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

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 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.




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.

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.



Vestas Extends its Reach into the Russian Market

The Danish company will set up its first blade production plant for wind turbines in Russia, after being signed the agreement on September 7th by Sergey Morozov, Sergey Nikolayevich Vasin, and Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, which are the Governor of the Ulyanovsk region, General director of the Ulyanovsk Region Development Corporation and Senior Vice President of Vestas, respectively.

According to Mr. Nielsen, “wind industry has a huge potential in Russia”, reported the business media Delovoye Obozrenie.

Vestas, which is considered the largest turbine producer all over the world, will invest around USD 24 million (RUB 1.4 billion) in the project, revealed the Kommersant. With this move the Danish firms intends to maximize the localization of components production, while obtaining the legal status of a Russian producer, giving the right to participate in public programs.

Acording to Tommy Rhabek Nielsen, Vestas will comply with the Russian policy of reaching a 65% level of localization or even more, provided that needed suppliers can be found on the Russian market.

The manufacture facilities will be located in the Zavolzhskiy district of Ulyanovsk. Its construction is expected to take place in the short term and will be completed by the middle of 2019. Vestas is expected to reach the production capacity of 300 blades yearly, that in turn will result in the creation of 200 new jobs.



Dutch Electric Trains Get 100% Powered by Wind Energy

According to the national railway company NS, its renewables goal had been met a year earlier than planned, since from the 1st of  January, 100% of its trains are running on wind energy”.

Dutch electricity company Eneco won a tender offered by NS two years ago and the two companies signed a 10-year deal setting January 2018 as the date by which all NS trains should run on wind energy.

The fact that it is been an increase in the nomber of wind farms across the contry and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped achieve its aim a year earlier than planned.

This fact makes the Netherlands the first country in the world to have  around 600,000 passengers daily that travel propelled by wind energy. Overall, the NS operates about 5,500 train trips a day.

So as to allow you to have an idea of what it is like, one windmill running for an hour is able to power a train for 120 miles, the companies said. However, they hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35% by 2020 compared with 2005.


Amazon Texas project goes online

According to the internet giant, the 100-turbine Amazon Wind Farm Texas in Scurry County is the company’s 18th wind or solar project.

This project is owned and developed by Lincoln Clean Energy, and gathers 110 of GE’s turbines and provides US storage and information management services company Iron Mountain with 25.3MW of power, with the remainder going to Jeff Bezos’ firm.

The PPA would allow Amazon to achieve its long-term goal of powering its global infrastructure with 100% renewable energy, according to the firm.

The idea is that Amazon’s 227.7MW portion from the site will power one of its data centres for the company’s cloud computing arms.

Amazon's worldwide director of sustainability, Hara Hurst mentioned in an interview held in Texas that "Investing in renewable energy is a win-win-win-win — it’s right for our customers, our communities, our business, and our planet". In fact, they now have 18 wind and solar projects across the US with more than 35 projects to come.

Amazon also buys power from a 208MW project in North Carolina, 100.8MW site in Ohio and 150MW wind farm in Indiana, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.