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WINDSOURCING.COM one of the world’s largest retailers at the interface between manufacturers and customers will once again be personally represented at the fair WindEnergy 2018 and present itself and a selection of its products and services. From the 25th to the 28th of September 2018, visitors can visit the Hamburg Messe site in hall A4, at booth 301.04. (the joint booth of the Cluster Renewable Energies Hamburg) and inform themselves about products for the maintenance and repair of wind turbines.

Customer proximity determines the company success of the spare parts dealer

With more than 250,000 articles and now more than 300 supply partners – in the last two years, the wind energy products trading platform WINDSOURCING.COM has continued to grow. In the spring, for example, the Finnish abrasives manufacturer Mirka and Kömmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH joined as partners. Since last year WINDSOURCING.COM is the exclusive supplier for the new product development “SikaCor® SW-1000 RepaCor” for Sika Deutschland GmbH in the after sales service market wind industry in Europe. The distributor also organizes regular free product trainings for this anti-corrosion product. Visitors to the fair stand at WindEnergy Hamburg can experience a selection of the assortment up close. And for all questions about products and services as well as the company, the employees of WINDSOURCING.COM are at visitor’s disposal – even beyond the trade fair.

The growing variety of offers and the proximity to customers, suppliers, manufacturers and products are important reasons for the success of the company. “We are not an anonymous internet platform“, WINDSOURCING.COM CEO Stefan Weber explains the company’s success: “Our customers can contact us by phone or in person in several languages. Our products and services come with concrete faces and names that they can trust. The personal accessibility and relationship is very important, both for our customers and for us as a company.

Stefan Weber invites interested manufacturers and suppliers to become part of the supply network of WINDSOURCING.COM as well. “Our network already consists of many national and international supply partners for various wind turbine brands. If companies offer products or services for wind turbines and would like to distribute this portfolio through a specialized and experienced trading partner in the wind energy market, we look forward to hearing from them.


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Europe added 4.5 GW of wind energy capacity in the first half of 2018, according to figures released by WindEurope. The figure is down on the same period last year (6.1 GW) though is in line with expectations.

There was 3.3 GW of onshore wind, driven by Germany (1.6 GW), France (605 MW) and Denmark (202 MW).
The 1.1 GW of offshore wind was mainly in the UK (911 MW), Belgium (175 MW) and Denmark (28 MW). Germany is set to install new offshore wind in the second half of the year.

For the whole of 2018, we expect to see 3.3 GW new offshore wind and 10.2 GW of onshore wind. This will mean 13.5 GW of new wind capacity in total for the year.

France has installed a lot of new onshore wind this year but they haven’t issued a single new permit for onshore wind permit in the last eight months because of an administrative issue – which has also resulted in their latest auction being under-subscribed. So there’ll be a drop-off in their new build now, creating uncertainty in the supply chain.

In Germany it’s good that projects now need a permit to bid into onshore auctions, but that rule now needs to be made permanent. Also, there’s no clarity yet on when the 4 GW new onshore wind promised in the coalition agreement for 2019-20 is going to be auctioned. And the new Government is slow in confirming the auction volumes beyond that. Like all Member States they now need to give five years’ visibility on future auction timetable and volumes – under the terms of the new Renewables Directive.

This visibility is key to the supply chain and to keep wind energy jobs and growth in Europe. Investments in manufacturing, skills and R&D only happen when governments give long-term visibility to the supply chain. This clarity helps them to make new investment decisions and bring down costs. Addressing these issues will be key to enable Europe to meet its target of 32% renewable energy by 2030 cost effectively.

And in offshore wind, Europe is too dependent on the UK, which is striding ahead in current installations and in committing to future volumes. By contrast, the rate of new installations has slowed down in Germany. Other countries also need to beef up and speed up their plans on offshore wind.

Source: WindEurope

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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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Europe invested a total of €51.2bn in wind energy in 2017. The development of new wind farms accounted for €22.3bn of this. This is according to WindEurope’s ‘Financing and Investment Trends’ report released today. The rest of the investment went on the refinancing of existing wind farms, the acquisition of projects and of companies involved in wind and on public market fundraising. The total investment figure was 9% up on 2016.

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.

WindEurope Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu: “With €51.2bn, wind energy accounted for half of all power sector investments in 2017. It’s delivering more capacity for less money. This is largely due to increased competition in auctions and technology advances that are driving cost reductions in the supply chain.”

The maturity of the wind energy sector and the competitive pressure of auctions is changing the way wind projects are financed. Power producers still carry projects on balance sheet through Final Investment Decision (FID). But refinancing and the sale of minority stakes in projects are coming in much earlier in the process.

And more investors are entering projects as equity partners, particularly from the financial services industry. These partnerships allow power producers to ‘recycle’ capital to finance new wind farms. A healthy pipeline of projects is diversifying the pool of investors: 82 lenders were active in 2017, including multilateral financial institutions, export credit agencies and commercial banks from both Europe and Asia.

Green bonds are emerging as an alternative source of debt. This is also helping risk-averse institutional investors to access the wind sector. Green bonds raised €17.5bn in 2017, the highest rate of issuance in the last five years. €8.5bn were in corporate renewables portfolios, €7bn in wind energy and €1.9bn in transmission lines. This shows investors have more and more trust in the industry and are confident they will see a healthy return.

Investors are also going further afield: 20 European countries made investments in wind in 2017 compared to 16 in 2016 – though Germany and the UK accounted for half of all new FIDs. Investments in Southern and Eastern Europe remain low, representing just 16% of the total new assets financed in Europe (€3.5bn). A lack of regulatory stability is largely responsible for this.

The outlook for 2018 is strong with investment volumes expected to increase,” Tardieu added. “The auction system for wind energy is settling down, and projects that have won auctions are now reaching Final Investment Decision. The investment outlook up to 2020 is strong but there remains a lack of visibility on new projects after 2020. Having this visibility throughout Europe is crucial to providing the right investment signals.”

Source: WindEurope

Ingeteam has reached the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants. To obtain the same amount of power from coal, it would have been necessary to burn 36 million tons of coal that would have emitted 110 million tons of carbon dioxide. In terms of energy, the 50 GW figure is the equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households and comes from the sum of the power converters delivered to the wind, solar and energy storage sectors.

In the wind power sector, Ingeteam holds the leadership position as the world’s largest manufacturer of wind power converters, with a global market share of 8%. This important figure consolidates the growth in the main markets, where the company has sold more than 10 GW in only two years. In the solar sector, the company has closed 2017 with 1.44 GW of PV and battery inverters, strengthening its position as one of the leading manufacturers in Latin America and EMEA.

Moreover, Ingeteam is the world leader in the provision of operation and maintenance services to energy generation plants, with a portfolio of more than 12 GW, while its automated solutions for power generation plants has grown to 3 GW.

Furthermore, to date, Indar, as part of the Ingeteam group, has supplied more than 30 GW in generators for the wind power and hydropower sectors.

This boom in renewable energy generation plants is not momentary, but is a growing global trend. The change in the energy model to green energies is now a reality. This is partly due to society’s growing awareness of the need to combat the high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the global warming of the planet. In this respect, the transition to a clean and sustainable energy generation model is as important as the change to a transport and mobility network that is also clean and sustainable. In this area, Ingeteam also manufactures e-vehicle charging points and has already supplied more than 3,000 units.

Breakdown of cumulative data

  • 50 GW in power converters (wind, solar PV and storage).
  • 12 GW in O&M services for RE plants.
  • 3 GW in automated equipment for RE plants.
  • 3,000 e-vehicle recharging points.
  • 30 GW in wind power and hydropower generators.

Source: Ingeteam

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Wind power has been awarded 1,128 MW of the total of 5,037 MW in the Spanish tender held yesterday. This gives continuity to the industry’s activity in order to achieve compliance with European targets. The sector is confident that all players involved – developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, local and state public entities, etc. – will work hand in hand so that all projects awarded in the last three tenders are fully functioning by the end of December 2019. It will be then when the effectiveness of the tenders will be proved. The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) estimates that the installation of these projects will translate into investments in excess of 4.5 billion Euros and the creation of between 25,000 to 30,000 jobs during construction.


The results of these auctions show that wind power is currently the technology that can bring more energy at a lower cost to meet 2020 targets. Even so, the industry believes, more than ever, that Energy Planning for the coming years is needed and it must take into account Spain´s energy and decarbonization needs in the long term and guarantee a balanced mix among technologies. This implies including a calendar of tenders to give visibility to the renewable sector beyond 2020, taking into account international commitments on environmental matters (the Paris Agreement and the 2030 EU Target) as the necessary milestones for an orderly Energy Transition.

AEE insists that the 23,000 MW of wind power that have been installed in Spain since the 1990s did so at a time of lower technological maturity with different financial conditions and, therefore, at a higher cost, so incentives must be respected until the end of their Regulatory life. This necessarily means not changing the reasonable profitability of the projects every six years during their regulatory life, a power granted to the Government by the Energy Reform that could be exercised for the first time in 2020.

Source: AEE

New research into turbine reliability from Wind Energy Update in partnership with Wind Energy Benchmarking Services (WEBS) has found DFIM turbines have the longest repair times per failure. The research took thousands of years of combined operational data for different generation capacities and turbine technologies. By measuring the time to failure and the repair time per failure, the research provides a cutting-edge insight into turbine reliability and performance. Participation in a benchmarking programme is critical to enable access to reliability and performance data, knowledge sharing of best practices and the implementation of sector-wide standards. This is already increasing investor confidence in the wind sector by reducing the levelised cost of energy. Without strong benchmarking capabilities, insights such as this are harder to detect and asset managers will miss out on the benefits of greater reliability and targeted maintenance planning, which benchmarking can offer.

The O&M landscape has undergone considerable changes in recent years. Owner, operators and IPPs are increasingly examining a range of O&M options as their assets reach end-of-warranty. A recent report by GCube noted that around 1/3 of all wind turbines are nearing the end of O&M service agreements. Operators, asset managers and those responsible for overall project operations are now assessing the value of independent service provider (ISP) maintenance contracts. Cost is often cited as an important issue when selecting an ISP or the OEM end-of-warranty package option. At a time of decreasing subsidies and record low auction prices, cost is increasingly significant, a trend expected to continue over the next 3-5 years.


Navigant Research has noted that warranties have now expired on over 50% of the global installed turbine capacity. Make Consulting predict that the global O&M market is set to grow from $9.7bn in 2015 to $19.3bn by 2021. This trend is particularly prevalent in the USA. IHS Energy Research forecast US O&M spending will almost double to $6bn by 2025 as a direct result of the number of turbines coming out of warranty. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2017

Once again, Ingeteam, the leader in operation and maintenance services in Mexico, is to take part in the most important event for the country’s wind power sector: Mexico WindPower 2016, to be held on the 24th and 25h February at the Banamex Centre in Mexico City. During the Fair, Ingeteam will showcase its latest advances in the Integrated Management and Advanced Analysis of Wind Farms. Visitors will also get the opportunity to view the company’s innovative developments in energy storage systems and SCADA solutions.

This event coincides with the announcement that Ingeteam Service has been awarded the operation and maintenance services for the Tacotan and Trigomil hydropower plants, both located in the state of Jalisco. This is the company’s first contract in the hydropower sector in Mexico.

With these new contracts, Ingeteam Service is responsible for the maintenance of 15 MW of the total installed power at the plant, thereby diversifying its business in Mexico with its entry into the hydropower sector.

The company has been present in Mexico since 1998, where it has positioned itself as the leading company in the provision of wind farm operating and maintenance services, providing services to half a thousand wind turbines, with a total maintained power of 1.4 GW.

Ingeteam is also the leading company in the solar PV sector, managing more than half the solar power installed in the country through its inverters. In fact, on the 19th February, the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, inaugurated the SEDENA photovoltaic project in Nuevo Leon, at the Ministry of Defence. This major project, which has 472 solar panels, incorporates Ingeteam inverters.
Through its Business Unit, Power Grid Automation PGA, and the Unit’s Technical and Sales offices in Mexico CIty, Ingeteam continues to strengthen its position in the Mexican wind power market, with its latest project PE INGENIO 49.5 MW on the Isthmus of Teuhantepec, reaching a share of more than 950 MW.

The company has more than 300 employees in Mexico, with offices in Oaxaca, in Juchitán de Zaragoza, dedicated to the provision of O&M services to wind and PV farms, and another office in Monterrey. It also has an office in Mexico City, dedicated to the distribution of equipment and the execution of projects for the automation and protection of distribution power networks and substations for the transmission of renewable energies.

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Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid – 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe’s electricity needs.

Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: “These numbers show that wind is the driving force behind the EU’s energy transition. Wind energy is a mature industry. It makes economic sense and is contributing significantly to Europe’s energy security and competitiveness goals.”

Renewables accounted for 77% of new power plant installations in 2015: 22.3GW of a total 29GW.

Investment in new onshore and offshore wind farms reached €26.4 billion, a 40% increase on 2014, with both onshore and offshore attracting record levels of capital. Almost half the new wind installations in 2015 were in Germany. Poland was the second largest installer with 1.3GW new capacity followed by France with 1GW.

Dickson said: “We’ve seen strong expansion in Germany in 2015 and a strong year for offshore wind. But growth is uneven geographically. We’re not doing as well in countries where the policy and regulation is unclear and/or ineffective – investors and developers go elsewhere.

Policy is key, especially when we look at the longer term. As of now only 6 out of the 28 EU states have clear targets and policies in place for renewables post-2020. We see more ambition in emerging economies – which puts a question mark by the EU’s goal to be No. 1 in renewables.

The Commission’s proposal for a new Renewable Energy Directive, due in December, is a key opportunity to drive greater ambition from member states in the absence of binding national targets.”

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The Chilean wind power market has moved a step further towards the diversification and specialization of the Operation & Maintenance services. For the first time in the country, these services are to be provided by an independent company through Full-Service maintenance at the Monte Redondo Wind Farm, located in the region of Coquimbo in northern Chile. This strategic project will make it possible to develop and upgrade the NCRE (Non Conventional Renewable Energies) in Chile. It is to be directed by the Spanish multi-national Ingeteam, a global leader in the provision of operation & maintenance services and responsible for the services in 25% of the total installed power in the country. The provision of this Full-Service contract is the fruit of an agreement signed with Engie Group, the company owning the Monte Redondo Wind Farm and the leading electricity producer in northern Chile.

The Monte Redondo wind farm comprises twenty-four Vestas® V90 2MW wind turbines, which were installed in 2 stages. The first stage was completed in 2010, and the second stage just a year later. Now that the warranty period established by the manufacturer has ended, Ingeteam has won the contract for the provision of comprehensive maintenance services to the entire wind farm, becoming the first independent services company to undertake the comprehensive maintenance of a wind farm in Chile.

Positioning in Chile

Since Ingeteam first started operating in Chile, 3 years’ ago, the company has gone on to secure its position as a leader in the operation and maintenance of renewable energy generating plants. In Latin America, Ingeteam provides maintenance services to a total of 1.9 GW, of which 551 MW are in Chile, accounting for 25% of the country’s total installed renewable power.

Ingeteam is also a leader in the solar sector in Chile, where the company provides O&M services to a total of 330 MW and has supplied PV inverters delivering more than 280 MW of power. This record figure was achieved thanks to the presence of Ingeteam in the largest plant in Latin America, located in the Atacama desert, in northern Chile, being the driest place on earth. Considering the unbeatable solar radiation levels recorded in this region, the plant is expected to generate up to 270 GWh of energy per year, which will prevent the emission of 135,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Furthermore, Ingeteam’s control, protection and metering systems are present in 17% of the substations responsible for transmitting the wind power generated in Chile.