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2 November 2018 2018 09:23 AM GMT

Ingeteam’s Indian Wind Converter Factory Achieves DNV GL Certification First

Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, has announced that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Ingeteam’s new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certification in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit and will enable Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections, or even, in some cases, exempt the company and its clients from audits for a period of three years.

DNV GL’s Shop Approval certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment, and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff. It is independent of component, type or project certification and is always workshop specific. With this scheme, DNV GL offers next level certification and standardisation, going beyond modules and elements to include all technical aspects laid down in standards and recommended practices.

“We are proud to be the very first manufacturer to receive this important certification for a wind converter manufacturing facility in India. It is a rigorous and wide-ranging audit that guarantees that Ingeteam manufactures products with an equal commitment to quality anywhere in the world. In addition, it will enable Ingeteam and its customers to deal with minimal DNV GL plant inspections for three years, thereby reducing the time and costs for any future equipment to be manufactured at our plant. It is a serious guarantee of manufacturing competitiveness that we are offering to customers,” explained Ion Etxarri Sangüesa, R&D Quality Team Leader of Ingeteam Wind Energy.

Ingeteam’s new Indian wind facility, built near Chennai, is poised to be a strategic manufacturing centre for Ingeteam’s business in India. It will enable the company to increase the supply of quality components to wind turbine manufacturers in this booming and extremely competitive market. The 3,500 m² plant is equipped with state-of-the-art production technology and will manufacture electrical components following the same industry-leading standards and processes as Ingeteam’s other production facilities around the world.

“The scope of DNV GL’s Shop Approval standard goes well beyond the typical product certification. We are pleased to provide Ingeteam with this certificate, which is testament to their uncompromising commitment to quality in manufacturing processes”, concluded Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President, Renewables Certification at DNV GL.

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by a purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, it focuses on enabling customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, its professionals operate within the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables and other industries; making the world safer, smarter and greener.

The Ingeteam Group specialises in power and control electronics, generators and motors (marketed under the Indar brand) and electrical engineering and automation projects. In the wind sector, Ingeteam offers solutions for wind turbines of up to 15 MW, including power converters, generators, turbine controllers, Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS), Smart SCADA management systems and O&M services. The company is the world’s number one independent converter supplier for wind applications. It currently employs 3,900 professionals and its global presence includes production plants in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, and sales and service centres strategically located throughout the world.

March 30th 2019
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.”

March 30th 2019
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

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.

March 29th 2019
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.

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