Archive for June 2008

A new report from Frost & Sullivan states that Spain leads the way in renewable energy

June 14, 2008

A recently released report from Frost & Sullivan for the European Inverter Market for Renewable Energy Systems, finds that the market earned revenues of €654.4 ($1,004) million in 2007 and estimates they will reach €3,105 ($4,763.7) million in 2014.

According to the report, Spain, backed by solid growth in its solar energy industry, moves to the forefront of the European inverter market for renewable energy systems, as Germany becomes a backseat driver.

“A booming market in Spain is rewriting market dynamics for renewable energy-based inverters. Moreover, new incentives for green electricity in Portugal and Greece are set to accelerate the pace of growth in the future,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Chandni Raj. “Across Europe, renewable energy-based inverters registered growth of 36.7 per cent in 2007 as compared to 2006.”

Ingecon Sun inverter from IngeteamSome major players in this product segment are Conergy, Fronius and SMA, from Germany, Magnetek, from the USA, Mastervolt, from the Netherlands, Xantrex, from Canada and the Spanish company Ingeteam.

Ingecon Sun inverter from Ingeteam


Gamesa and Iberdrola Renewables sign the largest single purchase of wind turbines ever

June 14, 2008

Gamesa has reached a landmark deal with Iberdrola Renewables, involving the largest ever purchase and sale agreement of wind turbine generators, amounting to a total power of 4,500 megawatts (MW).

The purchase will come about between 2010 and 2012 and they will be destined to wind energy promotions in Spain, the rest of Europe, the United States and Mexico. The agreement includes the wind turbines’ assembly and start-up, along with operations and maintenance services during the wind turbines’ warranty period.

The investment figure linked to this amount of wind power will reach approximately €6.3 ($9.7) billion.

Locust Ridge Wind farm - Courtesy of Iberdrola RenewablesIberdrola had been signing purchase agreements with different turbine manufacturers in the last few months, but they pale in comparison with the framework agreements that have been usually signed with Gamesa, as the last one in October 2006 was also a mammoth (2,700 MW).

Strategic agreement to promote wind farms

Both companies have additionally signed an agreement on the joint promotion, development and operation of wind farms in Spain and continental Europe. In order to put this agreement into practice, two joint venture companies will be set up, one that includes the businesses in Spain and the other one that includes the businesses in some specific countries in continental Europe, and both companies will contribute with their wind farm promotions, development and operation businesses since 1st January 2008.

More specifically, Gamesa will hold a 23% stake and Iberdrola Renovables a 77% stake in the Spanish company. In the international company, Gamesa will have a shareholding of 24% and Iberdrola Renovables a 76% shareholding.

In addition, Gamesa will sell its wind energy projects in the United Kingdom, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to Iberdrola Renovables for approximately €65 ($99.7) million within a month. The total power of these projects amounts to 940 MW.

EVIAVE, a new methodology for landfill management

June 7, 2008