Carnegie’s wave energy CETO 3 deployment and testing activities are on track to be completed in 2010 as scheduled. The CETO 3 single unit deployment and testing at Garden Island will consist of an autonomous CETO unit, hydraulic energy dissipation system and instrumentation buoy. The hydraulic system and instrument buoy avoids, in the first instance, the investment required for a physical connection to shore for the initial single unit installation.
Portland wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince could move its business interstate because of the Victorian Coalition Government’s wind farm policy. The company recently won a $27 million contract to build towers for the Macarthur wind farm, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs.
General manager Steve Garner says parts of the Coalition’s wind farm policy, like the minimum turbine set-back distance, could mean fewer new wind farms are built. He says Keppel Prince could relocate to New South Wales. “If Victoria does stall and we don’t see a future in it then obviously we’ve got to look where the business is and I think the next area of growth will be somewhere in NSW,” he said.
Contact Energy has won its appeal to build a $400 million wind farm near Dannevirke, leaving local opponents “deeply disappointed” after a $150,000 legal battle.
The court has ruled in favour of the company building a wind farm on the Puketoi Range, southeast of Dannevirke, but has granted a lapse time of just five years – half that applied for. The consent allows Contact to build 58 turbines up to 125 metres high, or 52 turbines 150m high.
Gamesa will develop wind farms with a capacity of 324MW in Mexico with developer Eolia Renovables.
Scotland’s Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) has nabbed a £4m ($6.2m) contract to build Aquamarine Power’s second-generation wave energy device, further fuelling its momentum in the marine renewables sector.
The Dow Chemical Company will power its largest manufacturing facility in Brazil with eucalyptus wood biomass. Dow signed a supply agreement with Brazilian firm Energias Renovaveis do Brasil to help install and operate the biomass generation plant. The plant is expected to reduce the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by 180,000 metric tons annually and conserve 200,000 m3 of natural gas daily.