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On 1st March 2016, Deutsche Windtechnik, the leading wind turbine service provider, is rebranding the company name of its Spanish subsidiary GPS (General Power Services S.L.) to Deutsche Windtechnik S.L. The name change reflects and emphasises our strategic approach to offer European services from a single source. The company has been a 100% part of the Group since November 2014. The corporate structure is unaffected by the rebranding: Managing Director Javier Mozo Herrera continues to lead the 86-strong company from headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

Wide range of services for southwestern Europe

“The new name makes the Deutsche Windtechnik brand recognisable not just in Spain but right across southern Europe. We will now be seen as being Deutsche Windtechnik, offering the entire range of Group services,” says Javier Mozo Herrera, Managing Director of Deutsche Windtechnik S.L. “This relationship provides us with unlimited access to expertise, economic potential, procurement conditions, remote monitoring, SCADA, contract management and the marketing power of the entire Deutsche Windtechnik Group. Through the close collaboration with our German companies we can now also offer comprehensive service for wind turbines from Siemens®, Nordex® and Senvion®.” The Spanish subsidiary benefits from the strength of the company group: “In the field of condition-based expert report, we bring new skills and experience. This is particularly useful when dealing with warranty expirations or when an existing service contract runs out,” says Javier Mozo Herrera.

Currently, over 500 wind turbines from NEG Micon ®, Vestas ® and MADE ® are supervised by the company, which has been active on the market since 2009. The service specialists from Spain are already active in Romania, Belgium, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey, Ethiopia, USA and Bulgaria with individual orders. To enhance its portfolio of turbine types and to develop new markets, a service portfolio for Gamesa wind turbines is currently being tested.

Objectives and tasks for 2016

For the current year, the Spanish unit has set major goals: it expects growth to come from gaining additional wind farms. The entry into at least one other southern European market should support this course. “We have a highly qualified team in Spain, very good market conditions and a similar market structure to that of other southern European countries,” says Melf Lorenzen, Country Manager of Deutsche Windtechnik Service GmbH and Co. KG, explaining the entry into new markets. An additional, central site in Madrid to coordinate overseas projects and offer customers better availability is in the planning stages.

In its latest analysis, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) found that electric mobility is making significant inroads. The researchers’ fact-finding efforts revealed that the number of electric cars around the globe nearly doubled to currently around 1.3 million. While China saw the steepest rise with more than 200,000 new vehicles last year, the USA has the world’s biggest fleet overall with more than 400,000 electric vehicles on the road. With 55.250 electric cars, Germany continues to lag far behind countries such as Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and France.graf1

Last year the number of electrically powered cars increased worldwide by almost 750,000 to around 1.3 million. The ZSW came to this total in its latest assessment of developments in electric mobility. The researchers recorded around 550,000 new registrations in 2015, up 68% from last year when 330,000 new electric vehicles were sold. Many of these new electric cars – just over 207,000 – are motoring on China’s roads. And with that, the fleet of electric vehicles in China has tripled in number to 307,000. More electric cars – a total of 410,000 – are registered in the United States than in any other country.


Norway defended its international lead in terms of electric vehicles’ percentage share of all cars nationwide: Around 3% of some 2.64 million cars in this Scandinavian country run on electricity. By comparison, the share in Germany is just 0.12 percent. What’s more, Norway nearly doubled the size of its fleet to about 79,000 cars. Every fifth new registration last year was an electric vehicle.


While customers in other countries such as China, Japan and France have long bought predominantly domestic models, this trend is also on the upswing in Germany thanks to a growing number of German models: Just over half of the 23,460 electric vehicles sold in Germany in 2015 were built by German manufacturers. This was also the first year that a German-made model appeared on the list of best-selling e-cars worldwide with 36,550 BMW i3s on the road. The Nissan Leaf heads up this list with 193,260 sold since 2010.graf3

The Tesla Model S took the top spot among new registrations in 2015 with 42,730 vehicles sold. The US carmaker’s model edged out a pair of Japanese models, the Mitsubishi Outlander (41,080) and the Nissan Leaf (40,270) in the rankings. It was also the first time a Chinese manufacturer earned a spot among the market leaders with 31,900 BYD Qin sold.

At the end of 2014 the company Industrias de Hule Galgo decided to undertake the installation project of an efficient CHP plant for its production plant, with the aim of bringing down energy costs and improving the company’s competitive position in the market. The new plant has already started its first operational phase. The project has comprised the installation of a single cycle with gas-powered gensets providing a total electrical capacity of 6.6 MW. This provides the necessary thermal oil for the production plant; covers 100% of the electrical power consumed by the industrial complex; and also generates cooling water, giving improved production capacity by supercooling the extrusion system.
To execute these works, Industrias de Hule Galgo contracted the services of engineering company AESA to provide the engineering, procurement and construction of the CHP plant.

Industrias de Hule Galgo S.A. de CV, based in Tula, Hildalgo, is a private company that has a plant dedicated to the production of tyre treads for the renovation of tyres and inner tubes. This project has meant that the purchase of grid electricity and natural gas for its thermal needs has been replaced by an efficient cogeneration system that guarantees the generation of electricity, thermal oil and cooling for the company’s factory.

The CHP plant has been designed in a single cycle configuration with gas-powered gensets and heat recovery boilers. Its cooling water production system works via the recovery of heat from the engine’s high temperature circuit to cool the product via an absorption chiller. The plant offers a production capacity of some 6.6 MW ISO. Read more…

Ricard Vila & Cristina Martí, AESA

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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Combined-cycle plants are arguably the least well-known electrical plants, but in Spain they account for 25% of the country’s installed capacity. There are ten units based on this technology, manufactured by Siemens: two in Campo de Gibraltar (Cádiz), three in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva), two in Arrúbal (La Rioja) and three more in Sagunto (Valencia). Today, these plants continue to work as the most useful safeguard to guarantee Europe’s energy generation system, counted among the least contaminant fossil fuel combustion plants in the world. Their thermodynamic efficiency, in other words, the percentage of energy that can be obtained from the fuel, is around 60% (much higher than that generated by a coal-fired plant).

The key lies in its operation. This technology generates electricity from the rotation of a turbine propelled by the combustion of natural gas. Apart from the electrical energy generated by the gas turbine itself, the resultant heat from this combustion is used to heat water, converting it into steam
to be used in a second turbine that also produces electricity. Moreover, the application of Siemens technology improves these ratios, by reducing CO2 emissions by one third. Siemens’ SGT5-8000H gas turbine has broken a world record by exceeding 60.75% efficiency at the Irsching plant in Germany.

Despite the advantages of combined-cycle plants, they only covered 8.5% of electricity demand in 2015, at the same time as playing a leading role in complementing renewable energy sources; as clean and they are unpredictable as they only produce where there is sun and wind. As such, combined-cycle plants, that were originally designed to mainly operate at full load, are able to handle difficult market conditions: fewer operating hours, a reduction in megawatts generated, a higher number of start-ups and greater market control as regards gas reserves. And they are achieving this in a scenario in which energy demand is once again on the up, at the same time as the ageing of the plants is becoming more pronounced. Read more…

Laurent Dendrael
Head of Service for Combined Cycle Power Plants, Siemens Spain

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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The new RWE Innogy Aersa Control Centre that has been certified to act as an interface with CECRE (the Renewable Energy Control Centre) since February 2015, connects RWE’s 20 renewable energy facilities with REE, the Spanish Electricity Grid. As a result, it ensures that wind farms, in addition to hydropower and solar plants, can inject the energy generated by its 460 MW installed safely and with
no penalties. Green Eagle Solutions, a provider of software solutions for renewable energy companies, has collaborated with RWE in the development of this Control Centre, meeting the high standards of quality and safety required by RWE. This centre uses CompactSCADA® technology to integrate power
generation facilities that need to be integrated in a Control Centre to communicate with REE’s CECRE.

RWE has extensive experience in the generation of renewable energy in Europe and has operated in Spain since 2002. Thanks to the processes and the set up developed over these years, the company is now putting its capabilities to work for third parties. The services offered go way beyond being a mere Dispatching Agent with REE, ensuring greater efficiency and value of the operations undertaken by renewable energy plants.

This is possible thanks to a flexible system that adapts to the needs of the installation and not vice
versa, as often happens. The system is furthermore very robust and stable as demonstrated by the fact that no incident has occurred with the system since its launch. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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Ingeteam Service, part of the Ingeteam Group, is a leading company in the provision of integrated O&M services at energy generation and exchange facilities worldwide. From its head office in the Albacete Science and Technology Park, it manages the work of the 1,300 employees that make up its global workforce, rendering services to wind farms, PV installations and power generation plants. In addition,
it maintains an active participation strategy in a range of R&D+i programmes that improve the existing technologies and are geared towards new production systems and new diagnostic techniques, applied to renewables installation maintenance.

Wind. Ingeteam Service works in over 150 onshore and offshore wind farms, handling over 3,500 wind turbines and a total capacity in excess of 5,000 MW. Its maintenance models range from support for conservation equipment to preventive maintenance and minor corrective services, customised design
and finally, the all-inclusive O&M of the installation. This latest model, the most comprehensive of them all, includes preventive maintenance and the environmental management of the wind farms. Furthermore it encompasses minor and major corrective services; safety elements, roads and infrastructures; online indicator monitoring; plant operation; monitoring and reporting; plant performance study; an efficiency analysis to achieve continuous improvement; the supply of spares and components; purchasing management: logistics and repairs.

PV. Ingeteam Service operates and maintains more than 350 installations worldwide with a total capacity of 1,400 MW. The solutions offered guarantee their reliability and optimum efficiency. Its control centre continuously analyses each PV plant and anticipates possible incidents that might prevent its correct operation. Its maintenance service applies the most rigorous standards to extend the useful life of the plant. In addition it benefits from its own logistics centres that guarantee the supply of spares, offering the technical capacity to ensure the expected production. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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Having received the Final Commissioning Protocol from the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Energy of the Extremadura Regional Government, Ence’s biomass generation plant in Mérida started to deliver energy to the electrical system in April 2014. With the construction and commissioning of the Sener turnkey project for the biomass plant having been completed,
Ence – the engineering and technology group – set up the company Biomasa Mérida O&M S.L. to provide operation and maintenance works for the facility’s first two years of operation. Following signature of the provisional acceptance of the plant by Ence, Biomasa Mérida O&M S.L. accepted its mission and started work on 15 September 2014.

The Mérida plant is a facility that generates power from biomass, with an installed capacity of 20 MWe and an annual production of 160 GWh. It is equipped with a high efficiency thermodynamic cycle incorporating reheating and regeneration designed by SENER to meet Ence’s specifications.

The facility consists of a biomass processing and treatment area (PTB in its Spanish acronym) plus a boiler area and a power island. The PTB consists of a storage area for stocking 15,000 tonnes of rolls of biomass (logs), with one month of operational autonomy; a crusher that can process 100 tonnes/hour; a system for screening and separating denser pieces; and a biomass chip storage silo to guarantee an uninterrupted supply to the boiler; in addition to all of the conveyor belts that connect to the system. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

Mexico is the second largest market in Latin America’s renewable energy sector and the one that offers the highest growth potential. During a time of transition in which the rules of the market are being redefined and technical standards updated, applications for pre-feasibility studies up until 2018 have already exceeded 27,400 MW. For this trend to consolidate, a legal framework and robust technique is critical that satisfies the interests of both the public and the developers, without compromising electrical grid stability.

There are currently four Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) solar plants operating in Mexico: two CFE pilot projects in Baja California, with capacities of 5 MW and 1 MW respectively; and two small producer projects, one in Baja California Sur with a capacity of 30 MW and the other in Durango with a capacity of 17 MW.

In 2013 the country’s first major PV plant was inaugurated in La Paz, connected to the Baja California off-grid system. Since coming online it has experienced serious problems as it has had to address highly unstable situations, mainly as a result of the grid’s isolation and the lack of devices that would allow the plant to store energy and thus better respond to such events. Leer más…

Raquel Martínez Aranda
Key Account Mexico, GPTech

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

Mexico’s installed solar PV capacity is currently at less than 1 GW and in all probability, only 2 to 3 GW will be added by 2020. Until recently, Mexico represented the most promising solar market in Latin America. But the strong growth expected for the country is now much less certain. In fact, solar installation figures in 2016 could be 36% lower than those projected last year. So what has happened? As GTM Research has documented, solar project developers and financiers are dealing with a completely new set of rules for selling solar electricity into Mexico’s energy market. Those new rules are causing some confusion and, as such, activity has slowed down.

For the first time ever, the country actually has a competitive market to sell into. Over the last couple of years, the Mexican government has been working on a plan to overhaul the state-owned electricity provider and build a wholesale market to encourage competition. The new market was launched this January and auctions will take place over the coming months.

Almost everyone sees Mexico’s transition to a competitive market as necessary to meet the country’s growing power demand. But as energy suppliers grapple with the new rules (some of which have still not been finalised or are confusing), there are many eager solar companies and investors sitting on the sidelines, trying to figure out how and when to bid into the market. Read more…

Stephen Lacey
Managing Editor, Greentech Media

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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According to preliminary numbers from GTM Research, 59 GW of solar PV were installed globally in 2015, representing a 34% increase over 2014’s total. The fourth quarter of 2015 showed that global PV demand is very much at the mercy of government support, which can often be unpredictable and idiosyncratic, frequently leading to negative, although occasionally positive, outcomes. By the end of 2016, cumulative installations will reach 321 GW.

December’s extension of the USA’s federal Investment Tax Credit has shown how a huge upswing in the market is possible with government support. According to GTM Research, the US share of expected global PV demand between 2015 and 2020 has increased from an average of 10% to 15% as a result of the programme extension. This is in addition to the substantial increase in demand expected for the Asia-Pacific region (apart from China) in 2016 and beyond. On the other hand, feed-in tariff pullbacks in Japan, the UK and China have tempered expectations.

GTM Research expects 64 GW of solar PV to be installed globally in 2016, headed up by the USA and China. Emerging markets will also play a prominent role. India will become more established as it turns into a reliable multi-gigawatt market this year, and Brazil and Mexico will be tested for their ability to meet their targets with actual project execution. Other markets including the Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh in Asia and Uruguay, Guatemala and Panama in Latin America will move forward and try to break through to 100 MW. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

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