Vestas has been awarded two contracts totalling 450MW for wind power projects in the US and The Storms Hog Power (SHP), a swine waste-to-energy facility, has been officially launched at the Storms Hog Farm near Bladenboro, North Carolina. wraps-up the key headlines from June 2014.

Vestas to supply turbines for 450MW of projects in US

Wind farm

Vestas has been awarded two contracts totalling 450MW for wind power projects in the US under a master supply agreement (MSA) with EDF Renewable Energy.

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Under the first contract, Vestas will supply 75 V110-2.0MW turbines for the 150MW Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas, US.

Vestas will also provide 150 V100-2.0MW turbines for the 300MW Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico, under the second contract.

North Carolina’s largest swine waste-to-energy plant officially launched

The Storms Hog Power (SHP), a swine waste-to-energy facility, has been officially launched at the Storms Hog Farm near Bladenboro, North Carolina, US.

The North Carolina’s 600kW largest swine waste-to-energy facility is now operating at full capacity upon successfully sustaining peak or near peak output for the past 90 days.

DVO owner and founder Steve Dvorak said anaerobic digestion offers many benefits far beyond power generation.

Westinghouse eyes US NRC approval for Specialized Seismic Option

Westinghouse is seeking the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) review and approval of the Specialised Seismic Option of its AP1000 nuclear power plant for use in locations with higher seismic activity.

The company is developing the new version of the AP1000 nuclear power plant with enhanced seismic resistance for some portions of the western US and certain other countries.

Currently, Westinghouse is working jointly with its majority owner Toshiba on a limited number of customised materials and/or reinforcements to enable construction of new units in areas comprising higher seismic spectrum.

UK Green Investment Bank plans to launch new £1bn fund for offshore wind

Offshore wind

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is planning to launch a £1bn fund to acquire equity stakes in operational offshore wind projects in the country.

The Bank is seeking a suitable group of strategic, long-term co-investors to participate in the fund, which will be managed by a GIB subsidiary.

It will also seek permission from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to become a regulated fund manager.

Trina Solar to supply 60MW of PV modules to Xinyi Solar

Trina Solar will supply 60MW of PV modules to Xinyi Solar for solar projects in Anhui, China, which will be used in utility scale and agricultural greenhouse solar projects.

Of the total 60MW, Trina Solar will supply 5MW of its TSM-PC05A modules, 30MW of TSM-PC14 modules and 25MW of dual glass TSM-PDG5 modules.

The PDG5 dual glass solar panel will be used as a roof bracing piece for an agricultural greenhouse located within Xinyi Solar’s power plant in Anhui province.

Siemens to supply gear units for coal-fired power plants in India

Coal grinding

Siemens has been awarded a contract by Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) for supply of large gear units and gear components for vertical mills for coal grinding.

Under the contract, Siemens Drive Technologies Division will supply large gear units and gear components for vertical mills to cover their overall demand in the coming three years.

The company will deploy the Flender gear units in vertical mills with an output of 800kW and 1,000kW, which are used for coal grinding in the power plants.

CG wins contract to provide 750,000 ZIV smart meters to GNF

Crompton Greaves’ (CG) Automation Business Unit has been selected by the Spanish utility Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) for the supply of 750,000 smart meters and will be one of its main smart meter suppliers for the next two years.

Under the contract, CG Automation will provide ZIV single phase smart meters to meet the requirement for domestic meters from GNF.

The company will also provide around 20,000 three-phase meters and is currently participating in a significant tender for Data Concentrator Units (DCUs).

India plans to construct four giant solar projects with 1,000MW capacity each

Solar power

The Indian Government is planning to construct four giant solar power plants, with a capacity of 1,000MW each, as part of its efforts to accelerate the solar energy program.

The potential solar projects are expected to be located in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

In order to make renewable energy more affordable, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) plans to bundle solar and conventional power, The Economic Times reported.