2013

10 January: First Windrive Consortium meeting in Cambridge, UK

 

Windrive consortium partners met in Cambridge, UK to officially kick-off the project. The meeting was hosted by Cambridge University and held at its Electrical Engineering Division. The consortium meeting was followed by informal discussions amongst the partners, especially between SME and RTD members.

 

The project aims to industrialize several aspects of the medium-speed Brushless DFIG drivetrain for MW-scale wind turbine applications and is expected to deliver all its outcomes by April 2015.

31 January: 350 MW Canada order: REpower signs its biggest contract to date

 

REpower Systems has signed a contract with EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, for the delivery of 175 2 MW wind turbines of the REpower MM82 and MM92 type for a project in Quebec, Canada. With a total rated output of 350 MW the Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm will be the biggest project in the history of REpower.

 

The project, located in the unorganised territories (UT) of Lac Pikauba and of Lac-Ministuk, north of the City of Quebec, will be developed in two phases: Construction of the first 150 MW starts in 2013, commissioning is set for December 2014. The second phase of 200 MW is scheduled for commissioning in December 2015. More infomation on this deal can be found here.

4-7 February: Windrive partners attend EWEA 2013

 

Wind Technologies, University of Cambridge, Mita-Teknik, Repower (now Senvion) and Romax Technologies will attend the EWEA 2013 wind energy conference held in Vienna, Austria.

 

Wind Technologies will give a presentation in the Battle of the Drive Trains technical session titled “Design and Performance Analysis of a 5 MW Medium-Speed Brushless DFIG Drivetrain. Romax Technology will give a presentation in the Gearboxes and Drivetrains -  Decisions and Trends session titled “Next generation hybrid drivetrain platform”

1 April: Speedgoat userstory features Windrive project

 

The Windrive project is featured in Speegoat user stories article published by Speedgoat.  The article describes how the Speegoat real-time target machine is used to control the Brushless DFIG for wind turbine applications.  The full article can be read here.

6 May: Romax launches its InSight Health Management Platform at AWEA Windpower

 

Romax announces the future of predictive maintenance with its fully integrated InSight Health Management Platform - a suite of products and services for the wind industry.

 

The InSight Platform launch will take place at the AWEA Windpower exhibition and conference in US on May 6th, 2013 and will follow on from the launch of the company’s software in April 2012 to include health monitoring services for a full lifecycle management approach.

InSight leverages Romax's work over the last two decades in drivetrain design, analysis, monitoring and operations and maintenance technical services for onshore and offshore wind farms.

6 May: Romax Technology presents at IQPC2013

 

Romax Technology will present the medium-speed Brushless DFIG drivetrain based on its Butterfly Architecture at the 3rd International Conference on Electrical Systems for Wind Turbines which will be held 13-15 May 2013 in Bremen, Germany. James Day from Romax will deliver the presentation, who leads the R&D Department in the company. His presentation is scheduled for 15:30 on Monday 13 May. 

12 June: Wind Technologies in UK Minister of Energy's Speech

 

Michael Fallon, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Business announced the funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to Wind Technologies at his speech at the opening of RenewableUK Offshore Wind Conference held in Manchester. The funding is part of DECC's Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development programme and will support the build and testing of a 5 MW medium-speed Brushless DFIG drivetain for offshore wind turbines. 

 

"Innovation in offshore wind also has the potential to deliver significant cost reductions" said Michael Fallon, the Secretary of State for Energy and Business. "I am therefore pleased to announce three innovation projects we are supporting as part of our Offshore Wind Components Technologies Scheme.  Wind Technologies (Cambridge) have been awarded £728,355 grant to design, manufacture and test an innovative 5 MW medium-speed drivetrain concept". To hear the full speech, click here.

 

The project commenced in April 2013 and the 5 MW medium-speed Brushless DFIG is expected to complete testing in summer 2014.

15 July: REpower completes installation of 325 MW Thornton Bank offshore wind farm

 

REpower Systems has installed the last of the 48 total REpower 6M turbines in the Belgian offshore wind farm Thornton Bank. The customer for this project is the Belgian offshore project development company C-Power, which was set up by four Belgian investors and counts REpower customers RWE Innogy and EDF EN amongst its shareholders.

 

The 2013 construction phase covers of 18 REpower 6M turbines. Each of the turbines has a rated power of 6.15 megawatts. REpower completed Phase III successfully and on time: that proofs the company’s  well-developed logistics concept and the good cooperation between the teams during the installation of the turbines.

After the completion of all three construction phases, the wind farm has a total output of 325 megawatts – enough to supply 600.000 people or a city the size of Glasgow with electricity. In terms of investment volume, the contract marks the largest financing for a completed project to date in the offshore wind industry overall. Companies from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden are involved in Thornton Bank, making the wind farm a showcase project for the European offshore wind industry. More infomation on this project can be found here.

9-11 September: Wind Technologies and Cambridge University presented at RPG2013

 

Wind Technologies and Cambridge University presented the findings on design and optimisation of the medium-speed Brushless DFIG at the 2nd International Conference on Renewable Power Generation held 9-11 September in Beijing, China. The conference was organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and had a focus on wind and solar power generation and integration into power systems. The two Windrive partners delivered three presentations at the conference which were well received by the attendees. The publications can be downloaded from here.

26 September: Second Windrive Consortium meeting at Delft University, Netherlands

 

The second Windrive consortium meeting was held at the electrical engineering building at Delft University, Netherlands.  The meeting began with presentations by the RTD partners on their research followed by discussions about the project.

 

The meeting concluded with a tour of the facilities at Delft including the high voltage laboratory and the electrical machine and power electronics laboratory where testing of the Brushless DFIG will occur.

16 October: Romax Technology will hold its 11th seminar in collaboration with the China Wind Energy Association (CWEA) in Beijing

 

On the 15th October 2013 Romax will hold its annual similar on the 'The Intelligent Wind Farm'. The seminar will address solving O&M issues through State of the Art Monitoring and Maintenance.  The seminar is usually attended by over 200 participants from all over the world and will focus on the specific issues and opportunities relating to Chinese wind farms and utilise lessons learned in other regions around the world.

31 October: New name for engineering excellence: REpower becomes Senvion

 

REpower Systems SE will change its name in 2014 to Senvion.

The Hamburg-based wind turbine manufacturer will thereafter identify itself using the new brand image worldwide. Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, said: “This is an important development for us. In addition to having unique products and services, we will also be the only company with this name. Senvion may be associated with ‘innovation’, ‘energy’ and ‘wind’, and this underlines our focus on renewable energies. As Senvion we will continue along our path as a strong brand and remain an innovative company in the wind energy industry.” More infomation on this name change can be found here.

 

5 November: Mita-Teknik becomes a member of GWEC

 

On 5th November 2013 Mita-Teknik became member of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

 

The membership will strengthen Mita-Teknik’s global profile and create new possibilities through better market intelligence and insight. Additionally it will expand Mita-Teknik’s international network, which will benefit both existing and future customers.

 

The GWEC membership is a natural step in consolidating Mita-Teknik’s market position and to ensure that Mita-Teknik can continue to fulfil its mission to Make Wind Competitive together with our customers.  Learn more about GWEC on their website.

19-21 November: Mita-Teknik to attend EWEA Offshore 2013 in Frankfurt Germany

 

Mita-Teknik will attend the EWEA Offshore conference in Frankfurt, Germany.  The company will use the opportunity to present a case story on its collaboration with Marin Current Turbines (MCT) SeaGen.  More information on this story can be found here.

 

16 December: Romax Technology attends seminar with David Cameron in China

 

Romax China office was selected as one of a few UK companies invited to showcase their products and services during the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s lead trade mission to China this December.

 

Though there were various meetings between the officials of the Chinese and UK government, for the business community, the visit culminated with an address by David Cameron and his host, Deputy Prime Minister Wang Yang to the assembled business leaders from both countries.

 

Romax participated in an offshore wind seminar, which explored the opportunities for collaboration between the UK and Chinese offshore wind markets.