22 meters above sea level to protect it against giant waves. HelWin1 is designed for decades of operation in the rugged North Sea.

The platform is equipped with a helipad and was fabricated by Nordic Yards at the shipyard in Wismar under contract by Siemens. Nordic Yards has been contracted by Siemens with the fabrication of two more HVDC platforms for the grid connections BorWin2 and SylWin. At 12,000 tons, the HelWin1 platform weighs more than 20 loaded and fully tanked Airbus A380 super airliners. The surface area of the platform, at 75 by 50 meters, is more than half the size of a soccer field. The platform’s seven decks, spanning a total height of 27 meters, accommodate 16 cabins for crewmembers with a total of 24 berths, a galley, sanitary facilities, a multi-purpose room equipped with sports equipment and a day room with satellite TV, in addition to housing all the technology and equipment required for HVDC transmission.

Up to 100 employees will be active on the platform for the subsequent project phase in the North Sea. They will first re-open the doors and panels previously welded closed for transport and remove other protective transport fixtures and ballast weights. An on-site jack-up platform, which is a kind of mobile logistics and accommodation platform, will be used to prepare the supplies and quarters for the crew. The team thus will save travel time of two hours each to and from the platform by helicopter, or of up to 16 hours each way by ship.

Now, the two subsea cables from the well-established cable specialist Prysmian are also to be connected. Siemens’ consortium partner has supplied and laid in bundle the two cables, each with a length of 130 km, for transmission of 250 kilovolt DC voltage in the future. The cable route covers 85 km at sea and 45 km over land. Both 11 cm thick cables, with its protective steel armoring wire layer and a 35 mm thick copper conductor, weighs about 30 kg per meter.

The HelWin1 HVDC platform has a capacity of 576 megawatts (MW). Thanks to the efficient direct-current technology employed, the total transmission losses for this connection are less than four percent. The HVDC Plus technology employed by Siemens reduces the complexity and, hence, the space requirements for HVDC systems, which is a decisive factor for installation at sea. In contrast to classic HVDC technology used in a vast majority of land links, systems equipped with HVDC Plus feature self-stabilization. This enhances grid reliability in the event of power fluctuations, which can occur with wind-based power generation. HVDC Plus is a multi-level VSC system. This modular, multi-level VSC technology ensures an almost ideal sinusoidal AC waveshape and smoothed direct voltage along the transmission line, that makes the installation of high-frequency and harmonic filters practically superfluous.

The commissioning of HelWin1 is scheduled for the second half of 2014. The platform is completely automated and the systems on the platform can be monitored and controlled from land, with cameras and sensors providing a complete overview of the current operating status. The crews’ quarters on the platform can be used when maintenance work is required. Siemens was contracted by TenneT for maintenance of the grid connection for an initial period of five years.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR27.5 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9 billion and posted a profit of EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012, the Energy Sector had a work force of almost 86,000.

This article is a repost, credit: Siemens, http://www.siemens.com/energy.

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Siemens receives 267-MW wind order in the USA

August 26, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

  • Order for 116 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines for onshore project
  • Nacelles, hubs and blades to be supplied by Siemens’ U.S. factories
Siemens SWT-2.3-108 for the US: The 267-megawatt Tucannon River wind power plant, located in Columbia County, Washington, will consist of 116 wind turbines of this type. Photo courtesy of Siemens

Siemens SWT-2.3-108 for the US: The 267-megawatt Tucannon River wind power plant, located in Columbia County, Washington, will consist of 116 wind turbines of this type.
Photo courtesy of Siemens

Siemens Energy has been awarded a major order from Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR), a fully integrated public utility in Oregon, for 116 units of its SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Each turbine has a capacity of 2.3 megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 108 meters. The 267-MW Tucannon River Wind Power Plant will be located in Columbia County, Washington. The scope of supply includes the delivery and installation of the 116 wind turbines as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Installation of the wind turbines is scheduled to begin in 2014. When the project is completed in 2015, it is expected to generate enough power to serve approximately 84,000 households.

“We are excited to support PGE with their continued expansion of clean, renewable energy,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Americas business. “This order is also an important step in strengthening our position in the U.S. wind market. We will be delivering all of the blades, nacelles and hubs from our facilities in Iowa and Kansas.”

The project was formerly known as Lower Snake River Phase II. It is located adjacent to Lower Snake River Phase I, a 343-MW wind power plant completed in 2012 and also featuring Siemens wind turbines. Siemens will be assembling the 116 nacelles and hubs at its nacelle assembly facility in Hutchinson, Kansas, which also supplied the nacelles for the Lower Snake River Phase I project when the assembly facility was opened in 2010. The 348 blades for the Tucannon River project will be manufactured at the Company’s plant in Fort Madison, Iowa.

Wind power is part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2012, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €33 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 330 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR27.5 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9 billion and posted a profit of EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012, the Energy Sector had a work force of almost 86,000.

This article is a repost (press release 8-20-13), credit: Siemens, http://www.siemens.com/energy.

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Vestas to supply first V110-2.0 MW wind turbines for 400 MW in USA

August 22, 2013 in Environment, EV News, Wind

Installed turbines, New Mexico, Macho Springs  Turbine: V100 1.8 MW No. of turbines: 28 Photographer: Lars Schmidt, Courtesy of Vestas

Installed turbines, New Mexico, Macho Springs
Turbine: V100 1.8 MW
No. of turbines: 28
Photographer: Lars Schmidt, Courtesy of Vestas

These projects are part of the master supply agreement to deliver 1,500 MW to wind power plants in North America, South America and Europe announced April 26, 2010. EDPR selected the V110-2.0 MW because of its competitive cost of energy compared with other options.

The V110-2.0 MW turbines are expected to be delivered and commissioned in 2014 and 2015. The new projects’ names and specific locations are not available for disclosure at this time. “Vestas has successfully worked with EDPR for the past eight years to deliver many wind-power projects around the world,” said Chris Brown, President of Vestas’ sales and service division in the United States and Canada. “We look forward to supplying EDPR our new V110-2.0 MW wind turbine, which is a variant of the V100-1.8 MW that can provide over 13 per cent higher annual energy production compared with its predecessor. Our 2-MW platform has a long track record of success and reliability. The V110-2.0 MW will provide clean, reliable and low cost electricity for decades.”

Vestas’ factories in Colorado will manufacture the blades, towers and nacelles for these projects.

The projects include five-year service agreements featuring the Active Output Management (AOM) 5000 offering. AOM 5000 is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing. This service option includes the VestasOnline® surveillance system that remotely controls and monitors the turbines and predicts potential wear-and-tear issues. This allows Vestas to plan maintenance so the turbines operate with the minimum amount of lost production.

About Vestas

With over 57 GW of installed capacity worldwide and 62 per cent more capacity installed than its closest competitor, Vestas is the global leader in wind energy. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied about 50,000 wind turbines in 73 countries. Vestas provides jobs for more than 17,000 people at its service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. Vestas’ U.S. and Canadian sales and service headquarters is in Portland, Ore., and its global headquarters is in Aarhus, Denmark. To learn more, visit www.vestas.com.

This article is a repost, credit: Vestas, http://www.vestas.com/.