European Business Briefs: wind farms, gas analysers and interconnection

In this week’s European Business Briefs, a US order for a new type of wind turbine, the first report on electricity grid connections in Europe, a fuel cell analyser and a new wind project in the Baltic Sea.


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American Wind Technology, a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems, is supplying V80 1.8MW wind turbines to a Californian project run by US wind power developers FPL Energy. The order is worth €85 million and is the first major order to the US for the new Vestas V80-1.8 MW wind turbines, which will be delivered during the first half of 2003.

European electricity group EURELECTRIC have published their first report, European Interconnection: State of the Art 2002, on the current situation and potential projects of the European electricity system. The report contains information on interconnection developments in thirty countries and will be revised on a regular basis.

Swiss firm Agilent Technologies Europe have launched a gas analyser to assess fuel cell processes. The Agilent 5000A measures impurities in fuel and feeds, such as low-level suphur compounds like hydrogen sulfide, and can also be use to evaluate electrode materials.

German owned company Sweden Offshore Wind is planning to build a wind farm in the same region of the Baltic Sea as another wind power project, reports the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet. Offshore’s one hundred turbines will join Eurowind’s 200 strong windpark on Krieger’s platform.

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