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3 November 2017 2017 09:15 AM GMT

Big Deal: Siemens Gamesa Supplies Over 300 Turbines Totaling 780 MW In The US

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced that the company will supply 310 wind turbines of different types for five projects in the U.S. With various output ratings and rotor diameters, the projects feature Siemens and Gamesa technology of the recently merged company. A total of 92 units of the SWT-2.3-108, 144 units of the SWT-2.625-120 and 74 units of the G126-2.625 MW wind turbines will be installed across the various project sites. Together, these five onshore wind projects will have the potential to provide clean energy to nearly 240,000 U.S. homes.

“I’m very pleased that Siemens Gamesa was selected for these five major orders in the U.S. These orders demonstrate the confidence that our customers have in our combined product offerings,” says Ricardo Chocarro, CEO, Onshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “With our strong product portfolio, we are able to provide competitive products meeting our customers’ specific needs in North America, a market that is critical to the success of this company.”

The nacelles and hubs for the SWT-2.3-108 and SWT-2.625-120 will be assembled at the SGRE factory in Hutchinson (Kansas) and the majority of the blades for the five projects will be manufactured at the company’s blade facility in Fort Madison (Iowa), with the excess being sourced within the North America manufacturing network. The company has installed more than 9,000 wind turbines (over 17 GWs) in the U.S. and has a strong footprint consisting of manufacturing, service and offices.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy was created in April 2017, with the merger of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and Siemens Wind Power and the integration of the two entities of Siemens and Gamesa was a major focus for the company during the year. The integration process has the focus of realising the company’s substantial potential, thanks to its bigger scale and global reach: a presence in more than 90 countries, an installed base of 75 gigawatts, and a strong order book of €21 billion. Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Gamesa, stressed that the company boasts “a very strong global presence, underpinned by solid relationships with customers around the world, a global supply chain, and a broad manufacturing footprint. We have some of the most reliable and efficient products in the industry”.

Image: Courtesy of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

December 21st 2018
Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

December 21st 2018
Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

December 21st 2018
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

November 16th 2018
India: Improved Monsoon Winds Help Power Producers in 2018 

After a prolonged period of decline, wind speeds in India during the 2018 monsoon season were significantly higher than normal; and up to 20% higher than long-term averages in some regions. These higher wind speeds benefit wind farm production; welcome news for wind energy operators and investors, who have faced several years of lower-than-normal wind energy production during the monsoon period. These increased wind speeds can thus counter recent patterns of decline contributing to an increase in investor confidence with a data-driven approach.

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