Archive for May 2008

Launch of Renewable Energy microsite for Windpower 2008

May 21, 2008

Windpower 2008 is coming up. We will be traveling to Houston to attend the Spanish pavilion at the trade show from June 1st through the 4th. We will be exhibiting along with six companies from Spain, covering the whole spectrum of products and services for the wind industry, from wind forecasting to fasteners to converters to consulting services, to elevators to machine tools and more. Seven other Spanish companies will be exhibiting on their own, including well known players such as Gamesa, Acciona and Iberdrola.

In time for the show, we have launched a special portal for renewable energy in Spain, which, from now on, will be connected to this blog. Its address is: www.spaintechnology.com/energy and it will be another way to get information about developments concerning Spanish companies in this growing sector. For instance, you may access more details about the Spanish firms present at the show.

We hope that you like it. Give us your feedback either here, at the new site or even in person if you are going to be attending the show. Our booth number is #3531D, hope to talk to you there.

Special report by Technology Review (MIT) on the Spanish wind industry

May 10, 2008

A complete rundown of the latest developments and technologies in the Spanish wind power industry may be found in a new special by Technology Review. The report (by Cynthia Graber) may be downloaded as a pdf file here.

It tries to catch up with the fast evolution of the wind industry in Spain in the last two years, characterised by a dramatic growth. Installed capacity in the country doubled in only three years, from 2003 to 2006, and is expected to double again by 2010. Spanish companies rank in the world’s top 10 among both wind-farm operators and turbine manufacturers.

In the time since the last report took a look at things, the sector has matured. Legislators and companies have learned how to deal succesfully with the challenges of integrating such a large proportion of wind power into the system. Wind forecasting, a problem for grid operators everywhere, has been taken very seriously by wind farm operators in Spain, that need to give accurate predictions to the grid or risk paying penalties. This has led to Spanish companies taking the lead in microsite prediction. Real-time control centers make thing easier for operators, allowing them to manage wind farms that may be located all around the world, through fiber-optic channels and by satellite.

A great advantage for turbine and component manufacturers in Spain is having infrastructures such as the ones available at the Center for Cener Headquarters at Sarriguren (Navarra)Renewable Energy Research (CENER). The Wind Turbine Test Laboratory (LEA) in Navarra, for instance, is a unique installation, the largest facility of its kind in the world.

Companies may test there all their components (Blades, Powertrains, Electrical, Nacelles, compound materials) as well as perform field tests in an outdoor experimental wind farm.

Solel wins large order for solar receivers in Spain

May 8, 2008

Solar energy technology company Solel Solar Systems Ltd. has won a contract to supply 70,000 thermosolar receivers for three new solar power plants in Spain. The company will supply its UVAC 2008 receivers to two unnamed Spanish infrastructure companies, which are jointly building the power plants. The plants will have a production capacity of 50 megawatts each. The current order will be filled over the course of 2009. This is the largest order for the company’s systems to date. It follows an earlier order for 46,000 units for two 50 MW solar power plants in Spain (built by Aries Solar) which Solel announced in January.

The company is expanding in the two major markets for CSP (Concentrating Solar Power), the USA and Spain. In the latter country It is building an integrated manufacturing facility in the region of Andalusia for all solar field components at an investment of $140M (€90 million). It was a natural step for Solel, that has won a steady stream of contracts with Spanish developers lately.

 

In the USA,  Solel is developing a huge solar project in California to supply 553 MW to Pacific Gas and Electric Company. According to the OC Business Journal, Solel plans to open its U.S. headquarters in Newport Beach (California) this year.