Issue 3&4/2018

An industry in distress

Government policy has left German wind companies reeling – but the pressure is just as great for the municipalities they operate in. Aurich, in Lower Saxony, has had to impose a budget freeze.
22 Aug 18, Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0
Issue 2/2018

Is China stirring up the wind sector?

Ralf Peters, Head of Communications at wind turbine manufacturer Nordex, wouldn’t be surprised if Chinese turbines were running in Germany soon.
16 Apr 18, Interviewed by Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0
Issue 5/2017

Husum Wind trade fair: Everything under review

The pursuit of efficiency gains is not limited to wind turbines. Faced with falling remuneration levels, an entire industry is getting to grips with this very task. Meanwhile, it is on the look-out for new business models.
23 Nov 17, By Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0

Record year for wind energy

Stormy weather and massive new installation figures of wind turbines in Europe has made its impact. Wind energy reached end of last year new highs.
30 Jan 15, Isaac Bah 0
Interview of the week

“Everyone urgently needs planning security”

…says Felix Losada, spokesperson for Nordex SE, in light of current developments in the German wind turbine market. According to calculations by Deutsche WindGuard on behalf of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), 1,154 new wind turbines with a total output of 2,998.41 megawatts were installed in Germany in 2013. This is a good result, but will it continue in 2014?
3 Feb 14, Interviewed by Bernward Janzing 0

“We want an honest debate”

Deutsche WindGuard recently analysed the investment and operating costs of onshore wind-energy projects on behalf of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). The study, “The Costs of Onshore Wind Energy”, reached a clear conclusion: with mean electricity-production costs ranging between EUR 0.06 and EUR 0.11 per kilowatt hour (kWh), onshore wind energy continues to be one of the most cost-effective renewable energies. “Thanks to technical optimisation and new concepts for wind turbines, the electricity-production costs of wind turbines have continued to decline significantly in the last few years,” says Thorsten Herdan, head of the German Engineering Federation’s power systems segment. In an interview with new energy, BWE President Sylvia Pilarsky-Grosch talks about the potential for cost reductions and her hopes for an informed debate with politicians.
19 Nov 13, Interviewed by Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0

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Bridge or barrier - The controversial role of natural gas

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