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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited, („Elliott") hat sich an den Vorstand von Uniper SE (die „Gesellschaft" oder „Uniper") gewandt, um förmlich die Einberufung einer außerordentlichen Hauptversammlung („aoHV") zu beantragen. Auf der aoHV soll der Vorstand angewiesen werden, einen rechtmäßigen Beherrschungsvertrag mit dem größten Aktionär der Gesellschaft, Fortum Oyj ("Fortum"), vorzubereiten.

Elliott ist überzeugt, dass der bisherige unklare Schwebezustand der Beziehungen zwischen Uniper und Fortum eine unbefriedigende und nicht tragbare Dynamik geschaffen hat, die sich nachteilig auf Uniper auswirkt. Aus Sicht von Elliott besteht das Risiko, dass der Status quo – operative Underperformance und allgegenwärtige Unsicherheit – im Falle seines Fortbestehens dazu führen könnte, dass der fundamentale Wert des Unternehmens gefährdet wird. Elliott ist der Meinung, dass eine zeitnahe Verständigung der Aktionäre über das Forcieren eines Beherrschungsvertrags die anhaltende Unsicherheit bei Uniper beseitigen und die Beziehung zwischen dem Unternehmen und Fortum klären könnte, so dass für das Unternehmen und alle Beteiligten ein Mehrwert geschaffen werden kann.

Elliott glaubt, dass das Ziel von Fortum klar ist. Die jüngste Ankündigung einer neuen strategischen Partnerschaft zwischen Uniper und Fortum fiel zusammen mit einer Erhöhung der Beteiligung von Fortum an Uniper auf 49,99%. Der CEO von Fortum erklärte zur selben Zeit: „Wir freuen uns, dass Uniper sich jetzt auf einen Neustart festgelegt hat, um ernsthaft festzustellen, wie die Unternehmen strategisch und operativ zusammenarbeiten können. Es ist in jedermanns Interesse, jetzt schnelle Fortschritte zu erzielen, um Werte für die Stakeholder beider Unternehmen zu schaffen." Weniger klar ist jedoch, wie Fortum dieses Ergebnis angesichts der Bitterkeit erreichen will, die die Beziehung zwischen Fortum und Uniper lange bestimmt hat. Aus Sicht von Elliott haben die Aktionäre von Uniper die Chance, die derzeitige Stagnation zu überwinden, indem sie mit ihrer Stimme den Vorstand anweisen, einen Beherrschungsvertrag mit Fortum vorzubereiten und so einen Weg nach vorne zu eröffnen, der angemessene Governance-Kontrolle und die Verfolgung einer wertschöpfenden Strategie für alle Beteiligten gewährleistet.

In Anbetracht der Kosten für die Einberufung einer außerordentlichen Hauptversammlung und unter der Annahme, dass eine ordentliche Hauptversammlung in naher Zukunft einberufen wird, hat Elliott die Rücknahme des Antrags angeboten, wenn die Gesellschaft die zuvor genannte Beschlussvorlage über die Anweisung des Vorstands zur Vorbereitung eines rechtmäßigen Beherrschungsvertrags auf die Tagesordnung der bevorstehenden ordentlichen Hauptversammlung setzt.

Elliott bleibt im Bemühen, eine positive Lösung für alle, die an der zukünftigen Entwicklung von Uniper beteiligt sind, einem konstruktiven Dialog mit Uniper und seinen Mitgesellschaftern verpflichtet. Elliott ist zuversichtlich, dass die Aktionäre diesen konstruktiven Ansatz begrüßen und den Beschlussvorschlag von Elliott auf der nächsten Hauptversammlung von Uniper unterstützen werden.

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pre-Switch, Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up that emerged from stealth mode last year, today expanded its revolutionary soft-switching IGBT and silicon carbide gate driver architecture to cover 3-phase power systems. The platform, including the Pre-Drive™3 controller board, powered by the Pre-Flex™ FPGA, and RPG gate driver board, enables a doubling of power output for a typical inverter, or an increase in switching speed by a factor of up to 20 times.

Hard-Switching is the most commonly-used technique for DC/AC power converters but it has numerous drawbacks, the largest of which is the introduction of switching losses - wasted energy produced while a transistor fully transitions between On and Off states. These switching losses are responsible for a large percentage of power converter losses. In contrast, soft-switching minimizes switching losses but is has never been successfully-implemented for DC/AC systems with varying input voltage, temperature and load conditions. Pre-Switch uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to constantly-adjust the relative timing of elements within the switching system required to force a resonance to offset the current and voltage wave forms – thereby minimizing switching losses.

Pre-Switch’s forced-resonant soft-switching topology replaces the traditional IGBT or silicon carbide driver with a common intelligent controller board, Pre-Drive3, and a specific plug-in RPG (Resonant Power Gate) module optimized for the customer’s chosen SiC or IGBT package. The Pre-Switch architecture delivers the same switching loss performance – or better – as a five-level design, but significantly reduces cost, control complexity and BOM count.

Says Bruce T. Renouard, CEO, Pre-Switch: “Customers have called Pre-Switch’s soft-switching technology ‘the Holy Grail’ for power conversion. eV designers have been amongst the first to adopt this exciting technology because it dramatically-reduces iron core loses in electric motors at cruising torques, providing 5-12 % more range. However, our soft-switching technology is also applicable to a wide range of industries, and is independent of device technology.”

Pre-Switch: Further, Faster, Lighter, Cheaper - Cooler

About Pre-Switch

Pre-Switch, Inc. is a Silicon Valley company that delivers AI-based soft-switching power architectures that minimize switching losses, resulting in dramatic improvements in efficiency, size, performance and reliability. Key applications include for electric vehicles, solar inverters, wind turbines, UPS, storage and motor drives. Pre-Switch™ technology increases eV range, reduces battery size, shrinks power converter size and cost, while minimizing cooling requirements. Pre-Switch was founded by industry experts in power semiconductors, power systems, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Pre-Flex technology is patent pending globally.

Pre-Switch®, the Pre-Switch logo and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Pre-Switch, Inc.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the selection of a developer to design and install up to 1.4 megawatts of solar renewable energy on the green rooftop of the Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side. New York City's largest rooftop solar generation project to date will offset the building's electric load and directly support the Governor's Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda for 100 percent carbon-free electricity in New York by 2040 and a ramp up for 70 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy by 2030. Siemens, a technology company and infrastructure provider with nearly 4,000 employees across New York State, was selected in the New York Power Authority's competitive bid process and will now begin final designs and permitting for the rooftop project.

"New York State is leading the nation in advancing bold actions for a cleaner, greener energy system that also spurs economic growth," Governor Cuomo said. "Installing solar technology on the roof of the busiest convention center in the United States sets an industry standard for venues throughout New York and across the nation on how best to embrace renewable energy."

"This significant renewable energy project will help offset the Javits Center's electricity needs and continue to advance the state's aggressive clean energy goals," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're leading the nation in our efforts to ensure our environment is clean and safe for generations, while supporting economic growth across New York State."

The project, led by the New York Power Authority, will help New York State on its path to economy-wide carbon neutrality and advance New York's nation-leading clean energy and jobs goals. The project is estimated to offset more than 1.3 million pounds of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to removing 262 cars from the road.

Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA's President and CEO, said, "The New York Power Authority is pleased to partner with one of New York City's most well-known and high-traffic buildings to bring New York State closer to achieving its clean energy goals. Installing a commercial-scale solar photovoltaic system on the Javits Center roof will lead to significant cost savings and benefit the environment for years to come."

On behalf of the Javits Center, as first announced by the Governor in August 2018, NYPA issued a call for developers to submit proposals to design, construct and own a commercial-scale solar photovoltaic system through a power purchase agreement.

Siemens, which has been a partner with the Javits Center since its construction in 1986 providing building automation, fire safety and security technology, will own, maintain, and operate the solar array while NYPA purchases the energy produced from the solar array and in turn sells it to the Javits Center through a back-to-back power purchase agreement. Battery storage may also be included in this project and will be determined at the completion of project design. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020.

More than 4,000 solar panels will be constructed over the HVAC units on the Javits Center's green roof so as not to impact plants on the building's rooftop. An additional street-level solar array would be constructed on 11th Avenue. The 17-story Javits Center has undertaken numerous projects to drive sustainability efforts in New York City, transforming the nation's busiest convention center into a LEED Silver-certified jewel on the Hudson River.

A comprehensive renovation completed in 2014 at the Javits Center included a 6.75-acre green roof, one of the largest of its kind in the country. The green roof, complete with metering and sensors to control and customize temperatures throughout the facility, led to highly energy efficient operations, including a 26 percent reduction in energy consumption. The green roof, which will lower ambient temperatures around the arrays and result in a more holistic and efficient design, also has served as a sanctuary for area wildlife, providing a habitat for more than 26 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honey bees. The location and size of the flat roof provides an optimal solution for hosting solar arrays.

Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center, said, "Our green roof has become a model of sustainability for buildings throughout the Empire State, and we are proud to work with the New York Power Authority to further expand our environmental impact. For more than 30 years, the Javits Center has served as an economic engine for New York, but with this project, we can continue to reinforce our reputation as an environmental beacon, serving as an inspiration to other venues nationwide."

Dave Hopping, President and CEO of Siemens Building Technologies - Americas, said, "Having served as a technology partner for critical infrastructure across New York City and New York State for decades, Siemens is proud to support the state's transition to renewable resources. We applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership in building a sustainable and more resilient future, and we look forward to expanding our more than 30-year technology partnership with the Javits Center to develop New York City's largest rooftop solar installation."

Senator Brad Hoylman said, "The Javits Center is the busiest convention center in the United States—and the perfect place to model a swift transition off of fossil fuels with New York City's largest rooftop solar project. Climate change isn't waiting for us, so we can't afford to wait to prevent its worst impacts. I applaud Governor Cuomo, the New York Power Authority, Siemens, and the Javits Center for their dedication to renewable energy, and bringing green jobs to Manhattan residents."

Senator Kevin S. Parker said, "Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York has taken serious steps forward to lead the nation toward a green economy. Adding solar paneling on the roof of the Javits Center will be a gamechanger for New York. I commend Governor Cuomo, NYPA and Siemens on their commitment to a sustainable economic future."

Assemblymember Michael Cusick said, "The work Siemens plans on undertaking at the Javits Center is an example of the kind of innovative urban design New York needs as we continue to reduce our carbon footprint, improve energy resiliency, and ensure reliability. I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this work and hope it serves as a road-map for future efforts."

Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried said, "The selection of a bidder to design and install solar energy panels on the Javits Center, the nation's busiest convention center, shows that New York means business when it comes to taking bold steps toward a healthier environment while growing jobs through clean energy."

NYPA provides low-cost electricity to governmental agencies, municipal electric systems, rural electric cooperatives, manufacturers and to investor-owned utilities for resale to retail customers across New York State. In addition, the Authority provides customers access to a wide range of services including the development of clean and renewable energy technologies and the promotion of energy efficiency programming at buildings and facilities all across the state.

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

About the Javits Center

Known as the "Marketplace for the World," the Javits Center was originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners and opened in 1986. The iconic facility has since become New York City's primary venue for large conventions, trade shows and special events and serves as home to many of the world's top 250 trade shows, hosting millions of visitors a year. These events generate up to $2 billion in economic activity and support more than 18,000 jobs a year. Located on 11th Avenue between West 34th and West 40th streets. in Manhattan, the Javits Center has 760,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space, 102 meeting rooms and four banquet halls, as well as a range of technology services, including state-of-the-art WiFi capabilities. For more information, visit javitscenter.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Siemens

Siemens Corporation, a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, is one of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies. For more than 160 years, Siemens USA has innovated and invented technologies to support American industry spanning manufacturing, energy, healthcare and infrastructure. In fiscal 2018, Siemens in the U.S. reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

New York State's Green New Deal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Green New Deal, the nation's leading clean energy and jobs agenda, will aggressively put New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality This initiative will provide for a just transition to clean energy, spurring the growth of the green economy and mandating New York's power be 100 percent clean and carbon-free by 2040, one of the most aggressive goals in the U.S. The cornerstone of this newly proposed mandate is a significant increase of New York's successful Clean Energy Standard to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. As part of the unprecedented ramp-up of renewable energy, New York has already invested $2.9 billion into 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state as it significantly increases its clean energy targets, such as: quadrupling New York's offshore wind target to a nation-leading 9,000 megawatts by 2035; doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025; and deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030. To support this ambitious work, NY Green Bank intends to use its expertise in overcoming financing gaps to foster greater environmental impacts per public dollar by raising over $1 billion in third party funds to expand climate financing availability across New York and the rest of North America.

Reforming the Energy Vision

The Green New Deal builds on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's landmark Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency. Already, REV has driven growth of nearly 1,500 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and has led to more than 150,000 jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors across New York State.

To learn more about the Green New Deal and REV, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter,Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Editor’s Note: This press release was originally published here https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-selection-developer-install-rooftop-solar-arrays-javits-center.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ubiquitous Energy, the leader in transparent solar technology, has certified a record transparent solar cell with 9.8% power conversion efficiency. The transparent cell based on the company’s ClearView Power™ technology has an average visible transparency of 38.3% and a resulting light utilization factor (efficiency multiplied by average visible transparency) of over 3.75. This is the highest performance combination ever reported for a transparent solar cell.

“This record is a fantastic accomplishment from the team here at Ubiquitous Energy, paving the way for what is possible in the future from transparent solar technology,” said CEO Keith Wilson. “Architectural windows typically span the visible transparency range between 30% and 80%, making these solar cells ideal candidates to add to our product lineup for electricity generating windows.” Ubiquitous Energy is currently working with global glass partners to scale up and commercialize its ClearView Power™ coatings for architectural windows. The company has spent the past years maturing previous ClearView Power™ formulations with lower efficiencies and a range of transparencies up to 80% that are already being integrated into large-area product prototypes.

The new certified cells are still under formulation development as part of the company’s ongoing R&D program to develop future versions of its ClearView Power™ technology. The efficiency of the laboratory size cell was certified by third-party test laboratory Newport Corporation. “Laboratory efficiency and transparency are just two important milestones and we will now begin the process of optimizing the scalability and reliability of these next-generation devices,” said co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Miles Barr. “In the meantime, we are excited to begin pilot projects and commercialization activities with our earlier ClearView Power™ formulations.”

About Ubiquitous Energy

Ubiquitous Energy is the world leader in transparent photovoltaics. Its award-winning ClearView Power™ technology is the first truly transparent solar product. ClearView Power™ harvests solar energy and serves as an invisible, onboard source of electricity for a variety of end products. The thin coating can be applied to the surface of window glass to provide electricity generation and energy efficiency. Originally spun out of MIT, Ubiquitous Energy is now producing its highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its pilot production facility in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ubiquitous.energy.

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Johns Manville (JM), a leading global manufacturer of energy-efficient building products and engineered specialty materials and a Berkshire Hathaway company, announced today it will host the fourth annual Johns Manville Industrial Masters Course, along with six other major manufacturers, contractors, and engineers in the industrial insulation industry. The free, two-day course, taking place May 14-15, 2019 in League City, Texas, brings experts from the industrial insulation industry together discuss the latest technologies and the science and strategies needed to design, install, and maintain efficient insulation systems to optimize performance.

The JM Industrial Masters Course is designed for engineers and industry professionals who are looking to further their professional development and gain more detailed insights into the industry. JM Senior Industrial Product Manager Jack Bittner, who has led the course for the past four years, said JM has added something new to the agenda for 2019.

“We have always limited the Industrial Masters Course to 100 people to create an environment where attendees can speak up, share their perspectives, and ask questions,” said Bittner. “In the past, this has created a lot of engaging discussion. This year, we’re taking it one step further; we’re hosting two expert panels for live Q&A sessions with our attendees. Our first panel will be Optimizing Maintenance and Turnarounds in a Facility, and the second panel will be Best Practices to Combat Corrosion under Insulation (CUI). This is a unique opportunity for our attendees to dig into the details and grill industry experts with questions they have about these topics.”

In addition to Johns Manville, the complete list of contributing presenters includes major insulation manufacturers, contractors, metal jacketing suppliers, and heat-tracing specialists. Here's a sneak peek at some of this year’s presenters and panelists:

PRESENTERS:

  • Cryogenic: Insulation Materials
  • Foster: Mastics and Adhesives
  • ITW Insulation Systems: (PIR) Polyisocyanurate Foam
  • Johns Manville: High-Temp Insulation Materials
  • Industrial Info Resources: Industry Outlook
  • NIA: Insulation Inspection Program
  • PPG: Protective Pipe Coatings
  • RPR Metals, Inc: Metal Jacketing
  • Thermon, Inc: Heat Tracing

PANELISTS:

  • Becht Engineering, Metallurgical/Corrosion Expert
  • BrandSafeway, Maintenance Insulation Contractor
  • Brown & Root, Maintenance Contractor
  • Industry Consultant, NDE Inspection
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Owner
  • PPG, Coatings Specialist

Jeff Semkowski, JM’s Industrial Portfolio Manager, explained that the Industrial Masters Course is part of JM’s ongoing efforts to help the industry bridge the Knowledge Gap.

“Today, more than ever, it’s critical to train and retain new talent in the industrial insulation industry, and that’s why opportunities like this are so valuable. We have gathered subject matter experts throughout the industrial insulation industry to pass on information that can be crucial when it comes to specifying, installing, and maintaining effective industrial insulation systems. The Industrial Masters Course is an excellent resource for businesses that are looking to further develop their talented employee base.”

The JM Industrial Masters Course will take place at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas on May 14-15, 2019. All attendees will be given a certificate of completion that may be submitted for 12 professional development hours (PDH).

For additional information, please visit http://www2.jm.com/imc2019-pr.

About Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales over $3 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs 8,000 people and operates 42 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at www.jm.com.

ANNAPOLIS, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. ("Hannon Armstrong") (NYSE: HASI), a capital provider focused on sustainable infrastructure markets that address climate change, today announced that it has received the prestigious Renewable Energy Leadership Award from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), a national business group made up of companies that finance, develop, manufacture and use all forms of renewable energy.

Hannon Armstrong President and CEO Jeffrey Eckel will accept the award at ACORE’s annual American Renewable Energy Gala on Tuesday evening March 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

"It is an honor to receive this recognition from ACORE, which has always been an essential convener on renewable energy policy and finance issues,” said Mr. Eckel. "The rise of wind and solar power in this country has led to a remarkable reduction in carbon emissions, and we are proud of the positive impact our diverse portfolio of behind-the-meter and grid-connected renewable energy investments are making every day. While we take great pride in supporting an industry that has truly gone mainstream, there is much more work we all need to do to combat the climate crisis and ensure a clean energy future.”

ACORE’s Renewable Energy Leadership Awards recognize companies who have done outstanding work to accelerate growth of the renewable energy economy. The awards celebrate innovation, partnership, advocacy, investment and overall support of the U.S. renewables sector. Previous winners include Amazon, BlackRock, General Electric and Google.

“Hannon Armstrong sets the gold standard for clean energy finance, embracing an innovative, environmentally-conscientious approach to their investments,” said Gregory Wetstone, ACORE’s president and chief executive officer. “In recognition of their accomplishments, we are pleased to present Hannon the Renewable Energy Leadership Award and look forward to working together to advance America’s transition to carbon-free, renewable energy sources.”

About Hannon Armstrong

Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI) focuses on solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience to climate change by providing capital and specialized expertise to the leading companies in the energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainable infrastructure markets. Our goal is to generate attractive returns for our shareholders by investing in a diversified portfolio of assets and projects that generate long-term, recurring and predictable cash flows or cost savings from proven commercial technologies. Hannon Armstrong is proud to be the first U.S. public company exclusively focused on financing solutions to climate change. We are based in Annapolis, Maryland. For more information, please visit www.hannonarmstrong.com. Follow Hannon Armstrong on LinkedIn and Twitter @HannonArmstrong.

About ACORE

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. Founded in 2001, ACORE is the focal point for collaborative advocacy across the renewable energy sector, supported by hundreds of members spanning renewable energy technologies and constituencies. Every year, ACORE convenes top business leaders and policymakers at its annual forums on finance, policy and grid technology in New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.acore.org and follow @ACORE on Twitter.

Paris, March 13, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy announced today that the prototype for its Cypress platform, the largest onshore wind turbine for GE in the field, has been successfully installed and is fully operational, producing power at a rated level of 5.3 MW in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. Company officials hail the milestone as a key step in commercializing a unit able to both lower the cost of electricity and offer additional flexibility in terms of where wind turbines can be located.

The Cypress 5.3 MW prototype was installed in late 2018 and produced its first kilowatt in February 2019. GE Renewable Energy will continue to operate the prototype during the months to come in order to validate the performance of the Cypress platform. This testing will also support the process of obtaining the Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product.

Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy, said, "We're delighted with the progress our team has been able to make in bringing our innovative, high-tech turbine to market on an accelerated schedule. We are confident that Cypress, with its two-piece blade design, will be a game changer for the industry. We're hearing equal enthusiasm from our customers across the globe, who tell us they appreciate the potential of Cypress to help them both lower the cost of onshore wind and gain added flexibility in siting turbines."

The Cypress platform is offered with multiple ratings and varying hub heights. It will enable a lower cost of electricity by matching each wind turbine solution to specific site needs, which is critical as wind power increasingly competes on price with other sources of power generation.

First announced in September 2017 1, the Cypress platform will be powered by a revolutionary two-piece blade design that makes it possible to use larger rotors and site the turbines in a wider variety of locations. The AEP improvements from the longer rotors help to drive down Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE), and the proprietary blade design allows these larger turbines to be installed in locations that were previously inaccessible.

Duncan Berry, CEO of LM Wind Power, said, "The project is truly coming together in a very short and demanding time frame. We have invented a new and effective solution for a blade in two parts, which is borne of the full expertise of LM Wind Power engineers combined with design input from GE Renewable Energy and GE Research. The technology results from decades of blade making knowledge and experience."

1. The first turbine in the platform, the 4.8-158 turbine was introduced in September, 2017. The 5.3 MW turbine and Cypress Platform name were introduced in September, 2018

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
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  • Wind

SAN DIEGO (March 12, 2019) – EDF Renewables North America announced today that the 100 megawatt (MW) Stoneray Wind Project (Project) is fully operational.  Located in Pipestone and Murray counties in Southwestern Minnesota, the Project consists of 39 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Gamesa.  The electricity generated by the project will be delivered to Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) beginning in 2020 under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Vice President, Development-North Region, Kate O’Hair, commented, “We are grateful for the community and landowners who backed the development of this project for several years.  This level of long-standing support, along with the State’s favorable regulatory environment, excellent wind resource, and advantageous transmission expansion, is vital to bringing wind projects to operation.”

EDF Renewables will perform asset management services, balance-of-plant, and 24/7/365 remote monitoring and diagnostics from its San Diego-based Operations Control Center (OCC) during the equipment warranty period.  Following the warranty period, the contract will expand to include all asset management, and operations and maintenance services to ensure operational performance, equipment availability and reduce downtime.

Stoneray marks EDF Renewables’ twelfth wind project developed in the state and brings the total of projects to over 1.6 GW demonstrating the company’s commitment to investment, involvement and employment in Minnesota.

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 47,000 average Minnesota homes1.  This is equivalent to avoiding more than 300,000 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from 64,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 16 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data.  

2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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  • Solar

JACKSONVILLE, FL (March 7, 2019): JEA and EDF Renewables North America today announce the signing of five Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for the 310 megawatt (MWdc) / 250 MWac Jacksonville 5 Solar Project (Project) consisting of five 50 MWac distributed generation projects to be constructed across the City of Jacksonville. The Project was awarded in 2018 after a highly competitive procurement process conducted by JEA.

Steve McInall, JEA’s Vice President of Energy and Water Planning commented, “These new projects benefit the community by giving us price security for clean energy through a long-term PPA with EDF Renewables. They also will support JEA’s SolarMax program, which will allow large commercial and industrial users (over 7 million kWh per year) to obtain their electricity from large solar facilities. This will help to retain and attract green businesses to Jacksonville.”

Myles Burnsed, Vice President of Strategic Developments for EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions said, “The Jacksonville 5 Solar Project represents one of the largest and most ambitious distributed generation solar efforts taken on by any utility company in the United States, and we are excited to have been selected as JEA’s partner on this project.”

“Our focus is to provide fully integrated energy solutions incorporating wind, solar, storage, electric vehicle charging and energy storage management at both the grid-scale and distributed level,” commented Jamie Resor, CEO of EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions. “We look forward to working with JEA on a system-wide portfolio of projects to address their renewable energy objectives, and to assist the team to identify appropriate uses for innovative storage solutions to complement the solar production.”

According to Aaron Zahn, JEA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville will be one of the top solar cities in the country upon completion of the projects. He added, “Solar energy will constitute approximately 5 percent of JEA’s total energy production. This program represents tremendous environmental value for our community.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of more than 48,500 average Florida homes1. This is equivalent to avoiding nearly 448,500 metric tons of carbon (CO₂) emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 95,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2017 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data. 2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations.

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Paris, February 26, 2019 – GE Renewable Energy was awarded a $87million contract by Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) to provide seven 60 MW Francis turbines for the new Nachtigal hydropower plant in Cameroon.

NHPC is a company jointly owned by the Republic of Cameroon, EDF, International Finance Corporation, Africa 50 and STOA.

Owned and operated by NHPC, the new 420 MW hydropower plant will be located on the Sanaga river near the Nachtigal Falls, 65 kilometers away from the capital city of Cameroon. It is expected that Nachtigal will cover 30% of the country's electricity demand, amounting to an annual output of nearly 3 TWh.

The new hydropower station will secure an additional and reliable source of electricity for the country.

The project will be conducted with Elecnor in the consortium led by GE Renewable Energy.

GE's hydro teams are responsible for the whole coordination of the project, including the design, the manufacturing, the erection supervision and the commissioning of the turbines and generators, the control system and the mechanical Balance of Plant. The contract will be managed by GE Renewable Energy's Centers of Excellence located in Belfort, Grenoble (France) and Tianjin (China).

Elecnor will supply, manufacture, install and commission the electrical Balance of Plant, the high voltage substations. They will also manage the power house finishing works as well as the erection on site.

Pascal Radue, President & CEO of GE's Hydro Solutions said, "Nachtigal hydropower plant is one of the pillars supporting the energy development plan that is implemented in Cameroon. We are proud to support the country in this significant transformation and work closely with Nachtigal Hydro Power Company. When the plant is fully in operation in 2023, the population will benefit from a facilitated, improved and sustainable access to renewable electricity."

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The Nordex Group has succeeded in entering the Ukrainian market with a major order for 133 MW.

EDF Renewables and its Indian partner SITAC Group have signed a 300-MW power purchase agreement for an unnamed project in India, the green unit of French utility EDF said on Monday.

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Here’s an indisputable fact: We need electricity to power our modern world. That means building facilities to generate that electricity, some of which will inevitably be located near homes. Now, a new study finds that 90 percent of respondents would prefer to live near a wind farm over any type of centralized power plant, whether coal, natural gas or nuclear. People would also prefer to live near a wind farm over commercial-scale solar projects by a large margin.

That’s the main finding in a report from Dr. Jeremy Firestone, a professor in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment’s School of Marine Science, and Hannah Kirk, one of his students. Dr. Firestone and Kirk analyzed a publicly available Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL) dataset to reach their conclusion. LBNL’s groundbreaking 2018 survey of wind farm neighbor attitudes found 92 percent of people living within five miles of a turbine reported positive or neutral experiences.

Dr. Firestone’s research takes LBNL’s work a step further and shows that not only do people living near wind farms generally have positive experiences, they also wouldn’t trade their wind farm neighbors for any other type of power plant.

“[T]he ultimate question is whether a community member supports or opposes a local project – that is, wind power or nothing. But that’s not the societal choice, which is, instead, among wind power, solar, coal or natural gas,” Dr. Firestone said. “Even when residents might have less-than-positive attitudes toward a local project, the majority appear to conclude that their local wind power project is better than the alternatives.”

Neighbors might prefer wind projects over other energy sources for a variety of reasons. Wind projects create local jobs, pay substantial local taxes and lease payments, and leave 98 percent of land undisturbed, meaning it’s free for other uses like farming and ranching. They’re highly compatible with the rural communities in which they’re built and bring in far-reaching benefits for the entire area.

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Chào mừng quý vị tới Hội nghị Điện gió Việt Nam lần thứ hai!

Tiếp nối thành công của Hội nghị Điện gió Việt Nam lần thứ nhất đã diễn ra vào tháng 6 năm 2018 thu hút gần 200 đại biểu trong nước và quốc tế, 30 diễn giả tiêu biểu của ngành và chính phủ, Hiệp hội Điện gió Toàn cầu sẽ tổ chức Hội nghị Điện gió Việt Nam lần thứ hai tại Hà Nội trong hai ngày 11 và 12 tháng 6 năm 2019, với sự hợp tác của GIZ và Đại sứ quán Đan Mạch tại Hà Nội.

Việc thiết lập biểu giá FIT (Feed-in-Tariff) vào tháng 8 năm 2018 đã tạo ra động lực mới cho thị trường điện gió tại Việt Nam và thu hút hàng loạt dự án phát triển. Hiện tại tổng công suất điện gió được lắp đặt trên cả nước đã đạt 187 MW và chính phủ Việt Nam đặt mục tiêu phát triển điện gió ở mức 800 MW vào năm 2020, 2.000 MW vào năm 2025 và 6.000 MW vào năm 2030.

Tuy nhiên, hiện nay vẫn còn một số thách thách về mặt chính sách cần được giải quyết để các nhà phát triển dự án có thể tạo ra các hợp đồng mua bán điện (PPA) có khả năng mang lại lợi nhuận từ góc độ tài chính dự án quốc tế, trong khi đó tiềm năng dài hạn và tác động hệ thống của năng lượng tái tạo vẫn chưa được công nhận đầy đủ trong quy hoạch dài hạn.

Tại hội nghị được tổ chức ngày 12 tháng 6 và diễn ra trọn vẹn một ngày này, chúng ta sẽ thảo luận về những chủ đề nêu trên và các vấn đề cấp bách liên quan đến sự phát triển của một ngành công nghiệp điện gió và năng lượng tái tạo bền vững.

Các chuyên gia ngành công nghiệp điện gió trong nước và quốc tế, chuyên gia từ các tổ chức tài chính và đại diện cấp cao của chính phủ và các cơ quan có thẩm quyền của Việt Nam, sẽ thảo luận về những nội dung cần đạt được nhằm tạo điều kiện cho sự phát triển hơn nữa của ngành điện gió.

Để được cập nhật thông tin về sự kiện này và các sự kiện sắp tới, hãy đăng ký để nhận bản tin của chúng tôi.

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Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:

Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’

Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?

It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.

Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.

In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.

“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.

Courtesy Senvion

There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.

The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”

Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.

Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."

Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”

Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."

The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.

Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!

Courtesy Senvion

At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.

One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.

250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.

Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."

At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.

The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.

"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.


Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."

Courtesy Senvion

AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world. 

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.

The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.

The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.

Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.

“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.

While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.

Courtesy The World Bank

WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.

So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of  wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.

Learn more about GE’s wind power software and Digital Wind Farms by contacting us today.

Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/

Courtesy GE Renewable Energy

ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).

The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.

Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.

Courtesy ENERCON

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The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.