Articles from Denmark
The first stage of tree felling was recently completed despite local and foreign environmentalists protesting against the destruction of 1,500 hectares of forest to make way for the test centre for 187-metre tall windturbines.
Ten police officers turned up to end the blockade, but withdrew when it turned out that there were more activists than expected. The protestors are camping in the forest area where the authorities intend to cut down the trees to create the right wind conditions in the Test Centre. "We shall be back in greater numbers," the police said.
OSHA said Monday it has cited Vestas for one willful and 23 serious violations following an inspection of the wind turbine manufacturing plant. The inspection was initiated after an employee suffered a partial amputation of two fingers and a broken wrist in November. OSHA has proposed $164,000 in fines against Vestas.
E.ON AG, Germany's largest utility, said its 207-megawatt Roedsand-2 offshore wind park in Denmark was operating at 130 megawatts capacity today because of ice on the turbines. "Stopped turbines must be restarted at site which cannot be done at present weather conditions."
Vestas, the world's largest wind power company, is to cut up to 3,000 jobs - some 14 per cent of its global workforce - because of excess capacity and a cut in order expectations in Europe. The closures of four production facilities in Denmark and one in Sweden were announced on Tuesday.
The credit crisis has prompted banks to restrict loans to wind-park developers that buy turbines from Vestas and rivals such as Germany’s Siemens AG and General Electric Co. At the same time, Europe’s sovereign debt crisis has limited prospects for economic growth in the region.
It is closing four plants in Denmark and one in Sweden, including one in Viborg where it has been manufacturing since 1989. The factory moves follow Vestas' decision to move production of turbines away from the UK last year, when it closed its Isle of Wight facility.
Skycon, which employs about 450 people in Denmark and the UK, today announced it has filed for suspension of payments to creditors because the economic downturn has left it "cash-strapped".
To green campaigners, it is windfarm heaven, generating a claimed fifth of its power from wind and praised by British ministers as the model to follow. But amid a growing public backlash, Denmark, the world's most windfarm-intensive country, is turning against the turbines.
Wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems is more concerned with keeping customers and spreading risk than with retaining its global number-one spot ...Under pressure after a profit warning two weeks ago devastated its stock, Vestas executives sought to allay investor concerns about the competitive threats in an industry where growth has slowed.
Mass protests mean the energy firm will look offshore State-owned energy firm Dong Energy has given up building more wind farms on Danish land, following protests from residents complaining about the noise the turbines make.
Returning to Denmark, according to a short article by Torbjörn Isacson (2010), one of the largest windmill producers in the world, Vestas (of Denmark), has run into serious difficulties, and will be reducing its production. What I would like to believe is that the economics of windpower are on the way to being understood by highly educated persons in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia, but this is only partially the case.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world's largest wind-turbine maker, lost more than a quarter of its value in Copenhagen trading after it reported a larger-than- expected loss and cut forecasts, blaming delayed orders. ..."Vestas has suffered a serious blow to its credibility," Teea Reijonen, a London-based analyst with Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.
Opponents of the parliament's decision to place 250-metre high wind turbines at the protected nature area of Østerild Plantag in northwest Jutland are now turning to the EU as their last hope to stop the project. The gigantic turbines are to be part of a new wind power test centre.
Wind turbines, despite being so very green themselves, are antipathetic to nature. On forested hillsides, they require the clear felling of woodland; on low-lying coastal sites, they necessitate the draining of wetland to facilitate the construction of access roads and enormous concrete foundations. ...In spite of the cost, wind power generates only about 4 per cent of the electricity used in Denmark: the truth is that almost all of it is wasted.
Protests from more and more Danish neighbours of wind turbines on land have stopped wind power projects and made local politicians reluctant to approve licences. This is evident from a front page article in yesterday's edition of Jyllandsposten which is one of the country's biggest national newspapers.
DENMARK: Horns Rev I, the 160MW offshore wind farm jointly owned by Vattenfall and Dong Energy, has been shut down following a fault in its transformer station.
Disruption of a natural landscape's aesthetics can hardly be avoided. However, turbines need to be near local power grids as transmission distance drives up the cost of electricity. Combined with other issues, such as the noise generated by "swishing" turbine blades and grinding gearboxes, and "wind turbine syndrome", or supposed infrasound-induced health problems ranging from sleeplessness to learning disabilities, wind power is still battling inertia in many communities.
Sometimes it seems Denmark's primary goal in life is to make the U.S. feel environmentally inferior. ...The story of Denmark is one to heed as we prepare to dive headlong into alternatives. Bryce douses the green energy movement with a cold shower of facts and figures, ones that collectively remind us that a transition to wind and solar power would take decades, that it would be astronomically expensive, that it would make the U.S. reliant on China for turbines, and that it would lead to "energy sprawl."
Lars Løkke Rasmussen has not endeared himself to opposition parties in his first year as prime minister, but his most recent move may alienate him from his allies too. Rasmussen has proposed that a giant wind turbine test centre should be placed within the boundaries of the protected nature area of Østerild Plantage outside the northwest Jutland town of Thy.