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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today it will begin proactively turning off power for safety as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of several Northern California communities as early as 5 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening.

To help reduce the risk of wildfire during extreme winds and keep PG&E customers, their families and their homes and businesses safe, the company will first turn off power in the following extreme fire-risk areas—a total of about 70,000 customers in Sierra Foothills communities:

  • Butte County (Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Clipper Mills, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Oroville)
  • Sierra County (Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Sierra City)
  • Placer County (Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Weimar)
  • Nevada County (Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington)
  • El Dorado County (Aukum, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Strawberry, Twin Bridges)
  • Amador County (Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Volcano)
  • Plumas County (La Porte)
  • Calaveras County (Glencoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Rail Road Flat, West Point, Wilseyville)
  • Yuba County (Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Marysville, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley)

The power shutoffs mark the first of two phases in this Public Safety Power Shutoff today. Later tonight, as the weather continues to progress, PG&E plans to turn off power to communities in the North Bay, affecting about 17,000 customers. Those communities are:

  • Lake County (Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lower Lake, Middletown)
  • Napa County (Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Pope Valley, Saint Helena)
  • Sonoma County (Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa)

PG&E is working directly with first responders and other state and local agencies to prepare for this safety event.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and the communities we serve. We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and we have made the decision to turn off power as a last resort given the extreme fire danger conditions these communities are experiencing. PG&E has a plan. We want our customers to have plans, too,” said Pat Hogan, senior vice president of electric operations.

When the extreme weather has passed and conditions are safe, PG&E crews will visually inspect the lines for any necessary repairs and safely restore power to customers.

Most customers are expected to be restored by Monday night (October 15), with some outages potentially lasting into Tuesday (October 16). In addition to notifying customers directly, PG&E will provide outage updates and information through social media, local news, radio, and the pge.com website.

PG&E began outreach late Saturday to customers in portions of the Sierra Foothills and the North Bay to notify them of the potential for a Public Safety Power Shutoff. PG&E is also doing additional outreach to its customers who are in the Medical Baseline program.

In making a decision whether to turn off power, PG&E considers a combination of criteria, including:

  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
  • Sustained winds above approximately 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph
  • Site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
  • Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)
  • On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E field crews

As part of PG&E’s wildfire preparedness efforts, the company is asking customers to:

  • Learn whether their home or business is in or near a high fire-threat area on the California Public Utilities Commission’s High Fire-Threat District map. Customers also can visit pge.com/wildfiresafety to enter their address and find out whether their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety during periods of high wildfire threat.
  • Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers before turning off electric service for safety, when and where possible.
  • Prepare for and practice an emergency plan to keep themselves, their families and/or employees emergency-ready and safe during an outage. Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) late Saturday and early Sunday began notifying customers in portions of 12 counties that the company may proactively turn off power for safety as part of a Public Safety Power Shutoff event.

PG&E is sending automated voice messages, texts and emails to customers alerting them to potentially extreme weather conditions with high wildfire danger starting Sunday evening and lasting through Monday morning. Due to forecasted high winds and dry vegetation, PG&E may temporarily turn off power in portions of the following communities:

  • Lake County (Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lower Lake, Middletown)
  • Napa County (Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Pope Valley, Saint Helena)
  • Sonoma County (Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa)
  • Yuba County (Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Marysville, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley)
  • Butte County (Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Clipper Mills, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Oroville)
  • Sierra County (Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Sierra City)
  • Placer County (Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Weimar)
  • Nevada County (Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington)
  • El Dorado County (Aukum, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Strawberry, Twin Bridges)
  • Amador County (Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Volcano)
  • Plumas County (La Porte)
  • Calaveras County (Glencoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Rail Road Flat, West Point, Wilseyville)

PG&E meteorologists continue to monitor weather conditions as they evolve. PG&E will have additional details on affected areas as weather reports come in throughout the day.

PG&E’s automated call to potentially impacted customers included the following message:

“Extreme weather conditions with high fire danger are forecasted in (county name), starting today and lasting through Monday morning. These conditions may cause power outages. To protect public safety, PG&E may also temporarily turn off power in your neighborhood or community. If there is an outage, we will work to restore service as soon as it is safe to do so. Please have your emergency plan ready. If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911. For more information on how to prepare, please visit pge.com/wildfiresafety or call 1-800-PGE-5002.”

Customers should also make sure their contact information is up-to-date by visiting pge.com/mywildfirealerts, or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.

Customers can learn whether their home or business is in or near a high fire-threat area by reviewing the California Public Utilities Commission’s High Fire-Threat District map. They can also visit pge.com/wildfiresafety to determine whether their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Due to expected extreme fire danger conditions including the Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service and several other weather factors, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced it may be proactively turning power off for safety and conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff in several northern California cities within the next 24 hours.

PG&E could take the action of turning off the power for safety as early as late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. The greater likelihood is potentially turning off the power for safety in advance of Sunday evening wind event that is forecasted to last into Monday morning.

To help reduce the risk of wildfire and to keep our customers, their families and their homes and businesses safe, the company may be turning off power in parts of the following extreme fire risk areas:

  • Lake County (Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Park, Cobb, Finley, Hidden Valley Lake, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lower Lake, Middletown)
  • Napa County (Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Lake Berryessa, Napa, Pope Valley, Saint Helena)
  • Sonoma County (Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa)
  • Yuba County (Brownsville, Camptonville, Challenge, Dobbins, Marysville, Oregon House, Strawberry Valley)
  • Butte County (Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Clipper Mills, Feather Falls, Forbestown, Oroville)
  • Sierra County (Alleghany, Downieville, Goodyears Bar, Pike City, Sierra City),
  • Placer County (Alta, Applegate, Auburn, Baxter, Colfax, Dutch Flat, Emigrant Gap, Foresthill, Gold Run, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Weimar)
  • Nevada County (Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Soda Springs, Washington)
  • El Dorado County (Aukum, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Fair Play, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Greenwood, Grizzly Flats, Kelsey, Kyburz, Mount Aukum, Omo Ranch, Pacific House, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Silver Fork, Somerset, Strawberry, Twin Bridges)
  • Amador County (Fiddletown, Jackson, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Volcano)
  • Plumas County (La Porte)
  • Calaveras (Glencoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Rail Road Flat, West Point, Wilseyville)

We are working directly with first responders and state and local agencies to help prepare for this potential safety event. We are conducting outreach to customers in potentially affected areas and also doing special outreach to PG&E customers who are on Medical Baseline.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is PG&E’s top priority. We know how much our customers rely on electric service and would only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety, and as a last resort during extreme weather conditions. PG&E has a plan. We want our customers to have plans, too,” said Kevin Dasso, vice president of electric asset management.

When and where possible, PG&E will provide early warning notification as well as updates until power is restored. Extreme weather threats can change quickly. Out of an abundance of caution, PG&E is providing notice to customers in advance of this safety event through automated phone calls, texts, social media and emails effective immediately.

As part of these preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

• Learn whether their home or business is in or near a high fire-threat area on the CPUC High Fire-Threat District map. Customers also can visit pge.com/wildfiresafety to enter their address and find out if their home or business is served by an electric line that may be turned off for safety during high wildfire threats.

• Update their contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers in advance of turning off their electric service for safety, when and where possible.

• Prepare for and practice an emergency plan to keep themselves, their families and/or employees emergency-ready and safe during an outage. Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

WALL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), the principal subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR), in partnership with NGVAMERICA, will host the national kick-off of the 2018 Drive NatGas Sea to Shining Sea NGV Road Rally. The event will be held at NJNG’s compressed natural gas (CNG) station hosted by Shore Point Distributing, Inc. in Freehold.

The kick-off is part of a series of nationwide events, beginning in New Jersey and concluding in California, aimed at educating the public on the benefits of natural gas vehicles and promoting the accessibility of CNG refueling infrastructure. In addition, Shore Point Distributing, Inc. and Blue Diamond Disposal will be honored as New Jersey’s 2018 NGV Champions.

Members of the media and attendees will have the opportunity to see CNG vehicles first-hand and learn about the benefits, including fuel savings and emission reductions.

Event partners and sponsors also include the American Public Gas Association, the American Gas Association, and New Jersey Clean Cities.

     

WHAT:

National Kick-Off of the 2018 Drive NatGas Sea to Shining Sea NGV Road Rally

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:

New Jersey Natural Gas CNG Station

at Shore Point Distributing, Inc.

860 State Route 33

Freehold, NJ 07728

 

WHO:

NGVAmerica President Daniel Gage

New Jersey Clean Cities Chairman Chuck Feinberg

Representatives from New Jersey Natural Gas

Shore Point Distributing, Inc. (Award Recipient)

Blue Diamond Disposal (Award Recipient)

 

RSVP:

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About NGVAmerica

NGVAMERICA is the leading national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. It represents more than 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations interested in the promotion and use of natural gas and biomethane as transportation fuels.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,400 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 335 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
  • NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
  • NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility and its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
  • NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

For more information about NJR:

Visit www.njresources.com.
Follow us on Twitter @NJNaturalGas.
“Like” us on www.facebook.com/NewJerseyNaturalGas.

Download our free NJR investor relations app for iPad, iPhone and Android.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CONQUEST Asset Management („CONQUEST“) meldete den Abschluss des Erwerbs eines 12 MW Onshore-Windparks auf einer noch nicht erschlossenen Fläche in Frankreich im Auftrag des von ihm verwalteten Sustainable Infrastructure Fund.

Die Transaktion wurde abgeschlossen, nachdem vor dem Bau der Anlagen eine Exklusivvereinbarung mit der Industriegruppe Acciona-Nordex (ETR: NDX1), einem weltweit führenden Windkraftanlagenhersteller und Projektentwickler, getroffen wurde. Der Onshore-Windpark bringt insgesamt 12 MW an zusätzlicher erneuerbarer Energieerzeugungskapazität in Frankreich und profitiert von einem Differenzprogramm mit 15-jähriger Laufzeit, das für gesicherte, inflationsindexierte Einnahmen von dem vor Ort angestammten Energieversorger EDF sorgt.

Angesichts starker Veränderungen in diesem Sektor, wie z. B. die Energiewende, die Digitalisierung und der beschleunigte Umstieg auf mehr dezentrale Energie, vertrauen führende Industrieunternehmen und Anlagenentwickler auf die Fähigkeit des Investitions- und Betriebsteams von CONQUEST, schon zu einem sehr frühen Zeitpunkt im Anlagenentwicklungszyklus zusammenzuarbeiten und so zur Entwicklung von Projekten mit ausgewogenen Risiken und Erträgen beizutragen. Diese Anlagemöglichkeiten stehen im Einklang mit der Anlagestrategie des Fonds, die sich durch eine diversifizierte Palette von Vermögenswerten (erneuerbare Energien, Energiespeicherung, -übertragung und -verteilung sowie Energieeffizienz) auszeichnet, mit dem Ziel, institutionellen Anlegern über weniger korrelierte, inflationsindexierte Vermögenswerte langfristig höhere Renditen zu bieten und gleichzeitig deren Ziele für nachhaltige Finanzierungen zu erreichen.

Über CONQUEST: CONQUEST Asset Management ist Teil der CONQUEST Group, einem unabhängigen Vermögensverwaltungs- und Finanzberatungsunternehmen mit umfassendem Fachwissen in Bezug auf vielfältige internationale Transaktionen und Strategiekonzepte. Institutionelle Anleger und Unternehmenskunden vertrauen auf die durchdachten, maßgeschneiderten Strategien und Lösungen von CONQUEST, die ihnen dabei helfen, ihre zentralen und langfristigen finanziellen Ziele voranzutreiben und zu erreichen.

Unser Investitionsansatz konzentriert sich darauf, Investitionsmöglichkeiten mit langfristigen Einkommenszielen zu verknüpfen. Dies impliziert Vertrauen zu unseren Anlegern und Partnern, das dank der Ausrichtung und des Engagements des Teams in ihrem besten Interesse erworben wurde.

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CONQUEST Asset Management (“CONQUEST”) kondigde aan dat het, namens het fonds voor duurzame infrastructuur dat het beheert, de aankoop van een 12MW greenfield windpark aan land in Frankrijk heeft afgerond.

Deze bekendmaking is officieel geldend in de originele brontaal. Vertalingen zijn slechts als leeshulp bedoeld en moeten worden vergeleken met de tekst in de brontaal, die als enige rechtsgeldig is.

Schenectady, NY (October 09, 2018) - Today at Blade O&M Forum in Dallas, GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) announced the availability of a new ground-based blade inspection system, combining thermal imaging technology and wide-band acoustic spectral analysis to detect anomalies on blades across an entire wind fleet, including both GE and non-GE turbines. The system will enable GE's customers to manage blade assets more proactively and has the proven potential to reduce blade O&M costs by up to ~25%.

The GE system is patented and self-contained, providing real time data analytics on turbine health fast and safely. This method reduces the need for up-tower inspections leading to safer and less-costly repairs, and also does not require wind assets to be powered down for a prolonged period. To date, more than 1500 turbines have been inspected using this technology. On average, the inspection time per unit is under 15 minutes.

Staged at the base of a wind turbine, the inspection technology takes a series of recordings of the blades as they are turning and under active load. This produces a real-time view of the subsurface health of a blade, layered with advanced digital image analytic capabilities that read and detect a wide range of anomalies. Additionally, certain blade anomalies under rotation produce a distinct sound, which the system detects and analyzes to pinpoint the specific location of the anomaly.

"Wind turbine blade inspections have come a long way. Ground scopes, drones, and tap testing are just a few of the methods that operators have used to help prevent against failures both small and catastrophic," explained Anne McEntee, CEO of Digital Services. "But most down-tower blade inspections are limited to showing what's happening with the surface of a blade. Many of the issues that lead to larger failures are deeper within the blade itself. This is where our inspection technology truly excels. The ability to also look beyond the exterior coating of the blade, regardless of manufacturer, marks a significant advance in blade inspection technology for the entire wind industry."

The system can detect a range of defects harmful to blade function including fatigue cracks, fiber waves, delamination, bonding issues, breaking or missing adhesive joints, splits and defective repairs. As the images are gathered, a combination of artificial intelligence algorithms and deep expertise in physical models/turbine engineering help teams conduct an in-depth analysis of the overall health of the blades. This service is currently available through GE Renewable Energy Services in the North American region and will be extended to other regions in the coming months.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 8, 2018) – EDF Renewables North America has installed 3MTM Wind Vortex Generators (VGs) on their Chestnut Flats Wind Project in Logan Township, Pennsylvania. The installation follows the successful field verification testing of VGs installed on six GE 1.5sle turbines completed earlier this year at EDF Renewable’s Bobcat Bluff Wind Project in Archer County, Texas.

The Bobcat Bluff turbines with VGs were operated for a period of six months, after which a comparative performance analysis confirmed an annual energy production increase of 1.6%.  Full results of this testing are available in a technical report published by SmartBlade.

The Chestnut Flats VGs were installed in May and June of 2018. The project was developed and built by Gamesa Energy USA, LLC, and was acquired by EDF Renewables in November 2011. Chestnut Flats utilizes 18 G90 and one G87 Gamesa turbines with a rated capacity of two megawatts. The predicted AEP increase for the project is 1.8% which will be verified over the next 4 months.

VGs are small attachments made from durable materials that energize a flow around the blade and reduce flow separation. Due to the unique shape and properties of every wind turbine blade, the positioning of wind vortex generators is customized for each blade design. Additionally, the VGs are applied using 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape, which accommodates the flexing and residual forces acting on the blade surface while still providing high adhesive strength in challenging weather conditions.

“We were pleased with the results of the verification test at Bobcat Bluff,” said Dan Summa, vice president, generation, EDF Renewables North America. “For Chestnut Flats we are predicting even better results due to a wind regime that is better suited for VGs.”

“One of the key advantages of EDF Renewables is that we can prove new innovations in O&M on our own equipment before we offer these solutions to our third-party customers,” said Larry Barr, senior vice president, operations and maintenance, EDF Renewables North America. “The success of our VG field testing is an example of how we bring an owner-operator perspective to our third-party offerings.”

EDF Renewables and 3M entered into a collaboration agreement last year to install 3M™ Wind Vortex Generators on wind turbines across the U.S.

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Hamburg, September 27, 2018 – Eni and GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) today announced that GE will supply 13 of GE's 3.8-130 onshore wind turbines, with a hub height of 85m, 3.8MW of power and a 137meter rotor, for the Badamsha project in Kazakhstan. With its 48MW of wind power the plant will increase the Country's wind capacity by 25%.

The two companies held a joint-meeting at Wind Europe, one of the biggest and most important meetings of the wind industry worldwide, attended by Jérôme Pécresse, President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy, and Luca Cosentino, Executive Vice President of Energy Solutions department in Eni, to celebrate the milestone for both companies. The Badamsha plant, located in the north-west region in the Aktobe oblast, represents Eni's first large-scale investment in wind power and GE's first wind onshore plant in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Pècresse said: "Badamsha marks our first wind project with Eni and our first in Kazakhstan. We are extremely proud to be working alongside Eni during an exciting time for them and for the entire energy segment, where GE Renewable Energy's role as integrator enables better synergies across our industries."

"With this project Eni is pleased to fully support the Country's ambitious goal to procure 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The Badamsha plant represents a first concrete achievement of the Memorandum of Understanding we signed last year with GE and the Ministry of Energy, Kanat Bozumbayev. We expect to have it in operation by the end of 2019", Luca Cosentino said. He also underlined that Eni plans to invest 1.2 billion euros over the next four years on its renewable energy portfolio, which includes worldwide solar, wind and hybrid projects.

Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992. Eni is joint operator of the Karachaganak field and is an equity partner in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the giant Kashagan field. In 2018 Eni became joint operator in the exploration block Isatay, with the national company KMG.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with a start-up mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

About Eni
Eni is an energy company operating in 71 countries worldwide and employing around 33,000 people. With the goals of improving access to energy in the countries where Eni operates and making maximum effort to reduce direct emissions of CO2, the company launched the Energy Solutions business unit. To ensure the long-term sustainability Eni Energy Solutions looks for synergies with other lines of business and promotes the development of renewable forms of energy and engage in scientific and technological research.

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Hamburg, September 27, 2018 – Eni and GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) today announced that GE will supply 13 of GE's 3.8-130 onshore wind turbines, with a hub height of 85m, 3.8MW of power and a 137meter rotor, for the Badamsha project in Kazakhstan. With its 48MW of wind power the plant will increase the Country's wind capacity by 25%.

The two companies held a joint-meeting at Wind Europe, one of the biggest and most important meetings of the wind industry worldwide, attended by Jérôme Pécresse, President and CEO of GE Renewable Energy, and Luca Cosentino, Executive Vice President of Energy Solutions department in Eni, to celebrate the milestone for both companies. The Badamsha plant, located in the north-west region in the Aktobe oblast, represents Eni's first large-scale investment in wind power and GE's first wind onshore plant in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Pècresse said: "Badamsha marks our first wind project with Eni and our first in Kazakhstan. We are extremely proud to be working alongside Eni during an exciting time for them and for the entire energy segment, where GE Renewable Energy's role as integrator enables better synergies across our industries."

"With this project Eni is pleased to fully support the Country's ambitious goal to procure 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The Badamsha plant represents a first concrete achievement of the Memorandum of Understanding we signed last year with GE and the Ministry of Energy, Kanat Bozumbayev. We expect to have it in operation by the end of 2019", Luca Cosentino said. He also underlined that Eni plans to invest 1.2 billion euros over the next four years on its renewable energy portfolio, which includes worldwide solar, wind and hybrid projects.

Eni has been present in Kazakhstan since 1992. Eni is joint operator of the Karachaganak field and is an equity partner in various projects in the Northern Caspian Sea, including the giant Kashagan field. In 2018 Eni became joint operator in the exploration block Isatay, with the national company KMG.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with a start-up mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
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Eni is an energy company operating in 71 countries worldwide and employing around 33,000 people. With the goals of improving access to energy in the countries where Eni operates and making maximum effort to reduce direct emissions of CO2, the company launched the Energy Solutions business unit. To ensure the long-term sustainability Eni Energy Solutions looks for synergies with other lines of business and promotes the development of renewable forms of energy and engage in scientific and technological research.

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HAMBURG, Germany - September 24, 2018 — GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) today launched its new onshore turbine platform, named Cypress, and the next model from that platform, GE's 5.3-158 turbine. The platform advances the proven technology of GE's 2 MW and 3 MW fleets, which serves an installed base of nearly 20 GW, while also utilizing architecture and innovations from the 4.8-158 turbine introduced in 2017. Cypress enables significant AEP improvements, increased efficiency in serviceability, improved logistics and siting potential, and ultimately more value for customers. It is designed to scale over time, enabling GE to offer a wider array of power ratings and hub heights to meet customer needs throughout the 5 MW range. The platform also offers up to a 50 percent increase in AEP over the life of the platform versus GE's 3 MW turbines. It is the second major technology platform launch of the year for GE, which introduced the Haliade-X offshore turbine platform in March.

The Cypress platform, which also includes the 4.8-158, will be powered by a revolutionary two-piece blade design, enabling blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to offer more siting options. Longer blades improve AEP and help drive down Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE), and the proprietary design will allow these larger turbines to be installed in locations that were previously inaccessible. It significantly drives down logistical costs, by enabling blade assembly onsite and reducing the costs for permitting equipment and road work required for transporting longer blades. Equally importantly, it features blade tips that offer customers greater flexibility to address site wind conditions and requirements.

The high-tech carbon blades were developed through the longtime partnership between GE's Onshore Wind business, GE's Global Research Center and GE's LM Wind Power, taking advantage of the research, design and large-scale manufacturing expertise of these teams to bring the blades from concept to a tested and proven reality.

The Cypress platform, designed for IEC (S) wind speeds, leverages the best of GE's 2 MW and 3 MW turbines – including the proven DFIG - doubly-fed induction generator – and a robust drivetrain architecture. The machine is specifically designed for services, with enhancements to help with facilitating up-tower repairs and troubleshooting with its up-tower electrical system, while also pushing the limits of traditional reliability levels on major components, through increased systems level hardware testing and more robust manufacturing processes. This combination of planned, condition-based and predictive services will help to ensure more reliability, uptime and production while ultimately lowering lifecycle costs for the customer.

Pete McCabe, CEO of GE's Onshore Wind business said, "Our mission is to enable our customers to set the pace for lowering the LCOE around the world, as their needs continue to evolve. The Cypress platform builds on our track record of success and positions our technology for scalability and flexibility for the coming years. The prototype Cypress 4.8-158 is currently under production at our Salzbergen, Germany facility and we are looking forward to deploying and commissioning it by the end of the year. This platform, which reflects our relentless focus on quality, will enable our customers to achieve a new level of competitiveness in the power generation marketplace."

Duncan Berry, CEO of GE's LM Wind Power said, "This exciting blade enhancement is revolutionizing the offerings that we can provide for GE's customers. Our team used a disruptive design methodology and customer feedback to re-examine our entire design and manufacturing process. By looking at this blade in an entirely new way, we achieved a technology breakthrough that will allow us to bring the new blades to market even faster for our customers."

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with a start-up mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

Paris, le 14 septembre 2018 –GE Renewable Energy annonce aujourd'hui l'achèvement de l’installation de la dernière éolienne offshore Haliade 150-6 MW sur le parc éolien offshore Merkur de 396 MW, situé en Allemagne. L’équipe GE Renewable Energy sur place poursuivra les activités de mise en service avant de procéder au transfert de l'exploitation au client.

 

GE Renewable Energy avait été choisie en juin 2015 par la société Merkur Offshore pour la fourniture de 66 éoliennes offshore GE HaliadeTM 150-6 MW de GE ; elle avait, en outre, signé un contrat de service global d’exploitation et de maintenance d’une durée de 10 ans.

 

John Lavelle, VP & CEO de la branche éolien offshore de GE Renewable Energy, a déclaré : « il s’agit du premier projet éolien offshore à grande échelle mené par GE. Nous avons assuré son installation dans les délais impartis, témoignant ainsi de notre capacité à gérer des projets offshore complexes. Nous sommes ravis de faire partie d'un projet qui s'inscrit dans les efforts constants déployés par l’Allemagne pour se tourner vers les énergies renouvelables au sein de son mix énergétique. »

 

Situé en mer du Nord, à environ 35 km au nord de l’île de Borkum, le parc éolien offshore de Merkur est amené à devenir l’un des plus grands parcs éoliens offshore d’Allemagne, produisant environ 1 750 GWh par an pour alimenter 500 000 foyers.

 

Les composants des éoliennes offshore de Merkur ont été fabriqués dans différents pays : les nacelles ont été assemblées à Saint-Nazaire, les pales ont été réalisées par LM Wind Power à Castellón, en Espagne, et les mâts ont été produits en Allemagne et en Chine. Tous les composants ont été transportés jusqu’à la base logistique d’Eemshaven, aux Pays-Bas, où ils ont été préparés en vue de leur installation en mer.


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with support from GWNET and REN21, is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey.

The objective of the survey is to gather quantitative and qualitative insights on the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector, existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity. The findings from the survey will contribute to addressing the data and knowledge gap on gender in renewable energy, and inform policy making to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive and benefits from a wider pool of talent.

The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes to fill out.

About the survey

The survey differentiates between those working in the access and non-access (modern) contexts. For each, you can take the survey as an individual or on behalf of your organization. The questions for each category are different:

  • From individuals working in the sector, we hope to gather insights on the challenges and barriers faced in attracting and retaining women in the workforce, as well as potential solutions. On completing the survey, we encourage you to share the survey with your colleagues to ensure as large a sample of respondents as possible, as well as the Human Resources (HR) department in your organization (see below).
  • From organisations in the sector, we’d like to understand the gender distribution in your workforce and the policies and measures you are implementing towards greater gender diversity. Answering the questions will require knowledge of relevant staff statistics and. Therefore, representatives from the HR division may be best equipped in filling this part of the survey.

The survey can be accessed using the link:  https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eIZVZdBXXxE1YxL 

Please note that the information provided through the survey will be processed and aggregated with information provided by other respondents and serve as an important input for the forthcoming Women in Renewable Energy report to be published by IRENA. Accordingly, personal data and individually identifiable information will not be publicly disclosed.

Should you face any technical difficulties in filling out the survey or have any questions or clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Celia García-Baños ([email protected]).

We thank you for your time in advance for filling out the survey!

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Essen, 5 October 2018 – innogy SE, Shell and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies A/S (SOT) have signed an investment and cooperation agreement today committing the partners to build a demonstration project using SOT’s ‘TetraSpar’ floating foundation concept. Its modular layout consists of a tubular steel main structure with a suspended keel. It is expected to offer important competitive advantages over existing floating wind concepts, with the potential for leaner manufacturing, assembly and installation processes with lower material costs. The project has a budget of approximately €18 million.

Hans Bünting, COO Renewables of innogy SE, said: “These are exciting times. The floating offshore wind market is evolving but until now, floating foundations have been stubbornly expensive. This demonstration project will give us a better understanding of how the cost can be driven down. The industrialised approach of the TetraSpar design, combined with innogy’s experience in delivering offshore wind projects, will enable large-scale, cost-effective deployment of floating wind projects around the world.”

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  • Asia, North America seen leading push for widespread adoption of Offshore Wind outside of Europe
  • Wind energy pioneer Henrik Stiesdal to support initiative to accelerate Offshore Wind in global markets

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has created a new Offshore Wind Taskforce to accelerate the development of offshore wind technology in non-European markets such as Asia and North America.

The Taskforce will be chaired by Alastair Dutton, who played a key role in the creation of the UK’s successful offshore wind industry with roles at The Crown Estate and in government at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The TaskfForce will be made up of leading developers, investors and manufacturers in the sector, as well as technical experts and inter-governmental organisations. It will be supported by Henrik Stiesdal, widely known as the “father” of the modern wind industry and the creator of the first large scale offshore wind project, who will act as GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Ambassador.

“Offshore wind has huge potential in many regions, as the world looks for competitive, zero carbon energy sources that can be deployed at scale and in relatively fast time frames,” says Stiesdal. “However, the industry needs to find the most appropriate technologies for deploying offshore wind in different conditions – for example floating offshore wind in regions with deep water levels, and creating efficient supply chains across the globe,” he adds.

GWEC CEO Ben Backwell says: “Offshore wind has already become a mainstream power source in Europe, accounting for the lion’s share of new power capacity in the UK and a significant share in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.” He adds: “Now more and more countries are starting to see the advantage of offshore wind, and the technology is in a position to become truly global.”

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the global offshore wind market is set to grow at a 16pc annual compound rate from 2017 to 2030, reaching a cumulative capacity of 115 GW compared to 17.6GW today.  China is set to overtake the current leader the UK and lead installations by 2022, while Taiwan and the US will also reach 1GW per year of annual installations in the next decade.

The Offshore Wind Taskforce initiative is being supported by some of the leading companies in the sector, including Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Iberdrola, Østed and MHI-Vestas.

The Taskforce aims to carry out a series of activities, including:

  • Advising governments on regulatory frameworks and tendering systems for offshore wind, including creating an Offshore Wind Policy Toolkit
  • Measuring and highlighting the economic and social benefits of offshore wind deployment and the creation of local supply chains
  • Fostering technology innovation and the testing of new turbines, installation techniques and O&M strategies, including promoting the benefits of digitalisation
  • Spreading best practices and the transfer of knowledge from Europe and other established markets to new and developing markets
  • Creating appropriate forums to promote the growth of the global offshore industry, including seminars, technical workshops, conferences and exhibitions.

 

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 90 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.

See www.gwec.net

For more information on the Offshore Wind Taskforce contact:

Lauha Fried

Communications Director, GWEC

Tel. +32 477 364251

[email protected]

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Two researchers, David Keith and Lee Miller, released a new paper today and their findings are problematic for several reasons. Furthermore, certain media outlets are misreporting what the paper actually says. The fact is wind power remains one of the most effective and affordable ways to reduce carbon pollution.

Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about this study.

Wind turbines do not cause global climate change

Keith and Miller’s analysis examines an exceedingly high level of wind power deployment and the effect it might have on localized surface temperature increases. However, they do not find wind energy causes global temperatures to increase, nor does wind contribute to the cascade of side effects and feedback loops caused by carbon pollution. Certain reporting has conflated this localized effect and the global warming impact of carbon emissions, and that is wholly inappropriate.

“If somebody asks me if the deployment of wind turbines contributes to climate change, I say no,” said Jeff Freedman, research associate at Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the University of Albany. “It will distribute the temperature profile on certain nights.”

Here’s what their model does show: wind turbines do not add more heat to the atmosphere, but they may redistribute heat by mixing air. Certain models show that could temporarily and locally raise ground temperatures. Again, however, there is no contribution to rising global temperatures and their associated problems.

Unrealistic assumptions about the future energy mix: A fatal flaw

Critically, Keith and Miller’s findings rest on assumptions that are fundamentally flawed. They base their analysis on an unrealistic future energy mix, and reality will not resemble the world constructed in their model.

Today, wind energy makes up 6.3 percent of U.S. electricity generation. Keith and Miller’s assumed level of wind development is 2.4 times larger than the Department of Energy’s forecast wind deployment through 2050.

The assumptions in this study are also based on a uniform wind turbine fleet, where each turbine is the same height and capacity, and turbines are built at uniform distances from each other. That does not reflect the reality of the current or future U.S. wind fleet. Differing tower heights and turbine capacities would drastically alter this model’s results.

“This is by no means what future wind power in the U.S. will ever look like. It is an interesting theoretical exercise at best,” said Christina Archer, a wind expert from the University of Delaware. “Even if we were interested in what this crazy scenario would do to air temperature, there are still problems with the tools that they used.”

In fact, Stanford professor and turbine design expert John Dabiri specifically called out the modeling tool used in this study as unreliable.

“It is well known that this type of modeling assumption does a poor job of predicting the flow in real wind farms,” he told MIT Technology Review. However, in other simulations that were “more realistic,” Dabiri said there is “little temperature change near the surface.”

Keith and Miller stay silent on the actual impacts of their findings

The study makes no attempt to describe potential impacts of temporary surface temperature changes related to wind farms, and it’s unclear what if any impact this would have. Meanwhile, besides reducing carbon pollution, we already know that wind power cuts air pollution that contributes to smog and asthma attacks, creating over $8 billion in public health benefits in 2017 alone. A 2017 study from Nature Energy also found that from 2007 to 2015, wind generated up to $108 billion in air quality and public health benefits and avoided up to 12,200 premature deaths.

Increased carbon emissions also create impacts like ocean acidification, loss of sea ice, sea level rise, more extreme weather, and many other effects. The local warming effect Keith and Miller’s model forecasts does not contribute to any of these phenomena.

Keith and Miller acknowledge the extreme assumptions of their study and the climate benefits of reducing emissions. “[T]he direct climactic benefits of reducing emissions grows with the cumulative reduction of emissions and persists for millennia,” they write.

Fortunately, as a carbon free energy source, wind power is perfectly suited to help such emissions reductions. For example, the book Drawdown is comprehensive examination of 100 different solutions to climate change, with input from more than 100 of the world’s foremost climate researchers. It finds that onshore wind power is the second most effective way to reduce emissions, and offshore wind ranks 22nd.

Keith and Miller may have embarked on an interesting thought exercise in their analysis, but essentially a thought exercise is all this amounts to. The assumptions underlying their analysis are of an energy mix and technological deployment not grounded in reality. The fact remains that wind energy is a proven carbon-free energy source that has among the lowest environmental impacts of any way to generate large amounts of electricity.

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Many workers are unaware of the potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electricity-related injuries. According to OSHA, the following hazards are the most frequent causes of electrical injuries:

  • Contact with power lines;
  • Lack of ground-fault protection;
  • Path to ground missing or discontinuous;
  • Equipment not used in manner prescribed;
  • And improper use of extension and flexible cords.

AWEA’s October Safety Campaign, Stop the Shock: Stay Current and Avoid the Current, focuses on electrical safety and decreased exposure to major electrical hazards during the construction and operation of wind farms. Several resources are available with the campaign:

Throughout the month, here are ways you can utilize the campaign materials and support the safety campaign:

  • Attend the October 3 webinar or view the recording later with your team;
  • Download the materials and share on your company intranet;
  • Use the materials in your training and safety meetings;
  • Order the poster and the hard hat sticker and share with your team.

And while we spend October highlighting electrical safety, remember that you can use these materials throughout the year.

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Many people know that wind energy creates benefits in all 50 states, providing affordable, reliable electricity for millions of American homes and businesses. It also supports over 105,000 well-paying U.S. jobs while reducing harmful pollution. Yet a recent article by Stephen Moore ignores all of this, instead spreading misleading claims and outdated information.

The fact of the matter is that wind power, along with other renewables, helps meet America’s demand for affordable energy. Over the past decade, the cost of renewables has fallen as we continue to innovate and improve transmission. In the last eight years alone, the cost of wind power has dropped over 67 percent, making it the cheapest source of new electricity in many parts of the country.

States red and blue have enthusiastically embraced wind. For example, in 2017, Iowa generated over 36 percent of its electricity using wind. It’s also noteworthy that Iowa has among the lowest electricity rates in the country, pouring cold water on the notion that wind energy is expensive.

Colorado is another state where wind’s cost savings are on display. In response to an RFP from Xcel Energy for new generating capacity earlier this year, wind power led the way by a significant margin, clocking the lowest median bid of $18.10/megawatt hour (MWh)—it was substantially cheaper than every other type of new electricity.

These innovations and cost reductions have also helped ensure wind’s reliability. Wind has shown it can improve resilience during severe weather. Wind is distributed, making it less likely that a single event will affect your lights being on. Take the “polar vortex” of 2014. While freezing temperatures contributed to unexpected equipment failures and fuel shortages at conventional power plants, wind turbines continued operating. That saved consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions $1 billion on their electric bills in only two days.

But cost reductions, reliability, and new jobs are not the only ways wind has contributed to the country. Wind has also helped reduce harmful air pollution that creates smog and triggers asthma attacks. Air pollution also happens to be more prevalent in low-income areas, meaning wind can help improve health outcomes there. In fact, wind energy created $8 billion in public health savings in 2017 alone by contributing to cleaner air.

These are tangible savings and quality of life benefits for everyone, especially low-income and rural communities. And wind power brings huge amounts of economic development to communities most in need of new opportunities—over 75 percent of wind projects are built in low-income areas. That means job creation and new revenue go right to the people who need it most.

It is disingenuous to ignore the many benefits wind energy delivers. Especially when many of those benefits go to communities in need of new revenue. Indeed, the market is choosing wind and for good reason.

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.

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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."

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.