Energy development

Michigan Advancing Wind Power

The Dow Chemical Company, Astraeus Wind Energy Inc. (AWE) and MAG Industrial Automation Systems (MAG) are collaborating on a project funded by the state of Michigan to advance the wind industry. The companies have contracted to develop solutions to improve and enhance the manufacture of wind turbine blade components, and finished blades, for the wind industry. The United States’ need for energy independence and economic security is driving the demand for clean, alternative energy solutions like wind energy.

ABB, Nokia Siemens Networks and Helsingin Energia Join Forces

ABB will partner with Finnish public utility Helsingin Energia and Nokia Siemens to design a large-scale smart grid in the Kalasatama district of Helsinki that utilizes a flexible, low-emission power network. The Kalasatama district is located in the heart of Helsinki and will provide residential living space for 18,000 people along with 10,000 work places. It will also showcase the latest technologies being deployed at demonstration center.

AEI China Acquires NBT

AEI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, AEI China Power Limited, has acquired 67 percent of NBT New Energy Development Company, Ltd., which recently began construction on the 49.5MW first phase of a 200MW wind farm in Baicheng, Jilin Province, China. AEI acquired the equity from a subsidiary of Norwegian wind farm developer, NBT AS. Construction of the wind farm has started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Intertek Announces Certification for Turbine Brake System

Intertek has announced the industry’s first electrical safety certification of a large wind turbine hydraulic brake system in North America for Hydrep, Inc. of Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada, reports EON. The widely recognized ETL Listed Mark enables Hydrep to ensure that their equipment is accepted by safety inspectors throughout North America.

GE Opens Smart Grid Center in Atlanta

GE’s Digital Energy has opened a new Smart Grid Technology Center of Excellence (COE) in Atlanta, Georgia, the company announced today. The center is expected to provide about 400 new jobs over three years and will combine the world headquarters for GE’s Digital Energy business, a smart grid engineering laboratory, and a world-destination smart grid customer solutions showcase.

S&C Appoints New Smart Grid Strategies Director

S&C Electric Company has appointed Michael Edmonds its new Global Smart Grid Strategies Director to drive strategies that expand the company’s portfolio of Smart Grid solutions. Edmonds, who was most recently Vice President and General Manager of Siemens Energy and Automation, will provide strategic direction and identify partnerships to enhance S&C’s offerings.

ECF proposes path for 80 percent GHG reduction by 2050

A recently released study by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) shows how the EU can achieve an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The report determined that decarbonization of the energy sector is vital to achieving such an ambitious goal. Decarbonizing the energy sector would in turn have “knock-on effects” in both road transport and buildings.

Midwest ISO to Install PMU’s

The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator has become the first regional transmission organization (RTO) to enter into an agreement with the Unites States Department of Energy to implement more than 150 phasor measurement units (PMUs), also known as synchrophasors.