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To participate in the alleged process they request a payment in advanced of a certain amount and send the receipt to the e-mail indicated in the offer.

Ynfiniti Energy declares the falsehood of the process and wantss to make it clear that the company never requires any payment to participate in the job selection processes it carries out. On the other hand, we announce that we will use all the means at our disposal to identify and sue its authors for the improper and illegal use of the image of Ynfiniti Energy.

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REETEC reinforces ROBUR’s wind portfolio. A new part of the ROBUR WIND GmbH.

ROBUR WIND GmbH takes over the business of REETEC GmbH with effect from July 1, 2020 and continues the operations at the location in Bremen. With now almost 1,000 colleagues in Europe, North and South America, ROBUR WIND offers its customers the complete range of services for the long-term economic success of their wind turbines, on- and offshore.

Robur e Ynfiniti Energy unen sus fuerzas como proveedor global de servicios

“When ROBUR was founded in 2015, we focused on the ecological change in the industry and consistently advanced the expansion of the wind group in ROBUR”, explained Jan-Jörg Müller-Seiler, CEO and Managing Partner of ROBUR. “The service and the experience of the almost 120 colleagues at REETEC strengthen our leading position in wind in Europe as well as in North and South America and helps us to grow further, together with our customers”.


“ROBUR WIND unites all competences and services around on- and offshore wind turbines. Together with our almost 1,000 colleagues, we provide all services from inspection, maintenance, repairs and replacement of large components to optimization for the safe and economically successful operation of our customers’ wind turbines”, explains René Psarski, Managing Director of ROBUR WIND.

“Safety, quality, commitment and speed of reaction characterize REETEC as a highly specialized wind energy service provider for on- and offshore since 1996. We complement the ROBUR WIND portfolio perfectly in the sectors of operation and maintenance services (O&M), major component replacement and repair, rotor blade and tower services, electrical and mechanical assembly, electrical engineering to qualification and training. And we are adding an important component to it with our core competence of aviation aid systems. Especially with regard to the legally required on-demand night-time marking (German: BNK) conversion by summer 2021”, added Detlef Lindenau, Managing Director of REETEC.

“ROBUR is always striving to further expand our solutions for high-quality industrial services and our range to support our customers’ digital transformation and ecological change. Therefore, REETEC helps us to position ourselves even more broadly in the wind and to develop further innovations in the wind turbine service for our customers”, concluded Florian Kopp, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ROBUR.

About the ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (ROBUR):

Founded in 2015 in response to the changing challenges of high-quality and becoming more digital industrial services, ROBUR is now with meanwhile 20 companies and approximately EUR 200 Mio. turnover in 2019 one of the top 10 industrial service providers with global presence in Germany. Both the financing and the management of the group are based on partnership and entrepreneurial spirit. The companies benefit from the size and the internationality of the group and can make use of the synergies in sales, capacity and management. Approximately 2,500 colleagues work in the wind, water, energy, industrials and process industries and create holistic solutions as expert partners. From planning to implementation, to operation and maintenance, to relocation and decommissioning. They support the design of the digital transformation with solutions in digitization, automation and data-insight. The challenges of ecological change are the drive for creating efficient, optimized and holistic solutions for the benefit of our customers, the environment and the future generations.

About REETEC (now a member of ROBUR WIND GmbH):

REETEC was founded 1996 in Bremen and is one of Europe’s leading independent service providers for onshore and offshore wind energy. The comprehensive service portfolio ranges from operation and maintenance services (O&M), major component replacement and repair, rotor blade and tower services, electrical and mechanical assembly, electrical engineering, qualification and training to aviation aid systems.

By: ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (15/07/2020)

ROBUR and Ynfiniti join forces as a global service partner for the leading wind industry companies

Robur e Ynfiniti Energy unen sus fuerzas como proveedor global de servicios

In March 2019, Ynfiniti Global Energy Group, based in Madrid, Spain became part of ROBUR Industry Service Group, one of Germanies largest industry service providers. With the additional expertise and manpower and the ROBUR companies WKA Bladeservice, ROSCH Industrieservice and ROBUR Baltic (formerly known as SSC Baltic Wind), ROBUR now has more than 800 wind industry experts and offers on- and offshore wind turbine services across Europe, Latin America and the US.

“Ynfiniti was a natural fit and perfect addition to our broad Baltic and Northern European offerings providing our clients one-stop-wind-turbine-solutions now also on the Iberian Peninsula, Southern Europe and the Americas. I’m more than happy to have Gianluca Tabarrini (MD Ynfiniti) and his team join ROBUR and ROBUR WIND”, Kyirakos Kosmidis, Managing Director of ROBUR WIND stated.

“ROBUR has offered us the right platform, partnership, spirit and vision to help us grow beyond our existing markets and offerings”, said Gianluca Tabarrini, Managing Director of Ynfiniti. “Kyriakos, Jan-Jörg and Daniel made us feel welcome from the very first meeting and gave us the understanding that we will be joining a group of strong entrepreneurs catering the needs of our clients and focusing on our vision to optimize our clients results in the wind industry across multiple markets” Gianluca Tabarrini, Managing Director of Ynifiniti, added.

Jan-Jörg Müller-Seiler, Managing Partner of ROBUR and CEO of ROBUR Industry Service Group: “ROBUR is all about growing as partners in a group of entrepreneurs for the benefit of our clients. Ynfiniti will help us grow our offering even faster and enable us to deliver high-end service for the wind industry”.

“With their own training centers in Spain, Latin America and North America, Ynfiniti will not only help us train and qualify more people but also permit us to employ our experts all year and give our colleagues new and fascinating challenges across the globe, making ROBUR the perfect group for wind experts” added Kyriakos Kosmidis.

All of Ynfiniti management will continue to be fully responsible and run the business of Ynfiniti. “It’s ROBUR strategy and philosophy to not change the operational management but build on the expertise and success of the existing team. We are looking forward to this partnership and the growth of ROBUR WIND”, summarized Daniel Beringer, Founder and Managing Partner of ROBUR.

About Ynfiniti Global Energy Services Group (Ynfiniti)

Founded in 2005, Ynfiniti Energy is an independent service provider of Renewable Energy solutions, with a strong international orientation and in excess of 300 experienced technicians working in Europe, Africa and the Americas. The Company has its headquarters in Madrid Spain, and permanent presence in Spain, France, Italy, Uruguay, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Brazil. Ynfiniti also covers the rest of Africa and Latin America with discontinuous presence.

About ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (ROBUR)

Founded in 2015 as a response to the changing challenges of high-quality industrial services, ROBUR is now one of the top 10 industrial service providers in Germany, with 18 partner companies and turnover of approx. EUR 150 million in 2018. Both the financing and the leadership of the group are characterised by partnership and entrepreneurialism. Our member companies benefit from the size and internationality of the group and can leverage sales, capacity utilisation and management synergies.

Almost 2,000 employees work in the wind, water, energy, industrial and process industries. As expert partners for our customers, we create holistic solutions, from planning and implementation, to operation and maintenance, to the relocation and decommissioning.

For further information contact:

Daniel Beringer, Managing Partner
Telefon +49 89 54 84 39 70

By: ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (02/04/2019)

ROBUR und Ynfiniti schließen sich als globaler Dienstleistungspartner für die führenden Unternehmen der Windbranche zusammen

Robur e Ynfiniti Energy unen sus fuerzas como proveedor global de servicios

Im März 2019 wurde die Ynfiniti Global Energy Group mit Sitz in Madrid, Spanien, Teil der ROBUR Industry Service Group, einem der größten Industriedienstleister in Deutschland. Mit dem zusätzlichen Know-how und Arbeitspotenzial sowie den ROBUR-Unternehmen WKA Bladeservice, ROSCH Industrieservice und ROBUR Baltic (ehemals SSC Baltic Wind) verfügt ROBUR damit über mehr als 800 Experten in der Windbranche und bietet On- und Offshore-Windenergieanlagendienste in ganz Europa, in Lateinamerika und in den USA an.

“Ynfiniti war eine natürliche und perfekte Ergänzung zu unserem breiten Angebot im Ostseeraum und in Nordeuropa. Wir bieten unseren Kunden jetzt auch auf der Iberischen Halbinsel, in Südeuropa und Nord- und Südamerika Lösungen aus einer Hand an. Ich bin sehr glücklich darüber, dass sich Gianluca Tabarrini (Geschäftsführer Ynfiniti) und sein Team ROBUR und ROBUR WIND anschließen“, so Kyirakos Kosmidis, Geschäftsführer von ROBUR WIND.

“ROBUR bietet uns die richtige Plattform und Partnerschaft, die passende Tatkraft und Vision, um über unsere bestehenden Märkte und Angebote hinauszuwachsen“, meint Gianluca Tabarrini, Geschäftsführer von Ynfiniti. „Kyriakos, Jan-Jörg und Daniel gaben uns gleich beim ersten Meeting das Gefühl, willkommen zu sein und gaben uns zu verstehen, dass wir einer Gruppe starker Unternehmer beitreten, die auf die Bedürfnisse unserer Kunden eingehen und sich auf unsere Vision konzentrieren, die Ergebnisse unserer Kunden in der Windbranche in mehreren Märkten zu optimieren“, fügt Tabarrini hinzu.

Jan-Jörg Müller-Seiler, Managing Partner von ROBUR und CEO der ROBUR Industry Service Group meint: „Bei ROBUR geht es darum, als Partner in einer Gruppe von Unternehmern zum Wohle unserer Kunden zu wachsen. Ynfiniti hilft uns dabei, unser Angebot noch schneller auszubauen und Spitzendienstleistungen für die Windbranche zu erbringen.“

Kyriakos Kosmidis fügt hinzu: „Mit eigenen Schulungszentren in Spanien, Lateinamerika und Nordamerika unterstützt uns Ynfiniti nicht nur bei der Schulung und Qualifizierung von Mitarbeitern, sondern versetzt uns in die Lage, unsere Experten das ganze Jahr einzusetzen und bietet unseren Kollegen neue und faszinierende Herausforderungen auf der ganzen Welt. Damit wird ROBUR zur perfekten Unternehmensgruppe für Windexperten.“

Das gesamte Management von Ynfiniti ist weiterhin voll verantwortlich und führt die Geschäfte von Ynfiniti. „Es gehört zur Strategie und Philosophie von ROBUR, das Betriebsmanagement nicht zu ändern, sondern auf der Expertise und dem Erfolg des bestehenden Teams aufzubauen. Wir freuen uns auf diese Partnerschaft und das Wachstum von ROBUR WIND“, fasst Daniel Beringer, Gründer und geschäftsführender Gesellschafter von ROBUR, zusammen.

Über die Ynfiniti Global Energy Services Group (Ynfiniti)

Ynfiniti Energy wurde 2005 gegründet und ist ein unabhängiger Dienstleister für Lösungen im Bereich der erneuerbaren Energien mit starker internationaler Ausrichtung und mehr als 300 erfahrenen Technikern, die in Europa, Afrika und Nord- und Südamerika tätig sind. Das Unternehmen hat seinen Hauptsitz in Madrid, Spanien, und verfügt über ständige Niederlassungen in Spanien, Frankreich, Italien, Uruguay, Mexiko, den USA, Argentinien, der Dominikanischen Republik und Brasilien. Mit vorübergehenden Niederlassungen werden auch das übrige Afrika und Lateinamerika von Ynfiniti abgedeckt.

Über ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (ROBUR)

In 2015 als Antwort auf die sich verändernden Herausforderungen hochwertiger Industrieservicedienstleistungen gegründet, gehört ROBUR mit mittlerweile 18 Unternehmen und rund EUR 150 Mio. Umsatz in 2018 zu den Top 10 Industrieservicedienstleistern in Deutschland. Sowohl die Finanzierung als auch die Führung der Gruppe ist partnerschaftlich und unternehmerisch geprägt. Die Unternehmen profitieren von der Größe und Internationalität der Gruppe und können Vertriebs-, Auslastungs- und Managementsynergien nutzen.

Fast 2.000 Kolleginnen und Kollegen schaffen so als kompetenter Partner unserer Kunden ganzheitliche Lösungen von Planung und Realisation über Installation, Betrieb und Instandhaltung bis zu Verlagerung und Rückbau.

Für Fragen bitte wenden an:

Daniel Beringer, Managing Partner
Telefon +49 89 54 84 39 70

By: ROBUR Industry Service Group GmbH (02/04/2019)

India to achieve 76% of renewable energy target by 2022: Wood Mackenzie

Wood Mackenzie's solar analyst Rishab Shrestha said India faces a myriad of challenges in the renewables industry.

India may achieve about 76 per cent of the target of having 175 gigawatts of renewable power generation capacity by the scheduled date of 2022 as it faces myriad challenges, Wood Mackenzie said Monday. India is targeting 100 GW of solar capacity and 75 GW of wind power by 2022.

Indian solar panel

"Even with significant cost declines, Wood Mackenzie expects about 76 per cent of the target to be met by 2022 and this would still be a noteworthy achievement," the world's leading research and consultancy firm said in a report.

Wood Mackenzie's solar analyst Rishab Shrestha said India faces a myriad of challenges in the renewables industry.

"The recent cancellation of auctions risks jeopardising investor confidence. Various duties on equipment and the associated uncertainty has led to a short-term uptick in solar prices. This leads to the knock-on effect on already cash-strapped state distribution companies who are showing an unwillingness to green light high priced solar projects," he said.

Nonetheless, the government's commitment and support towards renewables remain strong.

The government has been swift and adaptable at responding to various industry hurdles and are helping reduce project risks. As a result, renewable prices continue to remain competitive. Wood Mackenzie said combined wind and solar capacity have almost doubled from 2014 levels to 61 GW this year.

"Driving this growth is the significant cost decline that auctions continue to deliver," Shrestha said. "In the next five years, capital costs are expected to decline by 23 per cent for wind and 31 per cent for solar. This trend will only continue as new generation technologies replace old ones."

Wood Mackenzie expected non-hydro renewables to make up 13 for per cent of power generation mix by 2023.

  India to achieve 76% of renewable energy target by 2022: Wood Mackenzie
By PTI | moneycontrol (15/10/2018)

Wind energy in South Africa

Join Brenda Martin, CEO of South African Wind Energy Association, and Steve Sawyer, Senior Policy Advisor at Global Wind Energy Council, for our ‘Doing Business In … South Africa’ webcast on Tuesday 9 October at 15h CEST.

Wind energy in South Africa

South Africa’s competitive tender process (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P)) was launched by the Department of Energy (DoE) to facilitate private sector investment into grid-connected renewable energy (RE) supply. Since 2011, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have been invited to submit bids for onshore wind, solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP), small hydro, biomass, biogas or landfill gas projects.

Between 2011 and 2015 four such rounds of competitive bidding, referred to as bid windows (BWs), have been completed. Bid tariffs have fallen sharply over the course of the programme and the most recently awarded projects are amongst the lowest priced grid-connected RE projects in the world.

To date, over 6 000 MW of renewable power has been procured from 112 independent power producers through 7 competitive bid rounds in South Africa. Wind makes up 52% of procured capacity, with a total investment value of R74.7 billion, and has established a track record as the best value for money utility-scale renewable power option.

Following a 2-year hiatus in private procurement, the REI4P has been resumed since April 2018, and the country’s new President has confirmed a renewed commitment to growing domestic investment. Given that the country is now behind on its renewable energy investment targets, SAWEA is lobbying for the next procurement bid round to be announced in 2019.

In conversation with Steve Sawyer, Brenda will discuss the current context, opportunities and challenges faced by companies wishing to set up and sustain their wind-related business in South Africa. Steve will provide an update on global markets.

  Wind energy in South Africa
By reve | Wind Energy and Electric Vehicle Review (01/09/2018)

World’s biggest wind energy event kicks off in Hamburg

The world’s biggest wind energy event, the Global Wind Summit, begins today in Hamburg. The event will be held from September 25th to September 28th, 2018. Under the theme “Breaking new ground” the event will show wind energy is starting to evolve rapidly in terms of costs, technology and where it’s being deployed – and how it’s beginning to look beyond the electricity sector at how it can help decarbonize the rest of the energy system. The Global Wind Summit – consisting of the WindEnergy Hamburg expo and the WindEurope Conference – will bring together more than 1,400 exhibitors, 500 speakers and presenters and a star line-up of energy ministers and CEOs from around the world. Also taking part are EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, and the Director General of BusinessEurope, Markus Beyrer.

biggest wind energy event kicks off in Hamburg

“Wind has a critical role to play in the world’s energy mix. It already accounts for almost 5% of electricity generation today, but its potential is much greater. With ongoing cost declines and the right government policies, it could become a leading source of generation globally in the coming decades,” explained Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency at the Global Wind Summit on Tuesday.

Throughout the course of this week, the world´s largest wind industry event will highlight of one of the world’s most innovation-driven sectors. The wind industry is now a dynamic global force – creating jobs, transforming local economies and decarbonizing the world’s energy mix. The Global Wind Summit will build on the pioneering achievements of the industry and set the agenda for the further evolution of wind energy and the contribution it makes to society.

  World’s biggest wind energy event kicks off in Hamburg
By Emily Gillespie | Windpower (27/09/2018)

World’s biggest wind energy event kicks off in Hamburg

GERMANY: The Federal Network Agency (BNA) has launched its second joint tender for 200MW of wind power and solar PV.

wind-solar tender launched

A price ceiling of €87.50/MWh has been set in the auction, which will be concluded on 2 November.

The two technologies will compete directly against one another for the lowest cost of electricity, the agency confirmed.

In Germany’s first joint tender, carried out in April, the entire 200MW capacity was allocated to solar PV projects, with contracts awarded with values ranging between €39.60/MWh and €57.60/MWh.

Both solar and wind projects must be at least 750kW, according to auction rules.

Most solar projects are capped at 10MW, but may be 20MW in "some districts", the BNA stated, while no such limit is mentioned for onshore wind farms. Federal Immission Control approvals must have been issued for wind projects three weeks before the bid date (11 October). All participants must also factor in the cost of network and system integration into their bids.

Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) requires two joint onshore wind and solar auctions per year between 2018 and 2021.

This pilot phase will then be evaluated before the government decides whether to continue with the joint tenders beyond 2021. The heads of the Federal Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) described the joint tender process as "unsuitable" for encouraging the build-out of the two technologies, following the auction in April.

  Second joint German wind-solar tender launched
By Craig Richard | Windpower (18/09/2018)

UK Wind Sector Defends Placid Summer Performance

Press decries “dirty summer” despite higher-than-ever installed wind capacity.

UK Wind Sector performance

The U.K.’s wind industry is cautiously responding to data showing poor project performance during a balmy summer.
Luke Clark, head of external affairs at the wind industry body RenewableUK, said his organization is awaiting official second-quarter energy figures, due out Sept. 27, before declaring an official position on news articles published last month.

The Guardian, for example, reported that calm, sunny weather had seen wind’s share of summer electricity generation dropping to 10.4 percent from 12.9 percent a year ago, forcing gas turbines to step into the breach. “This year has seen a comparatively dirty summer for power generation, due to the weather’s impact on renewables,” said the paper. “The wind drought meant that at times turbine blades sat idle for days.”

But despite an increase in carbon emissions compared to 2017, this summer was still the second greenest on record for the U.K. electricity system, according to the paper. In August an energy consultancy called EnAppSys claimed fossil-fuel generation had fallen to its lowest single-month level ever since World War II. Because of this, Clark said: “It’s important to look at wind performance over a meaningful period of time, rather than focusing on shorter spells.” In the first quarter of the year, he said, wind power had generated 19.1 percent of the country’s electricity. Annually, it is expected to contribute half of the 30 percent of electricity supply that comes from renewables, he noted. Wind, above all, was the driving force that helped the U.K. repeatedly smash coal-free generation records earlier this year. It even had a hand in helping the U.K. get through a headline-grabbing series of cold snaps dubbed the "Beast from the East" in March.

  UK Wind Sector Defends Placid Summer Performance
Jason Deign | gtm (13/09/2018)

Wind turbines: How much power can they provide?

Wind power is an important pillar in Germany's energy policy turnaround: According to the German government, the resource should cover 65 percent of German electricity needs by 2030, along with solar, hydropower and biomass. In a recent study, Dr. Christopher Jung and Dr. Dirk Schindler from the University of Freiburg show that it will be possible to cover 40 percent of the current electricity consumption with wind energy alone by the year 2030. The prerequisite is that the operators distribute the plants optimally on the German mainland. To estimate usable wind energy, the researchers have developed a new three-dimensional model. As a basis for their calculation, they used the number of new installations in 2017. If it remains constant until 2030, Germany can reach the calculated value. The team recently published its findings in the journal Energy Conversion and Management.

A fundamental idea of the researchers while developing the model was to increase the efficiency with which the wind power is used. The scientists show that in particular repowering -- i.e. the replacement of old, small plants with newer, larger ones -- enables enormous increases in yields of up to several hundred percent. As a result, the cost of generating electricity, which is created when the energy is converted into electricity, can be reduced significantly to a level comparable to that of brown coal. However, in order to meet the current expansion targets of the Federal Government, a significant portion of the 30,000 wind turbines must be renewed and 6,000 additional systems must be additionally installed.

Based on the researchers' model, the available wind resources can be determined for all common plant types. Also, the expansion target can be adjusted as desired. Using the model, scientists can develop and assess scenarios in which the plant density, the expansion strategy and the repowering intensity are varied. The model also allows for a balanced spatial distribution. "In principal, we can avoid a disproportionate concentration in certain regions," summarizes Jung. In addition, the algorithm takes into account that the number of new installations to be installed is kept as low as possible. "This would minimize disruptions in the landscape while taking the landscape and nature conservation into account," says Schindler.

  Wind turbines: How much power can they provide?
by University of Freiburg | ScienceDaily (06/09/2018)

Exploring the prospects for offshore wind energy in Norway

Global offshore conference


WindEurope was at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS 2018) event in Stavanger this week to promote the future prospects of offshore wind power.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson presented the outlook for offshore wind in Europe. There is currently 17 GW of offshore wind power capacity in Europe – providing 1.5% of Europe’s electricity – Dickson explained. 2017 was a record year, with installed capacity expanding by 25% whilst prices continue to tumble and wind turbines grow ever more powerful.

There is a stable pipeline of offshore wind farm projects over the next four years, which will take Europe to 26 GW of offshore capacity by 2020. However, there is uncertainty in some countries post-2020 and the growth of offshore has been too concentrated in too few markets, Dickson explained. Germany and the UK installed 3 GW of the 3.1 GW offshore wind installed in Europe in 2017.

The event coincided with news from Equinor that it would be exploring the possibility of deploying floating offshore wind to power its oil and gas production platforms in Norway. The project would consist of 11 wind turbines based on Equinor’s floating offshore wind concept, Hywind. The 8 MW turbines would have a combined capacity of 88 MW, enough to meet about 35% of the annual power demand of the five platforms.

“This project is really interesting in two respects,” Dickson explained. “It’s going to be the first time that offshore wind powers oil and gas production facilities. This will offer significant CO2 emissions reduction potential. It also demonstrates that floating offshore wind is coming of age. Hywind Scotland has already proved a great success. Equinor is now looking to take this a step further in what will be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm. Thanks to a pipeline of projects, we expect European floating offshore wind capacity to grow to 350 MW as soon as 2021”.

The news came on the back of a previous announcement by the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Søviknes, that Norway is set to unveil two sites for floating offshore wind plants later this year.

  Exploring the prospects for offshore wind energy in Norway
by reve (30/08/2018)

How climate change influences wind power

Global climate change

Impacts of clime change map

Climate change poses a big challenge for wind energy production in Europe. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) using spatially and temporally highly resolved climate models. The mean wind power production of the entire European continent will change only slightly by the end of the 21st century. However, stronger seasonal fluctuations and a more frequent occurrence of low wind phases are expected.

Electricity from renewable sources already contributes a major share to the European energy supply. In the course of the energy transition, the share of regenerative sources in the German energy mix will be further increased. Wind power has proved to be a promising renewable energy source. Still, since wind power production is strongly influenced by the prevailing weather and climate conditions, it is subject to both short-term fluctuations and climate change. Scientists of the Regional Climate and Weather Hazards group of KIT's Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research – Troposphere Research Division (IMK-TRO), together with researchers of the University of Cologne, analyzed regional climate projections to study future changes of wind speeds and wind energy potentials in Europe until the end of this century. The results are now published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

For their study, the researchers used a model ensemble of high spatial and temporal resolution, which is based on simulations of the European climate modeling project EURO-CORDEX (Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment – European Domain). CORDEX is the regional contribution to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). The spatial resolution is twelve kilometers, and the temporal resolution is three hours. This allows for a more precise quantification of wind power production on the regional scale. For the calculations, a typical wind power plant with a hub height of 100 m is assumed.

The analysis reveals that only small variations of mean wind power production are to be expected at the continental scale for Europe by the end of the 21st century. These variations should remain within the range of plus/minus 5%. "For some countries, however, much higher changes in the range of plus/minus 20% can be expected" says Professor Joaquim G. Pinto, who leads the "Regional Climate and Weather Hazards" group at IMK-TRO. "Moreover, these changes may be subject to strong seasonal fluctuations."

According to the study, an increased variability of wind power production on different time scales has to be expected for large parts of northern, central, and eastern Europe, from daily to annual time scales. Wind speeds optimal for power production are expected to occur somewhat less frequently over the sea areas. At the same time, more frequent low wind phases with wind speeds below 3 m per second are expected over continental Europe. This will further increase the volatility of wind power production.

According to the projections, climate change will affect wind power production in various areas in different ways. "In the Baltics and the Aegean, wind power production might profit from climate change," says Julia Mömken, who is a member of the "Regional Climate and Weather Hazards" group of IMK-TRO. "By contrast, negative impacts are expected for Germany, France, and the Iberian Peninsula." The projected changes imply big challenges for wind power production in Europe. However, appropriate countermeasures, such as an extended use of decentralized wind energy production and a more extensive and reliable European power distribution grid might reduce the impacts of climate change on wind power production.

  How climate change influences wind power
by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (08/08/2018)

Wind Turbines to See ‘Unprecedented’ Growth in Size and Capacity

Unprecedent growth wind power devices

Offshore turbine capacity will increase by orders of magnitude, according to a new report from MAKE Consulting.

Onshore wind turbine size and capacity is on track to continue increasing at a steady pace, while offshore equipment will grow in leaps and bounds in the coming years, according to a recent note from MAKE Consulting on the future of wind turbine technologies.

“It’s actually a gradual shift onshore because markets are moving from 3 to 4 [megawatts],” said MAKE technology consultant and lead author Shashi Barla. “However, offshore turbine sizes are much bigger.”

Offshore, 6-megawatt turbines are now giving way to 7 megawatts. But Barla said next-generation turbines will fall between 12 and 15 megawatts with rotors at 200 to 260 meters. “That’s an unprecedented size,” he said. GE has already announced its 12-megawatt Haliade-X. Top manufacturers like Siemens Gamesa and Vestas will likely follow.

At the same time, Barla said, “product lifecycles are getting shorter," with bigger machines coming into the market more quickly.

In the U.S. that means 2-megawatt and 3-megawatt machines will remain the norm in onshore projects up through 2020, each accounting for a quarter of new product introductions through 2022.

With the Production Tax Credit phasedown, manufacturers will move toward 4-megawatt turbines to improve project economics.

Wind Power Evolution AMER, EMEARC, APAC

At the same time, Barla said, “product lifecycles are getting shorter," with bigger machines coming into the market more quickly.

Europe’s market already favors slightly larger turbines because of land constraints. But the region will also experience the transition toward higher-megawatt turbines as incentives end and auctions for merchant market power-purchase agreements favor larger equipment with lower levelized costs of energy.

“You’re not competing with subsidies anymore,” said Barla.

Uptake of higher-capacity turbines will be more delayed in countries such as China and India in the APAC market. Barla said auctions this year in China will push it toward 3-megawatt turbines with large rotors, while India will transition in the next three to four years.

The APAC market will actually be the largest in capacity, with 186.1 gigawatts. But through the end of 2023, MAKE expects 2-megawatt turbines to dominate.

Europe altogether will have the greatest reliance on large turbines with 3-megawatt and 4-megawatt models making up nearly 100 percent of the market by the end of 2023.

MAKE forecasts that the EMEARC market, which includes Europe and its advanced wind market, will be the only location where 5-megawatt turbines have a noticeable impact, accounting for 38 percent of new products through 2022.

In the offshore segment, U.S. demand is picking up, but technology innovation in Europe will drive development in that market as well as in Asia and the Pacific. Europe's more mature market is seeing faster development of turbines that cross the 6- and 8-megawatt threshold — and even topping 10 megawatts past 2020.

“In the U.S. you can bypass this shift,” said Barla. “Whether it’s current offshore tech or future offshore tech, it’s primarily coming from the European market.”

Siemens Gamesa, Vestas, and GE will all continue to build 2-megawatt machines for use in the U.S. and India.

MAKE notes that Vestas will increase its production and expand its supply chain of 3-megawatt and 4-megawatt turbines in time with the longer PTC cycle in the U.S. and to get the edge on post-2020 growth.

In all regions, Barla said Siemens Gamesa, GE and Vestas “will be well positioned for future growth.”

  Wind Turbines to See ‘Unprecedented’ Growth in Size and Capacity
by Emma Foehringer Merchant, gtm: Greentech Media (25/07/2018)
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