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Wind Power News: Denmark


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 15, 2020 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Udtjente vindmøllevinger hober sig op på lossepladser – og der vil kun komme flere i fremtiden

[Obsolete wind turbine blades pile up in landfills – and there will only be more in the future] På Lolland går Kenneth Prehn rundt på en decideret kirkegård for vindmøllevinger. Han er kommunikationskonsulent for renovationsselskabet REFA, der står for affaldshåndteringen på Lolland-Falster. Et enkelt sted stikker enderne af tre hvide vinger stadig op ad jorden. – Det er sådan en lille landmandsmølle, der kom for cirka en måned siden. Og nedenunder den ligger der godt og vel 250 ton mølleskrot. . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2020 • Denmark, General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strike blade damages push Vestas into fresh quarterly loss

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has posted another quarterly loss, due to extraordinary warranty on a “considerable number of blades”, and re-introduced a guidance for all of 2020, expecting a lower profitability than seen earlier this year. Earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) and special items plunged to €34m ($40m), from €128m in the second quarter of 2019. The decrease was driven by increased cost levels derived from warranty provisions as well as logistical challenges and supply-chain bottlenecks, amplified by . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2020 • Denmark, Europe, Germany, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

As wind power grows in Europe, so does resistance from locals

Sweden—the country that brought the world 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg—is aiming to zero out greenhouse gases by 2045. To reach that goal, it’s ramping up wind energy. The country expects to install 1.8 gigawatts of capacity of wind power this year alone, enough to charge more than 16,000 Nissan LEAF electric cars. At Ripfjallet, in the forests near Malung in western Sweden, German wind developer WPD AG has plans to build as many as 30 wind turbines that would . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Denmark plans to create energy islands in Baltic and North Sea

Denmark on Wednesday proposed a more than tripling of its offshore wind capacity by building two energy islands linked to new wind farms in the Baltic and North seas to help to meet climate change targets. The energy islands are an important part of the Social Democratic government’s climate action plan which was presented on Wednesday but still needs to be ratified in parliament. Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said the cost would amount to a three-digit billion crowns . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2020 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s maxed-out grid is causing trouble across Europe

Northern Germany can’t use all the renewable energy it’s making. Neither can its neighbors. The growing mismatch between Germany’s renewables capacity and the strength of its electricity network is leading to curtailment, crazy pricing and challenges for neighboring nations. Although Germany is generating record amounts of clean energy in the north, its grid is too weak to transport all the power down to load centers in the south – a longstanding challenge for the country that’s only getting worse. One of . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2020 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Rogue wind turbine causes havoc in northwest Jutland

The police were forced to close off some roads in Mors, northwest Jutland, on December 30 after a wind turbine went rogue. It was feared the 30-metre, 175 kilowatt turbine, which was turning despite being switched off, might dismantle like a similar turbine in the same area in 2015. Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Tyskere betaler for at få slukket danske vindmøller, når det blæser

[Germans pay to shut off Danish wind turbines when the wind blows – In 2018, wind turbine production was reduced by approximately 290 gigawatts and DKK 190 million (>28 million USD) was paid to wind turbine owners in Western Denmark to shut down their production. (translate article to English)] Der er mange vindmøller i Midt- og Vestjylland. Faktisk er vi den landsdel med allerflest vindmøller. De skyder op i landskabet og på vandet, fordi de skal udnytte al den vind, der suser . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2019 • Denmark, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Love Your Home

In January, energy giant and offshore wind leader Ørsted launched a children’s book, Is This My Home?, and an online “universe” to make it easier for parents to talk to their children about climate change. The book takes a little girl on a journey from her bedroom to mountains, forests and oceans to discover that the whole planet is her home. She sees snow melting and oceans becoming polluted. She returns to her bedroom and thinks of all the wonderful . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2019 • Denmark, Iowa, Nebraska, Netherlands, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

A new problem for clean energy: Dealing with old windmill blades

If you live in a state where wind power is generating an increasing share of electricity, you’ve probably passed a windmill blade being towed down the highway and assumed that another new wind turbine is being installed somewhere. You might be wrong. Wind turbines put into service in the 1990s and the 2000s are reaching the end of their useful lives of 20 to 30 years and are being replaced. That’s creating a massive amount of junk that needs to . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2019 • Denmark, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine maker Vestas cuts 600 staff in Denmark and Germany

Wind turbine maker Vestas said on Friday it would lay off 590 people at blade factories in Germany and Denmark to rein in costs and cope with a squeeze on prices as state subsidies fall. Vestas said it would halve it workforce at its factory in Lauchhammer, Germany by cutting 500 jobs, while about 90 workers, paid by the hour, would be laid off in Lem, Denmark. “Today’s very competitive industry and the fast-moving energy transition means we must introduce . . . Complete story »

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