27 Jan '14, 4pm

Wind Energy Joint Ventures: A Sign of the Times?

Wind Energy Joint Ventures: A Sign of the Times?

One wonders what Ford would have made of today’s wind industry, and in particular, its supporting manufacturing processes. The joint venture announced last week between Areva and Gamesa for offshore turbines would perhaps have given him plenty to think about. In the face of stiff competition from Vestas and Siemens, the collaboration makes a lot of sense. Whilst Areva has been successful in supplying turbines to many offshore wind projects — including Alpha Ventus, Global Tech 1 and Borkum West, as well as a number of French developments — Gamesa lags far behind, having only recently debuted its 5-MW offshore turbine. Interestingly, this 5-MW machine will apparently not form part of the deal, but will be destined for onshore use instead. Both firms, however, will work on a new 5-MW machine, and an 8-MW unit. The joint venture will provide some breathing space to both manuf...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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