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REpower supplies power to more than 18 million people

Suzlon Group subsidiary REpower Systems SE has installed its 5,000th turbine, located near Buchen in the Neckar-Odenwald district, Germany.

In total, REpower has so far installed more than 9.6 GW of capacity, enough to supply more than 18 million people, or the entire population of the Netherlands, with electricity.

“We are delighted that we contribute to a clean energy supply as a reliable partner with project-specific solutions and products that meet our customer’s needs,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO, REpower Systems SE.

In the first half of 2013, REpower installed more than 200 megawatts in Germany, achieving a 21 per cent share of the German market. The company’s goal for 2013 is to achieve a stable, double-digit market share in Germany.

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Availon wins full maintenance contract for Vattenfall’s wind farm

Availon, a leading wind farm service provider, announced today that it was awarded a complete maintenance contract for Vattenfall’s 12MW Jänschwalde wind farm, located near Cottbus in the German federal state of Brandenburg.

Availon was already in charge of maintaining three of the turbines since 2012, and it has now taken over the responsibility for all of the wind farm’s 2MW Vestas V90 turbines, through a full maintenance service agreement known as WindKeeper Complete. In addition to comprehensive maintenance services and the provision of numerous upgrades, the WindKeeper Complete maintenance package developed by Availon also includes the replacement of major components, and an availability guarantee.

“We have worked with Vattenfall on this project since 2012. The partnership resulted in great success, and we are very pleased that Vattenfall has decided to hand us over the responsibility for servicing their entire 12 MW wind farm”, commented Markus Spitzer, Managing Director of Availon.

Since its founding in 2007, today’s Availon GmbH has established itself as a leading provider of multi-brand wind turbine services. In addition to focussing on its core market of Germany, the company is also steadily expanding its global strategic position. This Rheine-based company currently employs a workforce of around 290 employees in Germany, Spain, Italy and the US. Availon GmbH looks after more than 1,800 MW on an international level. Its proactive, all-inclusive service for wind turbines covers the entire operational value creation chain, ranging from remote monitoring, maintenance and spare part supply through to troubleshooting and turbine optimization. Availon GmbH is the first independent wind turbine service provider which has been fully certified by Germanischer Lloyd for all processes required for service provision.


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Kuwaiti inventor shows the way forward for alternative energy

Kuwaiti Mohammed al-Naki has fixed wind fans at his home in Salwa. He is now planning to use these to produce energy. Kuwait, in general, relies on oil to sustain its demand for electricity, and the government is slow in seeking other forms of alternative energy.

Al-Naki said his interest in alternative energy developed in the 1980s. He said, “During this period, I installed solar energy boards and I used them to heat water in the kitchen using solar energy. These solar boards got spoiled after the invasion in 1990 as a result of the burning oil wells. The black sticky liquid from the oil fires fell on the boards and damaged them. We have good aspects to benefit from solar energy. Once I also brought a clock that worked on solar energy and I presented it to The Scientific Club.”

He said lack of manpower was hindering his projects. “I suffer from public bureaucracy and some unfair rules. I understand that the government has issued strict rules for importing manpower as there are people trading with labourers and human trafficking, but on the other hand I’m justified, as I need to bring technicians from outside. But they don’t allow me to do so,” he added.

“Now I’m working on designing a small room, which I will equip with some electronic devices such as a washing machine, refrigerator, television and other appliances and I will try using them with the energy produced by the wind fans.”

He went on to say that he is impressed with other countries’ use of alternative energy and says he hopes Kuwait would follow in the footsteps of countries such as Denmark.

“Denmark has reached 10% of its electricity production from wind energy in 2010. They have a plan to reach 50% by 2025, and to reach 100% of electricity production from wind energy by 2050. Denmark is located on the northern sea, so they have a high-energy percentage and speed most of the time. Also, it’s a developed industrial country so they are interested in the waste recycling issue to benefit from it. They have many modern stations for producing energy from different sources,” he said.

“We hope to see similar projects in Kuwait or the Arab world. For 22 years, we have heard many times about similar projects to produce sustainable energy and preserve the environment, for which a huge budget was set, but we didn’t see any of these projects. This project should be part of the development plan in Kuwait. For instance, we could use the burning of waste such as tires to produce energy rather that pollute the environment by its random burning,” he added.


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