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ICEF 2nd. Annual Meeting Summary: Concurrent Session - Wind Power

Posted by ICEF Secretariat August 27, 2015

Wind power has become a global movement and is viewed as an important future source of energy supply. In this session, various wind power related technologies, such as onshore, offshore and floating wind turbines, grid integration will be discussed. Furthermore, different technical and social situations which can promote the use of wind energy will be brought into light.

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Preben Maegaard [Chair], Executive Director, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

The rapid expansion in deployment of wind energy is stepped up by declining costs. Often renewable energy is competitive with conventional power at utility scale or even lower leading to expanding markets.

In 2013 according to IRENA, the International  Renewable  Energy Agency,  58% of new electricity generation capacity worldwide came from wind and solar, while 6,5 million jobs have been created.

Furthermore renewable energy increases energy supply security, diversifies national energy mixes, prevents price fluctuations and reduces impact of geopolitical risks. Especially in the face of climate change and resource scarcity, the world’s energy system is on the verge of a major transformation. 

The global solar and wind resources are inexhaustible and can deliver many times more the energy that will ever be needed by mankind and in climate friendly way in meeting the world’s need for sustainable power, heating, cooling and mobility Thus the expectations of the people and our communities to fulfill the aspirations for a better life can be satisfied.

In Denmark  wind energy  in 2014 covered 41% of the demand for electricity. In some regions, the wind energy may supply more than 100% of the demand for electricity while the required standards of power quality are being maintained.


Jin Kato, Co-CEO, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S is a hybrid company of Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. which was established on April 2014. Our business focus on offshore wind projects all over the world.

Offshore wind industry is on constant pressure from onshore wind industry, gas, oil, solar and many other energy source …however, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S’s mission is to co-develop wind as a financially viable and sustainable energy resource for future generations. We have more than 20 years of installation experience in the offshore industry, and we are committed to deliver affordable offshore wind to the world.

‘The bigger is better’- the size of turbine is important for many reasons. In this session, I would like to introduce the development and technology of the biggest wind turbine in the world- ‘V164-8.0MW’, and what MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S can deliver to reduce Cost of Energy.



Volker Thomsen, Vice President and Treasurer, World Wind Energy Association Bonn Germany

Distributed Windenergy in conjunction with Solar Thermal and PV in an distributed medium size combined power and heat generation including a biogas turbine and a big well insulated warm water buffer tank is the most successful and cost- and bio fuel efficient way . The bio mass used can be based on would chips, pellets or any kind of quality waste wood or straw or similar.  Usually a local recourse readily available within the respektive community. Denmark has had more than 50 years of growing success with this and covers more or less almost 90 % of the country serving thousands of local communities .
Starting almost 40 years ago the concept has spread out first to Northern Germany and later covering more and more regions and cities and other countries.  This is a great way of reducing heating and warm water cost as a spin off of e-generation and keeping CO2 emissions at a minimum. More and more countries in Northern Europe are increasingly going this or a similar way.
Combining some local waste bio fuels in a very good way with wind, Solar thermal and PV as well as including a sufficient insulated warm buffer tank is a natural local way  done properly with well known technologies  it represents the best potential of fast installations throughout all of Japan through existing companies on a local community level.
Is the fastest and best solution for Japan to meet the community energy needs in form of electricity, heating & cooling as well as warm water . It would be a great immediate and midterm solution and make the easiest transition to 100 % renewable energy for Japan to solve its urgent energy needs without going back to massive amounts Nuclear or fossil fuels.   Once the distance heating system is installed all over the country in thousands of distributed systems you want to expand the buffer storage with cheap well insulated hot water tanks according to your needs. 
One aspect that also is very important this project includes automatically an enormous local economical development that benefits all people. Therefore done properly it will as a side effect make very successful proud and efficient communities.  Last but nor least this is the best possible realistic solution for an immediate implementation.


Raghavan Venkatesh, National Council Member, Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA)

Despite the prevailing low oil prices, renewable energy and more specifically wind energy can play a pivotal role as a carbon free power source. This is especially true of developing economies  which are  characterized by low per capita energy consumption, huge demand – supply gaps and lower level of electrification and need abundant supplies of low cost, low carbon energy for their growth and development.

Though wind power has attained grid parity and technological maturity, the penetration levels have been low despite potential, especially in developing economics due to issues in large scale integration of wind power into electrical grid. The major issue / concern have been the variability of wind (power) and its controllability.

In this presentation we will discuss a cluster of actions initiated in India to address the variability and controllability associated with wind power to increase the penetration from current 5% to 15% in next seven years aligned to a vision of creating an installed capacity of 175 GW of renewable sources, comprising of 60 GW of wind power.