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Enel Green Power España (EGPE), Endesa’s renewable energy subsidiary, has connected the El Campo, La Estanca, Loma Gorda and Santo Domingo de Luna wind farms to the grid. Together, these four wind farms have a total capacity of 98 MW and have involved a capital expenditure of €100 million. They are located in the province of Zaragoza and with them the number of the company’s wind farms commissioned in the region of Aragon in recent weeks, following the Sierra Costera I (Teruel) and Campoliva I, Campoliva II and Primoral plants (Zaragoza), rises to eight.

EGPE was awarded 540 MW of wind power and 339 MW of solar energy in the government auctions held in May 2017, which entail a total investment of more than €800 million. The company has so far connected 339 solar MW and some 285 wind MW to the grid and is completing the construction and connection of the remaining wind projects, which will be ready by the end of the year.

The El Campo wind farm, composed of six turbines, will be able to generate 75 GWh a year, enough energy to supply 19,100 families. Its coming on stream will prevent the emission of more than 49,000 metric tons of CO 2 annually into the atmosphere. It straddles the boundary between the municipalities of Mallén and Fréscano, in the province of Zaragoza. Work for its construction began on 21 January 2019 and ended on 21 November. It was connected to the grid on 13 December.

The La Estanca wind farm consists of eight wind turbines that provide a total capacity of 24 MW. It will produce 97 GWh per year, enough to supply energy to some 24,500 families and will prevent the annual emission of some 63,500 metric tons of CO 2 into the atmosphere. Its construction began on 25 March 2019 and ended on 21 November 2019. It was connected to the grid on 13 December. A total of 51% of this wind farm is held by Enel Green Power España and 49% by Bancale Servicios Integrales S.L. It is located in the municipalities of Mallén and Fréscano in the province of Zaragoza.

The Loma Gorda wind farm, consisting of seven turbines, will be able to generate 70 GWh a year, enough energy to supply 17,800 families. Its coming on stream will prevent the emission of more than 46,000 metric tons of CO 2 annually into the atmosphere. It is located in Fuendetodos, Zaragoza. Ground was broken on 5 October 2018 and ended on 31 October 2019. It was connected to the grid on 29 November 2019.

The Santo Domingo de Luna wind farm has a capacity of 30 MW and nine wind turbines. It will produce 116 GWh per year, enough to supply 29,500 households, and prevent the annual emission of 76,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Its construction began on 20 November 2018 and ended on 27 September 2019. It was connected to the grid on 18 November. It is located in the municipalities of Luna, Las Pedrosas and Sierra de Luna in the province of Zaragoza. Enel Green Power España, with 51%, and General Eólica Aragonesa, with the remaining 49% are the plant’s shareholders.

During the construction of these wind farms, Enel Green Power’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model was applied. This included the installation of photovoltaic panels to cover part of power needs during construction. Water saving measures were also adopted by installing rain collection systems and tanks. Once construction is finished, both the photovoltaic panels and the water saving equipment will be donated for public use. The construction of these wind farms has contributed to partially funding an Industrial Development Plan in the area.

The construction of this renewable capacity is in line with Endesa’s strategy of completely decarbonising its generation mix by 2050. According to the company’s latest Strategic Plan the next milestone is to reach 10.2 GW of renewable installed capacity by 2022, compared with the estimated 7.4 GW by the end of 2019, with a total investment of some €3.8 billion.

Endesa has followed a facility development model that encompasses actions to create social value for the environments in which they are built, the so-called Creating Shared Value (CSV) model. Among these actions, priority was given for these four projects to the incorporation of local labour, as well as hiring catering services and workers’ accommodation locally.

In the case of Santo Domingo de Luna and Loma Gorda specifically, some of the notable actions undertaken, worth more than €184,000 and €117,000 respectively, included the promotion of electric mobility for transfers in construction jobs by installing a charging point and using electric vehicles. In the case of El Campo and La Estanca, with CSV actions worth more than €190,000, energy efficiency actions, such as efficient lighting projects by replacing with LED technology and promoting self-consumption, were carried out in five of the municipalities in the area.

Source: Endesa

Ignacio Galán in a electric Iberdrola car

Iberdrola, a world leading renewable energy company, has further enhanced its sustainable ambitions by becoming the first Spanish company to sign up to The Climate Group´s EV100 initiative.

EV100 is a global initiative bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.

Under the agreement, sealed within the framework of the Climate Week NYC, Iberdrola will fully electrify its vehicle fleet and provide charging for staff across its operations in Spain and UK- where local EV market conditions make this possible- by 2030.

Iberdrola will also aspire towards this objective in Brazil, Mexico and the USA, but this will be reliant on national characteristics and further developments in the wider EV markets in each of these countries. As part of the partnership, Iberdrola will work with The Climate Group to engage key stakeholders in these countries to help overcome barriers.

A fleet of more than fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles across Spain and UK

This initiative will see Iberdrola have a fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles completely electrified in these two countries by 2030.

Light passenger cars and vans are included, as well as off-road vehicles used for windfarms and power line maintenance tasks like SUVs, pickup trucks and man basket cranes.

Iberdrola has already committed to installing up to 16.000 charging points at homes and 9.000 at workplaces in Spain by 2021. Beyond that, the company´s Smart mobility program for customers is increasing in popularity, which includes both the provision of a charging point and a special tariff to charge vehicles with green electricity.

In the UK, ScottishPower was the first energy company to offer and end-to-end EV ownership package for customers. Working with major car retailer Arnold Clark, buyers can purchase or lease an EV of their choice, book a home charging point installation and sign up to a smart 100% renewable electricity tariff as part of the same package.

In the US, Iberdrola´s subsidiary Avangrid just recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Nissan North America, seeking to provide 3.2 M customers and employees across New York, New England and Oregon with a 5,000 $ discount on the purchase of a Nissan LEAF EV. In addition, the company is also delivering a 34 M$ investment in the expansion of EV charging infrastructure across Maine and New York.

Source: Iberdrola

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Foundation of a wind turbine

GES, an integral supplier of engineering, construction and maintenance for renewable energy projects (wind, solar and hydroelectric) will build the Valdejalón wind portfolio consisting of 5 wind farms in Aragón, Spain. Once completed, the wind farms will have a total installed capacity of 231 MW. Construction is expected to be finalized in 2020 second quarter.

The project is divided into two phases: Valdejalón East which includes the wind farms El Cabezo (49 MW) and Portillo II Phase I (45.6 MW) and Phase II (38 MW), and Valdejalón West composed of Virgen de Rodanas I (49.4 MW) and Virgen de Rodanas II (49.4 MW).

The Valdejalón portfolio is fully owned by the Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) through its fund Copenhagen Infrastructure III K/S (CI-III). CIP is a fund management company focused on energy infrastructure including offshore wind, onshore wind, solar PV, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, and other energy assets like reserve capacity and storage. The company operates in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia.

GES is responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project. The company is already working in the detail engineering, and will be in charge of the complete BOP (Balance of Plant), both the civil work, with more than 60 km of roads and 61 foundations and platforms for the 85 m wind turbines to be installed in the park; and the electrical work, including the underground medium voltage network with more than 55 km of trenches and the 132 kV evacuation line of almost another 50 km, which will connect the two new substations to an existing interconnection substation.

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In the UK, Deutsche Windtechnik started service for Senvion turbines.

The UK subsidiary of Deutsche Windtechnik is expanding its national portfolio by providing O&M for 5 wind farms operated by Innogy Renewables UK. Besides Siemens, AN Bonus and NEG Micon, the independent service provider now counts also Senvion wind turbines as part of its knowledge base in the UK, and hence follows the path of the other Deutsche Windtechnik units. The group serves more than 400 wind turbines of all Senvion-productions series, onshore as well as offshore.

 

New contracts enlarge service infrastructure in the UK

The new maintenance contracts in the UK cover a total of 40 Senvion wind turbines – for MM70, MM82 and MM92 – and run for three years each. The proximity of the wind farms gives Deutsche Windtechnik the opportunity to install cross-park service structures in the northern regions of England including a warehouse and local office. Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd. will employ additional service teams, engineers and supervisors with a broad expertise in Senvion technology, with the first teams already having been employed. With this reinforcement the total number of employees in the UK business unit reaches 100.

Knowledge transfer provides bases for high-quality Senvion service

Billy Stevenson, Managing Director of Deutsche Windtechnik Ltd., is convinced that this milestone will be further proof that the ISP is capable of delivering the highest level of service quality:”Within the Deutsche Windtechnik Group we cover Senvion wind turbines with a capacity of 590 MW already. We have a very close knowledge transfer with the Training Center and engineering department of Deutsche Windtechnik in Germany, so we guarantee a top level service quality starting with the first day of the term.” After winning the Innogy Supplier Award in the Quality Global category, Deutsche Windtechnik is prepared to underline the standard of high quality in its everyday core competencies.

Source: Deutsche Windtechnik

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AEMER, RSA España and FuturENERGY have published the English language version of the Guide entitled Recommendations for Periodic Diagnosis and Assessment of Wind Farms. The Guide represents a further step in the Association’s strategy for the internationalisation of maintenance providers, within its basic lines of action, which focus on professionalisation and quality.

The Guide addresses the main components of wind turbines: blades, tower, foundations, electrical equipment, mechanical transmission and substations. It also identifies the responsibilities of the different parties involved: owners, manufacturers, independent service providers and insurance companies.

The Guide fills a gap in the world of wind power know-how, given that there are scarcely any documents of Spanish origin published in English that can be of general use in the sector, in a context of foreign competition, mainly from Denmark, Germany and the United States.

This Guide is aimed at wind farm owners, insurance companies and maintenance companies, but it is also very useful for centres that provide training in accordance with GWO standards, as well as other complementary courses for the purpose of improving knowledge of equipment and components. This is particularly true in the current market, where older farms co-exist with more modern facilities featuring large wind turbines.

The ultimate aim is to optimise the performance of wind farms, accompanying them throughout their service lives at the lowest possible cost, whilst maintaining the highest standards of health and safety at all times.

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The Nordex Group has notched up another success in Spain: the Alfanar Group has commissioned the manufacturer to supply and install 22 wind turbines for two wind farms with a total of 67.2 MW. Both orders also include full service for a period of 20 years.

The two wind farms are to be built in the province of Albacete in Castilla-La Mancha, approx. 300 kilometres to the south-east of Madrid. The Barrax wind farm will include ten AW140/3000 wind turbines and three AW132/3300 wind turbines. For the Chinchilla wind farm, Nordex will provide eight AW140/3000 wind turbines and one AW132/3300 wind turbine.

The wind turbines will be installed on concrete towers with a hub height of 120 metres, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2020.

Source: Nordex Group

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to finance one of the biggest wind power infrastructure projects in Spain to date: the construction of 21 wind farms in Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla León, Galicia and Navarra. These new facilities will have a total capacity of 547 MW and will generate approximately 1.491 GWh of energy a year overall, a volume equivalent to the power use of 360 000 Spanish homes. It is one of the largest wind power projects financed by the EIB in Spain following its contribution to the financing of the Goya project.

The wind farms included in this project were winning bids in the renewable energy auction that took place in Spain in July 2017, and have been developed by the Alfanar group. The EU bank will provide the project with several loans totalling up to EUR 385m for construction and implementation. The two entities have already signed the first of these, under which the EIB is providing EUR 44.2m to develop the first phase of the project. This EU bank financing, together with the additional loan from various financial institutions, will be provided via a Project Finance arrangement for the construction of the first four wind farms, which will have a capacity of around 99 MW.

The loan was signed under the Investment Plan for Europe (known as the Juncker Plan) whose support increases the EIB Group’s capacity to finance investment projects that by their structure or nature have a higher risk profile. This project will not receive any public sector support and is one of the first to be implemented under the new regulatory framework for the industry approved in Spain in 2013.

Promoting renewable energies is one of the EU bank’s priorities as the world’s biggest financer of climate action projects. Once they become operational, the 21 wind farms will help cut greenhouse gas emissions in Spain and expand the production of clean energy using renewable sources. The construction phase will require the employment of 1 900 people, and 170 people will need to be taken on permanently to operate the wind farms.

Source: EIB

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ABB’s Power Grids business has been awarded an order from the Aibel/Keppel FELS consortium, which will design, construct, and build the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system for the offshore wind connection project DolWin5. ABB is the HVDC technology provider. This project will deliver 900 megawatts of zero-carbon electricity – enough to power around 1 million homes – from three wind farms some 100 km off the German coast. It is scheduled for completion in 2024.

The order includes the converter platform in the North Sea, as well as an on-shore converter station located in Emden, in the Lower Saxony region of Ger-many. TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator, with activities in the Netherlands and in Germany, is responsible for providing power links to the offshore wind farms in this cluster.

ABB’s HVDC solution is used to transport the power generated by offshore wind farms very efficiently by converting the alternate current (AC) to direct current (DC) on the converter platform. That makes it possible to transmit the power through a 130-kilometer-long DC cable system with very low losses to the mainland. In the onshore converter station, the power is converted back to AC and then integrated into the transmission grid. ABB HVDC’s offshore wind connection solutions are compact and modular to specifically address the challenges of the offshore wind industry and support a substantial improvement in LCOE (Levelized Cost Of Electricity), as well as carbon foot-print.

With the use of ABB’s voltage source converter technology, commercialized under the name HVDC Light®, it is possible to keep the conversion losses very low. Additionally, the order will also include the ABB Ability™ Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACHTM), which is instrumental in controlling the complex connection between wind farms and the on-shore AC grid.

As part of its energy transition (“Energiewende”), Germany’s plans to generate 65 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030. A rapidly growing pro-portion of this clean energy is generated in huge offshore wind farms in the North Sea. In just 10 years, Germany’s offshore wind production has grown from zero to 6,382 MW, making it the world’s second largest offshore wind pro-ducer after the UK.

Source: ABB

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Atos has announced that it has offset 100% of its 2018 CO2 emissions worldwide, through a dedicated wind farm program. In addition to offsetting emissions from its data centers, which it has done since 2014, Atos now ensures that this program also includes the offsetting of carbon emissions produced by its offices and business travel. This initiative is part of Atos’ global environmental program supporting Advance 2021 strategic plan.

As part of the world effort to tackle climate change, Atos is working to continuously reduce its environmental footprint through the implementation of its environmental program with multiple initiatives, including modernizing its data centers, increasing the use of renewable energies, reducing its carbon footprint and improving its overall energy efficiency.

To offset its CO2 emissions from all its activities, Atos has invested in three wind farms located in India. The project, which was started in 2010 across three states in India (Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra), promotes the use of renewable energy and has led to the installation of a total of 137 wind turbines generators.

Every year, the three wind farms with an output 109.6 MW, produce power approximately 40,000 households in rural areas. They improve the production capacity of the local industries and businesses and contribute to the development of the local economy – providing new jobs – and to education and healthcare initiatives.

Atos is supporting businesses in their journeys towards more sustainable operations. Going forward, Atos’ clients can report “ZERO” in their own carbon reporting for the solutions they host in Atos datacenters.

Since 2008, Atos has rolled-out a major environmental program that encompasses the modernization of our datacenters and the reduction of their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), the increasing use of decarbonized electricity and a global offsetting program. Within our Advance 2021 strategic plan, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by revenue up to 20% (2016 baseline) in order to help tackle climate change. We are therefore proud to be now delivering fully compensated hosting services to our clients.” says Philippe Mareine, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Atos.

So that this project conforms to the VCS standard, Atos has chosen to work with EcoAct.

As a leading carbon neutrality advisory company, EcoAct is very proud to support Atos in the implementation of its carbon neutrality strategy – especially as they expanded the scope of their carbon offsetting in 2018 to their offices and business travel worldwide, in addition to their datacenter emissions” says Arnaud Doré, Executive Director at EcoAct France.

Over the long-term, Atos’ carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as in line with the global effort to limit the rise of climate change below 2°C.

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Modelización de un aerogenerador virtual de 10 MW (proyecto AVATAR) usando un acoplamiento de AdaptFoil3D y OpenFAST (NREL)Modelling of a virtual 10MW wind turbine (AVATAR project) using a coupling of AdaptFoil3D and OpenFAST (NREL)

The Wind Energy area of CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) will have a very active presence in the next edition of WindEurope 2019, both at the congress and at the exhibition, to be held this week in Bilbao between 2nd and 4th of April. This is one of the most important annual events in the sector, since it is expected that there will be around 8,000 visitors and that more than 300 exhibitors will participate

CENER at the Conference

Specifically, CENER researchers will present two papers and 4 posters at the conference and will coordinate a workshop. The workshop, which will be held today Tuesday, April 2nd, will deal with the European NEWA project (ERA-Net Plus NEWA number 618122), will be coordinated by Javier Sanz (project coordinator in Spain) and Roberto Chavez will also participate.

The two papers will be presented on Wednesday, April 3rd: Roberto Chavez will talk about a new method of coupling mesoscale and microscale models for the evaluation of wind resource, and Álvaro González will talk about digital copies of wind turbines for the management of his useful life.

In addition and as usual in this type of congresses, posters will be shown with explanations by responsible researchers. In the case of CENER, are 4 in total. Today, Tuesday, April 2nd, José Azcona will comment “Scaled wave tank hybrid testing of the TELWIND Floating platform for a 5 MW wind turbine”. On Wednesday Beatriz Méndez will also intervene with the “New low-drag vortex generators concept”.and Álvaro González will present “Development of a panel code and integration into OpenFAST” and also the poster “Digital twin of a real wind turbine: development and validation”.

CENER´s STAND

In parallel to the congress the exhibition is celebrated, in which CENER participates with a stand (F1-52), where some of its main proposals will be shown around four main areas: wind resource assessment, aerodynamics, structural design, and management of wind farms, including their life extension. Every day of the event, oral presentations will take place at the stand.

In the area of ​​wind resource assessment, CENER has designed a tool that uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology together with the computational cloud, and the latest results of the European NEWA project (ERA-Net Plus NEWA number 618122), whose main objective is the realization of a wind atlas in Europe that will include the state of the art in the modeling of the wind resource, as well as the generation of an experimental database created from intensive measurement campaigns. CENER is the project coordinator in Spain.

In addition, the proposed innovations in aerodynamic design and the improvement of the efficiency of wind turbine blades will also be presented at the stand. Regarding structural improvements, CENER proposes an innovative solution for the modular union of the blades, as well as new testing methods for offshore wind platforms. The management of wind farms and their extension of useful life is another main issue that will lead CENER to Bilbao, proposing different strategies for different types of turbines within the same wind farm, thus optimizing the assets.

As expected, the Wind Turbine Test Laboratory will also have a special role at the stand of CENER in Wind Europe 2019, which will be located in Hall 1, F1-52.

Source: CENER

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