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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 13, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Few Danes complain about wind turbines: group

“I don’t think a low number of complaints shows that people are happy,” said Henriette Vendelbo, chairperson with the Landsforeningen Naboer til Kæmpevindmøller (National Society for Neighbours of Wind Turbines) association. “I think it’s more due to tiredness. Normally, people have fought for several years before the turbines are erected. And events in other municipalities have shown that it is near hopeless to keep campaigning once the windmills are up,” Vendelbo said. Complete story »

November 4, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

‘Damaged part’ sparked 9.5MW fire; MHI Vestas points finger at component within V164 converter module

MHI Vestas has blamed a component damaged during installation for the fire that destroyed its 9.5MW offshore wind turbine prototype in August. The Danish manufacturer said the root cause was “unique to a prototype environment” and that the release of its upgraded V164 “remains on schedule”. The component in question was within the turbine’s converter module and was a standard industry part with a solid track record. It was added “solely as part of testing” the upgrade to 9.5MW at . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2017 • Denmark, EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

New name for Barrow windfarm owner DONG

The owner of the Walney Wind Farm off the coast of Barrow is set to change its name Dong Energy’s shareholders have been called to an extraordinary general meeting to change the company’s title to Ørsted. This change, expected to be approved, has come after the firm, which has its headquarters in Copenhagen, sold off its oil and gas interests to London-based Ineos to allow it to focus solely on renewable energy. Thomas Thune Andersen, the firm’s chairman, explained: “Dong . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Siemens Gamesa cuts 600 further jobs at Aalborg

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced a further round of job cuts at its Aalborg blade plant, affecting 730 employees. SGRE has cut over 1,500 blade manufacturing jobs in 2017. According to local reports, 600 jobs at the site will be lost, with a further 130 roles being redistributed. The move comes just eight months after an initial 150 jobs were cut at the site in February – prior to Siemens’ merger with Gamesa. “We are taking these steps . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Massiv mangel på støtte kan være enden for mange vindmøller

[Massive lack of support may be the end of many wind turbines] For Kenneth Lund og resten af Vildbjerg Vindkraft nærmer dagen sig, da vindmøllelaugets fem år gamle Vestas­-mølle ikke længere kan få støtte. Lidt over et år endnu, vurderer formanden, så skal vindmøllen producere el på den rene markeds­pris. Lige siden man satte møllen op i 2012, har de 100 medejere i Vildbjerg Vindkraft vidst, at pristillægget ville udløbe, men Kenneth Lund er alligevel bekymret, for i 2016 tjente . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

MHI Vestas takes down burnt-out V164 prototype for probe

Offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas has taken down a prototype of its flagship V164 turbine that caught fire for as-yet unknown reasons at the Østerild national test site in Denmark in order to better determine the cause of the incident. “We looked at many different scenarios with the investigative teams on how best to determine and confirm the root cause of the incident,” chief technology officer Torben Hvid Larsen said. “We are following the recommendation of the lead investigators . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

New Vestas turbine destroyed by fire

A fire at the Osterild Test Centre in Jutland, Denmark on Friday evening has destroyed the nacelle of an MHI Vestas V164 wind turbine. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but the company has expressed relief that there were no casualties associated with the incident. MHI Vestas said: “We are grateful that no one was injured. The fire brigade was called immediately and secured the area around the turbine. As soon as possible, and once it is . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

MHI Vestas prototype catches fire

An MHI Vestas V164 turbine has caught fire at the Osterild test centre in west Jutland, Denmark. Few details are available on the cause or the extent of damage from the incident. No one was hurt during the blaze. MHI Vestas said: “We are grateful that no one was injured. The fire brigade was called immediately and secured the area around the turbine. As soon as possible, and once it is safe to do so, we will begin investigating the . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Big MHI Vestas test wind turbine on fire

A test version of MHI Vestas’ V164, the world’s most powerful windturbine, has caught fire at a test centre in the west of Denmark. “Our technicians and experts will look into what has caused the fire,” a Vestas spokesman told Reuters, declining to comment further. The V164 model is MHI Vestas’ top model designed to challenge Siemens Gamesa, the market leader in the growing offshore market. MHI Vestas is a joint venture of Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Denmark’s Vestas. . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Vindmølleindustri fyrede AAU-professor (Wind industry fired professor)

– indikerer dokumentation i ny bog: Industrien pressede dekanen, og da der kom nedskæringsrunde, prikkede ledelsen kritisk støjforsker i marts 2014. På en skinbegrundelse, lyder kritikken. Støjprofessor Henrik Møller blev fyret d. 26. marts 2014 fra AAU [Aalborg Universitet] med henvisning til besparelser, selv om instituttet faktisk havde nybesat to lektorstillinger året før på fagområdet. Selv om han var en højprofileret og internationalt kendt støjforsker, så pegede pilen på ham, fordi hans eksterne indtjening var for lav. Han havde ”det . . . Complete story »

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