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  1. Record supply to France good news for UK gas power

    The UK has registered a record amount of electricity being exported to France as gas-fired power plants were boosted by freezing conditions on the continent. French prices for Wednesday climbed to the highest since November as temperatures were forecast to fall below zero, boosting electricity demand. The UK exported electricity to France for most of the day apart from peak times through the 2,000 MW interconnector cable linking the countries. Rob Lalor, analyst at EnAppSys told Power Engineering International that historically the French Interconnector has always pushed more power into Britain than back into France and since March 2012 there have only been 3 months in which net imports from France along this interconnector have been negative; these three months have all fallen since October 2016.  "Imports from France are generally high, as the French power grid usually has an excess of available generating capacity as a result of their large nuclear fleet, and with these nuclear plants having very low variable costs for generating additional power, it makes sense for these plants to spill power into neighbouring markets when this excess of available capacity exists.” “This activity is bad news for gas-fired generators, which find their market for generation reduced in size by these power imports and the recent reversal will have been a very welcome boost to gas-fired generators which have been incredibly low levels of utilisation in the market since 2012.” The week beginning 16th January 2017 has so far - supported by low levels of coal generation, low wind speeds, high demand and low levels of power imports from France - resulted in Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plants generating at their very limits of availability, with the coal fleet seeing only a slight back down from full availability levels. Lalor says this activity does not suggest that the grid is at risk of blackouts, since the market has a large supply of reserve capacity sitting behind these quoted levels, but does offer an interesting insight into the challenges of a modern power system and in particular the challenges in countries moving towards a greener renewables backed system whilst managing an ageing nuclear fleet. “Indeed the comparisons between France, Britain and other markets such as Germany with similar legacies this winter offer great insights into how far modern markets have evolved and provide insights into what might be required in order to evolve these systems further towards their ideal end goal." UK CCGT Fleet Performance this week:

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  2. Safety products: Hub height wind forecasting

    Utility safety: Schneider Electric has announced the launch of Hub Height Wind forecasting capabilities within their WeatherSentryOnline platform. This feature helps identify potential risks of high wind speeds and wind gusts at turbine hub heights, and the impact they may have on assets.

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    Thu, 6 Oct 2016

  3. Siemens launches gearless wind turbine for low to moderate wind speeds

    With a capacity of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 113 meters the new wind turbine is designed to maximize power production at sites with low to moderate wind speeds

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    Mon, 14 Mar 2011

  4. Siemens launches new gearless wind turbine for low to moderate wind speeds

    Siemens Energy has launched a new direct drive gearless wind turbine for low to moderate wind speeds at the EWEA 2011 wind power exhibition and conference in Brussels.

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    Tue, 15 Mar 2011

  1. Siemens introduces 2.3 MW wind turbine for low to medium wind speeds

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    Tue, 17 Mar 2009

  2. GE introduces wind turbine for low wind speeds

    GE announced the 2.5-120 wind turbine, designed for a 25 percent increase in efficiency and a 15 percent increase in power output at low wind speeds .

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    Thu, 31 Jan 2013

  3. Tradewind Energy developing 340 MW of wind power in Iowa

    The English wind project is located about 60 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa in the high-yielding corn and soybean farmlands of Poweshiek County

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  4. Wind Turbines Could Continue to Grow, Reduce Energy Costs

    The surveys indicated larger turbines are on the horizon, and will allow for lower costs both on land and offshore.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  5. Tradewind Energy Proposes 340 MW of Wind in Iowa

    The two facilities would be North English at 140 MW and English Farms at 200 MW, both to be located in Poweshiek County.

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  6. South Africa the ‘new hotspot’ for windpower

    A new report states that South Africa “is the new hotspot for wind installation and has great potential for capacity addition over the next four years”.

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  7. Siemens Launches New Onshore Direct-Drive Wind Turbines

    The three new turbines are based on a modular platform and share a common nacelle design. Relying on different controller settings and rotor diameters, they are purpose-engineered for sites that experience low wind, medium wind, or noise constraints.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  8. Wind Power: Siemens signs long-term wind service agreement in US

    Siemens has been awarded a long-term contract for service and maintenance at the Lower Snake River wind farm located near Pomeroy, Garfield County in Washington State.

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

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