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Ingeteam to open a renewable energy components plant in Milwaukee

February 18, 2010

Ingeteam, Inc., a supplier to the wind and solar energy industries, will establish a new plant in Milwaukee that will specialize in designing renewable energy products. The company intends to begin construction on the project in April so it can be finished by the end of the year.

Ingeteam has its headquarters in Bilbao, Spain, and is made up of 28 companies employing more than 3,500 people. Besides the field of renewable energy, the company is present in the following  areas:  railway traction, marine, combined heat and power, the iron and steel industry and hydraulic machines.

The production facility will be approximately 100,000 square feet in size and will focus on manufacturing its Indar-brand wind power generators and Ingeteam converters, as well as solar power inverters. When working at its full capacity, the plant will be capable of producing 7,500 megawatts of green energy every year. It will create as many as 60 jobs in 2011 and 275 jobs by 2015.

“After carefully analyzing our company’s needs, we selected Milwaukee for our new production facility because the city is conveniently located for distribution of our products and has a solid industrial base from which Ingeteam can source materials,” said Ander Gandiaga, Ingeteam’s corporate director for international development.  Aitor Sotes, CEO of Ingeteam’s U.S. subsidiary, also mentioned the city’s skilled work force, local college programs and state requirements for renewable energy.

At the moment, Ingeteam has a 12-15 percent market share of the worldwide wind power component market. However, it has room to grow in America and will use the Milwaukee plant as a means to do so.  The new factory is going to make possible the production of equipment for the equivalent of 7,500 MW each year. In these facilities, several ranges of converter/generator products will be manufactured, covering ranges from 1.5 to 5 MW of power for wind usage. In the medium term, Ingeteam plans  to endow the plant with the capacity to perform joint testing of complete equipment. For the solar photovoltaic market, the production of converters (inverters) will cover the range from 2.5 to 500 kW

Ingeteam has a unit in Santa Clara, California, for sales of solar photovoltaic inverters and is also present in Mequon, Wisconsin, carrying out wind turbine operation and maintenance activities. Through this activity, Ingeteam today manages more than 2,200 MW distributed over 60 wind farms all over the world.

In addition, Ingeteam has an important experience in water management, through its brand Indar Hydraulic Equipment, a leading pumps manufacturer. Indar started its commercial activity in the USA in 2003. Currently, it supplies submersible pumping equipment.

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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.