Siemens and Mark-E offer virtual power plant to boost utilities' energy business
Siemens Smart Grid is supplying North Rhine-Westphalia-based energy services provider Mark-E – a member of the ENERVIE Group, Hagen, Germany, – with an IT solution for a virtual power plant as part of a "hosted service". The generating capacity of the connected distributed energy resources will be marketed directly, and will also be offered in the form of balancing power via the corresponding trading platforms for system service. Virtual power plants are an important module in building smart grids, without which it would be impossible to implement the new energy policy.
Nordex awarded contracts for 64.2 MW for Turkey
Nordex has received three contracts for the installation of its turbines in Turkey, totalling 64.2 MW. The company will be supplying to the new customer Erdem Holding seven turbines for the “Odemis” wind farm. This order also includes a premium-service contract for a minimum period of five years. In order to expand its 30 MW “Edincik” wind farm to 56.4 MW, Nordex` regular customer Edincik Enerji ordered eleven turbines designed for light wind sites. The third new signed contract is the extension of the existing 25 MW Bandirma III wind farm of the customer Bursa Temiz Enerji.
Pöyry awarded EPCM services assignment by Millar Western for bioenergy project
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for EPCM services for an anaerobic bioenergy project at its Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. The project involves integration of anaerobic hybrid digesters into the pulp mill's existing aerobic effluent treatment system. Recovered organic material will be converted to biogas, used to fuel two reciprocating engines that will produce up to 6 megawatts of renewable green power for use by the mill itself. Recovered heat of engine exhaust gas will be used in pulp drying to reduce the use of natural gas.
Alstom will supply 127 wind turbines to Brazil
Alstom has signed a contract worth around EUR320 million with Renova Energia - leader in wind power generation in Brazil - to deliver, erect and commission 127 wind turbines in the Umburanas complex, located in Bahia State. The wind turbines, composed of ECO 122, ECO 110 and ECO 100 models, will be delivered between January 2017 and January 2018. The Umburanas wind complex will generate 355 MW, an amount that can bring energy to around 700 000 people.
Siemens to supply 12 direct-drive wind turbines to Suederluegum in Schleswig-Holstein
Siemens Energy has secured an order for a total capacity of 36 megawatts (MW) in Nordfriesland. Siemens is to supply twelve direct-drive wind turbines, eleven model SWT-3.0-113 and one model SWT-3.0-101 turbine, for the Suederluegum publicly-operated wind farm. The installation of Süderlügum onshore wind power plant is scheduled for late 2014. The owner has contracted Siemens for service and maintenance for a period of 20 years to ensure the long-term economical operation of the wind farm.
Areva and Gamesa create a global leader in the offshore wind segment
Gamesa and AREVA signed binding agreements for the creation of a joint venture in the promising offshore wind energy industry, culminating the exclusive talks initiated last January. The joint venture will develop exclusively both partners' offshore activities. The new company will be ideally positioned to become a leading player in the offshore wind segment, with a 2.8 GW pipeline and the objective of garnering a market share of close to 20% in Europe by 2020.
Nordex delivers turn-key wind farms to France
Nordex has sold the French wind farm projects "Aubigeon" and "Les Touches" to the investment company GN Renewable Investments. "We are pleased to finalize the sale of two further projects in France developed by our own organization," states Nordex Management Board member Lars Bondo Krogsgaard. The projects have been developed by Nordex in cooperation with development partners and are sold on a turn-key basis.
Iberdola gets permission to build large hydropower plant
Iberdrola Generación has entered into a concession agreement with the Portuguese State, according to which the company will have the right to build and exploit the 1,158 MW Alto Tâmega hydroelectric complex in northern Portugal. Iberdola was awarded the project in 2008. The project is one of the largest hydroelectric projects in Europe in the last 25 years.
Vestas receives 166 MW order in the USA
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) places order for 83 V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 200 MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Minnesota in the United States. The initial 34 MWs were announced in connection with signing the master supply agreement (MSA) in September 2013. This July 1 order is the final call-off on the September 2013 MSA for multiple U.S. projects, the potential of which totaled 610 MW.
Siemens enters wind market in Belgium
Siemens Energy has secured its first wind power contract in Belgium with an order for the first phase of the Wind aan de Stroom project on the left bank of the Schelde River in Antwerp harbor. This first phase consists of 11 direct-drive wind turbines of the Siemens D3-platform; the project can however be extended to 17 wind turbines. Component deliveries will start in early 2015 and installation of the turbines is scheduled for summer 2015. The contract includes a service and maintenance agreement for a period of 15 years.
First Solar Set to Build Largest PV Solar Power Plant in Latin America
First Solar, Inc. has announced it has received board approval from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government's development finance institution, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, for financing to support construction of the 141MW(ac) Luz del Norte solar power plant in Chile's Atacama Desert.
EIB supports Fortum Värme's construction of highly efficient biomass CHP plant in Stockholm
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR260 million loan to the energy company Fortum Värme for the design, construction and operation of a new biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The plant will be located in Stockholm and deliver heat to the existing district heating system in Sweden's capital and electricity to the public grid. The plant will have a production capacity of 280 MW heat and 130 MW electricity.
UPM's wood-based diesel to be distributed in Finland
UPM has signed a sales agreement for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel with NEOT (North European Oil Trade). The wood-based diesel is produced using the company's own innovative process in Finland. UPM BioVerno offers the same properties as a high performance diesel to the driver and retailer - with emission reductions of up to 80% against conventional fossil diesel. The annual production of diesed in Finland will cover nearly a quarter of Finland's 20% renewable energy target for transport in 2020.
MY Expects to Erect A 6MW Off-Shore SCD Wind Turbine Generator in Norway
China Ming Yang Wind Power has announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement with Marin Energi Testcenter AS ("MetCentre") to erect a 6.0MW Super Compact Drive ("SCD") wind turbine generator in the Karmoy wind turbine demonstration area off the coast of Karmoy Island in Norway. MetCentre is a Norwegian test centre for marine energy offering infrastructure and services to off-shore wind power. The proposed cooperation and the pilot project are subject to certain conditions, including a detailed agreement which is expected to be entered into by both parties in late 2014.
First Solar Selected by Tenaska to Build 150MW Solar Facility in Southern California
First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) has been selected by independent energy company Tenaska Solar Ventures to design and build the 150 megawatt (MW)AC Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West project near El Centro, California. First Solar will provide full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services on the project, employing its advanced thin film photovoltaic modules and single-axis tilt technology. The project sits on approximately 1,100 acres of previously disturbed land in Imperial County.
Abengoa to develop new solar-thermal storage technology in collaboration with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines
Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, together with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a new storage technology for solar thermal plants. The program will last for two years and will require an investment of €1.3 million by the US Department of Energy.
Vestas receives 158 MW order for three projects in Turkey
Vestas has received an order of 158.4 MW from Borusan EnBW for V112-3.3 MW turbines in Turkey. As part of the 207 MW framework agreement announced on 7 March 2014 between Vestas and the joint venture of German utility EnBW and the Turkish holding company Borusan, Vestas will supply 48 V112-3.3 MW turbines for three wind power plants in Turkey. The Mut, Harmanlık and Koru RES wind power plants will be installed across three different regions near the cities of Mersin, Bursa and Çanakkale, respectively.
Valmet selected as the main supplier for Södra Cell's major pulp mill rebuild in Sweden
Valmet has received a major rebuild and new equipment order from Södra Cell for the Värö pulp mill in Sweden. The order is part of Södra Cell's over 400 million euro investment to increase the Värö mill's pulp production capacity from 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons per year. Valmet's delivery will contribute to Södra's performance by significantly increasing the Värö mill's pulp production capacity and energy efficiency.
Vestas reaffirms position as global wind power pioneer with 53 MW project in the Republic of Guatemala
Vestas has signed an order for 16 V112-3.3 MW wind turbines for the San Antonio wind power plant in the department of Guatemala, Republic of Guatemala. Once complete, the project will become the very first wind power plant in the country, showcasing Vestas' ambitions as wind power pioneers to develop new markets and grow together with our customers. Delivery of the turbines will start in the fourth quarter of 2014, and the wind power plant is expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2015.
Siemens to provide eight turbines for Klixbuel community wind farm in Schleswig-Holstein
Siemens Energy has been awarded an order for the community wind power plant Klixbüll in Schleswig-Holstein. Eight modern wind turbines with direct drive technology and a 3 megawatts (MW) capacity each will be installed at the onshore project close to the coast of the North Sea near the Danish border. The fully citizen-owned Zweite Klixbüller Energie GmbH & Co. KG with the new wind farm extends the locally installed capacity by 24 MW up to 39 MW till autumn. Even in case of no wind an innovative feature to stabilize the grid by supplying wattless power assures additional profit to the project.
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