How vortex generators boost wind-turbine performance and AEP

By Michelle Froese, Senior editor Windpower Engineering & Development Meeting AEP or annual energy production targets is an ongoing challenge in the wind industry. AEP is the amount of electricity a wind farm generates over one year. While any faulty turbine component can impact energy production, analyzing the aerodynamic design of turbine blades is one

Microsoft & GE enter 15-year PPA to support Ireland wind farm

Microsoft announced a new wind energy agreement in Ireland. With the agreement, Microsoft will become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft is entering into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100% of the wind energy from its new, 37-MW Tullahennel wind

Fred. Olsen led companies unite to form single offshore wind O&M provider

The Fred. Olsen companies — led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service, Natural Power, and ZephIR Lidar — have offically joined forces to create a single operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators. The scope will include inspections, major component exchange, integrated service campaigns, blade repair, high voltage management, life

Ontario’s 100-MW Belle River Wind facility now fully operational

The Belle River Wind power facility in Lakeshore, Ontario is now up and running. Samsung Renewable Energy, and Pattern Energy announced their 100 -MW Belle River Wind power facility has completed construction and is fully operational. Belle River Wind is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 35,000 Ontario homes each year, based

Battery costs could fall up to 66% by 2030, says IRENA

The cost of battery storage for stationary applications could fall by up to 66% by 2030, according to a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The falling price of batteries could stimulate a 17-fold growth of installed battery storage, opening up a number of new commercial and economic opportunities, the report highlights. Launched

Enel signs tax equity deal with GE and Goldman Sachs for Oklahoma’s Thunder Ranch wind project

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), the U.S. renewable energy company of the Enel Group (acting through its subsidiary Thunder Ranch Wind Holdings), has signed a tax equity agreement worth approximately $330 million. The agreement is with the Alternative Energy Investing Group of Goldman Sachs and GE Energy Financial Services for the 298-MW Thunder

Mongolia’s 50-MW Tsetsii Wind Farm begins commercial operations

Clean Energy Asia, together with its shareholders Newcom and SB Energy of the SoftBank Group, announced that its 50-MW Tsetsii Wind Farm located in the Gobi desert has begun commercial operations. Mongolia faces significant challenges in meeting its growing demand for electricity, almost all of which is currently met by aging and polluting coal-fired plants.

Siemens Gamesa wins service extension contract for 504-MW Greater Gabbard wind farm in UK

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is announcing the renewal of its contract to service the Greater Gabbard wind farm, located off the east coast of the UK. The five-year contract is for the provision of operation and maintenance for the 504-MW wind farm, until 2022. Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (GGOWL), the owners of the

DNV GL opens world’s first ultra-high voltage testing facility for super grid components

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, officially opened its expanded and upgraded KEMA High-Power Laboratory (HPL). Following a 70 million Euro investment, the newly extended test lab is the world’s first – and currently only – facility capable of testing ultra-high voltage (UHV) electrical grid components. The new lab

New York submits “Area for Consideration” identifying four potential wind development sites off Atlantic coast

New York State announced it has asked the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to consider identifying and leasing at least four new Wind Energy Areas off New York’s Atlantic Coast, each capable of accommodating at least 800 MW of offshore wind generation. To support its request, the State submitted an Area for Consideration to locate