Renewable Energy Developers Inc. (RED) has completed the acquisition of four contracted Ontario wind projects, representing a gross capacity of 50 MW, from affiliates of Wind Works Power Corp. (WWPC).
RED and an undisclosed financial partner provided secured loans to the projects during 2012. RED has co-developed the projects for the past 14 months with WWPC and has submitted all projects for Renewable Energy Approvals in 2013. RED says it and its financial partner will each hold a 50% ownership interest in the projects once they are completed and will equally fund the project construction costs in 2014.
RED, formerly Sprott Power Corp., announced in July that it had entered into a definitive agreement for Capstone Infrastructure Corp. to acquire the company. That transaction is subject to shareholder approval.
Big U.S. Order
As part of a previously announced master supply agreement, Vestas will manufacture and supply its first V110-2.0 MW wind turbines for a combined 400 MW to EDP Renewables for projects in the U.S.
These projects are part of the master supply agreement to deliver 1,500 MW to wind power plants in North America, South America and Europe announced on April 26, 2010. The V110-2.0 MW turbines are expected to be delivered and commissioned in 2014 and 2015. The new projects’ names and specific locations are not available for disclosure at this time.
Vestas’ factories in Colorado will manufacture the blades, towers and nacelles for these projects.
The projects include five-year service agreements featuring the Active Output Management 5000 offering. The company says this service option also includes the VestasOnline surveillance system, which remotely controls and monitors the turbines and predicts potential wear-and-tear issues.
Study Looks At
Alstom has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to partner with a Finnish university and a team of developers to study how wind turbines respond under arctic climate conditions. The research, meant to further improve operations, performance and reliability, will also study the application of advanced ice detection sensors.
Alstom, the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), TuuliTapiola ky and TuuliSaimaa Oy signed the LOI at the inauguration of the 21 MW Muukko Wind Farm in Finland. The Muukko project, developed by TuuliTapiola ky and TuuliSaimaa Oy, is equipped with seven Alstom 3.0 MW ECO 110 wind turbines designed for medium- to low-wind sites and cold climates.
Under the new agreement, LUT will provide academic expertise through the active participation of professors and researchers, while TuuliMuukko will provide the Muukko wind turbines for empirical research and development activities. Alstom will supervise the project.
“The research of turbine technology can’t be valuable without authentic measurement with real equipment in different weather conditions,” says Olli Pyrhonen, professor for wind power technology at LUT. “Muukko Wind Farm and the cooperation with Alstom will give us a unique opportunity to gather and analyze valuable research material.”
Regarding the technology improvements, TuuliSaimaa Managing Director Petteri Laaksonen says, “I expect an even better de-icing process, improvements in production automation and turbine controls in order to increase the annual electricity production in the future.”
Borea Construction ULC, a Canadian wind energy engineering, procurement and construction contractor, has acquired wind turbine installation company Eagle West Wind Energy Inc.
According to Borea, Eagle West has been involved in the installation of more than 1.1 GW of wind energy across Canada. As part of the purchase agreement, Borea will continue to develop the Abbotsford, British Columbia, office with the goal of serving western Canada.
Borea Construction, with head offices in Toronto and Quebec City, says it has installed more than 1.3 GW of wind energy in Canada. It is co-owned and directed by leadership teams from construction company Pomerleau Inc. and Blattner Energy.
Babcock Selects ZephIR Floating LIDAR
The engineering support firm Babcock International Group has chosen the ZephIR 300 LIDAR system to collect wind data on its new floating LIDAR platform.
Babcock’s platform allows the ZephIR 300 to collect data offshore without the need for post-processing or compensation, ZephIR says. The platform also provides the stability needed to collect accurate LIDAR data by utilizing a low-motion buoy.
“The use of a ZephIR LIDAR on our unique low-motion shallow draft spar buoy seeks to reduce the total cost and time of developing a wind farm, in comparison to consenting and constructing a traditional meteorological mast, whilst still maintaining the highest safety requirements of the industry,” says Liam Forbes, renewable project manager at Babcock International.
Nordex Announces New Turbine Order
Nordex has been awarded another project under a framework agreement with Finnish wealth management company Taaleritehdas. The companies signed the agreement in June 2012 for a total of 111 turbines.
Nordex will now be supplying and installing eight N117/2400 multi-megawatt turbines mounted atop 120-meter-high towers for the Nyby-li wind farm, which is located in the Ii region in northwest Finland. The manufacturer says the Nyby-li wind farm is characterized by mean wind speeds higher than 7 m/sec. and will produce 78 GWh annually.
This summer, nine N117/2400 turbines for the Honkajoki wind farm – the first project from the framework agreement – went online.
E.ON Begins Offshore Work
E.ON has started construction of its operations and maintenance building on the North Sea island of Helgoland, which the company will use as an offshore operations base for its Amrumbank West offshore wind farm.
The 1,800-square-meter building will provide space for offices, changing rooms and storage. Up to 50 staff members working in shifts will support the operation of the Amrumbank West wind farm by boat and helicopter. The inauguration of the building is scheduled for August 2014.
“Helgoland is very conveniently located and therefore an ideal maintenance base for our offshore wind farm – that way we don’t have to have a hotel ship or a manned offshore platform next to the wind turbines,” says Dominik Schwegmann, the Amrumbank West project manager. “We are planning to be on Helgoland for the long term. The lease for the land has an initial term of 28 years. We are pleased that the island will benefit so much from this infrastructure upgrade.”
The Amrumbank West offshore wind farm will consist of 80 Siemens wind turbines with a rated output of 3.6 MW each, generating a total of 288 MW. E.ON says construction is now under way, with completion and commissioning scheduled for spring 2015. w
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