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Vestas Wind Systems A/S has re-established itself as the leading manufacturer for wind turbines with over 10 GW, or 19.6% share, of global installations in 2018, according to GlobalData.

According to Vestas, high level of project commissioning in Americas, Europe, and steady installation activity in Asia-Pacific has aided the company to cross the 10 GW mark for the first time.

In second position was China’s Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. with over 7 GW of installations, representing around 13.7% share of the annual installations globally. Goldwind maintained its leading position in the domestic market with over 6 GW of installations in China.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (SGRE), which topped the 2017 ranking fell three places and is currently occupying third position. SGRE installed 6.1 GW, with 11.8% share, of the global wind turbine installations for 2018. The fall in the installed capacity, from 9.4 GW in 2017 to 6.1 GW is mainly attributed to a large number of turbines delivered to projects that are still under construction and expected to come online in 2019-20.

GE Renewable Energy remained in the same position, with over 5 GW of turbine installations in 2018. The company stated that the limited growth was due to pricing pressure, shrinking domestic market and an unfavorable business mix.

Envision Energy Limited occupied fifth in the ranking, gaining two places compared to 2017’s ranking with around 3.7 GW of installations, representing 7.2% of the share. Envision Energy continues to remain second in the domestic Chinese market.


Source: GlobalData

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Aerogenerador de la plataforma 4 MW de Vestas/ Wind turbine of Vestas' 4 MW platform

Vestas has received a 96 MW firm and unconditional order from ENGIE for the Eólica Tres Mesas IV project, located in Llera, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The order includes the supply and installation of 24 wind turbines of the 4 MW platform, as well as an Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement for the operation and maintenance of the wind park over the next 25 years.
The commercial operation date is planned for the first quarter of 2020.

This is the first order in Mexico of the 150 m Vestas rotors. The 73-m long blades will be locally manufactured in the TPI Composites factory inaugurated in Matamoros in November 2018, which provides blades for the increasing number of V136 and V150-orders that Vestas is receiving in Mexico and Latin America. The wind turbine towers will also be produced by local suppliers.

Vestas also pioneered the Mexican wind energy market when it erected the first commercial wind turbine back in 1994. Since then, Vestas has accumulated over 2.1 GW of installed capacity or under construction in the country.

Source: Vestas

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Fuente/Source: BloombergNEF. Nota/ Note: Solo incluye eólica terrestre /Only includes onshore wind capacity.

Developers commissioned a little over 45 GW of onshore wind turbines globally in 2018 compared with 47 GW a year earlier, a 3% decline partly due to a slowdown in India and Germany. Just four manufacturers accounted for more than half, or 57%, of the machines deployed: Denmark’s Vestas, China’s Goldwind, GE Renewable Energy of the U.S. and Spain’s Siemens Gamesa.

The latest data from BloombergNEF (BNEF) show that Vestas extended its lead in the industry, with 10.1G W of its onshore turbines commissioned in 2018 – a global market share of 22% compared with 16% in 2017. The statistics draw on BNEF’s global database of wind projects and extensive information from the industry.

Goldwind rose from third to second place, lifted by a strong performance in China, where it captured a third of the 19.3 GW market. The company’s global footprint, however, remains limited: only 5% of Goldwind’s 6.7 GW were commissioned outside China. GE came third with 5 GW – six out of every ten GE turbines were commissioned in the U.S. Both GE and Vestas commissioned just over 3 GW in the U.S.

Siemens Gamesa dropped from second to fourth place, with 4.1 GW commissioned in 2018. This is 40% less than in 2017, although the tally does not include a number of very large wind farms that are only partially built and will not come online until 2019.

Chinese manufacturers rely almost solely on their home market. Of the European onshore wind turbine makers to make the top 10, Vestas and Nordex actually commissioned more capacity in the Americas than in Europe. Most of Enercon’s turbines are in Europe. Siemens Gamesa is the most diversified, with a near equal split across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Total onshore wind installations in 2018 were 11.7 GW in the Americas, 8.5 GW in Europe (Including Turkey and Russia ) and 1 GW in Africa and the Middle East, while Asia accounted for 24.2 GW. BNEF registered new wind farms starting full commercial operation in 53 countries.

In offshore wind, it’s been a record year for China, and we will see more growth. Some 1.7 GW of the global 4.3 GW was commissioned there. In Europe it was a tight race between Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas. GE has some projects coming up in France, and we also expect to see orders for their new 12 MW platform.

BNEF predicts demand for around 60 GW of onshore capacity in both 2019 and 2020 with increases in all regions. However, a lot of this impressive-sounding volume rides on extremely competitive pricing, add-on products and services, and new financing models. This will be tough to deliver for the Big Four, let alone the smaller turbine makers.

Source: BNEF

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Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering next-generation technology for the inspection of wind turbine rotor blades, has announced the launching of a new highly competitive inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX™ HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition blade inspections.

Based on the compact and flexible DJI M-210 drone, Sulzer Schmid’s latest innovation delivers high performance and fully autonomous drone inspections at a significantly lower cost compared to its existing 3DXTM Ultra-HD product based on the DJI’s M-600 drone.

Thanks to the new capabilities offered by unmanned aerial vehicles, the market for drone-based rotor blade inspections has boomed in recent years. Sulzer Schmid’s drone inspections offer a myriad of benefits: they are automated and therefore immune to human error, repeatable and consistent in quality while covering 100% of the blade. Most importantly, the fully digital end-to-end process creates a foundation for trend analysis and predictive maintenance.

Depending on the type of inspections and their requirements, wind turbine OEMs, wind asset owners and O&M service providers will now be able to choose the technology that best suits their needs. Whereas critical inspections, such as end-of-warranty or change of ownership, call for the superior images provided by the 3DXTM Ultra-HD product, regular inspections can now be carried out with great efficiency by the 3DXTM HD platform at a fraction of the cost.

The new 3DX™ HD product combines increased inspection capacity with improved ease of deployment. It offers all the key benefits of autonomous inspection flights, while improving inspection efficiency, handling and deployment during field operations. It is compact enough to be checked-in as regular luggage for air travel and can be deployed easily on CTV ships for offshore wind inspections.

Source: Sulzer Schmid

FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

Remote off-grid communities across northern Canada and Alaska are traditionally powered by diesel generators. Fuel delivery, often via ice roads, can be difficult and expensive. Wind turbines and solar PV arrays can be deployed to offset the need for diesel generation, but they can destabilise the system at anything more than modest penetration levels. Using energy storage can help renewables achieve much higher levels of penetration to maximise fuel savings. This article describes the control strategies for such systems and the challenges of Arctic installations… By Jim McDowall, ESS Business Development Manager, Saft Batteries.

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Senvion has secured firm orders for 41 MW with Alfanar Energy in Spain. Alfanar Energy, one of the leading developers globally, recently signed the orders involving the three wind farms Valdeabajo, La Moratilla and Soliedra, located in the province of Soria, in the Castilla y León region.

Senvion will supply a total of seven Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines at 150 metres tip height to the Valdeabajo and La Moratilla wind farms. The Soliedra wind farm will consist of six Senvion 3.7M140 wind turbines reaching a tip height of 180 metres. Senvion will provide full maintenance services for a period of 20 years. The installation of the wind farms is expected for Summer 2019 with the commissioning planned for Autumn of the same year. After completion, the three wind farms will produce enough clean and competitive electricity to power 41,000 households.

Senvion has built solid business relationship with Alfanar. In 2018, two contracts totalling 600 MW were signed with Alfanar in India.

Source: Senvion

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Vestas has been a pioneer in wind energy solutions and a cornerstone in making the world’s energy mix sustainable. In late 2018, a new milestone was reached in that 40-year journey, as Vestas achieved 100 GW of installed wind turbines with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW wind turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project in Iowa, U.S. Since the inaugural installation of a V10-30 kW wind turbine in Denmark in 1979, Vestas has installed over 66,000 wind turbines in around 80 countries across six continents and been a key part of taking wind energy from niche to mainstream.

Today, Vestas’ largest onshore wind turbine is the V150-4.2 MW turbine, and the 100 GW milestone has thus been made possible by the continuous evolution of our wind energy technology and solutions, which have seen output and efficiency increase to a level that has made wind energy the cheapest form of electricity in many markets.

We have pioneered wind energy across the globe for 40 years, and to install 100 GW together with our customers and partners is something we are extremely proud of as it underlines how far Vestas and wind energy have come. It’s also a pleasure to celebrate this milestone with a key customer like MidAmerican Energy”, says Anders Runevad, Vestas President and CEO. “Reaching this milestone has required continuous innovation, strong commitment and great execution from all Vestas’ employees, and the 100 GW therefore represents a key part of the foundation that enables us to develop the sustainable energy solutions of the future”.

During the journey to 100 GW, Vestas has helped remove over a hundred million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere by providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to meet the world’s energy demand. By crossing this 100 GW threshold, Vestas has installed approximately 10 percent of the world’s total 1 TW of installed wind and solar energy capacity1.

The capacity of the Wind XI project will grow to up to 2,000 MW and consist of multiple sites in Iowa placed into service between 2017 and 2019. Powered by V110-2.0 MW turbines built at Vestas’ factories in Colorado, Wind XI will deliver clean, low-cost wind energy to MidAmerican Energy’s customers and communities. Vestas will provide operations and maintenance for Wind XI project sites via long-term AOM 5000 service agreements.

Based on global average electricity, 100 GW of wind energy saves around 129 million tonnes of CO2 annually2, equalling CO2 emissions from3:

  • 141 billion pounds of burned coal
  • 298 million barrels of oil
  • 22.54 million U.S. homes yearly electricity use
  • 33 coal-fired power plants
  • Carbon sequestered from 152 million acres of forest

Source: Vestas

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FuturENERGY November 18

Los rodamientos utilizados en los aerogeneradores han de cumplir dos requisitos clave: alto rendimiento y larga vida útil en condiciones adversas. Esto aplica especialmente al segmento de aerogeneradores marinos, un segmento en el que la potencia de los aerogeneradores está en constante aumento, y que por las características del emplazamiento plantea altas exigencias a los rodamientos. En el mar, debido a las altas velocidades del viento, las cargas estáticas y dinámicas que actúan sobre los rotores y, en consecuencia, sobre todo el sistema de transmisión, son más fuertes que en los aerogeneradores terrestres, cuyos rodamientos principales soportan, ya de por sí, cargas de hasta 1 MN.  Given this context, the design and manufacture of specific bearings for this type of wind turbines is of the utmost importance. Bearings specialist NSK has recently commenced the manufacture of bearings for 9.5 MW turbines and is already developing bearings for offshore turbines in the 12 MW class…

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FuturENERGY November 18

The use of digital technologies such as cloud computing, the distributed management of energy resources, big data management and predictive analytics are changing the status quo of the energy market and an increasing number of wind farm operators are starting to implement these techniques to control their costs. But is the quality of the information received from the wind turbines sufficient in order to apply these techniques? After having monitored more than 300,000,000 operating hours in different wind farms installed in Europe, the predictive analytics team from NEM Solutions observed that the mix of installed wind turbines include three types of technologies with a very wide range of SCADA variables that can be used to manage big data and to implement predictive analytics services…

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FuturENERGY November 18

Actual operating data offers immense potential for improving wind turbine drive trains’ rolling bearing supports, optimising their operation. Collecting, evaluating and interpreting data makes it possible to more accurately define safety factors and adapt them for new developments. Schaeffler is developing, through its own projects or in collaboration with different partners, new concepts to register variables that can cause damages to bearings. The aim is to detect unfavourable operating conditions and, using an adapted maintenance and operating strategy, prevent these or initiate countermeasures at an early stage.

SAJ Electric