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.


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 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. "


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.




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.


Renewables Gain Ground Over Coal in Europe

According to the estimated data for the year 2017 that have been published today, renewable energy sources generated more electricity than coal for the first time. The sum of wind, solar and biomass generation provided 679 terawatts per hour compared to 669 terawatts per hour.

Even though It might seem like a small victory, we mustn'forget that five years ago, coal doubled the production of renewables on the continent. Something is changing in Europe and, despite all the problems, it seems that the future is less black and greener than five years ago.

Although CO2 emissions increased slightly between 2016 and 2017, this change gives us a global overview of the structural changes that are taking place in Europe. Yes, countries like Poland or the Czech Republic continue to consume coal as if there were no tomorrow. But during the past year, countries such as the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal initiated active policies to eliminate the energy produced by coal in the coming years.

For its part, Spain increased its coal consumption during 2017. This is, in part, a short-term problem associated with drought and lack of wind. But it is also true that the Government does not seem to be willing to change it. The same Álvaro Nadal, energy minister, has already expressed his rejection of the closure of coal plants a few months ago.

Of course, the growth of renewables is quite irregular. Germany and the United Kingdom account for 56% percent of the renewable enery growth in the last three years (whose emissions, it is worth remembering, collapsed to levels of 120 years ago).


Massive Potential For The Open Ocean Wind Farms In The North Atlantic

Scientific research says that North Atlantic wind farms could provide enough energy in wintertime to meet all of civilization's current needs.

Given that wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, scientifics assume that wind turbines in the open ocean could theoreticaly intercept more than five times as much energy as onshore turbines. This presents an appealing opportunity not only for generating renewable energy through wind turbines, but also for the final consolidation of the offshore energy as a renewable source once and for all.

However, the downside of wind farms in the open ocean in the North Atlantic is that tremendous wind power is very seasonal, what means sufficient energy to meet all civilisation's current needs in the winter, and  merely enough power to cover the electricity demand of Europe, or possibly the United States alone in the summer.

Returning now to the real world, we could conclude that wind power production in the deep waters of the open ocean is in its infancy of commercialization. The huge wind power resources provide strong incentives to develop lower-cost technologies that can operate in the open-ocean environment and transmit this electricity to land where it can be used.



The Spanish Wind Market Resurgence of the Hand of Nordex-Acciona

Nordex, German manufacturer of wind turbines participated by Acciona, has achieved its second contract in Spain, by which it will supply 58 wind turbines to the energy company.

With this request, Nordex strengthens its presence in the "resurgence of the Spanish wind market". For its part, Gas Natural Fenosa adds this contract to those already closed in recent months with Siemens Gamesa and Vestas to develop the megawatts (MW) achieved in the renewable auctions held in Spain in 2017.

The contract that the energy group chaired by Isidre Fainé has now entrusted to Nordex includes, in addition to the supply of the 58 turbines, the installation of six wind farms and the subsequent maintenance of the wind turbines for several years.

This is the second order that Nordex has achieved in Spain since the beginning of 2016 it closed its merger with Acciona Windpower, manufacturer of wind turbines of the company presided by José Manuel Entrecanales, which, in this way, became the first shareholder of the resulting company.