Wednesday 22nd January 2014


January 22, 2014

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Siemens in Danish espionage case

Siemens has been indicted for industrial espionage against Danish turbine tower manufacturer Hendricks Industries.

According to Ekstrabladet, in 2008 a former employee of the German manufacturer allegedly hacked into the Hendricks computer system and stole nearly a thousand confidential files, ranging from financial information to production secrets.

In a trial set to conclude on Friday in Aarhus, Denmark, it will be determined whether the Siemens employee was acting alone or on behalf of his employer.

Siemens has stated that the employee in question was immediately fired upon discovery of the offence and was acting of his own accord, seeking information for private use.

Bank calls for installation vessels redesign

Rabobank has released a report suggesting that new installation ships are in need of a more radical redesign in order to meet long-term offshore wind industry needs.

According to the Dutch bank, vessels installing turbines or foundations should consider more original designs to lower installation costs and realise projected capacity growth as offshore wind farms get bigger.

Rabobank added that ‘while financiers prefer multi-purpose vessels with a scope that goes beyond offshore turbine installation, dedicated vessels are likely to remain in use’, and companies building dedicated vessels at a cost of over €150m could quickly become leaders in an immature, but innovative and fast-growing market.

Germany to cut onshore FIT as offshore rises 240MW

The German government is expected to put forward significant cuts to feed-in tariffs for onshore wind today.

Economics and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has reportedly suggested that the country’s forthcoming Renewable Energies Act will see a reduction in the support price for onshore wind by a third by 2015.

In other news, a study has found that Germany connected 240MW of offshore wind capacity in 2013.

The research, commissioned by VDMA Power Systems and the German Wind Energy Association (BEWE), said that 48 offshore wind turbines were added, increasing Germany’s total offshore wind capacity in the North and Baltic Seas to over 520MW.

Dong divests Dutch sales department

Dong Energy has agreed to sell its sales division in the Netherlands to Eneco, the Dutch developer.

The Danish utility did not disclose details of the price, but said that the transaction is still subject to certain conditions.

Dong added that the offload will not alter the company’s focus on the Dutch offshore wind sector.

Repower rebrands to Senvion

German turbine manufacturer Repower has officially changed its name to Senvion.

The Suzlon-owned company had been using the Repower name since 2001, but the rights belong to a Swiss company that has now decided to use the name itself.

Senvion said that the ’S’ stands for the sustainability of its products, ‘EN’ stands for energy, ‘VI’ for vision, and ‘ON’ for being switched on.

Areva & Gamesa confirm joint venture

Manufacturers Areva and Gamesa have officially announced intentions to form a 50/50 joint venture.

The joint venture, aiming to become ‘one of the leading players in the global offshore wind market’, will pool assets including Areva’s Bremerhaven and Stade assembly and blade manufacturing plants and Gamesa’s engineering, operation and maintenance capabilities.

It will develop a product portfolio including Areva’s existing 5MW turbine, a new technologically advanced 5MW platform and a next-generation 8MW turbine.

Areva’s existing industrial commitments – including development of an assembly and blade manufacturing facility at Le Havre in France – will be fulfilled by the joint venture.

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