Favorable winds blew for wind power this week, while Iberdrola makes a stand for Mexico. Atlas Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa, Cox Energy and Ammper are bolstering their renewable business in Mexico, while the country’s academia also had important announcements. For an insight on Ammper’s ambitions and accomplishments in the country, check out Mexico Energy Review’s interview of the week with Juan Guichard, CEO of Ammper Energía.
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Iberdrola will continue betting on Mexico, regardless of who wins the presidential election. The Spanish IPP considers Mexico instrumental to surpass 75TWh of electricity production by 2020, especially considering its Mexico generation portfolio closed 2017 with 41.8TWh. Iberdrola’s President, Ignacio Galán, highlighted the company’s business plan included a US$2.8 billion investment for the next five years.
Cox Energy partners up with Nexus Energía in Mexico. By selling 40 percent of the company’s capital to Nexus Energía, Cox Energy created a synergy between its qualified supply services and Nexus Energía’s power management expertise, as shown by its portfolio of over 18,000 power plants represented and a 40 percent market share in Spain’s PV plants.
Atlas Renewable Energy has ambitious plans for Mexico. Its first step was the purchase of the Guajiro PV plant from SunPower, with 126.5MW of installed capacity.
Siemens Gamesa signed a new contract. This time, to supply 100MW of wind turbines for a wind farm in Coahuila. Delivery is expected for the first quarter of 2019.
Mexico’s ITESM seeks 75 percent of renewable energy. By 2023, the Institute wants 75 percent of its electric consumption to be fed by renewable energy, after closing 20 with 45 percent of clean energy consumption.
Rengen partners up with CFE to offer services in Central America and the Caribbean. The productive enterprise of the state and Rengen Energy Solutions won a bid in Guatemala through a PPP scheme, the first step of Rengen’s expansion in the region.
IPN launches Energy Engineering career starting Aug. 2018. Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute wants to train specialized technical professionals to address the country’s challenges in the energy sector.
Test drilling completed for Triton Knoll foundations. The 860MW offshore wind project in the UK, under development by Innogy SE, can now focus on monopile foundations installation, expected in 2019. Test drilling operations were successfully concluded by Fugro.
Consortium starts construction of 6-MW green hydrogen pilot in Austria. The H2FUTURE project brought together engineering group Siemens AG, Austrian steel-based technology and capital goods group Voestalpine AG, Austrian electricity company Verbund and Austrian Power Grid AG. K1-MET and ECN are also participating in a research partner capacity.
Big Moon Power gets tidal permit for Nova Scotia trial-project. The Bay of Fundy will be the stage for a greenlit 100kW prototype which, if successful, can be scalable to up to 5MW.
GRI Renewable JV starts wind tower production in Argentina. The Spanish turbine manufacturer joined forces with Metalurgía Calvino, an industrial equipment manufacturing firm to form GRI Calvino Towers Argentina, aiming to produce 300 towers per year, representing a US$20 million investment.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy supplies 166MW to Gas Natural Fenosa. By closing a 48 SG 3.4-132 wind turbine deal, Gas Natural Fenosa will be able to equip four wind farms in Spain. The deal also includes O&M operations for three years. The wind farms are set to become operational on the second half of 2019.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) emits Expression of Interest (EoI) for 1GW offshore wind project. The EoI is set to attract a list of developers to bid on a 1,000MW offshore wind energy project in the Gulf of Khambat. By 2022, MNRE has set the objective of cumulating 5GW of offshore wind installed capacity.
Hurricane-resistant palm trees inspire offshore wind turbine design. 200 meters long blades for 50MW turbines. That is what the University of Virginia’s Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering is looking to develop.
Europe’s new wind capacity financed at its highest since 2010. WindEurope reported that in 2017, 11.5GW of new wind capacity was financed for EUR22.3 million. While it represents a decrease from 2016’s EUR27.5 million, that investment only financed 10.3GW of new wind power assets. The trend showcases the overall cost decrease in onshore and offshore development.
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