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FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

Historically, O&M in the PV sector was seen as the little brother of wind power, where the requirements and types of companies varied widely among themselves. However, due to the maturity of the sector, the need to optimise procedures, the typology of the owners and in general, the increase in the size of PV plants (plants of almost 500 MW are currently being built), the O&M of PV plants is being exposed to the changes that have provided the wind power sector with a degree of professionalism and specialisation…By Íñigo Vázquez, Iñigo Vázquez, Chairman of AEMER, the Spanish Association of
Renewable Energy Maintenance Companies.

FuturENERGY November 18

The total contribution of the wind power sector to GDP for the period 2012-2017 was €16.379bn. In 2017, the direct contribution to GDP amounted to €2,300.8 million, representing an increase of 57% on 2016 results. This one of the main conclusions taken from the new edition of the ‘Macroeconomic Impact Study of the Wind Power Sector in Spain’, drawn up by consultancy Deloitte, which provides a detailed analysis of Spain’s wind power sector over the last two years, 2016 and 2017, as well as for the previous period 2012-2015. So that wind power remains an important sector for the Spanish economy, it is necessary to make progress in five key areas: regulatory stability; long-term visibility; the formulation of an appropriate system that guarantees reasonable profitability; an auctions system with an established calendar; and regulation to repower and extend the service life of wind farms.

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Deutsche Windtechnik and some of its customers are using the Hamburg WindEnergy 2018 trade fair to sign several long-term service contracts. Maintenance contracts for a total capacity of 56 MW were signed yesterday, at the start of the fair, and further cooperation agreements will follow during the coming days.

Right at the beginning of the fair, Deutsche Windtechnik AG successfully concluded a full maintenance contract, including large components, for the Sailershäuser Wald wind farm. Stakeholders in the citizens’ wind farm include Planet energy GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greenpeace Energy eG, and Städtische Betriebe Haßfurt GmbH, which are also responsible for operational management. Deutsche Windtechnik will take over maintenance for the ten Nordex N 117 turbines immediately after the warranty period expires, and the contract term is 18 years.

Also on Tuesday, Deutsche Windtechnik and the project developer and operator Saxovent Ökologische Investments GmbH & Co. KG, which has its headquarters in Berlin, agreed on a full service contract including large components for ten Vestas V90 turbines installed at the Große-Welle and Crussow wind farms.

Another contract for nine AN Bonus 1300 turbines was also signed at the trade fair.

Source: Deutsche Windtechnik

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Special report focusing on the wind power market, published as a separate issue to the June 2018 edition of FuturENERGY for special distribution at IV Congreso Eólico Español, an event that ran from 27 to 28 June and at which FuturENERGY has an active presence as media partner.

This special report includes the following:

COVER STORY
Vestas consolidates its leadership in Latin America, strengthening its presence in Argentina and Mexico

WOMEN & ENERGY
Wind energy, a key sector for decarbonising the power sector. Rocío Sicre, Chair of AEE

WIND POWER
A new wind turbine for strong-wind sites
Offshore wind installation. Analysing the evidence behind improvements in installation time
Renewable plant contracts and construction in auction environments
From Big Data to Smart Data
The craneless approach to reducing the cost of major correctives on increasingly bigger turbines
CompactSCADA® Virtual Operator: spectacular reduction in wind turbine downtime
Sensors to prolong wind farm service life
Testing to avoid mechanical failures in wind turbines caused by vibrations

Read more…

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50 N117/3600 turbines ordered by Vattenfall

Vattenfall, owner of the Dutch utility Nuon, has signed a contract for the delivery of 50 N117/3600 wind turbines with the Nordex Group in Amsterdam. The Wieringermeer wind farm is one of the biggest onshore projects for Vattenfall in Europe. The wind farm has an above-average capacity factor of 42 per cent due the excellent average wind speed of 8.6 m/s combined with the highly-efficient Nordex N117/3600 wind turbine. Due to the low noise emissions, the wind turbines can run without curtailments at full rated power, having a positive effect on the expected energy yield. The relatively low sound power level of the N117/3600 is achieved thanks to the wind turbine design and the addition of serrations to the rotor blades.

Sustainability is an important part of our DNA. This is why we are striving for sustainable solutions in different areas,” explains Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer for Nordex SE. This includes the interests of the immediate neighbourhood as well as the CO2 emissions that can be avoided. Located 60 kilometres north of Amsterdam, the site is subject to noise emission restrictions, which the turbines are able to meet. At the same time, the wind farm will prevent the emission of around 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually which would otherwise be produced by a mix of gas and coal-fuelled power stations.

Installation of the 50 wind turbines will commence from March 2019 and be completed by the end of the year respectively. Thereafter, the Nordex Group will provide service for the wind farm and establish a local service station for this purpose. “Everybody is looking forward to the start of this large project. We have already made the first preparations in the area and are glad to have professional companies with whom we will work closely to realize the installation of the first 50 turbines of this wind farm,” explains Ruben Lindenburg, Project Director of Nuon for Wind Farm Wieringermeer.

To date, the Nordex Group has installed wind farms with a combined capacity of almost 300 MW in the Netherlands and has a dense service network for the technical management of the wind power systems in this country.

Source: Nordex

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Siemens Gamesa has been mandated to develop India’s first large commercial hybrid wind-solar
project, where a 28.8-MW solar facility will be connected to an existing 50-MW wind farm. This is the
first project of its kind for the company and evidences its determination to explore business
opportunities that add value for its customers.

Under the terms of the agreement reached with one of the country’s leading independent operators,
Siemens Gamesa will provide an end-to-end turnkey solution. Specifically, it will handle the design,
engineering and commissioning of the new solar plant (including the supply of photovoltaic inverters
made by Gamesa Electric) and its hybridisation with an existing wind farm, equipped with the Siemens
Gamesa turbines. The project, located in the in the state of Karnataka, is scheduled to be up and
running by the end of 2017.

 

This is a very important milestone for our company. We are truly proud to be rolling out this new
hybrid solution – namely the optimal combination of solar and wind power technology – on a
commercial scale
”, underscored Ramesh Kymal, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore business in
India, going on to add, “With a market potential of around 15 GW in India, our customers are
increasingly interested in this type of integrated renewable system
”.

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Group ACS, through Dragados Offshore, has been awarded with the development, construction and supply of the HVDC electric power converter platform for Dolwin 6 project in the North Sea. This project will be developed in partnership with Siemens, and it will be able to transmit enough electricity to initially supply one million German homes.

The system with 900 megawatts of power consists of a HVDC offshore converter platform in the German North Sea and an onshore HVDC substation, in Emden area.

 

Particularly, Dragados Offshore will be in charge of the design, supply, construction, transportation and installation of the platform, while Siemens will cope with the design and supply of HVDC equipment for both substations, and the development of the onshore substation. They will together commission the facilities so as to test them and put them to work.

The offshore conversion platform transforms the electrical energy of incoming wind turbines by high-voltage 155 kV AC power cables to high voltage direct current of 320 kV, exporting it to the ground substation. The platform will be connected to the existing Dolwin Beta platform.

The contract is considered as an important milestone for ACS, and subsequently for Dragados Offshore, as it strength’s their activities in the providing of platforms for the offshore wind industry by building a state-of-the-art megaproject in its sector, consolidating it in a Leading position in the offshore market.

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From the deep fjord outside Stord on the west coast of Norway, the floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters. The world´s largest floating wind project will be located 25 km off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at water depths between 90 and 120 m.

The floating foundations in the Hywind project are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed with mooring lines. With their lightweight nacelles, Siemens Gamesa large direct drive wind turbines are particularly suited for floating foundations.

 

The Hywind concept has already proven its effectiveness in 2009, when Statoil and Siemens Wind Power successfully installed a 2.3 MW Siemens Wind Power turbine at the first full-scale floating wind turbine project worldwide, Hywind Demo.

At the same time, Siemens Gamesa gathered a lot of experience on the specific requirements regarding the control parameters on a moving wind turbine under offshore conditions. For the floating installation, the technicians developed new controller algorithms for rotor pitch and yaw drive regulation.

The most important key success factor for the future of floating wind turbines is concepts which are cost (LCoE) competitive with bottom fixed foundations.
In the Scottish pilot project Siemens Gamesa and Statoil have been working close to develop a concept for commercial and large scale offshore wind parks which is cost efficient and with low risk.

Commissioning of the Hywind project is planned for 4Q17.

The majority of operating floating wind farms are currently located in Europe. However, California, Hawaii, Japan and Taiwan are attractive geographies for floating wind power turbines in the future.

Source: Siemens Gamesa

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The global wind operation and maintenance (O&M) market is set to grow from just over $13.7 billion in 2016 to around $27.4 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 8.0%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report states that the O&M of a wind farm is essential as it contributes to value creation, increases turbine availability, and improves returns. Aging wind turbines and the failure of components such as blades and gearboxes are the major driver of the burgeoning market.

 

Anchal Agarwal, Power Analyst for GlobalData, explains: “Offshore wind accounted for just over 8% of the total wind O&M market in 2016, and is expected to contribute 18.4% by 2025. This is because the technology is increasingly being explored across the world, for its high yield, due to stronger and more consistent winds in comparison to onshore; and has the scope to construct massive Gigawatt-scale projects.

Indeed, offshore wind attracts higher O&M costs than onshore wind due to higher turbine maintenance, higher logistics costs, and a lack of skilled manpower.

China is the largest wind O&M market in the world and accounted for 30% of the global market size in 2016. GlobalData expects that the country will maintain its leading position, with a share of 27.4% in 2025. Increasing installations of wind power will provide opportunities for O&M in the forecast period. A large installation base, government plans, and strict environmental laws are the major drivers for the growth of the country’s wind power market.

The US is the second-largest wind O&M market, with a share of 14.6% in 2016, and is also expected to maintain its position in 2025. Germany – the largest European wind O&M market – accounted for 14.3% of the global market in 2016, and is expected to hold an 11.9% share in 2025. The major reason for key countries losing their market share is the emergence of newer markets, such as India and the UK. India’s share of the global wind O&M market is expected to increase from 5.6% in 2016 to 6.4% in 2025, while the UK’s share will increase from 5.3% to 7.1% over the same period.

Source: GlobalData

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The Forestalia Group, through the Sociedad Aragonesa Transeuropea de Energías Renovables, has been awarded a contract by Spain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda to develop a 1,200 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Aragón.

This builds on the tender that Forestalia won in January 2016 to develop 408.5 MW of wind farms and bioenergy stations, also in Aragón, Spain. The two contracts support Forestalia’s goal to boost wind energy production in the autonomous community as well as bring renewable energy generation to an efficient, open, and competitive market.

GE Renewable Energy was selected as the technology provider supplying its wind turbines from its 3 MW product range to generate a total of 1,500 MW between the two projects. GE will manufacture the wind turbines across three European facilities, including its Engineering Center of Excellence in Barcelona. The wind turbine will be manufactured in Salzbergen, Germany, and blades by LM Wind Power, which was recently acquired by GE Renewable Energy and has production plants in Ponferrada and Castellón. The project will be supported by GE’s service center in As Pontes.

Forestalia’s success in recent years is based on the great development of its projects. All of which are well under way and have been properly identified and assessed to meet all administrative and technical requirements. Forestalia provides a flexible and efficient business model that meets the needs of the renewable energy industry today.

Progress on the 2016 tender

After receiving approvals from the Government of Aragón on August 30, Forestalia is preparing for the construction of the first 300MW wind farm.

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