An independent jury has nominated HOCHTIEF Solutions, Kenersys Europe and SkyWind for the international Windalliance Technology Award.
Husum / Hannover, 5 September 2012. An independent jury has nominated HOCHTIEF Solutions, Kenersys Europe and SkyWind for the international Windalliance Technology Award. The award ceremony will take place at the leading international trade fair HUSUM WindEnergy on 19 September in Husum. In addition to the innovative character of the products and solutions submitted, the selection criteria of the four-person jury of experts also included their ecological, economical and social benefits.
"The candidates were very diverse", stated jury member Dr Klaus Rave, president of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and vice-president of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). "They ranged from new turbine concepts and process engineering to storage solutions and measuring systems."
Noise protection for marine creatures: the new foundation process from HOCHTIEF and HERRENKNECHT
Partners HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, represented by the centres of excellence for offshore wind and tunnel construction in Hamburg and Essen, and HERRENKNECHT AG have jointly developed the "Offshore Foundation Drilling" (OFD®) process. With the OFD® process the foundation elements are drilled out inside and their own weight is used to bring them into position in the foundation soil. This permits significantly larger monopile diameters than ever before, which makes it possible to install more powerful wind turbines even in heterogeneous geological conditions. Compared with the usual ramming procedure, the new process also massively reduces the acoustic emissions, which fore example affect porpoises in the North and Baltic Seas.
Flexible: the Kenersys platform strategy
Münster-based Kenersys GmbH has developed the "One-World-Turbine", a standardised platform for wind turbines suitable for most wind, grid and climate conditions worldwide. Using a single technology platform, parameters such as rotor size, hub height or generator nominal capacity are adapted to suit the wind conditions of each site. Kenersys has thus been able to optimise the costs by using standardised components while creating a site-specific solution at the same time.
Modular: the modular technology test turbine from SkyWind
Costs can also by reduced with the new SkyWind 3.4-megawatt modular technology test turbine for wind turbine components. The system that the Schleswig-Holstein based enterprise has entered for the technology prize has a modular structure throughout. All the main functions are assigned to individual modules. The system allows component manufacturers to test, exchange, develop and showcase new products in a real wind turbine. Because the tower also serves as a crane, the turbine can also be erected at not easily accessible locations with little logistical effort.
About the Windalliance Technology Award
The Windalliance Technology Award is an international technology prize jointly awarded by Deutsche Messe AG and Messe Husum, and the first ever presentation will take place at the HUSUM WindEnergy 2012 trade fair. The organisers use the award to honour outstanding innovations in the product and service sectors of the international wind industry. In addition to Dr Klaus Rave, the four-person jury also includes Dr Jos Beurskens, former head of research, renewable energy and wind energy at the Dutch research institute ECN, Professor Alois Schaffarczyk from the Centre of Excellence for Wind Energy (CE Wind) in Kiel, and Dr Kurt Rohrig from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and und Energy System Technology in Kassel.
The prize will be awarded on 19 September 2012 in the auditorium of the NordseeCongressCentrum (NCC) in Husum from 11:00 to 12:00.
About HUSUM WindEnergy
HUSUM WindEnergy is the world's biggest wind energy trade fair. It takes place every two years in Husum. From 18 to 22 September 2012, around 1,200 exhibitors from 30 nations will be showcasing their products and services on an exhibition space covering 58,000 square metres. The organisers are expecting in excess of 36,000 from 90 countries at this year's fair, a new record number of visitors. Partners of the organising company include the international associations GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council), BWE (German Wind Energy Association), VDMA Fachverband Power Systems, EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) and the North Frisia Business Development Agency.
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In uneven years the main wind trade fair is organised by Deutsche Messe AG as part of the HANNOVER MESSE. This is a showcase where wind energy systems, services and components are showcased in an industrial context. In cooperation with the parallel energy trade fairs and the world's largest trade fair for drive technology, MDA, WIND in Hannover is the focus for exhibitors and visitors from the power sector, industry, politics and the public sector. The next WIND trade fair will be held in Hanover from 8 to 12 April 2013.