Exclusive Speaker interview with Christian Bak, Senior Scientist, DTU, Denmark

christian BakIn the lead up to the Wind Operator Congress Europe, taking place this December in London, we spoke with Christian Bak, Senior Scientist, DTU, Denmark to get some more insights about the wind power operations industry.

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Exclusive speaker interview with Massimo Derchi, Managing Director, Erg Renew, Italy

Massimo Derchi

In the lead up to the Wind Operator Congress Europe, taking place this December in London, we spoke with  Massimo Derchi, Managing Director, Erg Renew, Italy to get some more insights about the wind power operations industry.

 

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for wind power operators to increase productivity of assets without excessive capex?

For a small-mid size players, the shortest route to increase productivity is to open competition to ISP providers on O&M: most likely, they would achieve an increase in availability and a reduction in costs. For large size players, insourcing O&M and improving predictive maintenance (e.g. installing CMS on multi-MW turbines) would allow even greater benefits.

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Exclusive Interview with Michael Harris, Chief Scientist, ZephIR Lidar

Mike Harris, Chief Scientist from ZephIR Lidar speaking at the Wind Operator Congress Europe 2014 about the use of wind lidar in the wind energy industry.

Join the Wind Operator Congress Europe 2015 for the most recent wind power industry updates in London, 9-10 December 2015.

Exclusive Interview with Richard Smith and Nigel Parlor from Romax Technology

Richard Smith, Fleet Engineering Managers, InSight, Romax Technology and Nigel Parlor, European Sales Manager, Romax Technology speaking about how the Wind Operator Congress Europe 2014 fit in their strategy, what is it’s appeal for them. And share their predictions about how they expect the CMS systems to change the shape of the O&M market in the next 5 years.

Join the Wind Operator Congress Europe 2015 for the most recent wind power industry updates in London, 9-10 December 2015.

Amazon division to use power generated by big NC wind farm

WTNH Connecticut News

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A division of Amazon is buying the renewable energy generated by the South’s first big wind-power project.

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services said Monday it has agreed to buy the electricity generated by the 200-megawatt operation to be built near Elizabeth City in rural eastern North Carolina. A groundbreaking for the project being built by Iberdrola Renewables is scheduled for Tuesday.

The completed wind farm is expected to produce enough power for more than 60,000 homes by the end of 2016.

Amazon Web Services operates a series of electricity-hungry Internet servers that are used to offer cloud computing services that can be accessed from any machine with an Internet connection. The fast-growing division of Amazon announced revenues of more than $1.5 billion in the most recent quarter.

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Exclusive Speaker Interview with Carsten Westergaard, Sandia National Laboratories Wind Energy Department

Carsten WestergaardIn the lead up to the Wind Operator Congress North America, taking place this September in Chicago, we spoke with Carsten Westergaard, Professor of Practice, Texas Tech University to get some more insights about the wind power operations industry.

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What do you see as the biggest opportunity for wind power operators to increase productivity of assets without excessive capex?

I think that operators have become very professional and have a strong handle on availability. I think the next logical step is automatic detection of underperformance, systematic detection of issues from A to Z, systematic reporting and systematic planning of corrective actions. However, as always true, the big improvements will be found in upgrades which increases power performance directly. Vortex generators was pioneered in the mid 1990ies and demonstrated on the turbines like the Elkraft 1MW test turbine near Copenhagen and is today a mainstream upgrade boosting asset performance. Methods to defeat leading edge erosion is extremely important to aerodynamic performance and upgrades of older underperforming controls systems are amongst the newer possibilities. Continue reading

Exclusive Speaker Interview with Emil Moroz, President, EM Energy LLC

Emil MorozAhead of the Wind Operator Congress North America, taking place 21-23 September 2015 in Chicago, we spoke with Emil Moroz, the president of EM Energy LLC to get some more insights about the wind power operations industry.

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What do you see as the biggest opportunity for wind power operators to increase productivity of assets without excessive capex?

High quality Maintenance and a solid continuous improvement program.

To what extent is the post-warranty period an opportunity for wind operations owners, and to what extent does it pose a challenge, why?

Opportunity to take full ownership and to push for cost optimized availability levels. Challenge of cleaning up any shortcomings that may have occurred during the “do not touch” warranty period. Continue reading

Facebook is building a big wind-powered data center in Texas

Fortune

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it’s building a large $1 billion data center in Ft. Worth, Texas. The facility, which is already under construction, will be Facebook’s fifth data center, and will be built on land purchased from a real estate company run by the eldest son of former Presidential candidate Ross Perot.

The data center will use wind power from a large wind farm that is also under construction on 17,000 acres of land in Clay County about 90 miles from the data center. By agreeing to buy the power from the 200-megawatt wind farm, Facebook helped bring the clean power project onto the grid. Facebook says the data center will be 100% powered by clean energy.

Facebook worked with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group on the wind project, which is supposed to be delivering electricity by next year. This isn’t Facebook’s first time using…

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Victor Hernandez, GE Wind Energy @ Wind Operator Congress Europe 2014

Victor Hernandez, Europe Wind Services Sales Leader form GE Wind Energy spoke about how to improve the cost of maintenance and energy, and the future challenges they will be facing on the ever changing European market.

Join the Wind Operator Congress Europe 2015 for the most recent wind power industry updates in London, 26-28 October 2015.

An interview with Nanik Singh, Regional Director – Central America & Caribbean, INNOVENT

Nanik_Singh_BW Nanik Singh, Regional Director – Central America & Caribbean, INNOVENT, answers key questions about wind power in Central America.

Nanik Singh will be speaking at the Wind Power Central America Congress in July in Panama.

As an estimation, what do you envisage the potential Wind Power projects pipeline for Wind in Central America over the next 3 years?

In terms of the capacity of the investors & developers in the area I think is possible to have more than 200MW per year of Wind Installed in the region. Nevertheless this capacity will be restricted in terms of the willingness of the government agencies in charge of providing tenders on time or mechanism to incorporate this non-conventional renewable energy into the grid.

What are the 3 top challenges organisations face when looking to develop wind farms in the region?

First will be getting the right in house partner or outside consultant which knows the legal and technical requirements to develop projects accordingly to the specific country in Central America. Second, clear market rules and programed tenders so the developer can plan ahead. Last, grid investment on behalf of the grid operator, so new projects have the opportunity to connect to the grid without curtailing.  Continue reading