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InCom expands productive capacity in the UK with the support of COFIDES

InCom Group, designer and manufacturer of composite materials for the production of aeolian blades, will strengthen its position in the United Kingdom with the expansion of the productive capacity of its affiliate in the UK. COFIDES has allocated Euros 750,000, debited to FIEX, as a co-investment loan to the specialised company InCom Composite Engineering UK Ltd.

Counting the contribution from Spain's development finance institution, total investment in the project is Euro 1.1 million. The specialised company will use the financing for equipment, machinery and working capital.

GROWING MARKET

The UK market for wind power is in a growth phase and expectations are that the trend will continue over the next few years. Robust customer demand, therefore, requires the company to expand its facilities and develop a new production line in a new plant that will be operational by end-2019.

This project will mainly impact Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption) and 13 (Action for the Climate) since the InCom Group is implementing a system of nearby supplier selection and approval that aims to gradually reduce its carbon footprint. Moreover, the company produces materials ultimately destined for the production of renewable energy and the consequently reduced consumption of fossil fuel.

COFIDES President José Luis Curbelo underscored the Spanish company's commitment to innovation as the supplier to the main manufacturers of windmill blades and turbines. "For COFIDES, it is very important to support projects that enable the reduction of greenhouse gases and contribute to the global energy transition that is needed if the goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDG are to be met."

InCom CFO Rodrigo Gómez acknowledges the importance of this financing for the future of the Group and asserts that "the expansion of our productive capacity in the UK will allow us to continue to grow and take advantage of the opportunity for strong development that Spain is promoting, with a clear bet on wind energy. We accept this new challenge with a sense of commitment and responsibility, but also with the desire to stimulate the use of renewable sources of energy and sustainable consumption, both socially responsible values that define the InCom Group".

With headquarters in Elda (Alicante), Spain, the InCom Group is made up of three companies dedicated to the engineering, design and manufacture of composite materials to produce aeolian blades. The Group offers just-in-time service with a global reach that includes three production centres (Spain, UK and Poland), production joint ventures to which it provides support in China and India, as well as a consignment warehouse in the United States. The Group has a workforce of 900 and sells 75% of production in international markets.

Source: https://www.cofides.es/en/noticias/notas-de-prensa/incom-group-expands-productive-capacity-united-kingdom-support-cofides


World's longest wind turbine blade is already a reality

LM Wind Power has recently manufactured the world’s first wind turbine blade beyond 100 meters.

Just a few weeks ago, LM Windpower announced that its first 107-meter blade did its first trip outside the facilities at their factory in Cherbourg, France.

Being one of the biggest single-components ever built, the 107-meter blade is set to capture the wind for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine, the world’s most powerful wind turbine to date.

At InCom Group we are all proud of being part of this ambitious and stunning project.

Photo credit: Manche Drones Production / LM Wind Power
Source: https://www.lmwindpower.com/en/stories-and-press/stories/news-from-lm-places/107-meter-blade-emerges-from-cherbourg-factory


GE presents the nacelle of its Haliade-X 12 MW, the world's most powerful wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy has presented a few days ago the first nacelle that will be sent from France to the Netherlands in the coming weeks, where its components will be assembled in the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype to be tested there.

This initial phase is designed to allow GE Renewable Energy to obtain the necessary data to receive its type of certification, a key component before marketing the product in 2021.

«The presentation of the first 12 MW Haliade-X gondola in Saint-Nazaire is the beginning of a new key phase in our ongoing commitment to structure the offshore wind turbine segment. This project clearly reflects our ability to invest and innovate, supporting our clients in an ultra-competitive market in exponential growth. Thanks to Haliade-X 12 MW, we are proud to prepare for the future of the marine wind industry in Saint-Nazaire, a reference site for the production of international offshore wind projects», said Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy.

The Saint-Nazaire production plant manufactures marine wind turbine generators and gondolas and has already assembled more than 80 Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines since its opening in December 2014.

The market-leading 12 MW Haliade-X gondola and 107 meter long blades will allow GE Renewable Energy customers to generate more energy. With a rotor of 220 m and a height of 260 m, the turbine can generate 67 GWh in annual gross energy, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000 European homes and save up to 42 million metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of emissions generated by 9,000 vehicles in a single year.

Source: https://elperiodicodelaenergia.com/la-turbina-eolica-mas-potente-del-mundo-cada-vez-mas-cerca-de-ser-realidad-ge-presenta-la-nacelle-de-su-haliade-x-de-12-mw/


InCom Group expands into larger premises in Andover

Multinational composite kitting and engineering specialist InCom Group is to move its UK operation to larger premises in Andover to accommodate continued expansion.

The company will relocate from its current base in Crown Way, on the Walworth Industrial Estate, to a dedicated 28,499 sq ft facility at North Way on the nearby Walworth Business Park, Andover.

Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) and Stratfords Commercial secured the new tenant on behalf of the landlord, M7 Real Estate. Avison Young acted for Incom.

InCom Group, established in 1997, specialises in the engineering, design and manufacture of composite kits for the wind blade industry. It has operations in Spain, Poland, the UK, China and India. The new premises will be used for production, warehousing and distribution, employing 40 staff.

Dan Rawlings, Senior Surveyor – Industrial at the south coast offices of LSH, said: “InCom Group is a world leader in its field and a superb example of the high calibre of business that thrives and grows in the area.”

Alex Lee, Business Development Manager of InCom UK says, ‘We are very excited about InCom’s expansion into the new premises and are pleased to commit our long-term future to Walworth Industrial Estate.’


InCom Group has joined APQP4Wind

APQP4Wind is a common quality assurance methodology for the global wind industry, which helps companies reduce risk and lower the costs of poor quality.

We are proud of announcing that InCom Group is adopting the APQP4Wind process by getting three of our employees certified as APQP4Wind Specialist, on behalf of our three major subsidiaries: Spain (Headquarters), Poland and UK.

APQP4Wind aims to make the process of product quality assurance demands (APQP) as well as the product release process (PPAP) as clear as possible.

The standards made available in APQ4Wind have been created to substitute company-specific procedures and set aligned methods and procedures for all suppliers and subsuppliers nationally and internationally.

You can read more about our Quality Policy here


InCom was present at JEC World 2019

InCom stand at JEC World 2019

Last March from 12th to 14th, InCom was taking part in JEC World fair in Paris, which is considered the largest international composites event all over the world.

The presence of highly professional international groups from different companies took place at the JEC Composites shows, conferences and other meeting platforms and boosts. During the event, we participated and arranged several meetings with our current and potential partners from all over the world with the final aim of creating new business opportunities.

We are glad of having met with our clients and suppliers and have had the chance of meeting new ones.

InCom will be also present at JEC World 2020, in our commitment to continue promoting innovation and composites development within the worldwide community.

 


InCom is committed to social cooperation and collaborates with the AFA Alzheimer Association

The Association of Relatives and Friends of the Alzheimer's Disease (AFA) presented last October its new van of nine seats adapted to raise wheelchairs, which will allow the entity to transfer the users who come every day to the different workshops and activities organized by it. Until now, they were the relatives of the users who hired an external service with the Sense Barreres Association in Petrer, but from now, families will be able to ask for this service directly to AFA.

The acquisition of the new vehicle has been possible thanks to the disinterested collaboration of InCom Group along with 40 other companies in Elda and the region, to which both the president of AFA, Isabel Orovio, and the workers of the association, have been visiting since last March.

Vehicle labeled with logos of the collaborating companies

To say thanks for the support received, AFA organized on October 19 at its facilities in Elda (Alicante) the presentation of the van with the sponsors, inviting them in addition to a thank you cocktail donated by Francis Valero, María José Moreno and Paco Milán.

AFA with part of the companies that have sponsored the vehicle | Jesús Cruces

The president of AFA has been satisfied and states that "the response of the companies has been very positive, they have shown great solidarity with AFA and we are very grateful". Now they have a very important new challenge for AFA: "We will continue to demand a new center, one that adapts to the needs of the users, although the current one is very good, it has remained small, and in winter or when it rains they can not walk because there is not enough space, so AFA continues fighting for a better space for its users. "

Source: https://www.valledeelda.com/noticias


New Jersey Gets Ahead in the Race of Offshore in the USA

Phil Murphy, New Jersey Governor, has triggered the long-awaited implementation of this project by giving green light to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), after signing an executive order to move forward toward fulfilling its goal of 3.5 GW of offshore wind energy generation by 2013.

To get a good grasp of the implications of this, we first need to go back in time till 2010 when Chris Christie, former New Jersay Governor, signed OWEDA, which called for the BPU to develope an offshore renewable energy certificate (OREC) program supporting about 1.1 GW of generation from offshore market for the state. Ever since, there has been no movement on providing the necessary mechanisms to develop an offshore industry for the state.

Murphy’s Executive Order directs the BPU to begin the rulemaking process to fill the gaps in the current regulations governing the OREC program. The order also directs BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe to work together to establish an Offshore Wind Strategic Plan for New Jersey.

This program will mainly consist of providing with the necessary financial support by offshore wind developers to get this challenging project off the ground. After the BPU creates a process to approve those plans, it will issue a solicitation calling for proposed offshore wind projects for the generation of 1.1 GW of power. The order also calls for a study of the potential benefits to regional collaboration on offshore wind.

Source. https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/01/new-jersey-gets-the-spark-it-needs-to-move-offshore-wind-forward.html


CRYPTOCURRENCIES PROPELLED BY WIND ENERGY POWER

CRYPTOCURRENCIES PROPELLED BY WIND ENERGY POWER

It is undeniable that cryptocurrencies markets have experienced a rampant growth in the last few years. It is not surprising therefore that crypto mining has become an activity highly dependent on energy, which is required to carry out calculations needed to verify transactions.

Enel SpA, which is considered Europe’s largest utility, has recently engaged in negotiations to sell power mainly from wind, solar and other renewable energy plants to the well-known Swiss cryptocurrency company Envion AG. The discussions are part of a broader effort by Enel to evaluate the market for selling electricity to miners of bitcoin, etherium, ripple and other digital currencies, who are in great need of large amounts of energy to perform calculations needed to verify transactions.

According to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, power demand for mining bitcoin went up to about 20.5 TWh/year by the end of 2017. The global industry’s power use already equals that of 3 million U.S. homes. As more bitcoins are created, the need for electricity increases.

That’s the reason what companies like Enel, are taking the lead to seek cryptocurrency miners that could become key customers to buy excess capacity from wind, solar and hydro-electric generating plants.

Enel is especially interested in understanding how the energy business can benefit from the blockchain technology, in an attempt to encourage cryptocurrency miners to move their facilities to places where electricity is cheap, building up new clusters that could result in mutual benefit.

Envion has raised $100 million though a month-long crowdfunding campaign to build a network of portable digital currency mining units designed to plug directly into wind farms, solar farms and other clean-energy installations. Envion says the technology will allow it to move operations to wherever energy is cheapest.

Envion is evaluating locations to start installing its systems and is in talks with power generators around the world, Laurent Martin, the company’s director of investor relations, said in an interview.

Envion’s business is not only attractive to our many investors, but also to utilities around the world.


Spanish tower manufacturer enters offshore

Having moved into production of offshore towers, Tower manufacturer GRI Renewable Industries has recently set up a new €40 million manufacturing plant located at Sevilla Harbour, which took seven months to build and uses machinery provided by Finnish global welding and production automation provider Pemamek.

Among its assets are seven extra heavy duty column and booms, a double head-welding platform, 32 roller beds ten metres in diameter and capable of supporting 350 tonnes, four assembly lines, a plate-joining station and milling machines for longitudinal and circular joints.

Wanting to create a network of highly qualified suppliers, GRI is also seeking a business partner to provide "production machinery" for its factory in the southwestern Spanish city

According to GRI, Up to 400 members of staff will be employed at the factory.

Juan Jose Porras Borrego, CEO of GRI’s Seville plant, said: "Production is going well with low welding rejection rates and with a spectacular learning curve in terms of processing hours, which is great for a start-up factory."

To date, GRI has only built towers for onshore turbines at its factories in Spain, Turkey, India, the US, China and South Africa.

Source. https://www.windpoweroffshore.com/article/1457430/spanish-tower-manufacturer-enters-offshore