WindEurope 2019 - Bilbao, Spain
Windpower Monthly's coverage from WindEurope's annual conference and exhibition in 2019, taking place in Bilbao, Spain (2-4 April).
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Ten metre high waves broke and capsized a wind turbine prototype as a storm crashed into northern Spain causing damage along the coast
How the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is impacting the industry's 2020 goals.
Saitec charts a course for larger demonstration projects with 1:6 scaled prototype of a 10MW turbine
Floating foundations manufacturer Saitec Offshore Technologies has secured a Spanish test site for the first deployment of its full-scale Sath ("swinging around twin hull") platform.
The European Commission (EC) has approved the proposed €385 million budget to fund Lithuania's technology-neutral renewable energy support scheme through to 2025.
Restrictions on access to turbine performance data are preventing operators from reducing costs, according to a new white paper published by predictive maintenance services provider Onyx Insight.
State-owned energy firm State Power Investment Corporation (Spic) awarded the full 6GW of subsidy-free capacity to local suppliers, leaving out western OEMs entirely.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled a new 5MW+ onshore wind turbine platform at the WindEurope 2019 conference.
GE Renewable Energy's new Cypress turbine platform will be put through its paces at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES).
The Global Wind Energy Council predicts more than 300GW of new wind capacity will be added over the next five years as it releases its latest Global Wind Report at the 2019 WindEurope conference and exhibition in Bilbao, Spain.
While many national energy and climate plans (NECPs) include pledges to deploy wind capacity, the lack of detailed policy means many of the plans "are not meaningful", according to new analysis by trade body WindEurope.
Brexit's looming spectre and the ongoing uncertainty it has caused has not deterred potential bidders in the UK's next offshore wind auction, according to government and industry.
The industry needs to offer clear and secure revenue flow from projects to attract support from institutional investors, said Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy CEO Markus Tacke at the opening session of the WindEurope 2019 conference and exhibition in Bilbao (2-4 April).
Turbine manufacturer Envision Energy has secured a new credit line from Spanish bank Santander with support from Danish credit agency EKF and LM Wind Power.
GE Renewable Energy has won its first turbine supply agreement for its Cypress onshore wind platform, for a site in Germany.
PARTNER CONTENT: In the third and final part of our video series, Ingeteam took Windpower TV on a tour around their testing facility in Bilbao, Spain.
Fred Olsen Renewables will install lidar (light detection and ranging) technology on each of the 25 turbine nacelles at its 105MW Högaliden wind farm in northern Sweden.
Nordex has entered the 5MW class with a new turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.
German manufacturer Enercon has completely subsumed Lagerwey into its business and is planning a leap in to the 5MW class, based on the Dutch firm's technology.
PARTNER CONTENT: In part two of our series, Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about their supply chain, the necessity of converters and generators in turbines and reacting to customer demands.
PARTNER CONTENT: Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about the advantages of being an independent company and learning from multiple different sectors.
SPAIN: Legal firms are successfully suing Spanish banks for abusive loans to renewable energy development over the past decade.
CHINA: Chinese developer Concord New Energy (CNE) has handed Spanish manufacturer Gamesa a deal to supply turbines to a site located 3,400 metres above sea level.
CHINA: Gamesa has launched a 2.5MW turbine with a 126-metre rotor at the China Wind Power 2015 event taking place in Beijing.
SPAIN: Gamesa has named José Antonio Miranda as its Latin America CEO, with Álvaro Bilbao taking over as CEO for China.
MEXICO: Gamesa has appointed Hipólito Suárez to head its Mexico and Latin American division.
LATIN AMERICA: Enel Green Power has agreed $300 million in loans from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) to partly fund its expansion plans in Chile and Mexico.
SPAIN: Gamesa today announced another senior appointment to the firm from Spain's automotive sector, just a month after it hired CIE Automotive executive vice president Ignacio Martin as executive chairman.
Group's global wind capacity rose to 13.3GW in 2011
SPAIN: Spanish firms are depending on international growth to survive as the domestic situation grows increasingly dire, according to delegates at the country's annual wind convention last month.
SPAIN: Gamesa has announced a 24 percent sales increase for the first quarter, with all of these sales coming from outside its home market.
SPAIN: Spain's dominant wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa, is threatening further factory closures unless the government puts in place policies that are more favourable to the wind industry.
SPAIN: Gamesa CEO Jorge Calvet has threatened to close more turbine factories in Spain, blaming the central government’s “lack of stable and clear regulation”.
UK: Gamesa has announced plans to invest €150 million in the launch of a global offshore division in the UK.
SCOTLAND: Gamesa is in talks with the Scottish government about opening a manufacturing base in the country.
UK: Gamesa is in talks with the Scottish government about opening a manufacturing base in the country.
GE Energy Financial Services has taken a $222 million equity stake in a portfolio of American wind projects developed by Noble Environmental Power, a wind developer based in Connecticut. The projects, located in western and northern New York, include the 97.5 MW Altona, 106.5 MW Chateaugay and 126 MW Wethersfield wind facilities.
It may have kept a low profile until now but the spotlight has been turned on Spanish wind project developer Alabe following its successful bid for a 608 MW wind tender for Valencia. Alabe's €585 million project plan is to be headed by Guadalaviar, a joint venture between Alabe, the energy wing of giant Spanish industrial group Acciona, and Spanish developer Enerfin, a subsidiary of Bilbao-based Elecnor. Alabe has also announced further plans to put up another 570 MW outside Valencia, mainly in the regions of Castile-La Mancha and Galicia.
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