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World’s largest wind farm launched
Horns Rev 2, the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, was opened in Denmark on 17 September. Dong Energy, the owner of the wind farm; Siemens Wind Power, the supplier of the 91 turbines to the farm, HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the country’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen officially inaugurated the 209 MW wind farm located 30km off the Danish coast in the North Sea. The farm is set to produce around 800 million kWh of electricity for the equivalent of 200,000 households per year.
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Dunkerque port selected as Vestas base
Vestas has selected the port of Dunkerque, France as its base for work on the construction of the 300 MW Thanet offshore wind farm, to be located in the Thames estuary, UK. The one-year contract is worth around €700 million. Dunkerque will be used for the unloading, storage and pre-assembly of wind farm components before they are moved to the offshore site.
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EDF launches two new wind farms
French firm EDF Energies Nouvelles has opened two new wind farms in northern France. One, an eight turbine 24 MW wind farm, is located in Bonneval, Beauce. The second, an eight MW four-turbine farm is in Veulettes, Seine-Maritime. EDF Energies Nouvelles has now built a total capacity of 431.1 MW across France, 112.2 MW of which has been sold to third parties.
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Ademe launches calls to tender
Ademe, the French environment agency, has opened a call to tender for demonstration projects involving offshore wind turbines, thermal sea energy and sea current power.  The deadline for bids is 15 October. Ademe opened a second tender, due to close on 30 November, for smart electrical grids experimenting with high levels of renewable energy in the system.
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Enel Green Power International to acquire five Greek firms
Enel Green Power International, the renewable energy arm of Italy’s Enel, has submitted bids for five Greek wind farm developers which are fully or partially owned by Greek construction firm Domiki Kritis. The firms include Eolika Parka Anatolikis Ahaias, which has submitted planning applications for four wind farms totalling 120 MW, and Eolika Parka Ditikis Makedonias, which owns planning approvals for four wind farms totalling 136 MW.
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GE Energy Plans offshore wind power investments
US-based company GE Energy plans to invest €136.7 million in offshore wind projects following its acquisition of Norwegian turbine manufacturing company ScanWind this August. From 2012-13, wind turbines with a generating capacity of 3.5-4 MW will be developed for offshore wind farms in as yet undecided locations.
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GE Energy to supply turbines for Romanian wind farm
GE Energy, a division of the US’s General Electric, has won a contract from Czech power group CEZ to supply 101 wind turbines for its €1.1 billion 252.5 MW wind farm project in Romania. The 2.5 MW turbines will be supplied to a site in Cogealac in the Dobrogea region. GE Energy already holds a contract with CEZ to supply 130 turbines for the 600 MW Fantanele wind farm, Romania.
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Gamesa to build mini wind farms
Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is planning to develop 32 mini wind farms in the Girona region of North East Spain. The total generating capacity of the projects will be 388 MW, enough to power the equivalent of 205,000 homes. Two of Gamesa’s new model 4.5 MW turbines will be used.
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New Iberdrola projects in Spanish regions
Spain’s Iberdrola Renovables has secured regional government funding for wind farms expected to generate a total capacity of more than 520 MW to be located in the Spanish regions of Extremadura, Andalucia, the Canary Islands and Valencia. Iberdrola Renovables is also planning to secure regional government funding to install wind farms in Galicia, North West Spain.
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Airtricity to build farm in North Sweden
Irish firm Airtricity, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy, plans to build an 89 MW wind farm in Jämtland, northern Sweden, in collaboration with a local consortium. Construction of the 45-turbine wind farm will begin in 2011 at two sites in Östersund and Strömsund.
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Vattenfall plans new wind farm in Sweden
Swedish power company Vattenfall is planning to site a wind farm in Sorsele, Sweden near to the company’s existing hydropower station in Juktan. Vattenfall is set to build ten turbines which will provide electricity for 14,000 homes.
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Grant for world’s largest turbine blades
US-based Clipper Wind Power has won a £4.4 million grant from the UK government to develop the world’s largest wind turbine blades. The blades, to be developed at the Britannia project in the North East of England, will be 70m long and weigh over 30 tonnes. UK Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Miliband also announced a £1.1 million grant for Siemens Wind Power UK to develop power converters for larger offshore turbines. A third grant was awarded by the UK government to UK-based Artemis Intelligent Power: £1 million to transfer automotive technology to wind power.
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Residents would pay more for energy from renewable sources
Some 35% of UK-based respondents to a survey said they would be willing to pay more for a home fitted with a renewable energy source. The survey, carried out by the Energy Saving Trust also found that almost half of the participants were keen to know whether their houses were suitable for renewable energy. 53% were put off renewable energies due to increased costs, but those respondents were unaware of government grants to help them with the installation expenses.
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