Category: Manufacturing and Design

Nordex awarded 25-MW project in Northern Ireland

19.10.2017, Press release Nordex awarded 25-MW project in Northern Ireland 10 turbines to be delivered to new customer Hamburg, 19 October 2017. The Nordex Group has been awarded a contract for supply of turbines for the “Castlecraig” wind farm by a new customer NTR plc. The project comprises ten N100 turbines (six from the Gamma series and four from the Delta series) reaching a 125m tip height. These turbines are specially designed for strong wind conditions of the type prevailing at the site. Also included is a 20-year premium service contract.   The turbines are to be commissioned at the site in County Tyrone in summer 2018. Nordex has already gained considerable experience in this region, being one of the leading suppliers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland having already installed total wind power capacity of 750 MW there.   NTR is a Dublin, Ireland based investor and asset owner in sustainable infrastructure that has, through its associated companies and funds, invested in circa 1.9GW of wind investments to date. It wants to widen its onshore wind portfolio by 250 – 300 MW in the next investment period.  NTR had previously acquired the, under construction, Coollegrean Wind Farm in the Republic of Ireland, which features seven Nordex N90/2500 turbines.   About the Nordex GroupThe Group has installed wind power capacity of more than 21 GW in over...

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Siemens opens wind turbine blade plant in Morocco

Siemens Gamesa has recent inaugurated their first wind turbine blade plant in Tangier Morocco, which is ideally situated between Europe and Africa. The 37,500 square meter plant will provide 600 jobs with an additional 500 auxiliary jobs and has already started production of blades since April of this year. Another 3,500 square meter training center was created to ‘complete transfer of the technical and process skill sets necessary to optimize the manufacturing process.’ The Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy in Morocco, Mr El Alamy, said, ”The first wind turbine blades in Africa and the Middle East will be...

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SANDY: tactical datalinks for all

Tactical datalinks have come to play a key role in virtually every military engagement, but until now only certain platform types — combat aircraft, large naval vessels, command and control centres — have benefitted. These functions are usually part of sophisticated, high-priced solutions incorporating different types of equipment that is often quite complex to install and operate.In modern conflicts, and in coalition operations in particular, the ability to share tactical data with allied units has become an absolute necessity. But helicopters, lighter mission aircraft and special forces units virtually never have access to tactical datalinks because the systems in service today — packed full of functions and sophisticated as they may be —have tended to be too big, too heavy and too expensive. As a result, many of the basic units in the field are effectively cut off from their operational environment. Right-sizing the response for forces in the field What was needed was a simple way to provide basic functions like displaying a map of the tactical situation or sending a tactical message. The new SANDY solution from Thales is just that — an innovative human-system interface that’s easy to install, easy to use and affordable.SANDY runs on a ruggedised tablet connected to the modems and radios that provide access to tactical datalinks. It is specially designed for the cramped conditions of a light mission aircraft cockpit, helicopter...

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First hydrogen wind turbine for sustainable fuel to be sited in the Netherlands

The world’s first hydrogen wind turbine is to become a reality in the Wieringermeer area at the start of 2019. This is the objective of a partnership formed between initiator and sustainable hydrogen supplier HYGRO, wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey and research institute ECN. The wind turbine will be producing hydrogen for the Duwaal project, the initiative of a wind-ranging consortium in the North Holland region led by HYGRO. The consortium’s aim is to implement the chain of sustainable hydrogen production, distribution to at least 5 hydrogen fuel stations and 100 hydrogen trucks simultaneously. The 4.8 MW Lagerwey wind turbine...

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Thales Alenia Space in the UK is growing in the value chain

Since legal incorporation in 2013 followed by the acquisition of the SEA space business in 2014, Thales Alenia Space in the UK is continuously growing in the Thales Alenia Space value chain as the progress in electric propulsion module development, the quadrupling of the work-force and the further growth ambitions including developing satellite prime capabilities and the Assembly Integration and  Test (AIT) of major satellite programmes at the UK National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF). Last week, the European Space Agency Board of Directors were welcomed to RAL Space, home to the UK’s new  National Satellite Test Facility both by Thales Alenia Space and RAL Space representatives. Ben Olivier, CEO of Thales Alenia Space UK slated “With staff in Bristol, Belfast and Harwell, Thales Alenia Space has an energised and well balanced work-force with staff numbers distributed evenly from the most recent graduates and apprentices to some of our industry’s most established experts,  this demonstrates the relevance of the Space Sector to the STEM agenda” Thales Alenia Space in the UK  will continue to expand its activities in sophisticated technologies and scientific and Earth observation instruments and payload technologies,  bringing the benefits of the UK’s considerable technology base to new space markets. Ben added that he expected the bi-lateral programme with France for the Microcarb mission to be one of the first programmes to benefit from the NSTF,  with the prospect of...

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Microsoft signs agreement with GE for more wind energy

Microsoft has signed an agreement with GE to add 37MW of wind energy in Ireland to support the growing demand of its services in the country. The 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) has Microsoft purchasing 100% of the energy produced from the Tullahennel wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland. According to the press release, the wind energy project will ‘integrate GE’s Digital Wind Farm technology, which makes renewable energy outputs even more reliable. Digital models, built on the Predix platform, ensure energy generation supplied can meet demand forecasted and reduce intermittency concerns.’ General manager, Datacenter Strategy at Microsoft, Christian Belady said, “Microsoft is proud to be deepening our long history of investment and partnership in Ireland with this agreement. Our commitment will help bring new, clean energy to the Irish grid, and contains innovative elements that have the potential to grow the capacity, reliability and capability of the grid. This will make it easier to incorporate new clean power sources like wind energy, and that is good for the environment, for Ireland and for our company.” Chief commercial officer of GE Renewable Energy, Andres Isaza said, “This partnership with Microsoft expands GE’s considerable presence and investment in Ireland, where we already employ over 1,500 people and in particular in the renewable energy sector. Wind is now one of the most competitive sources of electricity on the market today, and we’re excited about...

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GRICAS, an operational solution for aeronautical Search & Rescue that will save more lives

Imagine the following: a technical incident occurs on a long-haul commercial flight. The aircraft’s computer identifies the root cause of the problem and activates a distress beacon while the plane is still en route. It sends out a distress signal, picked up by the special payloads on certain navigation satellites (including Galileo), which retransmit these signals to a ground station, called the Local User Terminal (LUT). This terminal receives and processes the warning message, calculates the position of the transmitter based on certain characteristics of the received signal, and sends this data to the Mission Control Center. The MCC then passes on this information to Rescue Coordination Centers (RCC), which are in charge of launching rescue operations by calling on the appropriate organizations. In other words, while the aircraft is still in flight, the entire rescue process is already set up. Beforehand, a scenario of this type was unthinkable: the distress beacon was designed so that it could only be activated after a crash. Today, a study called GRICAS [Galileo Search and Rescue Return Link Improvement for a better Civil Aviation Safety] is investigating an innovative solution to improve operational Search & Rescue (SAR) systems for civil aviation… and save human lives! MEOSAR Until now, the COSPAS-SARSAT* system operated via secondary payloads carried by observation satellites in low Earth orbit (LEOSAR), which will be reaching end-of-life towards 2020, and...

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Nordex Group launches 140 meter-rotor for AW3000 platform

13.10.2017, Press release Nordex Group launches 140 meter-rotor for AW3000 platform Hamburg, 13 October 2017. The Nordex Group has launched a new 140-meter rotor option for its AW3000 wind turbine platform that delivers lower cost of energy for lighter-wind sites. The AW140/3000 boasts one of the highest capacity factors in its class and is the latest addition to the proven AW3000 platform.   The design of the AW140/3000 is optimized for specific low-wind conditions which make the turbine a perfect fit for certain markets like India, but it will also be an ideal option in various geographies.   The...

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