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15 June 2017 2017 02:00 PM GMT

Nordex Scores Triple Win In France, Also Installs Largest Turbine To Date

The Nordex Group has been awarded three new contracts covering a total capacity of 36 megawatts in France. Different project developers and power station operators have placed orders for the installation of a total of 13 N131/3000, N117/3000 and N117/2400 turbines. Work on the wind farms is to commence this year.

The company will be installing its N131/3000 turbine in France for the first time. With a rotor diameter of 131 metres, it will be the largest turbine installed in France to date. The turbine will be able to generate large energy yields even in light wind regions and fits perfectly to the site conditions thanks to its very low acoustic output levels. With an installed capacity of over 1.7 GW, Nordex is one of the market leaders in France, servicing its customers’ wind power systems via a dense network of 15 service stations.

The Group has installed wind power capacity of around 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has more than 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.

Nordex was launched in 1985, before the international demand for wind turbines increased in the first half of the nineties. From the outset, the company focused on large, powerful turbines. In just two years, the company installed the largest series wind turbine in the world at the time.

Presently, it is represented with offices and subsidiaries in more than 20 countries. This supports its strategy of consistently seizing development opportunities in a market which will continue growing over the course of the next few years. Nordex SE is a management holding company with its headquarters in Rostock. The domicile of the board and administration is Hamburg. Nordex SE’s task is to control and coordinate the activities of the subsidiaries Nordex Energy GmbH, Nordex Energy B.V. and Acciona Windpower.

Image: Courtesy of Nordex SE

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.

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”.

August 9th 2017
35% Of German Electricity Consumption Now From Renewables: Grid Challenges Ahead

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) have stated in an initial assessment that electricity generated from clean energy accounted for 35% of Germany’s consumption in 1H 2017. It’s the first time that this mark has been reached. The total share of electricity generated from renewables was up 2% from last year. The growth from onshore wind was 13.6%; offshore wind saw the steepest growth at 47.5%; growth from biomass increased by 2.2%, whilst the growth from PV systems was 13.5%, compared with the 1H 2016.