Category: Onshore

Top 3 ways to Successfully Protect your Substation from Flooding

With over 55,000 homes and businesses being affected by the 2007 floods and wet winters being commonplace, g2 Energy take a look at what can be done to help protect substations from future flood damage. Flood BarriersDue to the remote location of substations, they need to be ‘self-sufficient’ when it comes to protecting themselves from flood damage. Flood barriers can either be temporary or permanent fixtures around a substation; they are designed to prevent flooding reaching behind the protected area. A great example is the Thames barrier albeit on a much larger scale than what most substations will require. Where space is limited flood barriers may not be a realistic option, but don’t despair there are other options. Flood DoorsReplace access doors with flood doors. Flood doors can be installed to help protect your substation against intrusion from flood water, protecting the crucial operating equipment housed inside. Flood PumpsInstallation of Sump pumps to your substation will help to remove water that gets through external defences. Most sump pumps are activated automatically through sensors so no manual interaction is necessary. One consideration of a sump pump should be their reliance on electricity to operate therefore back-up power sources should be looked into before installation. If your substation is sited on, or near, an area which is at risk of flooding ensure that you have taken the necessary steps to protect...

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Fugro secures new contract for marine site investigation in Mexico

Offshore operations, including multi-site high resolution geophysical and geotechnical surveys together with laboratory testing and geoconsulting services, will support design and/or installation of platforms, pipelines, jack-up platforms and deepwater facilities. More information on field development...

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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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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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Wind Farm Data Management and Analysis Forum, Hamburg

October 17, 2017 Natural Power’s Market Analysis Manager, Jeff Bryan, will be speaking at the Wind Farm Data Management and Analysis Forum in Germany this week. His presentation ‘Using data to improve O&M efficiency and drive down the LCOE’ will take place on 18th October at 09.25 hours in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg. Natural Power’s advisory and analytics team, comprising performance analytics, market analysis and due diligence provides in-depth analysis and insight to key renewable energy and infrastructure markets. The team employs a combination of bespoke in-house tools, industry standard models and desktop research to uncover the issues...

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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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This is what America's eco city of the future looks like

This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas – The Guardian When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered. He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry. Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown. The day after we met at city hall,...

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