Monthly Archives: julio 2015

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Senvion has installed wind turbines with a total capacity of over 285 MW in the first six months of 2015 in Germany. With the installation of exactly 100 turbines in the period from January 2015 to June 2015, Senvion is the second largest manufacturer of wind turbines in Germany for the first half of the year and thus continues to expand its growth further in the home and core market of Germany. Senvion is a strong driver of wind energy in the German market. Since the foundation of the company, Senvion wind turbines with a total capacity of over 3,600 MW have been installed in Germany.

In the first half of 2015, onshore wind turbines of all Senvion turbine types that were available in early 2015 were installed all over Germany, with different power ratings, rotor diameters and tower heights.

With the 3.XM series, which is in high demand particularly in Europe, but also its two-megawatt portfolio, Senvion offers a suitable solution for every location. Depending on wind strength, environmental conditions and available space, the wind turbine manufacturer builds its turbines with a suitable hub height and the most productive rotor blade length in order to guarantee the most efficient solution for all local circumstances. With its product portfolio and international positioning, Senvion offers tailor-made solutions for every site, whether on land or at sea.

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In the first six months of 2015, the European offshore wind industry installed more new capacity than in any other year on record as several projects reached completion and deployment of larger turbines increased. Installations in the first half of 2015 touched 2,342.9 MW – tripling the grid-connected capacity for the same period last year. As a result, total installed offshore wind capacity in Europe hit 10,393.6 MW in 82 wind farms across 11 countries.

Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer at the European Wind Energy Association, said: “It has taken the offshore wind industry just six months to set the best year the sector has ever seen in terms of installed capacity. While this clearly shows a commitment to offshore wind development in Europe, a number of completed projects, explosive growth in Germany and the use of higher capacity wind turbines are major contributors to these numbers.”

With 584 wind turbines fully grid connected in the first half of 2015, the average machine size rose to 4.2 MW from 3.5 MW a year earlier as manufacturers continue to develop larger models with higher energy capture.


Ruby added: “To ensure healthy growth in the coming years, and to guarantee offshore wind energy plays its role in meeting the EU’s competitiveness, security and decarbonisation objectives, the industry needs long-term visibility. Strong reforms to the operation of Europe’s electricity market and much-needed upgrades to infrastructure to help the integration of wind energy must be a priority. It is also critical that Member States meet renewable energy commitments toward the end of this decade and set out a clear game plan to meet Europe’s 2030 targets.”

Read EWEA complete report here

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The genset manufacturer has extended the power range of its gensets with Scania engines to 700 kVA.HIMOINSA has incorporated into its product range three new models of 50Hz gensets with Scania engines. Namely the HSW-610 T5, HSW-660 T5 and HSW-705 T5 generators, with engines which offer a better cylinder capacity/power ratio.

Until now, the range of HIMOINSA gensets with Scania engines reached 550 kVA. With the addition of these new models, the company has increased the power range of this series by almost 200 kVA.

The new HSW gensets line up alongside other motorised HIMOINSA gensets with the same power range which are fitted with Doosan and MTU engines. As a result, HIMOINSA offers the market a complete industrial range of gensets, motorised with Yanmar, HIMOINSA, Iveco, Scania, MTU, Doosan, Hatz and Lombardini engines with power output ranging from 10 to 750kVA.

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Recent allocations from the Department of Energy have made South Africa become one of the most dynamic markets worldwide, and local modules are expected to play a key role in its development. According to Enertis, international firm specialized in providing consultancy, technical assessment and engineering services for solar projects, the South African solar market has grown into a mature industry able to create much needed energy generation capacity, local employment and a competitive renewable energy environment, attracting investment from major international players.

Recently the DoE has taken a stand to face the energy supply crisis and boosted the allocation of RE projects. When talking about Solar PV alone, Enertis highlights that if rounds 1 to 3 resulted in the allocation of 1,484MW, only in round 4 some additional 813MW have been selected. On top of that an accelerated, or expedited, round has been announced which will secure further 1,800 MW from various technologies ahead of the next-to-come round 5.

The evolution of the REIPPP has followed a path where projects selected have grown in size (75 MW projects are now the norm whereas almost 50% of the projects in Round 1 were comprised between 5 and 20 MW) and become very competitive in terms of price and local content. Round 4 prices have reached some of the lowest levels hitherto seen worldwide, and local content values are in average higher than 64%.

Just as Enertis did three years ago, international PV modules manufacturers also moved to South Africa recognizing the potential of the market. ARTsolar, Jinko Solar, ILB Helios and JA Solar have opened (or are about to) their doors recently. French Tenesol were already established in Cape Town to be later acquired by American Sunpower, with plans of increasing their production capacity in 2015. Claimed annual production capacities of these manufacturers vary from 80 to 160MW in most of the cases, so total combined capacity may still be far from the 813MW – not to forget this figure is only nominal power – necessary for Round 4 unless further expansions are made.

Preferred bidders have committed to local content values which would hardly be met if not using local manufactured modules. Most of the cost of manufacturing a PV module in South Africa is still of foreign origin but considering the local content targets, every little counts. On the other hand, project prices have become so low that to reach financial closure equipment cost will have to decrease dramatically, putting local manufacturers in a difficult position. It might be hard to meet market needs considering the current production costs, especially when some of the local manufacturers are still in the ramp-up process.

In Enertis’ opinion, the future performance of the PV plants operating across South Africa depends on several factors – adequate planning and engineering, correct construction and operation of the assets, good selection of equipment – but one of the most critical components, if not the most, is still the PV modules. It is absolutely essential for the success of a project that the PV panels are correctly selected, inspected, installed and monitored during the whole life of the plants. The interests of every part involved in a project, whether it is the bank, the developer, the EPC contractor or the operator, are in the same boat when it comes to module performance. Should a major problem occur with the modules performance, none of those parties will meet their targets and economic losses will be difficult to minimize.

The PV modules technology is well proven and experience in other markets makes things easier now. Well known and recognized manufacturers have moved to South Africa bringing a significant amount of know-how and transfer of skills. However, entire factories are being built, dozens of complex pieces of equipment installed, hundreds of people trained, and quality control systems and practices put in place. To cap it all, the timelines, production and price levels demanded by the local industry these days do not make it any easier for local manufacturers to achieve maximum quality standards.

As it happens in other more mature manufacturing markets such as China, it is essential to perform a thorough due diligence when purchasing PV panels. An adequate quality control of the modules supply during manufacturing is showing great results in major markets, as it reduces greatly the risks during the entire life of the plant.

Vendor qualification, contract negotiation – introducing adequate criteria for acceptance and rejection of lots-, factory auditing prior to and during construction, as well as contrast verification testing of samples in an independent laboratory are the main steps to be taken for carrying out a quality control that can help to maximize the project return and profitability.

As local manufacturers go through this process the result is an improvement of the quality of the product, as they are pushed to improve their systems and correct any production deficiencies. Not only the major developers are benefited from this improvement but also small scale and embedded generation users.

Enertis is a pioneering company in defining quality assurance programs for photovoltaic projects. Since 2007, the company has advised clients on acquisitions of modules totalizing over 600 MW and has tested more than 16,000 modules from over 40 different manufacturers in its conventional and mobile laboratories.

The company, which has a permanent technical team in South Africa, conducts module testing in its laboratory in Port Elizabeth – Flash-test, Electroluminescence or Electrical Insulation, among others -, manufacturing audits at the PV module factories, testing services directly at the plants and advice in PV panels supply contract negotiation.

Enertis is currently performing Factory inspections and independent Quality Control testing in South Africa within the Round 3 Sonnedix-Mulilo Prieska project, and providing laboratory and on-site testing services to a number of major developers and EPC contractors involved in Rounds 1 and 2, as well as to other installers involved in the rooftop market.

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As reported in the BOE, the Spanish Government Official Bulletin, the Secretary of State for the Environment, part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has approved the environmental impact statement for the construction project of one of Europe’s largest PV plants in Mula (Murcia). The Mula plant will be the first in Spain to operate with no type of tariff incentive, competing in the market alongside other power generation technologies.

The object of the project is the construction of a 450 MW PV installation, two substations and an aerial/underground power evacuation line.

Developed by Promosolar Juwi 17 S.L., this plant will be one of the largest solar PV plants in Europe, occupying a surface area of over one thousand hectares. The anticipated investment is €450m with works execution divided into different phases to be performed over four years, according to project data.

When it was announced in May 2013, the project was declared of “strategic interest” by the Murcia government with the aim of reducing the time necessary to obtain the required authorisations by half. The project is expected to create 200 jobs during the design phase and over 1,000 jobs during its construction and engineering phases.

Recently, the Municipal authority approved the signature of an agreement with the project developer under which the Town Council will put up an estimated amount of more than €600,000 per year, in addition to an investment of €300,000 that will be allocated to the study and plan for energy saving and efficiency, the use of renewable energy and sustainable mobility by the Town Hall, as well as equipping the different municipal buildings and public spaces with systems that make the most of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. These include changing the street lighting which in itself will involve a 50% reduction in consumption.

The agreement will include significant tax reductions for the company, mainly corresponding to the ICIO (the Tax on Constructions, Installations and Works) that could come down by 95%, resulting in a final investment for the municipal coffers of close to €2m.

According to statements made by a Juwi representative, this approval is an intermediate step in the bidding process with the next major milestone being the concession of the administrative authorisation by the Ministry of Industry, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2016.

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Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division has been awarded orders from three different customers to construct, install and commission 52 units of its D3 direct drive wind turbines at three projects in Ireland and Scotland. The three wind farms Raheenleagh in County Wicklow, 70km south of Dublin; Aikengall 2, to the south east of Edinburgh; and Phase 1 of Galway Wind Park, located near to the city of Galway, represent a major contribution to onshore wind power generation in the UK and Ireland. Together the wind projects are expected to supply clean renewable energy for nearly 100,000 households. All the orders include long-term service contracts ranging from five years for Galway Phase 1, to 10 years for Raheenleagh and a 20-year service contract for Aikengall 2.

The 52 D3 product platform wind turbines will be installed with models SWT-3.0-101, SWT-3.2-108 and SWT-3.2-113 selected according to site specific wind conditions and requirements. All of these Siemens direct drive wind turbines feature a PMG generator for a high energy yield with high efficiency at low operational costs. The Raheenleagh wind farm will be equipped with 11 SWT-3.2-108 wind turbines offering an optimized energy yield at the site specific wind conditions due to large 108 meter rotors and enhanced 3.2 megawatt generators. The installation of the 35 megawatts (MW) project, by Irish companies Coillte and ESB, is scheduled to begin in May 2016 with a commissioning date in autumn 2016. Aikengall 2 wind farm project, consisting of 19 SWT-3.2-113 turbines has a planned delivery and installation date of early summer 2016. It is adjacent to the existing Crystal Rig 2 site, which is also using Siemens wind turbines.

At SSE’s “Galway Wind Park Phase 1”, Siemens will install 22 of its SWT-3.0-101 direct drive wind turbines. The site has medium to high wind speeds. With their 101 meter rotors the Siemens SWT-3.0-101 wind turbines are designed to offer solid performance even under extreme wind conditions. Commissioning of the 64MW project is expected for early 2017. With energy for approximately 22,500 households at the Raheenleagh project, another 42,000 homes at Aikengall 2 and further 33,000 at the Galway Phase 1 project a total of approximately 97,500 households in the UK and Ireland will be supplied with clean renewable wind energy from the three projects.

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Acciona Windpower, has complied with the last requests issued by the BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank) for the national sourcing of components for wind turbines, meaning that wind power projects in Brazil can be financed under terms that are more favorable. It has complied with them six months in advance of the deadline.

The BNDES has announced on its website that Acciona Windpower fulfils the requirements for national purchasing indicated in the FINAME regulations for the final phase of certification, which expires on 1 January 2016. This confirms the company’s record of compliance with the milestones involved in the process well in advance.

This means that Acciona Windpower can offer its turbines for wind power developers with the guarantee that they meet with all the regulations on local outsourcing established in the overall certification process.

The company has a nacelle assembly plant in Brazil that also assembles hubs (in Bahia) and a concrete tower production facility in Rio Grande do Norte. It also purchases blades and other wind turbine components in the country.

Acciona Windpower’s current workforce in Brazil numbers 300 people and the company’s activity has created – or consolidated – more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country.

1.119 MW contracted

Since 2012, Acciona Windpower has signed ten purchase contracts in Brazil for its AW3000 wind turbine series totaling 1,119 MW (373 units).This turbine has consolidated itself as a proven and competitive option for the Brazilian wind power market. Specifically, the sales are for versions with rotor diameters of 125 and 116 meters, mounted on 120- and 100-meter-high concrete towers. The company also markets models with a rotor diameter of 132 meters on 137.5-meter-high towers.

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West of Duddon Sands 389 MW offshore wind farm. Developed by Iberdrola through its subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables, in a joint-venture with Danish company Dong Energy

The UK will remain the leading offshore wind power market globally by 2025, with its installed capacity increasing from 4.5 GW in 2014 to 23.2 GW by the end of the forecast period, representing an impressive compound annual growth rate of 30.5%, says research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that the UK accounted for a significant 51.3% share of global offshore capacity in 2014. Denmark and Germany followed, with respective shares of 14.5% and 11.9%.

According to the study the UK and Denmark’s shares are expected to decrease to 30.6% and 4.4%, respectively, by the end of 2025, mainly due to other countries, such as the US and China, increasing their market presence over the forecast period. Germany’s share will grow to 16.1% by the end of 2025.

The UK’s installed offshore wind power capacity increased from 0.4 GW in 2007 to 4.5 GW in 2014, at a compound annual growth rate of 22.3%, driven primarily by strong policy support and aggressive targets.

While these factors are currently driving the market, there is more uncertainty following the UK environment minister’s calls for a reduction in offshore wind sector costs. However, industry leaders have urged the minister to provide more clarity on long-term offshore wind power support to improve project investment.

The UK government is aiming to achieve 18 GW of offshore wind capacity installations by 2020, based on the roadmap laid out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). To incentivize project development, it is looking to reduce the generation cost by 30% to 152.2 $/MWh.

Siemens remained the UK’s leading offshore wind market player in 2014, boasting a 76.2% share of the country’s cumulative capacity. Vestas was a distant second, with 19.9%, followed by Senvion and Samsung with 3.8% and 0.2%, respectively.

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Gamesa has bolstered its position in India having received a new order for the supply of 250 MW to Orange, one of India’s leading independent power producers (IPP). The company will install 125 of its G97-2.0 MW Class S wind turbines at three wind farms. With a tower height of 104 metres, the company has tailor-designed this variant – certified by TÜV NORD – for the Indian market with a view to maximising turbine performance at low wind speed sites.

Specifically, the agreement entered into with Orange includes the turnkey construction of a 100 MW wind farm in the town of Ananthapur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh; this facility is scheduled for commissioning in March 2016.

In addition, the company will supply, install and commission 25 G97-2.0 MW Class S turbines at the Ratlam wind farm (50 MW) and another 50 at the Agar (100 MW) wind farm, both of which located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. These facilities are slated for commissioning in the first and third quarters of 2016, respectively. The agreement also encompasses the provision of the related operation and maintenance services over the medium and long term.

In recent years, India has emerged as one of the most promising wind power markets: installed capacity is expected to increase from close to 23,000 MW today to 40,000 MW by the end of 2019, driven by huge pent-up demand for electricity, according to sector consultancy BTM’s estimates. In addition, the Indian government has set the target of lifting installed capacity to 60,000 MW by 2022.

The new orders secured by Gamesa in India – with some 500 MW locked in year-to-date – reinforce its solid commercial positioning: according to BTM, the company ended 2014 as the leading OEM in the country for the second year running, with a market share of 32% in 2014, compared to 21% in 2013.

Gamesa’s presence in India – as technology provider and wind farm developer – dates back to 2009. To date, it has installed close to 1,900 MW and services over 1,850 MW under O&M agreements. In addition, in its capacity as wind farm developer, it has developed over 1,300 MW.

CSP Focus MENA 2015 will take place on 29 and 30 September in Dubai, a commercial and professional gathering for CSP in the Middle East & North Africa region and the most powerful and effective platform for all industry players. This year CSP Focus MENA will bring together over 200 leaders from the CSP market throughout the MENA region and abroad.

The two-day event will include various conferences relating to its focal issue. The first day will offer an overview of the MENA region market, with an analysis of specific opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa and showcasing success stories from different CSP projects that are being undertaken in the region (as shown in the graphic).

The lectures and presentations on day two will concentrate on financing CSP projects in the MENA region as well as presenting issues relating to plant O&M with a specific focus on the international experience in this field. Asia will also feature during this session. To close, there will be an analysis of some of the technological advances that are stimulating CSP around the world.

Nombre proyecto
Project name
Capacity (MW)
Shams 1EAU/UAECilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough100En funcionamiento/ Operational
NOOR IMarruecos/MoroccoCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough160En construcción/ Under construction
NOOR IIMarruecos/MoroccoCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough200En desarrollo/ Under development
NOOR IIIMarruecos/MoroccoTorre solar/Power tower150En desarrollo/ Under development
Ain Beni Mathar ISCCMarruecos/MoroccoCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough20En funcionamiento/ Operational
Ait-Baha Pilot PlantMarruecos/MoroccoCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough3En funcionamiento/ Operational
Duba 1 ISCCArabia Saudí/Saudi ArabiaCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough50En desarrollo/ Under development
Waad A ShamalArabia Saudí/Saudi ArabiaCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough50En desarrollo/ Under development
Kuraymat ISCC Egipto/EgyptCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough20En funcionamiento/ Operational
Kom OmboEgipto/EgyptCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough100En desarrollo/ Under development
Marsa AlamEgipto/EgyptCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough30En proyecto/ Planning
Taqa CSPEgipto/EgyptTorre solar/Power tower250En proyecto/ Planning
Shagaya KuwaitCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough50En desarrollo/ Under development
Al Abdaliyah ISCCKuwaitCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough60En desarrollo/ Under development
Hassi R'mel ISCCArgelia/AlgeriaCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough20En funcionamiento/ Operational
DLR - Algeria CSPArgelia/AlgeriaTorre solar/Power tower7En desarrollo/ Under development
POD Solar EOROmán/OmanColector cerrado/ Enclosed trough1000En desarrollo/ Under development
El Borma ISCCTúnez/TunisiaTorre-Ciclo combinado/ Tower - ISCC
5En proyecto/ Planning
TN-STEG CSPTúnez/TunisiaCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough50En proyecto/ Planning
TuNurTúnez/TunisiaTorre solar/Power tower2000En proyecto/ Planning
Dervish CSPTurquía/TurkeyTorre solar/Power tower50En desarrollo/ Under development
Greenway CSP MersinTurquía/TurkeyTorre solar/Power tower1.4En funcionamiento/ Operational
Yazd ISCCIrán/IranCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough17En funcionamiento/ Operational
Sahara Forest QatarCilindro-parabólica/ Parabolic trough--En funcionamiento/ Operational

By taking part in this event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the freshest ideas from more than 30 leading industry experts and exchange experiences with over 200 industry players, specifically:

  • MENA market dynamics: an update on the current progress of the MENA CSP market, policy trends, project status, local value chain development, the investment climate in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, etc. to guide business strategies in the MENA region.
  • Case studies: how to integrate abundant solar resources with the local geographical environment, learning about real performance indicators and hearing suggestions from successful developers in terms of site selection and components procurement as well as O&M. Learn why hybrid solar-combined-cycle plants and projects for industrial applications are so popular in the MENA regions to identify different options for CSP technology development.
  • Tips from financial experts: gain an insight from expert international CSP financiers about the assessment of economics and feasibility of CSP development in the MENA region as well as the diversified funding options to make desert projects bankable.
  • Asian markets outlook: examine opportunities offered by the Asian markets by hearing from Chinese and Indian CSP experts, comparing MENA and Asia to find a suitable development plan.
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