Briefly Noted … Wind Energy

S&SE to build 100 MW windfarm; SKF to supply bearings for Vestas; TEP to buy from residential wind turbines.

– As part of a £450 million renewable energy plan, Scottish & Southern Energy will build a 100 MW windfarm in southern Scotland which will be obscured from population centres by surrounding hills. The project near Girvan will install 60 turbines at a cost of US$ 80 million. – Swedish engineering firm SKF has been selected as the main supplier of bearings for wind turbines from the world’s largest manufacturer, Vestas of Denmark. The two-year agreement covers deliveries of bearings to Vestas’ plants worldwide and SKF says it will shorten the time from order to delivery, a factor of importance to customers in the wind energy sector. The wind market is expected to grow by 25 percent per year, but SKF says its sales increased 60 percent during the first nine months of this year. – Tokyo Electric Power will buy power generated by small home wind turbines in January, according to reports. New government policies make it compulsory for utilities to use a proportion of power generated from renewable sources. Tokyo Power will buy power for 22 yen per kWh from 400 kW turbines.
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