THE FRIDAY NOTE: 7-MW turbine off Fukushima and more of the week's top picks
Sheringham Shoal wind farm off the UK coast. Author: NHD-INFO. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.
This week the Forward consortium anchored a 7-MW wind turbine off Fukushima, SunPower said it had acquired 1.5 GW of US solar projects from Infigen, and EWEA announced the record 2.34 GW of first-half offshore wind in Europe.
Other hot news include a proposal for a 50-GW National Geothermal Goal in the US, offshore wind disposals by Mainstream Renewable Power and Centrica, and the enviro nod for a 450-MW solar project in Spain.
OFFSHORE WIND OUTSIDE EUROPE
A 7-MW MHI SeaAngel turbine was anchored on Wednesday off the Japanese coast under the Fukushima floating offshore wind farm demonstration project (Fukushima Forward). The machine will commence demonstration operation later in 2015. All in all, the consortium will aim to expand the scheme to 1 GW.
In the US, the installation of five foundations for the country's first offshore wind farm commenced Sunday. The laying of submarine cables and turbine erection at Deepwater Wind’s 30-MW Block Island project are planned for 2016.
Europe’s offshore wind capacity grew by the record 2,343 MW in the first half (H1) of 2015, with Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) being the turbine supplier for 57.2% of that. “It has taken the offshore wind industry just six months to set the best year the sector has ever seen in terms of installed capacity,” said Kristian Ruby, chief policy officer at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
The continent’s offshore wind capacity now stands at 10,393.6 MW across 11 countries.
UK energy group Centrica plc (LON:CNA) announced Friday it is selling its 245 MW of wind assets, including its 50% stake in the 270-MW Lincs offshore wind farm in UK waters. Meanwhile, according to a report from earlier this week, Ireland's Mainstream Renewable is negotiating the sale of its 448-MW Neart na Gaoithe wind project to InterGen and Siemens Project Ventures.
The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) on Monday applauded Senators Lisa Murkowski and Maria Cantwell for The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, through which they propose a 50-GW National Geothermal Goal. It also includes measures to remove important barriers to geothermal development in the US.
In Spain, German solar developer Juwi AG has received clearance to build a 450-MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant, the Ministry of Environmental Affairs said on July 24. Juwi plans to construct the facility at a 1,088-ha (2,689 acres) land plot in the municipality of Mula.
US company SunPower Corp (NASDAQ:SPWR) said Monday it had acquired 1.5 GW of US solar projects in various stages of development from Australian sector player Infigen Energy (ASX:IFN). The projects are located in 11 states and may all be operational by 2020.
Later in the week, SunPower lifted its 2015 guidance for adjusted net profit and EBITDA, and said it is to deploy between 1.25 GW and 1.3 GW for the entire year.