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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.

Spain’s Ingeteam has consolidated its position as the indisputable leader in the Mexican renewables sector in both wind and PV power. Ingeteam is the first company in the country to provide O&M services, maintaining 2 GW of wind power capacity, meaning it is responsible for maintaining 49% of Mexico’s total installed capacity and the leading company in the supply of electronic power equipment with almost 2 GW. Ingeteam moreover manages over half the country’s existing solar capacity. The three largest PV plants in Mexico, located in Durango and Baja California, incorporate Ingeteam technology via their PV inverters.

This leadership was consolidated last year thanks to significant contracts including the Durango PV plant, the 30 MW Gran Solar plant in Camargo and the 20 MW TSK plant in Coahuila. These are in addition to the award of the services for two hydroelectric plants in the state of Jalisco that has helped Ingeteam access the Mexican hydropower sector.

 

Until now, Ingeteam Service’s commitment to its clients used to start when the machine came on line, by undertaking its integrated maintenance and supporting the management and operation of the wind farm throughout its service life. Since 2016, Ingeteam has extended its portfolio of services to include turbine assembly. In recent months, Ingeteam was awarded the contract to assemble 20 wind turbines destined for the La Bufa and Puerto Peñasco wind farms in the regions of Zacatecas and Sonora. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2017

Spain’s Ingeteam has consolidated its position as the indisputable leader in the Mexican renewables sector in both wind and PV power. Ingeteam is the first company in the country to provide O&M services, maintaining 2 GW of wind power capacity, meaning it is responsible for maintaining 49% of Mexico’s total installed capacity and the leading company in the supply of electronic power equipment with almost 2 GW. Ingeteam moreover manages over half the country’s existing solar capacity. The three largest PV plants in Mexico, located in Durango and Baja California, incorporate Ingeteam technology via their PV inverters.

This leadership was consolidated last year thanks to significant contracts including the Durango PV plant, the 30 MW Gran Solar plant in Camargo and the 20 MW TSK plant in Coahuila. These are in addition to the award of the services for two hydroelectric plants in the state of Jalisco that has helped Ingeteam access the Mexican hydropower sector.

 

Expanding services

Until now, Ingeteam Service’s commitment to its clients used to start when the machine came on line, by undertaking its integrated maintenance and supporting the management and operation of the wind farm throughout its service life. Since 2016, Ingeteam has extended its portfolio of services to include turbine assembly. In recent months, Ingeteam was awarded the contract to assemble 20 wind turbines destined for the La Bufa and Puerto Peñasco wind farms in the regions of Zacatecas and Sonora.

ingeteam_mex_1Strategic leadership

Ingeteam has consolidated as a leading company in the renewable energy sector, essentially basing its strategy on two values:

Firstly, it undertakes a high level of investment in research, innovation and development offering increasingly competitive, better quality and less expensive equipment. The results of this strategy have materialised in a high penetration of installed capacity in the country. Secondly, in the wind power sector, the company has over 1.6 GW installed in converters, representing more than 60% of the country’s total installed capacity. As regards PV energy, Ingeteam is the inverter manufacturer with the largest installed capacity given that currently every plant in Mexico with an installed capacity of more than 5 MW, bar one, has been connected using its equipment, which to date amounts to over 100 MW.

The other important value underpinning Ingeteam’s business strategy is its after-sales service. Here, the company has learned to adapt itself to the specific needs of the Mexican market, providing the maximum quality and efficiency in its level of service, offering its clients continuous assessment and successfully incorporating O&M services for power generation plants. In this sector, Ingeteam has positioned itself as the indisputable leader in the country, with 2 GW of maintained wind power, the equivalent of undertaking the maintenance of 49% of Mexico’s total installed capacity. For this, Ingeteam benefits from more than 300 service technicians who provide countrywide support.

Offices all over the country

Ingeteam has offices in Juchitán de Zaragoza and San Luis Potosí, both of which are dedicated to supplying O&M services to wind and photovoltaic farms. The Monterrey office focuses on the sale of PV inverters. There is one additional office in Mexico City, which is dedicated to equipment distribution and the execution of projects to automate and protect the power distribution grids and substations for the evacuation of renewable energy.

The company is also performing an important social role in those regions in which it is active. On the Tehuantepec Isthmus, Ingeteam is developing renewal energy communication and dissemination projects among the residents of the region thereby contributing to improved implementation and knowledge of renewable energy.

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Gamesa has inaugurated its new factory in the Nellore region, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, one of the country’s fastest-growing wind power producing regions.

Construction of this manufacturing facility, one of the company’s largest in India, is framed by Gamesa’s growth plans, which contemplate capex of more than € 100 million through 2017 to reinforce its manufacturing presence in this market.

 

The inauguration ceremony was presided by Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Ramesh Kymal, CEO of India, José Antonio Cortajarena, Chief Corporate and General Secretary, Iñaki Murgiondo, Industrial Managing Director, and Enrique Pedrosa, Commercial Managing Director, among other executives, attended on behalf of Gamesa.

Phase one of this new facility, already up and running, is earmarked for the manufacture of the blades for the G114-2.0 MW class S turbines, a product custom-configured for India’s wind conditions. Phase two, due to come online in the middle of this year, will increase blade production capacity as well as enabling the production of generators and photovoltaic inverters.

The factory currently employs 500 people and its headcount is expected to rise to 1,000 within three years.

Source: Gamesa

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Already in 2015 windsourcing.com became official distribution partner for Mita-Teknik’s wind energy products. Mita-Teknik is an international company specializing in complete control concepts for wind turbines. Among others control systems, retrofit control systems, SCADA systems, grid connection systems, condition monitoring, load and control optimizing, and sensors.

Now, windsourcing.com has been chosen as official Distribution Partner for the new MiComm IP-Box by Mita-Teknik. Starting from 2018 the German operator Telekom will switch all their networks to All-IP, and bit by bit many operators in other European countries will follow. As a consequence numerous older wind turbines will not be controlled or monitored by analogue or ISDN-modems any longer. To solve this Mita-Teknik developed a cost effective and easy-to-install solution to replace the obsolete communication equipment in any wind turbine, and reconnect it with existing SCADA solutions running Windows 32 or 64 bit.

With the new MiComm IP-Box Mita-Teknik offers a complete remote communication solution designed to replace obsolete PSTN/ISDN modems and enable modern, reliable and secure remote IP communication to existing wind turbines with existing SCADA systems.

Acciona Energía now allocates 2,000 MW of wind power capacity to provide adjustment services to the electric power system in Spain. This represents a new technological milestone in terms of the full participation of renewable energy sources in the system and their ability to attain high levels of penetration in it.

The accreditation, which requires renewables to pass the same tests as conventional sources, is issued by Red Eléctrica de España (REE) as the technical operator of the system in Spain and the body responsible for its operation under optimal quality and security conditions.

 

The so-called “adjustment services” –also known as ancillary or balance services- are there to ensure the constant balance between power generation and demand, and they are remunerated. This balance is essential, given that all the electricity produced at a given time has to be consumed at that moment. If not corrected in time, any decoupling between supply and demand could jeopardize the quality of the electricity supply.

Objective: 3,500 MW

The company’s objective is to reach 3,500 MW of wind-based capacity to participate in adjustment services: technical restrictions markets, tertiary control and management of deviations, plus a certain capacity for secondary control still pending award.

Traditionally, adjustment services have been provided by conventional technologies such as thermal power stations or large-scale hydropower instalations. However, the technological evolution of renewables, together with the development of more sophisticated forecasting and management tools, have opened the door to their inclusion in these markets.

Acciona uses the latest technology, both in the management of energy – which it carries out through its subsidiary Acciona Green Energy Developments – and in the remote control of its generation facilities, undertaken by its Renewable Energy Control Center (CECOER) in constant coordination with REE.

The participation of renewables in adjustment services of the electric power system highlights the level of development these technologies have achieved. This means their integration into the grid can be increased, sometimes exceeding 70% of overall demand at a given moment in Spain without any negative effects on the quality, stability and security of the grid.

According to figures from REE, the volume of energy managed in the adjustment services of the Spanish power system in 2015 was 18,206 GWh, – 6.8% of all the power generated – with an associated cost of 1,040 million euros. The penetration of renewables in the total power generated on the Iberian Peninsula reached 36.9% last year, with a peak of 70.4% in coverage of instant power generation from wind power. This figure, a record that has not been beaten to date, was recorded on November 21st, 2015.  n the first eleven months of 2016 renewables produced 42.2% of the electricity generated in Spain (not including the island power systems).

Source: Acciona Energía

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German wind power plant project developer Ventotec GmbH is looking to work closely with Siemens. At WindEnergy Hamburg 2016, the firm, headquartered at Leer in East Friesland, signed a framework agreement for the supply of at least 200 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines.

 

 

The turbines will be deployed in a number of current and upcoming onshore projects being planned by Ventotec across Germany. In addition, Siemens will service the turbines on behalf of Ventotec under a 20-year full-scope maintenance agreement.

Under the agreement, Siemens will supply at least 35 units to Ventotec per year, enabling around 40 new wind farms to be built over the next eight years, notably in the German states of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Thuringia.

Siemens’ current direct-drive wind turbines offer rotor configurations and hub heights to cover a wide range of site conditions, and can also be configured for special requirements. This allows noise abatement regulations and, in particular, grid requirements (relating, for example, to bat protection or deicing) to be met.

Source: Siemens

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The global wind Operations and Maintenance (O&M) is estimated to increase from $10 billion in 2015 to $17 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 11.2%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest viewpoint states that technological developments have paved the way for more effective and reliable equipment and machinery, making wind one of the fastest-growing energy sources in the global market. The exponential growth of the wind energy market is fueled by depleting fossil fuel reserves, the declining cost of wind energy generation, and a growing sensitivity for the environment, supported by financial incentives by various governments across the world.

The O&M of a wind farm is essential as it contributes to value creation, increases turbine availability – lowering downtime – and increases returns.

Drivers of the market include advancing technologies, increasing demand for wind power, and innovation in components and predictive maintenance.

Advanced connected technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) will enable a much more effective and efficient evaluation of wind turbines along with its associated components. The IoT platform, through its collective and predictive analytics, can alert a service provider to any machinery problems in advance and to stay away from any crucial issues.

Technological improvements and innovations will also help to drive down wind O&M costs. Direct drive technology and tension control measurement technology for turbine bolts are considered among the innovations that significantly decrease such costs. Direct drive technology works by eliminating the gearbox, which is one of the major areas of failure in a turbine.

Tension control measurement works by minimizing bolted joint failures caused by insufficient bolt tension in wind installations. Although nuts and bolts are simple devices, their failure can be costly.

Source: GlobalData

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Special report focusing on wind power, published in advanced, as a separate issue to the June 2016 edition of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at II Spanish Wind Power Congress, an event that has ran from 28 to 29 June in Madrid and at which FuturENERGY has an active presence with a special distribution of this separate issue.

This special report includes the following:

COVER STORY
Vestas. Global wind power leader tests a multi-rotor concept turbine

MARKET
Wind power in 2015. A record year for installations and investment
Wind power in Mexico. Industry outlook

O&M
Drone-based predictive wind power maintenance. The importance of correct data processing
New lease of life for old wind farms and increased efficiency for the new

R&D
Design, validation and manufacture of a prototype for the development of a new coating for the leading edge of turbine blades

COMPANIES
GES. Objective: to continue to be a pioneer in construction and services for the renewables sector

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