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Energy news, November 2009

The world’s first wind park with 7 MW wind turbines has opened in Belgium, using largest units ever placed into operation to generate electricity.

REpower Systems AG has signed a framework contract with EDF Energies Nouvelles and RES Canada comprises the delivery of up to 954 MW for five wind farm pro

Knight & Carver Wind Group, a wind turbine blade repair, service and fabrication firm, has entered into a long-term blade service agreement for the North A

Vestas has decided to make it as simple and easy as possible for pupils, students, teachers, and others to learn about wind power and the energy challenges

VISTAGY Inc, provider of the FiberSIM® composites engineering software, has entered a strategic partnership with Maxoft Inc, a Korean supplier of virtual p

The UK government has announced a £22 million investment to advance the development of composite materials as part of its new UK Composites Strategy publis

E.ON has opened its Stony Creek wind farm in Western Pennsylvania at the site of a former coal mine.

Renewable Energy Systems Canada will develop a wind farm in southwestern Ontario, in partnership with a major Canadian gas company.

Portugese wind energy developer EDP Renewables will devote US$4 billion to build new wind farms in the United States through 2012, following US$1.5bn of ne

The levelised costs for solar energy will drop 50% in 2009, while the pre-subsidy cost for other renewable energy technologies will decline by 10%, accordi

Materials testing systems manufacturer Zwick is offering a patented new fixture for the testing of fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) composites.

Clemson University in South Carolina will receive US$45 million from the federal government to develop a wind energy test facility that will enhance the pe

Wind turbine blade maker LM Glasfiber has announced plans to phase out large scale manufacturing at two factories in Denmark and one in Spain, while contin

REpower USA Corp, a subsidiary of Germany’s wind turbine manufacturer, REpower Systems AG will supply 9 of its 2 MW MM92 wind turbines with a total output

QinetiQ’s Zephyr High-Altitude Long-Endurance unmanned aerial system (HALE UAS) program recently resumed flight testing and payload evaluations in Yuma, Ar

The world's longest wind turbine blade – 61.5 m – traveled to be displayed at COP15 in Copenhagen in December last weekend. LM Glasfiber has released a vid

ACCIONA has agreed long-term finance amounting to €18.14 million with the State Bank of India (SBI) for its two wind farms totaling 29.7 MW in India.

Seven new designs for offshore wind turbine foundations have been short-listed for funding by the Carbon Trust in Britain.

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu is travelling in India and China as part of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) efforts to advance opportunities for internatio

PPG Industries will receive a US$741 000 grant from the US Department of Energy to support the development of materials and automation processes for wind t

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Cannon Power Group has received US$19.4 million in federal renewable energy grants to spur construction of its 400 MW wind farm in Washington State.

Siemens Energy will supply 70 wind turbines for the Los Vergeles wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

GE and E.ON Climate & Renewables North America have signed a 7-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering E.ON Climate & Renewable’s complete

Wind turbines in Europe could displace the annual emission of 333 megatonne of CO2 by 2020, says the European Wind Energy Association.

Wind turbines supplied 54% of Spain’s total electricity demand, for a short period on the weekend.

A solar car built at Tokai University in Japan has won the solar race across Australia, at an average speed of more than 100 km/h.

Bulgaria’s wind power is set to boom over the next decade, according to a presentation at a workshop on integrating wind power in Bulgaria, predicting wind

First Wind, a North American wind power company, has completed the first 203.5 MW phase of its Milford Wind Corridor project in Millard and Beaver County,

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) has reached agreement with the City of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA, to develop two areas of land into a wind turbi

Wind energy developer Wind Capital Group has closed US$240 million financing for the Lost Creek Wind Project in DeKalb County, Missouri, USA.

Wind energy will receive US$80 million in federal government funding appropriations, a 45% increase over the last fiscal year.

Three UK-based banks will offer new loans to onshore wind farms, in a scheme that could enable £1.4 billion of onshore wind projects to move to constructio

Four offshore wind farm developers have announced their plans for major offshore wind farm developments in the outer Forth and Tay areas outside Scotland.

Ashland Performance Materials is joining a consortium of companies and university experts to develop and test three wind turbines off the coast of Maine, U

Gurit’s European patent covering the use of its SPRINT product in the manufacture of wind turbine blades and other markets has been upheld by the Technical

SeaEnergy and Taiwan Generations Corporation (TGC) have concluded an agreement under which they will undertake the joint development of TGC’s pipeline of o

A survey in Rhode Island shows that 89% have positive opinions on the use of wind turbines to generate electricity, but 50% rate the cost of wind as an imp

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Ofgem E-Serve say the EIB is considering provision of over £300 million of funding to investors in high volta

The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW installed in 2009, (including project spill-over from 2008 and new wind build), despite initial fears of a major

Composite materials producer Gurit reports sales of CHF238.9 million for its target markets for the first nine months of 2009 (at constant currency transla

Resin supplier Reichhold has opened a resin manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon, in Pune, India.

Risø DTU has produced a detailed map of the wind resources in South Africa showing the best locations for wind turbines and is a prerequisite for funding w

Composites tooling manufacturer Janicki Industries has launched a new website to better serve its markets, which now the alternative energy sector.

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