2014

10 March: Senvion hits milestone: 10 gigawatt of installed capacity worldwide

 

Senvion installed more than 1.4 gigawatt (GW) of capacity in 2013 followed by a strong installation start in 2014 – thereby breaking the mark of 10 GW of capacity worldwide. This capacity is enough to supply 20 million people – or the entire population of Australia – with electricity for one year.

 

Senvion installed the largest share of this total volume in Europe. A total of 7.5 GW is installed here alone – on land and in the water. In its domestic market of Germany, the wind turbine manufacturer installed a total capacity of 2.8 GW by the end of 2013. The subsidiaries in France (1.5 GW) and Great Britain (1.1 GW) likewise make a major contribution to breaking the 10 GW mark. In North America, Senvion is active with a total of 1.8 GW of installed capacity. Asian countries contribute 375 megawatt (MW) to the Group’s capacity while the subsidiary in Australia contributes 196 MW.

10-13 March: Windrive partners attend EWEA 2014 in Barcelona, Spain

 

Romax Technologies, Mita-Teknik, Wind Technologies and Senvion will attend the 2014 EWEA conference held in Barcelona, Spain.   

 

The annual EWEA event is Europe’s premier wind energy event and presents a platform for the wind energy industry to showcase and demonstrate its latest products and services. As well as an extensive exhibition, the event features a broad conference programme and unrivalled networking opportunities.

 

The Windrive members will attend meetings to discuss the progress of the project, as well as meet with industry manufactures and end-users of the technology to discuss possible partnerships.

 

The conference was also used for Senvion to exhibit for the first time with their new name (previously Repower).  The Senvion stand had a lot of traffic and was a great success.

 

Gary Johnston of Romax Technologies will give a presentation at the event.  His presentation will focus on reducing the cost, mass, space and complexity of wind turbine drivetrains, this combined with a move towards medium speed is leading to increased integration og the generator and gearbox.

 

Siemens and Mita-Teknik also took the opportunity to announce a cooperation agreement.  Mita-Teknik and Siemens Industry Sector have signed a cooperation agreement to combine specific technologies, experience and knowledge for the wind industry. As a first result, to be seen at this year ́s EWEA in Barcelona, Mita-Teknik will include safety automation components from Siemens in their control systems for the wind industry.  More information on this agreement can be found here.

16 March: Romax & partners selected by US government to drive wind turbine innovation

 

Romax Technology has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the lead mechanical engineer in a consortium that will develop an innovative wind turbine drivetrain design, as part of a $3m USD project run by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

 

The project will study the advanced drivetrain technology for large wind turbines to ultimately reduce the cost of wind energy. Romax is contributing its mechanical engineering and wind turbine expertise to a consortium which includes the NREL, CREE, DNV, DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, GE Wind and Vattenfall Windpower.

8-10 April: University of Cambridge present at PEMD 2014

 

Alex Broekhof, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge,  will attend the 7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2014), held in Manchester, UK.  He will present a poster at the conference based on his paper titled “Vector-controlled grid synchronization for the brushless doubly-fed induction generator”

8-10 April: Mita-Teknik will attend CWEE tradeshow in China

 

Mita-Teknik will attend the 9th China (Shanghai) International Wind Energy Exhibition and Conference. The tradeshow will give Mita-Teknik the opportunity to present its latest business area; Wind Turbine Optimization at the conference session.

11 April: Third Windrive Consortium meeting at Romax, Nottingham, UK

 

The third consortium meeting was held at the Romax offices in Nottingham, UK.  The RTD partners presented their research which was followed by informal discussions between the members about the project.

24-28 April: Mita-Teknik together with a Danish business delegation headed by Her Majesty, The Queen and His Royal Highness, The Prince Consort will be in China on an official State Visit

 

Mita-Teknik will be joining the State Visit during the first two days in Beijing. CEO, Jesper Andersen and Sales Director, Klaus Bolwig Huusmann will be participating in networking dinners, conference sessions regarding the sustainable economic development in China.

7 May: Mita-Teknik will attend the AWEA 2014 in Las Vegas, USA

 

Mita-Teknik will attend the AWEA 2014 Exhibition and Conference which will be held in Las Vegas, USA.  Mita-Teknik will have a stand at the exhibition and will also give a presentation on Wednesday, May 7th at 11:00.  The presentation is titled ‘What OEMs and Supply Chains Are Doing to Lean Manufacturing and Reduce LCOE’ and is part of the “Technology and the Future” Track.

2-6 June: Cambridge University host two researchers from Delft University

 

Tim Strous and Xuezhou Wang, both PhD students at Delft University visited the University of Cambridge from 2-6 June 2014.  The purpose of the visit was to strengthen collaborations between the two universities and discuss the Windrive project and current research on the Brushless DFIG technology.   Tim and Xuezhou, together with Cambridge researches will work on further developing the finite element models of the machine as well as working in the laboratory to attempt to implement sensorless control on the Brushless DFIG.

2-5 September: Delft University present at ICEM 2014

 

The University of Delft will attend the International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM) from 2-5 September 2014 which will be held in Berlin, Germany.  Tim Strous will give an oral presentation on his paper titled “Brushless Doubly-Fed Induction Machines: Magnetic field modelling”.  Delft will also display a poster on another paper titled “A novel analytical approach and finite element modelling of a BDFIM”

27 October: Romax gets ready for China Wind Power (CWP) 2014

 

Romax Technology is once again getting ready for China Wind Power (CWP), where it will be discussing the latest trends, technological advances, and best practice in the wind energy sector within China.

The China Windpower exhibition and conference is jointly organised by GWEC Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA), will takes place from the 22-24 October 2014. It is China’s largest annual exhibition and conference for the wind energy industry, and will see some of the biggest names in the industry discussing the current trends and the future of wind power.

19 November: Fourth Windrive Consortium meeting at Mita Teknik, Rødkærsbro, Denmark

 

Mita Teknik hosted the fourth Windrive consortium meeting at their head offices, in Rødkærsbro, Denmark.

 

The RTD partners gave presentations to update the consortium on project progress. This was followed by discussions amognst the project members.  A representative from Senvion was present to valuable insight into the wind industry trends from a company’s perspective.

The members then had a tour of Mita Teknik’s facilities to see firsthand the turbine control, park control, electrical pitch control, condition monitoring, power panel, and grid connection systems that the company provides to the wind industry.

5 December: Prototype of Senvion 6.2M152 with the biggest rotor is erected

 

Senvion has erected its prototype 6.2M152 wind turbine with the largest rotor diameter in the product range on 3 December 2014. The project is a first for the company in two respects: blades of this size have never been developed, built, transported and assembled, and such a large rotor star has never been pulled and assembled. With a diameter of 152 metres, the swept area is larger than three football pitches. More infomation on this turbine can be found here.

22 December: Senvion wins four new orders totalling over 60 MW in the UK

 

Senvion has signed four new contracts totalling over 60 megawatts (MW) in the UK, including the first contract to be signed in the UK with developer RES. 

 

Located near Granthouse in the Scottish Borders, Penmanshiel wind farm, developed by RES, will consist of 14 Senvion MM82, with a total rated output of 28.7 MW, producing enough electricity to power more than 20,000 homes. Pre-construction works have recently started on site and project completion is due in autumn 2016. A 20 year service contract has also been signed for the project.