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FuturENERGY February 2020

2019 has been an important year for Ingeteam as regards technological innovation, a core business for the company. Last year and achieving significant results, Ingeteam finalised the POSEIDOM project to optimise offshore wind power technology and has now started a new challenge to research the service life of wind turbines and reduce O&M costs under the MAS4WIN project. These and other projects are testament to the key role that R&D+i plays in the vision of this company, an essential tool for performing its activity and key to achieving its objectives, as a reference in the services it renders around the world, and as a leader in the renewable market…

FuturENERGY February 2020

Wind power is one of the most studied topics in the renewable energy sector. In recent decades, the approach has particularly focused on different aspects of the modelling and analysis of onshore wind turbines. Currently, a group of researchers, lead by professor Alexandre Simos, from the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Department at the Engineering School of the Universidad de São Paulo (EPUSP) in Brazil, and thanks to the financing provided by the US Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global), is studying ways of increasing Brazil’s wind power generation capacity, heading up an effort to reduce the structural weight of new designs of floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs)…


FuturENERGY February 2020

As wind turbine technology continues to evolve, constant innovation is required as regards their foundations. Reducing the amount of material used, construction times, and consequently, the costs, while retaining the simplicity of the construction, is vital. But the increase in size of the wind turbines imposes increasingly greater loads on the tower and consequently, on the foundation, requiring all these components to be balanced out. In response, the engineering team from CTE Wind has developed the Soft-Spot® foundation for onshore wind turbines, which has already been implemented in several countries around the world. This foundation design optimises the use of resources, as it saves on both concrete and reinforcement bars in addition to requiring less space for its construction…

FuturENERGY February 2020

Tamoin is currently an Independent Service Provider (ISP) and a reference in the European and global wind power market. Its engineering maintenance division offers high value products and technological solutions for wind farms, maintaining over 6.5 GW of wind power in different technologies. The company’s value proposals include integrated maintenance contracts, the supply of spares and design improvements…

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Global commissioning of wind turbines was up 22% in 2019, thanks to a bumper year in China and the U.S., and an acceleration offshore. A further 24% jump, to 75 GW, is expected in 2020.

Developers commissioned almost 61 GW of wind turbines globally in 2019, compared with 50 GW in the previous year. Most of these were on land (88%) but the share of turbines installed offshore is growing, up four percentage points to 12%.

Just four manufacturers accounted for more than half, or 55%, of the machines deployed: Denmark’s Vestas, Spain’s Siemens Gamesa, China’s Goldwind, and General Electric of the U.S.

The latest data from BloombergNEF (BNEF) show that Vestas kept its crown as the world’s leading turbine maker. A busy year offshore propelled Siemens Gamesa to second place, up from fourth.

Of the top 10 onshore turbine makers, Vestas suffered the biggest slippage in its market share, down four percentage points to 18%, as its competitors gained ground. The top five remains unchanged, but in the chasing group, a strong year for Chinese installations pushed up Ming Yang, Windey and Dongfang Electric to sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively.

Nearly half of all new megawatts installed in the U.S. were from GE, enabling it to seize the top spot in its home market from Vestas. GE outperformed its rival by commissioning 40% more than it had in 2018, while Vestas’ installation total was stable. Siemens Gamesa enjoyed the biggest bounce of any of the players in the U.S., tripling its 2018 numbers and taking over the third place from Nordex.

Weaker activity in specific markets hit some firms. Enercon and Senvion saw commissioned capacity plummet as Germany’s onshore wind market collapsed due to a shortage of available sites, litigation and drawn-out lead times for projects. Suzlon suffered a similar fate in India, where project execution challenges resulted in installations falling short of expectations.

Total onshore wind additions in 2019 were 13.3 GW in the Americas, 9 GW in Europe (Including Turkey and Russia) and 0.5 MW in Africa and the Middle East, while Asia Pacific accounted for 30.4 GW. BNEF’s database registered new wind farms starting full commercial operations in 43 countries.

Siemens Gamesa’s offshore installations in European waters blew its competition away. The company retains the number one position in the offshore wind market after more than doubling its installations compared with 2018. The company commissioned almost two gigawatts in the U.K. alone, including the 1.2 GW Hornsea Project One.

Tom Harries, head of wind research at BNEF, said: “This bumper year for offshore wind is just the start. If you look past a likely blip in 2020, installations are set to accelerate, breaking the 10 GW-a-year barrier in 2023. This growth outlook has led to intense competition between turbine makers. At the moment, the advantage lies with the manufacturer selling the most powerful turbine. Industrializing the production of a slightly smaller turbine through higher volumes could lower costs and prices. The opportunities for turbine makers to offset lower prices with long-term maintenance contracts is less clear than it is in onshore wind.

Source: BNEF

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In cooperation with Sika Deutschland, windsourcing.com is again offering this year a free product training for customers from the wind energy and hydraulic steel structures sector. The training will cover the use of SikaCor® SW-1000 RepaCor for the professional repair of corrosion protection of onshore and offshore wind turbines and hydraulic steel structures.

The event is aimed at all service companies involved in the maintenance and repair of wind turbines and water structures. It consists of a theoretical part and practical exercises. “The aim is that the participants will be able to reliably use the product themselves after the training and pass on the knowledge to their employees“, says Stefan Weber, Founder and Managing Director of windsourcing.com, the Hamburg-based trading company. He is enthusiastic about SikaCor® SW-1000 RepaCor: “Various practical applications in recent months have confirmed this: The product is a revolution in the repair of corrosion damage to on- and offshore wind turbines and hydraulic steel structures.

Revolutionizing wind turbine repair with Sika

The use of wind power, especially on the open sea, demands the highest standards of corrosion protection – and thus maintenance – due to the mechanical and climatic conditions. “A long and therefore profitable service life of the turbines can only be achieved with conscientious maintenance,” explains Weber. “The turbines cannot simply be transported away, especially on the high seas. All work has to be carried out on site in all weathers – often by industrial climbers, who have limited access to heavy tools and materials. In addition, protective coatings must dry and harden quickly due to the weather“, Weber continues. This is exactly where SikaCor® SW-1000 RepaCor comes into play.

Source: windsourcing.com

Vestas has received a 30 MW order for a wind project in Mexico. The contract includes the supply and installation of 15 V120-2.0 MW wind turbines as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.

This order exemplifies the reliability of Vestas’ portfolio and our ability to ensure optimsed performance for the lifetime of the project”, says Agustín Sánchez-Tembleque, General Manager of Vestas México.

Turbine delivery is expected by the fourth quarter of 2020 whilst commissioning is planned by the second quarter of 2021.

Vestas pioneered the Mexican wind energy market in 1994, when it erected the country’s first commercial wind turbine. Since then, Vestas has accumulated over 2.3 GW of installed capacity or under construction in Mexico.

The project and customer are undisclosed.

Sourcer: Vestas

The global wind and solar development company, Mainstream Renewable Power has placed a 185 MW order for the Cerro Tigre wind farm, to be located in the Antofagasta region, in Chile. The contract includes the supply and installation of 44 V117-4.2 MW wind turbines, as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 20 years.

The Cerro Tigre wind project, awarded in the 2016 distribution companies tender, has already received the environmental and grid connection permits. Turbine delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020, while the wind park is expected to reach commercial operation in 2021.

Vestas pioneered wind energy in Chile in 2001 with the 2 MW Alto Baguales wind park. With this new order, Vestas reaches a firm order intake of almost 500 MW in 2019 alone and surpasses a total of 1,4 GW of wind installed capacity or under construction, consolidating its 40 percent market share.

The Cerro Tigre project also reinforces Vestas’ leadership in the Southern Cone region, comprising Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, where the company holds a 50 percent market share.

Source: Vestas

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Vestas has secured a 168 MW order for a wind park in Mexico. The order derives from a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) and includes the supply and installation of 42 wind turbines of the 4 MW platform with V150 rotors. The order also includes an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next five years.

The 73-metre long blades of the Vestas 150m rotors will be locally manufactured in the TPI Composites factory in Matamoros, which provides Vestas with blades for the increasing number of V136 and V150 orders that the company is receiving in Mexico and Latin America. The turbine towers will also be produced by local suppliers.

Vestas pioneered the Mexican wind energy market when it installed the first commercial wind turbine in 1994. Since then, Vestas has accumulated over 2,3 GW of installed capacity or under construction in the country.

Source: Vestas

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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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