Monday, 25 May 2009

The Danish wind industry had a 5.7 billion Euros export in 2008

The Danish Wind Industry Association has just published the annual industry statistics for 2008 which show that the industry last year had a 5.7 billion Euros export of wind technology and had 28,400 employed in the sector at the end of 2008. Thus 2008 was again a record year for the wind industry and it is now among the biggest export industries in Denmark.

Since then the financial crisis has turned the "world upside down" - and 2009 looks far more bleak than just a few months ago.

Growth Boom

- 2008 was a good year for the industry and we are very happy and proud of the fine result which shows that the wind industry had a total export of 5.7 billion Euros, says Jan Hylleberg, CEO of the Danish Wind Industry Association.

The wind industry's high export figures correspond to a growth of approx. 20 pct. compared to 2007, where the industry exported a total of 4.7 billion Euros of Danish wind turbine technology abroad. This means that the wind power industry exports amounted to 7.2 pct. of the total Danish exports in 2008.

- It went well for the export of Danish energy technology and it went particularly well for the wind industry's exports in 2008 as it accounted for more than 70 pct. of the total Danish exports of energy technology, notes Jan Hylleberg and continues:

- It is particularly derived from the fact that Danish suppliers are increasingly exporting components and services to foreign producers. The Danish producers have been global for years. Now the Danish suppliers are greatly after it and it is a trend I think we will continue to see.

We want to preserve the red-white lead

The Danish wind turbine industry is the world's wind hub and the center for knowhow of wind energy. But if this position and the resulting high export must be maintained, there are two main challenges that must be met.

- The wind industry has an urgent need to test and demonstrate its technology in Denmark. It is therefore crucial for the industry's future, that there are the right places for testing prototypes and enough of them very soon, says Jan Hylleberg and adds:

- We also hope that there will soon be a renewed long term political focus when it comes to planning for renewable energy towards 2020. We need the support for the Danish development of wind power to be reconfirmed and translated into concrete planning so that our industry again can show the newest and best technologies at work on Danish soil as an integral and effective part of the Danish energy supply, and last but not least, wind turbines are essential in order for Denmark to realize its EU renewable energy targets.

The wind industry trade statistics show that by the end of 2008 there were more than 28,400 employees in the wind energy industry. In 2007, 23,500 were employed in the industry and thus employment in the industry has increased 20.9 percent.

The global financial crisis and a lower than expected market growth; however, has meant that the industry has been forced to adjust production capacity in Denmark and therefore the number of employees. The Danish Wind Industry Association estimates against this background that there will be approx. 26,000 employees in the industry at the end of the second quarter 2009.

- We hope and believe that the Danish wind industry at present has made the necessary adjustments to the number of employees, however if the market will not recover again soon, it might be necessary to adapt the work force even more" ends Jan Hylleberg.

Turnover: National turnover rose to 7.2 billion Euros in 2008 against 5.7 billion Euros in 2007.
Increase of nearly 1.5 billion Euros or 26 percent.

Turnover: Global sales rose to 11.4 billion Euros in 2008 against 8.8 billion Euros in 2007.
Increase of 2.6 billion Euros or 29 percent.

Export: Exports rose to 5.7 billion Euros in 2008 against 4.7 billion Euros in 2007.
Increase of 1 billion Euros or 20 percent.

Employment: Employment rose to 28,400 employees by the end of 2008 from 23,500 employees in 2007.
Increase of 4,900 employees or 20.9 percent.

Employment today: about 26,000 by the end of the second quarter 2009.
Increase of 2500 employees compared to 2007 or about. 11 percent.

Source : RBN

Friday, 22 May 2009

The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship for Indian Students at Stanford University, 2009

Reliance Industries Limited has created the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowhip to support Indian nationals living in India with financial need in obtaining an MBA at Stanford. This scholarship is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders in India who are committed to the country’s human and socio-economic progress. Students will receive full financial support for the two-year Stanford MBA Program and for all fees associated with applying and attending.

Who can apply?
Indian nationals who are graduates and wish to pursue an MBA abroad. As part of the MBA admission process, you will be required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Also, within two years of completing their Stanford MBA studies, Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows are required to return to India for a period of at least two years employment in the public or private sector.

Candidates will be selected based on criteria like merit, commitment to developing India and financial need. Standford will select five Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows based on primary admission criteria including intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential and personal qualities and contributions

For further information, log on to:

Deadline : 1 June, 2009

Monday, 18 May 2009

TN Wind Energy Target short by 100million units

Chennai, May 17 Electricity generation from wind mills installed in Tamil Nadu fell sharply to 16.71 million units on Saturday, compared with 34.72 million units the previous day. On Thursday, the windmills in the State generated a record 41.16 million units — the highest so far this season (summer).

Tamil Nadu has installed wind power capacity of 4,126 MW, which is over 70 per cent of the wind power capacity in the entire country.

The State has always been handsomely rewarded for using this resource.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) had targeted to get 484 million units of electricity from the wind mills. By May 16, it has got 384 million units.

However, given the fickleness of wind-electricity, one has to keep one’s fingers crossed.

Power hungry

Tamil Nadu has been reeling under acute power shortage and the TNEB has been able to keep (scheduled) load shedding at levels between 900 MW and 1,050 MW only by purchasing power at very high costs from other States, mainly Chhattisgarh.

The industries in the State suffer a four-hour power cut, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., but many manufacturing units complain of intermittent, unannounced power outages.

In an informal meeting on March 31, Tamil Nadu’s Electricity Minister, Mr Arcot N. Veerasami, had said the power cut would be off from May 10, when wind power would have started to kick-in.

Wind power generation began earlier this year, thanks to good winds, but there has been no respite from power cuts.

Source : BL

Saturday, 16 May 2009

ONGC to step up investment in non-conventional energy sources

Hyderabad, May 13 Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) is in the process of stepping up investments in the next two-three years to tap into the huge non-conventional energy sources, while focusing on extracting more out of new shallow and existing deepwater wells.

The Director (Exploration), ONGC, Dr D.K. Pande, told Business Line that the work on exploiting coal bed methane (CBM), gas hydrates and coal gasification, along with wind and solar energy sources, will see an initial investment of about Rs 500 crore.

“In fact, once we finalise a contract, we will be able to sell CBM,” Mr Pande said.

“The Rs 500-crore investment will cover solar energy and possibly uranium extraction. While the Jharia mines will produce CBM, the gas hydrates project is being taken up in partnership with IIT, Kharagpur,” he explained.

Asked if work on deepwater wells had slowed down, Dr Pande said: “Availability of rigs has been a major constraint. We expect to firm up rigs during the year and begin work in the deepwater wells of Cauvery basin, Krishna-Godavari basin, Andaman and in the Konkan region in Kerala. We expect to speed up work at Cambay and in Assam.” “Significantly, according to estimates, there is huge untapped potential in the shallow and marginal wells. While ensuring that the existing wells sustain their production, the focus will be on tapping into shallow water wells,” he said.

While the CBM production is likely to be about 5,000 cubic metres, the gas hydrates project will be operational within two years.

Work is also under way for the underground coal gasification project in Rajasthan wherein ONGC is spending up to Rs 100 crore. In partnership with Schlumberger in Dehradun, he said the project mandate covers shared gas.

Referring to the potential to tap solar and wind energy, Dr Pande said that the corporation is generating 15 MW at Mangalore and is working on a solar energy project.

Energy consumption
Earlier, delivering a lecture on Hydrocarbon Exploration Riding Technology Wave at the National Geophysical Research Institute, Dr Pande said that the energy consumption patterns are poised for major changes over the next three decades. Dr Pande said new 4D seismic surveys combined with visualisation facility will help expedite exploration work.

Source : BL

Elecon Engg to invest Rs 100 cr in windmill biz,expects 20% growth

Ahmedabad, May 15 Elecon Engineering Company Ltd, leading materials handling equipment, industrial gears and transmission products manufacturer, said it expected to grow by 20 per cent with sales target of Rs 1,150 crore, including around 8 per cent from exports, in 2009-10.

Elecon’s average growth over the last three fiscals was 32 per cent.

The company is investing nearly Rs 100 crore in the windmill gear business and foraying into manufacturing 1-2 MW capacity wind mill gear boxes as an import substitute, said Mr Prayasvin Patel, Chairman and Managing Director of the Vallabh Vidyanagar-based company, here. The company is also developing a wind farm at Narayan Sari in Kutch where it has bought land.

However, the wind energy business being a risky proposition due to unpredictability of wind, dependability on subsidies and other factors, this endeavour would continue to be only a part of Elecon’s business.

“We don’t want to become a major player in the wind mill business,” he added.

As on March 31, 2009, Elecon Engineering, which leads its sector with 26 per cent market share, had an order book of Rs 200 crore, including Rs 24 crore from international companies while its unexecuted order value was Rs 1,627 crore. Export order booking and invoicing target for gear division during 2009-10 is around Rs 90 crore and Rs 50 crore, respectively.

The company has received business-related inquiries worth Rs 3,000 crore.

Currently it is manufacturing two large marine gear boxes for the Indian Navy’s ambitious first indigenously-made aircraft carrier at Cochin Shipyard with delivery expected in the next six months.

In 2008-09, the company’s sales revenues were Rs 955.06 crore (Rs 826.43 crore). Its PAT was down to Rs 57.45 crore (Rs 67 crore) due to high interest rates and volatility of foreign exchange market, among other factors. The company is paying 75 per cent dividend, as in the last fiscal, Mr Patel added.

Source : BL

Friday, 15 May 2009

Risø DTU is the first in the world to connect polymer solar cells to the grid

As the first in the world, a strong Danish research and industrial collaboration has connected a polymer solar cell plant to the grid. For a long time Risø’s solar energy programme has been conducting research into polymer solar cells, a cheap alternative to existing silicon-based solar cells. Research is now at such an advanced stage that a demonstration plant has been built at Risø DTU.

From the beginning Risø’s research into solar cells based on polymer materials has had a strong focus on production, demonstration and application. As part of an experiment made in cooperation with the companies Mekoprint A/S and Gaia Solar A/S the polymer solar cells have now been connected to the grid at Risø.

”The demonstration is an excellent example of how cooperation between research and industry promotes technology development and creates the initial basis for implementing new technology in society," says Henrik Bindslev, Director of Risø DTU.

The polymer solar cells for the solar cell plant have been produced in collaboration with Mekoprint A/S, who specializes in “roll to roll” production of flex-print and printed electronics.

After the production of the solar cells – and in collaboration with Gaia Solar A/S - Risø DTU has manufactured large panels upon which the solar cells are mounted. Gaia Solar A / S specializes in module construction of silicon solar cell panels and has built Risø’s polymer solar cells into their design. The panel is placed on a tracker which follows the movement of the sun. The generated power is added to the grid.

Already in June 2008, Risø presented the polymer solar cells at the Roskilde Festival in cooperation with Mekoprint A / S. At that time the price was 4.500 € / W, but a huge effort made the price go down to 22 € / W in January 2009 and further down to 15 € / W in March 2009. At the end of 2009 the price is expected to be 4-5 € / W.

Collaboration with the industry seeks to promote the industrialization of polymer solar cells in Denmark and if this succeeds, polymer solar cells can become a ground-breaking energy technology to be used in Denmark and also for export. With such a goal-oriented effort polymer solar cells can become another Danish sustainable energy technology with tremendous export potential.

Source : RISO

Advanced experiment is to make wind turbines more efficient and quiet

Tjæreborg Enge, 10 kilometres south of Esbjerg, is going to set the framework for some of the most advanced wind turbine experiments ever seen. A blade from one of the wind turbines in Tjæreborg Enge is removed and replaced with a test blade that has advanced measuring equipment. The measurements on the new test blade begin in May and aim at making the wind turbines of the future more efficient and quiet.

The experiments are going to provide an accurate picture of how the wind acts around a cross-section of a wind turbine blade. These air currents can be calculated and the calculations can be used for designing new blade profiles. Unfortunately the calculation models are not quite accurate, so a piece of the newly designed blade will have to be tested inside a wind tunnel. But these measurements are not entirely accurate either. For in the wind tunnel the blade is standing still during the measurements, while the blade rotates in real life, just as the atmospheric wind is different than the flow inside a wind tunnel. Moreover, the blade is elastic and therefore it moves. All these uncertainties will become significantly smaller because of the new experiments.

LM Glasfiber has produced the blade
The advanced test blade has been produced by LM Glasfiber. Seen from outside it looks like the blades that are already attached to the wind turbine. However, it carries measuring devices. More than 300 measurement points will be read 30 to 100 times per second and some of them up to 50,000 times per second. The only visible thing on the blade is 4 small pipes, pointing out from the front edge of the blade. They measure the wind which hits the blade on the place where the blade has a number of small holes (1 mm in diameter) making it possible to measure the pressure distribution on the blade.

The measurements will take 3-4 months starting in May 2009, after the test blade has been attached to the wind turbine. The measurements will be made in series lasting 3-4 days. When there are no ongoing measurements on the turbine, it will stand still or rotate quite slowly in order to protect the instruments. There will be no measurements during rainy or humid weather, as it may cause damage to the instruments.

Noise measurements
In periods noise measurements are carried out on the wind turbine, as the test programme also includes basic conditions concerning noise from wind turbines.

Finally, a few times laser beams will be used to measure the wind conditions. The laser system is a so-called LIDAR instrument, which is able to measure the wind speed at a point far from the instrument by means of a thin laser beam. This means that when placed on the ground the instrument can make measurements high above where the blades are rotating. A LIDAR throws a beam into the air and is not of any danger to humans or animals in the area.

Cooperation among Vestas, Siemens, LM, DONG Energy and Risø DTU
The research project ”Experimental rotor- and profile aerodynamics on MW wind turbines” is supported by the Danish energy research programme EFP-2007. The major Danish industries within wind energy take part in this project and support it financially. Participants in the project are Risø DTU, Vestas, Siemens, LM and DONG

Source: RISO

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

ஓட்டு போடலையோ! ஓட்டு!!

என்ன நடந்தாலும் பரவாயில்லை... ஓட்டு போட மறந்திடாதீங்க...

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இந்த வருசமும் என் ஓட்டு போச்சு என்று புலம்பி கொண்டிருந்தவனையும் மிஞ்சும் அளவுக்கு புலம்பினான் இன்னொருவன்... உனக்கு பரவாயில்ல... ஓட்ட "சுவாஹா" பண்ணி உன்னை காப்பத்திட்டாங்க... எங்க நிலைமைய பாரு... நடக்குற கொடுமையெல்லாம் பார்த்துட்டு எந்த பொணந்திண்ணிக்கு ஓட்டு போடுறதுனு தெரியாம தவிச்சு கிட்டு இருக்கோம்.

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