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Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion and turbine control equipment, has reached 1 GW of production output within the first year of operations at its production facility in India. The company, which recently expanded this new facility, continues to implement its growth plans in the Indian wind power sector.

Ingeteam established its new cutting-edge Indian facility in autumn last year in the vicinity of Chennai to satisfy the demand for wind power converters and control cabinets from both local and international OEMs. In response to positive trends in both the domestic and global markets, the 3,500 m² production facility has recently been expanded by 40% to reach 4,900 m². Similarly, Ingeteam has tripled the staff headcount to reach 82 employees, and introduced three additional products to its local production range in the past year.

Ingeteam’s Chennai wind facility has been built on a modular design, which allows to rapidly ramp production up or down according to ever-changing market conditions. This flexibility plays a big role in ensuring that this production centre remains both highly efficient and cost-effective.

In 2018, Ingeteam’s technology was deployed on 15% of the newly added wind capacity in India and will reach 1GW of production output by this month.

Ingeteam is the world number one independent converter supplier for wind applications, with more than 45GW installed capacity to date. The company, which has a strong focus on emerging markets, entered the Indian solar PV sector in 2013, with a central office in Delhi. In 2016, Ingeteam experienced significant activity in the wind energy industry. Just two years later, Ingeteam was one of the first global industrial groups to massively invest in the then burgeoning Indian wind energy sector with its new factory in Chennai. This early commitment paid off, as the company has since managed to establish itself as the leading supplier of wind power converters in the country.

Source: Ingeteam

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CoreMarine and CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain) have signedof a consortium agreement to promote engineering services to the floating offshore wind industry. This collaboration will combine their expertise in a one-stop shop for the development of floating wind projects.The combined offering will support projects from research and FEED studies, to simulation of components, detailed engineering and installation support.

Specifically, the agreement focuses on floating foundation design, mooring and dynamic cable analysis, transport & installation, wind turbine modelling, coupled analysis and scale model testing. Both entities have recognized the need to address the specific concerns and needs of the emerging floating wind industry.

As far as we can see, this is the first offering to the floating wind market from front end engineering and model testing through to detailed design and installation. This is a first for the industry and represents a significant strengthening of our capabilities in the floating wind sector”, says Carlos Lopez, director of CoreMarine Spain.

Additionally, Antonio Ugarte, director for the Wind Energy Department at CENER, comments: “Currently it is necessary to implement the latest tools for simulating wind components and validation tests in industrial processes. The alliance between CoreMarine and CENER makes it possible to combine precisely the engineering processes with the most advanced methods for the design, construction, transport and installation of innovative solutions for offshore wind energy”.

Over recent years both CoreMarine and CENER have made their commitment to floating offshore wind and have gained extensive know-how and experience in the engineering, design and validation of floating structures. This agreement solidifies and strengthens the commitment of both entities and provides added value to this emerging industry.

Source: CENER

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GWEC Market Intelligence has released its updated market outlook concluding that an additional 330 GW of wind energy capacity will be installed from 2019 to 2023, an increase of 9 GW from its market outlook published in Q1 2019. Main markets driving this volume increase are the US and Chinese onshore markets, which will both experience an installation boom over the next two years with 6.5 GW and 10 GW added capacity respectively from the Q1 2019 market outlook. The growing role of offshore wind in the global energy transition is a major reason for boosting overall growth, and will make up approximately 18% of total wind energy capacity by 2023, up from 9% in 2018. The continued growth of wind energy globally will be driven by the increasing cost competiveness of wind energy as well as market-based mechanisms such as auctions, tenders, and bilateral PPAs.

According to the updated market outlook released by GWEC Market Intelligence, an additional 330GW of new wind energy capacity will be added to the global energy market from 2019 to 2023, bringing total capacity to over 900 GW. The outlook has been increased by additional 9 GW from the outlook published in Q1 2019 in GWEC’s annual Global Wind Report.

From 2019 to 2023, the global wind energy market will grow at an annual rate of 4%, reaching a total capacity of over 900 GW by 2023. This growth rate means that an average of approximately an additional 14 GW will be added each year globally over the next five years compared to 2018 growth levels.

Through analysis of the developments of wind markets across the world, two main trends have been identified that will drive growth beyond 2023; the increasing share of so-called subsidy-free projects, and an increasing number of bilateral PPAs. Together, these two mechanisms will contribute to the cost competitiveness of wind energy and provide assurance for large-scale project development and the continued growth of wind energy globally.

Although there was a decrease in the outlook for India and Germany due to their challenging market conditions including the execution of their auctioned capacity, the growth in other markets more than make up for this deficit. With China going subsidy free by 2021 for onshore wind and the Production Tax Credit phasing out in the US, there will be an installation rush over the next two years in these two leading onshore markets.

The forecasts for emerging markets in Latin America, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East have all been increased as well due to positive market developments. Additionally, it must be acknowledged the importance of offshore wind for driving growth, as it is set to take off globally over the next few years with a compound annual growth rate of 8% between 2019 and 2023, double that of onshore wind.

Wind energy is now one of the most cost-competitive energy sources available, so it is no surprise we will continue to see volume growth as global energy demand continues to increase. On average, 60 GW of onshore wind and 8-10 GW of offshore wind will be added worldwide until 2023. Even when not considering the two key growth markets of US and China, it will still be seen installation growth levels similar to those of the 2009-2010 wind energy boom in the other markets and regions. Although this outlook is very positive, it is not enough to meet the renewable energy targets needed to keep global warming under 1.5 C°.

Total new installations by year for onshore and offshore wind

2018: 50.12 GW
2019: 71.97 GW
2020: 76.43 GW
2021: 61.32 GW
2022: 62.02 GW
2023: 61.83 GW

Changes by region from Q1 2019 (onshore only)

North America: +6.5 GW
Latin America: +2 GW
Europe: -5.9 GW
Africa and the Middle East: +0.8 GW
Asia Pacific: +5.7 GW

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Europe’s wind industry will converge this spring in Bilbao. From 2-4 April, Bilbao will host the WindEurope 2019 Conference & Exhibition, the most important gathering for the wind industry, attracting 8,000 professionals and over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries.

The 2019 WindEurope Conference & Exhibition in Bilbao will build on the tremendous momentum achieved in recent years by wind power. According to the IEA, wind is now on course to be the EU’s largest power source well before 2030 – overtaking coal, nuclear and gas. In Bilbao, there will be several high-level sessions outlining the steps for a win-win synergy between the wind industry and policymakers. The reasons for this are very clear: “Wind energy is a key enabler of the energy transition, providing reliable, competitive and sustainable electricity,” says Event Ambassador Ignacio Galán, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Iberdrola. With the correct policies in place, the wind industry can actually deliver the kind of future that policymakers so often like to speak of. Prosperity and jobs, investments and growth, clean and affordable energy: these are not slogans, but concrete (and achievable) ambitions for wind energy.

Speakers include the Spanish and Portuguese Energy Ministers, Ministers from Croatia and Norway, and Michal Kurtyka, the Polish Minister who chaired the recent UN climate talks in Katowice. In plenary discussions they will explore what Event Ambassador Markus Tacke (Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy) calls the industry’s “deep commitment to improving the communities in which we operate by creating jobs and growth, protecting our natural environment, and improving people’s quality of life.

The theme of the event is: ‘Delivering a clean economy for all Europeans.’ Key to this is reaching out more to people, ensuring that the growth of wind energy means a more prosperous Europe. Because, while the industry has major milestones to reach in terms of how much wind we get into Europe’s energy mix, there is a significant shortfall in terms of skilled and qualified wind energy workers. Today, wind energy already provides more than 300,000 jobs in Europe and, as Event Ambassador Steve Lockard (Chief Executive Officer of TPI Composites) says, wind energy is already “impacting the people we employ and the communities in which we operate in a positive way around the globe.” But it has the potential to do much more. In particular, speakers will address the challenges around manpower, skills and qualifications. The conference will feature a special plenary on ‘Skills, Jobs, Communities’ and high-level panels on a Just energy transition, System Integration, and much more.

Speaking on the choice of location for the event, WindEurope Deputy CEO Malgosia Bartosik explained: “Bilbao and the Basque Country are shining examples of the economic strength and potential of the wind industry, a sector which represents 263,000 jobs across Europe. It illustrates that even a region that does not have the best natural wind resources is benefitting enormously from the growth of the sector by producing and exporting the relevant equipment and technology to the rest of Spain and Europe.

The region has become a significant industrial cluster for wind energy, and this is creating real local economic value and jobs. The fact that industry giant, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, decided to base its global HQ in Bilbao, is just one of many examples of the importance of the industry in and around Bilbao – and illustrates why Bilbao is a logical choice to host the annual European wind industry get-together in 2019.

Source: WindEurope

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FuturENERGY November 18

Superconductors clearly have the potential to be a key enabling technology of the 21st century. Now this technology has matured sufficiently to go one step further to a relevant demonstration in the field of renewables. The world’s first superconducting wind turbine will be installed this year off the coast of Denmark, a landmark achievement by the EcoSwing EU-funded project, that is set to revolutionise the wind energy industry through the deployment of lighter, more cost efficient and more powerful generators.

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Within a few weeks before the summer 2018, Spica Technology retrofitted an entire wind farm in Arrild. The Danish wind farm consists of 12 Wind World W4200 600kW turbines that were retrofitted with a new control system.

The 12 wind turbines that are placed in the southern Denmark is owned by Green Power Partners and managed by Momentum Gruppen. The turbines were in reasonably good mechanical conditions, but Momentum experienced several challenges with the turbines:

  • Continuously stops and errors.
  • Often no possibility in troubleshooting the causes for errors.
  • Challenges in supplying spare parts to the original control system from WestControl.

For Momentum, repowering was not an option do the turbines good mechanical conditions. The turbines were still set for years of operation and placed in an area that was not cut for repowering in the coming years. For that reason, Momentum was in the need for a future-proof solution that could resolve their challenges and was based on contemporary components.

A simple solution was needed

It was important for Momentum that the solution was familiar with a control system from the most common wind turbine types in Denmark – a simple solution with a known structure and user interface – for the sake of their service technicians.“I have followed Spica Technology throughout the years since their first Micon retrofit and steadily developing a consistent solution fitted for other types of wind turbines. The knowledge of their experience and their number of retrofits, where the customers are still satisfied, made me comfortable in recommending the Spica Retrofit Controller for our client Green Power Partners,” says Jeppe Lyngaae, Senior Technical Manager for Momentum Gruppen.

Remote access to solve several challenges

After the retrofit installation of the control system in the 12 Wind World W4200 turbines, Momentum experienced a far better direct access to the current operation of the turbines and the possibility to solve several challenges with remote access. The Spica Retrofit Controller with Spica Control System helped Momentum to:

  • Compare data between the turbines.
  • Predict and optimise maintenance.
  • Customise settings and parameters.

Optimised operation with accurate and consistent data

As the first turbines were retrofitted, it did not take long before we experienced major positive progress with the turbines. With more accurate and consistent data from the turbines, we can now troubleshoot the causes that interrupt the operation,” explains Jeppe Lyngaae and continues:
Now, the turbines deliver more flawless operation than before. Since the retrofit installation in the late spring, there has been strong indications that the operation will the dominated by planned maintenance visits rather than service calls with limited troubleshooting in the control system like before.”

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APQP4Wind is a new wind industry standard designed to enable wind energy OEMs and component manufacturers to strengthen their cooperation with regards to quality assurance processes. The APQP4Wind program is expected to be instrumental in bringing diverse quality processes across the wind industry much closer to one another. It is also instrumental in establishing the common mindset and terminology needed in the industry to work collaboratively on these issues. For Deublin, fulfilling the requirements of APQP4Wind implies that the standards will be implemented throughout the designing and manufacturing processes, so aligning Deublin with its global wind OEM partners.

Innovation is no longer just about technology. It is also about continuously finding new, more effective processes to deliver higher quality and increased customer satisfaction at reduced cost. It is no accident that Deublin adopted APQP4Wind without being required to do so. It is a part of the company culture to drive innovative product designs, that can stand for high operational reliability accompanied with a long service life at the lowest cost.

The APQP4Wind project was initiated in 2016 by the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA), after the trade body recognized the importance of establishing quality processes standards for the wind industry. DWIA enlisted the support of key OEMs like Vestas, Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy and GE to contribute to the development of these new quality standards. The training program that Deublin participated in has been developed in cooperation with DNV GL and Bureau Veritas, who have both been certified as official APQP4Wind training providers.

Source: Deublin

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Ingeteam has announced that it just completed the training program designed to deploy the new APQP4Wind quality processes standards across the industry. Ingeteam, as an excellence-driven converter manufacturer, voluntarily sought compliance with the demanding requirements and welcomes the quality standardization for the wind sector.

APQP4Wind is a new wind industry standard designed to enable wind energy OEMs and component manufacturers to strengthen their cooperation with regards to quality assurance processes. It is also instrumental in establishing the common mindset and terminology needed in the industry to work collaboratively on these issues. For Ingeteam, fulfilling the requirements of APQP4Wind implies that the standards will be fully complied with throughout the designing and manufacturing processes, so they are well aligned with their partners’ processes.

Innovation is no longer just about technology. It is also about continuously finding new, more effective processes to deliver higher quality and increased customer satisfaction”, said Ana Goyen, Director of Ingeteam Wind Energy. “It is no accident that Ingeteam adopted APQP4Wind without actually being required to do so. Our company culture is innovative by design, which is why we have always been able to anticipate our customers’ needs. It underpins our continued effort to stay ahead of the competition, striving to meet our clients’ most stringent requirements”, she continued.

The APQP4Wind project was initiated in 2016 by the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA), after the trade body recognized the importance of establishing quality processes standards for the wind industry. DWIA enlisted the support of key OEMs like Vestas and Siemens Gamesa, to contribute to the development of these new quality standards. The training program that Ingeteam just completed has been developed in cooperation with DNV GL and Bureau Veritas, who have both been certified as official APQP4Wind training providers.

The APQP4Wind program will be instrumental in bringing diverse quality processes across the wind industry much closer to one another. It is great to see that leading component manufacturers like Ingeteam have quickly recognized the importance of this endeavour. We hope that they will inspire many other wind businesses within the supply chain to follow their example”, concluded Jens Peter Høiseth, Regional Director, DNV GL Business Assurance.

Source: Ingeteam

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From 25-28 September 2018 the world´s largest wind industry event, the Global Wind Summit, will take place at the Hamburg Messe fair site. Comprising the world’s leading wind industry expo WindEnergy Hamburg and the WindEurope global on and offshore conference, the event shows the highlights of one of the most innovation-driven sectors.

The great importance of wind energy for the energy needs of the world is an uncontested fact. The industry is making giant strides in overcoming its core challenge: to further reduce the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) while opening up new markets. New technologies, products and applications have enabled wind energy to be competitive with fossil energy sources even today. Now the challenge is to further drive the energy turnaround towards achieving a decarbonised energy supply infrastructure. The new preference for public invitations to tender for onshore and offshore wind projects represents a global paradigm shift that encourages the industry to accelerate the speed of innovation. The Global Wind Summit will offer answers to the question what technologies are the best response to this paradigm shift. Exhibitors, visitors and conference participants from roughly 100 countries are expected to attend.

Together with WindEurope and its top-flight conference programme the world´s leading expo Wind Energy Hamburg will highlight the industry’s global core topics,” stressed Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress, at the advanced press conference in Hamburg. “This makes the Global Wind Summit the international hotspot of wind energy.” Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer of WindEurope, agreed: “Wind will be at the heart of any successful electrification strategy, it is doubling down on technology development and digitalisation, it is actively preparing to move towards a merchant environment and it is entering new markets. Standing still is not an option if we want to maintain this excellence, so wind is breaking new ground. The WindEurope global on- and offshore conference at the Global Wind Summit will be a unique opportunity to exchange with captains of industry, leading policymakers and wind energy experts on how the industry gears up for these challenges”.

Tardieu emphasised the importance of the European wind industry: “Wind energy is a key part of Europe’s industrial base. The business of producing, installing and operating wind turbines supports over 260,000 quality high-skilled jobs. It generates € 60bn in turnover. The European wind industry has a 40% share of all the turbines sold globally and exports €8bn in technology and services every year. The WindEurope global on and offshore conference will continue to support this platform at the global level.” A view shared by Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council. “For both onshore and offshore wind, the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg is the place to learn about key policy and market developments, best practice from around the world, and to have a look at the latest technologies and how they are being deployed.

Cost efficiency, dynamic markets, smart energy

With 1,400 exhibitors from roughly 40 countries, WindEnergy Hamburg is the only global industry expo for the onshore and offshore segments. It covers the entire value chain, “in a breadth and depth no other event anywhere in the world can offer,” said Aufderheide. “WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 focuses on three key topics: Dynamic Markets, Cost Efficiency, and Smart Energy. This is how we explicitly address the key challenges facing the industry.” Dr. Gernot Blanke, CEO of the international project developer wpd, stressed: “Increasingly we see public invitations to tender for onshore and offshore wind energy projects aiming to reduce the levelised cost of electricity. Bringing this paradigm shift in line with specific site requirements is one of the key challenges for project developers operating internationally.”

Both in the national and the international competitive environment, achieving further improvements of the cost and energy efficiency of wind turbines play a major role. Henrik Stiesdal, one of the pioneers of wind energy and the owner of close to 650 patents in the field of wind energy use, said: “The increase in efficiency of existing turbines means that we could already generate nearly 50 percent more power just through higher towers and bigger rotors alone. Nevertheless there is still potential for optimisation: for onshore I see a realistic limit of 50 % and for offshore of 65 % in capacity factor.” In addition, Stiesdal sees further potential in digital energy solutions. “Normally we have a proportion of 25 % for maintenance and service in the overall costs. Digital solutions could give us the possibility to cut these costs by half. Today we have wind turbines as stand alone units: Digitization may open the opportunity to build intelligent wind parks and thereby reduce the wake effect. Overall I see an optimisation potential of 50 % for the next years”.

All in all about 35,000 industry visitors from around the world are expected to attend the Global Wind Summit. The nine halls of the world’s leading wind industry expo are nearly fully booked. The exhibiting companies hail from approximately 40 different countries, with 22 nations represented by regional and national pavilions. There will be a number of new countries this year, including South Africa, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania. The WindEurope global on and offshore conference which will take place in parallel at the fair complex will offer a highly qualified programme including more than 500 expert presentations, speakers and workshops covering current or future wind industry topics.

Source: WindEurope

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    In 2017 the wind energy industry invested €51.2bn in Europe. This included investments in new assets, refinancing transactions, mergers and acquisitions at project and corporate level, public market transactions and private equity raised. Wind energy represented the largest investment opportunity in the power sector, accounting for half of all investments in 2017. The technology is seen as a major driver for moving beyond fossil fuels and conventional power assets. Cost competitiveness and reduced risk perceptions have brought in domestic and international market players looking to diversify their portfolios and/or align with their sustainability targets.

    Europe invested a total of €51.2bn in wind energy in 2017, accounting for half of all power sector investments in that year. The total investment figure was up 9% on 2016. The development of new wind farms accounted for €22.3bn of this figure. These figures form part of WindEurope’s recently published ‘Financing and Investment Trends’ report. The €22bn invested in new wind farms was down on the €28bn invested in 2016, but it covered more capacity: 11.5 GW compared to 10.3 GW, reflecting the falling costs of wind energy.

    The rest of the investment went on the refinancing of existing wind farms, the acquisition of projects and companies involved in the wind sector and on public market fundraising.Read more…

    Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

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