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Energy news, March 2011

The European Union’s High Power, High Reliability Offshore Wind Technology (HiPRWind) project is looking into the development of up to 20 MW offshore wind

The Scottish Government has approved a 69 MW extension to the Black Law wind farm and the 69 MW Blackcraig wind farm.

Vestas has unveiled its 7 MW V164 offshore wind turbine, which could see the first prototype developed in 2012.

Vestas has confirmed it is in negotiations with a consortium planning a near 400 MW wind farm in Mexico.

Alstom has upgraded its 3 MW ECO 100 wind turbines with a capacity factor increase of 8-15% across wind classes.

E.ON has been granted planning permission to build a 47.5 MW onshore wind farm near Garve in the Scottish Highlands.

Zoltek Corporation has restructured its carbon fibre business into three units focusing on Wind Energy, Composite Intermediates, and Technical Fibres.

The Materials Research Division at Risø DTU will develop the scientific basis and computational tools for the microstructural optimisation of wind turbine

The €170 million project will reportedly provide 8% of the island’s electricity generation capacity.

BASF Corporation has opened a new epoxy composite laboratory at its technical centre in Tarrytown, New York, which will focus on wind turbine blade applica

A study has found that there have not been extensive issues with shadow flicker from wind turbines in the UK.

GE introduced a 4.1 MW direct drive offshore wind turbine at EWEA 2011 in Brussels this week.

Dutch company EverkinetIQ International has developed its first small wind turbine based on a glass fibre reinforced ASA resin from BASF.

China could surpass 70 GW of installed wind power in 2015 under the country’s new Five Year Plan, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Vestas’ 6 MW offshore wind turbine, which will be presented later this month, will be deployed by PNE Wind at Gode Wind III of the German coast.

Alstom Wind is going offshore with its new 6 MW permanent magnet direct drive wind turbine.

ACCIONA Energy begins construction of its first wind farm in Poland which is to be situated at Golice in the west of the country.

The US solar market value grew 67% last year to US$6 billion despite the recession, according to a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEI

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is expanding its presence in India by building new manufacturing plants and a wind power technology centre.

Vertical axis offshore wind turbines could provide an alternative to conventional horizontal turbine designs, according to the Energy Technologies Institut

A new report predicts that the global wind turbine market will expand in 2011, with an estimated growth of 18%, after the global growth in new grid connect

EWEA 2011: A roadmap defining an ambitious, but realistic target and development pathway to 2030 for offshore wind in the Central and Southern North will b

The following stories were the most popular with visitors to the Reinforced Plastics website last week.

REpower Systems AG will introduce a 3.2 MW wind turbine with a hub height of 143 m at the European Wind Energy Association’s EWEA 2011 in Belgium this mont

Two further Hexcel HexPly® unidirectional carbon fibre prepregs have been certified by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for use in the manufacture of wind turbine b

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