Wednesday 25th February 2015


February 25, 2015

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Apple to invest €1.7bn in data centre duo

Tech giant Apple is set to invest €1.7bn in data centres in Denmark and Ireland powered 100% by renewable energy, mainly wind.

The firm plans to build and operate two 1.8m sq ft data centres, in central Jutland in Denmark and County Galway in Ireland, to power its online services including iTunes. The projects are set to start operating in 2017 and run on renewable energy.

Apple is set to source this energy from existing schemes including wind farms; and also work with local partners to develop additional wind farms and other renewable energy projects.

400MW Anholt offline for three weeks

Dong Energy’s 400MW Anholt wind farm off Denmark’s east coast
is offline
for three weeks because of a fault in a subsea cable.

Danish transmission system operator has reported that a problem occurred on 21 February on a line that links the 111-turbine project to shore, and said it would take around three weeks to fix the problem. It has not yet identified the cause of the fault. added that the issue may not be fixed in the next three weeks because it needs two periods of calm weather, each lasting several days. The cable was also hit by a fault last September.

Trump forces Aberdeen wind disclosure

Donald Trump has won a battle to get Aberdeen City Council to disclose information related to Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm.

The US billionaire is taking legal action against the decision by Scottish ministers to approve the 100MW 11-turbine project by Vattenfall and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group. Aberdeen City Council previously turned down requests from Trump and his advisors for records of meetings between local authority officials and the Scottish Government where they discussed the project.

However, the Scottish Information Commission has now said the council “failed to comply” with UK Freedom of Information laws and it must hand over the requested information.

Senvion wins 111MW Nordergründe order

WPD Offshore has ordered turbines from Senvion for its planned 111MW Nordergründe offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The developer has placed an order for 18 of Senvion’s 6.2M126 turbines, each of which has capacity of 6.2MW. The project is scheduled to complete in autumn 2016.

Senvion is a subsidiary of Indian manufacturer Suzlon, but Suzlon agreed in January to sell the German company to US private equity house Centerbridge Partners for €1bn.

EU says GE-Alstom is no wind threat

The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigationinto General Electric’s €12.4bn buyout of Alstom’s energy assets.

However, the commission said the investigation would mainly look at the firms’ heavy-duty gas turbines operations; and that the deal is not likely to raise any concerns for wind.

The French group agreed to sell its energy business to GE in June 2014 in an agreement that would include the creation of an offshore wind joint venture between the parties. The French government authorised the deal in November.

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