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6 May 2017 2017 09:05 AM GMT

Nordex Powers Ahead To Increase Yields From Existing Wind Farm Infrastructures

The Nordex Group has received an order to raise the yield of a total of 63 existing multi-megawatt turbines from its customer ERG SpA in Italy. The operator plans to equip three wind farms with the performance-enhancing “Xtended Power” technology. In principle, an increase in yield of up to two percent can be obtained using this product package. This is achieved by a combination of optimised pitch control and a more intelligent turbine control system. Nordex has offered the Xtended Power package for N80/2500, N90/2500 and N90/2300 turbines since autumn 2016.

The “Fossa del Lupo” and “Amaroni” wind farms are situated in the region of Catanzaro and have been in operation for a good five years. The third project, “Vicari”, is in Sicily and has been feeding green electricity into the Italian grid for nine years. The N90/2500 is in use in all three cases and these turbines have been initially serviced by the manufacturer since their installation and actually fully operated by Erg. “It’s important for Erg to have a good cooperation with the manufacturer and in Italy, we can say that the objective has been achieved through an effective solution for turbines production optimisation”, says Andrea Gaspari, Country Manager Italy ERG Power Generation SpA. The Xtended-Power technology for increased yield is included as a standard in the newer turbines from Nordex.

The Nordex Group has installed wind power capacity of more than 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has roughly 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 – 3.9 MW class addressing the requirements of developed as well as emerging markets.

ERG SpA is a leading IPP (Independent Power Producer) from renewable energy sources. The company is the first wind power operator in Italy and in the top ten in Europe. ERG has an overall installed capacity of 2,728 MW, including around 1,720 MW of wind power, 527 MW of hydroelectric power and 480 MW of natural gas. The wind installed capacity is mainly concentrated in Italy (1.094 MW), but with a significant and rising presence also abroad, in particular in France (252 MW), Germany (168 MW), Poland (82 MW), Romania (70 MW), Bulgaria (54 MW), as well as 48 MW under construction in United Kingdom.

August 17th 2017
Siemens Gamesa Installs Asia’s Tallest Turbines, Whilst Stepping Up Integration

Siemens Gamesa has set a new record in Asia by installing this year the tallest wind turbines on the continent. The turbines are equipped with 153-metre tall towers, and with the 56-metre blades, they reach a total height of 210 metres. Presently, a major focus for the company is the integration of the entities of Siemens and Gamesa. This has the objective of realising the new company’s substantial potential, thanks to its bigger scale and global reach: a presence in more than 90 countries, an installed base of 75 GW, and an order book of €21bn.

July 27th 2017
Energy-Saving HERO Financing Available To 129,000 More Homes In Missouri

HERO’s latest expansion is expected to spread these economic benefits to the new communities where it will operate. It’s estimated that HERO-financed home improvement activity has resulted in the creation of over 80 new Missouri jobs and over $17 million in economic activity. Many of these new construction-sector jobs can’t be outsourced or automated. In addition to residential PACE activity, MCED also has a pipeline of over $10 million for PACE-financed projects for commercial properties.

August 14th 2017
Offshore Wind Drives 6.1 GW Of European Wind Installations In First Half Of 2017

6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends. WindEurope Chief Policy Officer, Pierre Tardieu, said: “We are on track for a good year in wind capacity installations but growth is driven by a handful of markets. At least ten EU countries have yet to install a single MW so far this year. Although this won’t translate into lower installations for another few years, the industry needs clarity on volumes for the post-2020 period to maintain the current cost reduction trend”.