Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Gamesa has signed an agreement to supply 49.3 MW to the Chinese company CGN Wind Energy, subsidiary of general Nuclear Power Group, for the Chengdingsha wind farm being built in Shandong province. This region is one of the main markets of Gamesa in China, where it has already supply 206 MW in several projects.


The scope of the agreement calls for the installation and commissioning of 25 G97-2.0 MW. The delivery is scheduled for July of 2014 and the wind farm is expected to be finished by the end of year 2014.
The G97-2.0 MW class III wind turbine -designed specifically for low-wind sites- is a standard-bearer in the sector thanks to its low power density. This product contributes to one of the company’s top priorities: significantly cutting the cost of energy (CoE) of Gamesa’s low and medium wind speed products. This turbine is part of Gamesa’s 2.0-2.5 MW platform, with more than 16,000 MW installed worldwide and an average fleet availability running at over 98%.

Thanks to its technology innovations and its comprehensive knowledge of the wind energy industry, Gamesa fits its wind turbines generator to the market demands. In China, the company develops turbines to fit its customers’ needs, not only low-wind sites turbines, but also speed wind turbines -as the extreme winds on the coastal area of Fujian- (G90-2.0 MW CI) and very high altitude turbines adapted to the low air density and low temperature environment (G97-2.0 MW CII) which can be found in the Yunnan-Guizhou provinces beyond 2000 meters altitude.

The Meeco group has installed a translucent solar system (sun2roof) in a fashion store located in the commercial and historical heart of the city of Valencia. The renovation of this building, which has taken 4 ½ months, is a bid to optimize energy use and is designed following the criteria of sustainability and energy efficiency.
The main materials used have a high content of recycled goods, measure up to the regionality criteria and reduce significantly the CO2 emissions. The building was remodelled in respect of green energy standards such as energy saving measures and the professional implementation of renewable energy technologies. The fashion shop has chosen to integrate a translucent photovoltaic sun2roof skylight to produce clean electricity (25-30% of the total energy to be consumed). At the same time a system that collects rainwater from the roof was installed. As a result, the modern building which hosts the store will be granted with the highly-valuable and worldwide-recognized “LEED Platinum” certification.
The meeco Group, through its Spanish subsidiary meeco Services S.L. was chosen by Sachs Consulting (Alicante) and the architect Felipe Choclán to supply the turnkey photovoltaic installation, which also includes tailor-made translucent photovoltaic modules. Along with The meeco Group, several companies were involved in this project such as Axial Solar (structure and installation works), SMA Tripower (inverters) and VidurSolar (modules) in order to join forces and make use of the best assets of each company. Both the structure and the modules have been specially designed, selected and taken care of in every detail for this project.
The building integrates a photovoltaic skylight, which produces 31 kWP clean energy while still enabling the natural sunlight to suffuse through the mall and thus provide the irreplaceable feeling of natural light even within the building. The PV skylight is expected to produce a minimum energy output of 47 506 kWh per year and shall thus save 11,31 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

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AREVA has selected Schneider Electric as its preferred supplier of power equipment for its offshore wind projects. This includes in particular the wind farm of 100 5MW turbines in the bay of Saint Brieuc off the coast of Brittany and the current tenders for the offshore wind farms at Le Tréport off the coast of Haute-Normandie and the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier in Pays de la Loire (France).
Developed as part of the offshore wind call for tender program launched by the French government in 2011, these wind farms will not only contribute to France meeting its targets laid down in the EU’s Climate and Energy Package, but also firmly establish a French sector of excellence for a promising technology.
Under the terms of the agreement signed by the two groups, Schneider Electric will supply transformers and circuit breakers for AREVA’s wind farms. These components will be manufactured at two of Schneider Electric’s French industrial sites, located near Metz and Grenoble.
According to Frédéric Abbal, Executive Vice President, Energy Business Schneider Electric’s Energy Business, “Schneider Electric is delighted to be designated as Areva’s preferred technology partner for their offshore wind projects. The combination of expertise offered by our two companies proves highly promising for the rapid establishment of a leading French sector of excellence in offshore wind”.
Louis-François Durret, CEO of AREVA Renewables, said: “This agreement with Schneider Electric further underscores our commitment to developing a complete industrial sector in France, providing job creation opportunities and harnessing our local expertise.”

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FCC has further strengthened its presence in Costa Rica with two new contracts. The company will build a hydroelectric plant for Italian multinational Enel Green Power, and a sewer in the capital, San José. The two projects together are worth over 70 million euro, doubling FCC’s backlog in Costa Rica.
The 50 MW hydroelectric plant will be built in the town of Chucás, around 50 kilometres west of San José. It includes the construction of a dam more than 50 metres high and 230 metres long, to create a reservoir with a capacity of 190,000 cubic metres of water, equivalent to the water consumed by a town of 3,000.
FCC will also build a spillway, access roads to the new plant and a new bridge over the reservoir as part of this project, which is expected to be completed in May 2015.
Under the second contract, FCC’s infrastructure area will also build a sewer in San José’s metropolitan area for the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers.
This project is part of the environmental improvement plan for the greater San José area. The sewer will be more than 3 kilometres long and, once the wastewater treatment project envisioned in the Plan is complete, it will have a capacity of over 7 litres of water per second, serving more than a million people.
The sewer will be built on the right bank of the Torres River, on the outskirts of the city, and connect with the nearby Los Tajos treatment plant. The execution period for this project is 10 months.

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Moray Offshore Renewables (joint venture between EDP and Repsol) welcomed news that the Scottish Government has awarded it consent for the construction and operation of 1,116MW of offshore wind generation in the Outer Moray Firth.
The project, which, on conservative estimates of the wind resource available, will be capable of meeting the equivalent electricity needs of around 700,000 UK households, consists of the Telford, Stevenson and MacColl offshore windfarms, which are planned for construction 14 miles (22km) from the Caithness coastline.
Ronnie Quinn, The Crown Estate’s lead on Energy & Infrastructure in Scotland, said: “This is the second largest offshore wind project to be consented in the UK, reflecting the drive and expertise of the Scottish renewables industry. This development should help the UK retain a global lead in offshore wind and create plenty opportunities for Scottish businesses to benefit from the growth in low carbon energy. Our team stands ready to support this project as it progresses.”
The main points of the development include:
• Total installed generation capacity: 1,116 MW
• Total Number of turbines: up to 62 turbines of 6MW to 8MW capacity on each of three sites
• Total Area – 295km2
• Maximum turbine blade-tip height – 204m (669 feet)
• Minimum distance from shore – 22km (13.5 miles)
The projected development is expected to be able to supply the equivalent electricity needs to 688 000 UK households on the basis of average annual electricity consumption.
Peak employment during construction is projected to be up to 2,400 jobs in Scotland.
During the operational lifetime of the project, up to 330 Scottish jobs will be supported by operation and maintenance activities.

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Siemens has announced its decision to invest £160 million (€190M) in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire. The revised plan will be spread across two sites comprising the previously announced Green Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding.


Siemens is investing £160 million across the two locations and its port partner Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing a further £150 million in the Green Port Hull development. The investment will provide a huge boost to the UK’s offshore wind industry and the Humber region. It will create up to 1,000 jobs directly, with additional jobs during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.

The much anticipated investment is a landmark moment for the UK offshore wind industry. It is the first manufacturing plant of its kind for Siemens next generation blade technology (IntegralBlade®) designed for Siemens “SWT-6.0-154” 6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine. This is leading edge technology – each rotor blade is 75 metres long and when rotating covers an area the size of two and a half football pitches.
“The British energy policy creates a favourable framework for the expansion of offshore wind energy. In particular, it recognizes the potential of offshore wind energy within the overall portfolio of energy production”, stated Michael Suess, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy Sector.

Green Port Hull is also a landmark moment for the Humber region, promising regeneration and the creation of many hundreds of new jobs and new skills. Siemens manufacturing plans will help create around 1,000 jobs – 550 at the blade factory and 450 at Green Port Hull. This is a welcome boost to the economy and to Hull which will be City of Culture in 2017 when the factory will be up and running.
Green Port Hull is planned to be operational to meet Round 3 requirements in early 2016. The start of production at the blade factory is scheduled to be in the middle of 2016 with full production levels reached from mid-2017 onwards.

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UK-based Highview Power Storage (HPS) has signed a global licensing and technology collaboration agreement with GE Oil & Gas for developing liquid air energy storage (LAES) systems.
Under the agreement, the companies will look into integrating Highview’s LAES technology in power plants where GE gas turbines will be installed.
HPS LAES technology uses liquid air or nitrogen as the storage medium to provide long-duration energy storage and it can also convert low-grade waste heat into power, increasing the overall efficiency of a host power plant.
This technology is scalable from around 5MW to significantly greater than 50MW.
The companies claim that the technology has no geographical restrictions compared to other large-scale storage technologies, like pumped hydro, and compressed air does not require mountains or caverns to operate.
Since 2011, LAES has been operating at a grid-connected 350kW/2.5MW pilot plant hosted by SSE next to the utility’s 80MW Slough biomass plant in Greater London.

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During the first two months of 2014, 239.9 MWs from renewable sources went into operation: this energy comes from six plants, three solar, two mini-hydraulic power plants and one wind farm – completing 99% of all the power installed in 2013. As detailed in the NCRE (Non-Conventional Renewable Energies) Report from the Centre for Renewable Energies within the Ministry of Energy- CORFO, “the country’s total installed capacity (renewable energy) stands at 1,352 MW: 7.18 % of the total.”
In January-February 2014, the following plants began operations: the solar plants 93 MW Amanecer Solar, the largest in South America; Salvador and San Andrés (all in the Atacama region); the mini hydraulic power plants, Maisan and Auxiliar del Maipo; and the Valle de los Vientos wind farm, near Calama, Antofagasta region.
The CER report in March details that there are currently 927 MW under construction, of which 585 MW are wind projects, solar 225 MW are solar, 85 MW are mini hydraulic plants, and 32 are bioenergy.
The portfolio of projects totals 16,631 MW of which 10,785 MW correspond to projects with their Environmental Qualification Resolution adopted, led by solar (5,951 MW) and wind projects (4,359 MW).

The Spanish EV Infrastructure cluster, AEDIVE, has organized in Madrid, Spain, and with the support by URBASER -an environmental services company with the largest EV fleet in Spain-, its second European Conference on electric mobility, to be held on 24 of March at the CEOE Headquarters in Madrid, following the success of the first edition held in Barcelona in May 2013.
The Spanish and European EV market will be analysed in this second edition from the perspectives of Energy and Innovation with a focus on the necessary relationship between companies and administrations and it will try to discover expert judgement and forecast market development in Spain from professionals in other EU countries.
This Conference is sponsored by Grupo ACS, actively involved in the electric mobility market through strategic projects like Cenit VERDE and committed to the development of business models like the EV Charging Manager -a figure of the Spanish electric sector specifically created to manage the EV public recharge-, and also by BMW i, new brand of BMW Group, a manufacturer involved since 2008 in a vision of what future mobility will look like and which six years later provides us with the BMW i3, a vehicle which moreover is the official car of this Conference.

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The consortium comprising Budimex, Ferrovial Agroman’s Polish subsidiary, with Hitachi Power and Técnicas Reunidas was been awarded a contract to expand the Turów power plant in south-west Poland. The contract, worth 3.25 billion zlotys (about 770 million euro), includes building a new 450 MW power block.
The consortium comprising Budimex, Ferrovial Agroman’s Polish subsidiary, with Hitachi Power and Técnicas Reunidas was been chosen by PGE, Poland’s largest electric utility, to expand the Turów power plant in south-west Poland. The contract, which covers design and construction of a new 450 MW power block, is worth 3.25 billion zlotys (about 770 million euro). The work is expected to take 56 months.
Budimex will assemble the control and measurement equipment, build the cooling tower and the ash and slag removal system, and install piping and ancillary thermal and mechanical equipment.
This contract expands Budimex’s position in industrial construction in Poland, where it is involved in projects for cement and power plants as well as waste and water treatment facilities.

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