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Servicing contract win

July 16, 2018

Following a competitive tender process, Natural Power has been appointed by Ventient Energy to deliver an independent turbine servicing contract at Westfield Wind Farm in Fife, Scotland. The four five-year-old Nordex N90 wind turbines on site will be covered by the servicing contract that includes a carefully planned predictive maintenance schedule as well as reactive (More…)

 


Natural Power delivers on UK’s first subsidy-free wind farm

June 21, 2018

Acting on behalf of developer Energiekontor, leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power has been appointed as Owner’s Engineer for the construction phase of Withernwick Wind Farm Extension, located in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd started balance of plant construction work on site this month, and the project is scheduled (More…)

 


White paper: Co-location of wind and solar PV


As renewable technologies continue to penetrate global energy markets, one of the pressing challenges is how to best complement these sources of variable generation to ensure demand is met at all times. At the same time, developers are looking to maximise the use of grid connections and reduce infrastructure costs to compete in a subsidy-free market. Increasingly, hybrid (More…)

 


Natural Power supports construction of European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

June 14, 2018

Following the final turbine installation at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility, Natural Power is delighted to have been involved throughout the construction phase supporting the Environment and Consents Manager for the Vattenfall development. During construction of the EOWDC, also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, (More…)

 


Natural Power talks performance optimisation at Onshore Wind 2018

June 11, 2018

Natural Power’s Director of Operations and Asset Management, Euan Fenelon, will be presenting on the topic of performance optimisation at Scottish Renewables’ Onshore Wind Conference which takes place on Tuesday 12th June in Glasgow. With the most abundant wind resource in Europe, Scotland is a world leader in onshore wind. The Scottish Government’s new Energy (More…)

 


Reducing the cost of energy through OPEX optimisation

June 7, 2018

By Iain Dinwoodie, Senior Asset Performance Engineer at Natural Power While wind farm owners will take differing operational strategies, what unites them will be a return on investment (ROI) figure. For some this will be over the short-term for others, a much longer view will be taken. To help optimise this ROI, an operations and (More…)

 


Natural Power praised for professionalism in service delivery at Hywind

May 30, 2018

Natural Power, has been praised for its professionalism during its role in overseeing the installation of the onshore substation as part of Equinor’s (formerly Statoil) Hywind project – the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. Andrew Saunders, Senior Electrical Engineer at Equinor, said: “Natural Power supported Equinor in the construction and commissioning phase of Hywind (More…)

 


Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm

May 24, 2018

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse today (Thursday 24th May) visited Natural Power’s global headquarters, ‘The Green House’ in Dumfries and Galloway, to mark the official launch of the new over £540,000 ControlCentre, and to mark the opening of Fred Olsen Renewables’ Brockloch Rig Wind Farm, which is to be operated by Natural Power. To celebrate the (More…)

 


Natural Power in the running for In-house Planning Team of the Year

May 23, 2018

We’re delighted to have been shortlisted in the ‘In-house Planning Team of the Year’ category of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards 2018. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall tomorrow, 24 May 2018. To view the full shortlist, visit http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2018/?dm_i=3ES5,NB1O,3HBD15,2EMGT,1 – good luck to all the nominees. As one (More…)

 


Reducing the cost of energy through OPEX optimisation

May 14, 2018

Natural Power will be attending WindEurope’s technology workshop ‘Analysis of Operating Wind Farms 2018’ which takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 15th and 16th May. As part of the poster presentation programme on predicting and enhancing turbine performance, Iain Dinwoodie, Senior Asset Performance Engineer at Natural Power, will speak on the topic of ‘Reducing the (More…)

 


Powering forward at WINDPOWER 2018

May 2, 2018

Natural Power will be exhibiting at WINDPOWER 2018 which takes place from May 7th – 10th at the McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois. You’ll find Natural Power at booth number 3420. Organised annually by AWEA, WINDPOWER 2018 is where the industry comes together to plan for the future. This year’s event ‘Powering Forward to (More…)

 


Low carbon heat: levelling the playing field

April 20, 2018

Natural Power’s Senior Renewable Heat Manager, Andy Yuill, will be joining speakers at Scottish Renewables’ Low Carbon Heat Conference on 24th April 2018 at The Studio in Glasgow. As part of plenary session two ‘Levelling the playing field’, chaired by Scottish Renewables’ Senior Policy Manager, Fabrice Leveque, Andy joins Tanja Groth, Decentralised Energy Manager at (More…)

 


With just under a year to go, how will Brexit impact investment certainty and our journey to a low carbon energy future?

April 17, 2018

After months of negotiation, a clearer picture for the electricity sector is starting to emerge and it is looking reasonably positive. Whilst there is still plenty of ground to cover until the March 19 deadline, we can be fairly confident on the following:- It will be business as usual for the GB market during the (More…)

 


Natural Power at Wind Operations Dallas


This year’s 10th annual Wind Operations Dallas will see Natural Power’s Senior Vice President in North America, Holly Burnett, chair the Asset, Risk and Performance Optimization track on April 17th followed by the Fleet Digitization track on April 18th. Holly will also participate in a panel discussion focused on the return-on-investment of data analytics and (More…)

 


Benchmarking: a collaborative strategy to ensure operational success

April 10, 2018

As 3.2 GW of support for three strategic projects was announced last September for the UK CfD auction, the results continued the trend of lower than expected prices in European offshore wind auctions. Much like offshore wind, competitive auctions for onshore wind energy have seen prices drop dramatically in mature markets. Last year, Turkey’s first (More…)

 


Construction complete ahead of schedule at Sommette wind farm in France

April 5, 2018

Working as owner’s engineer for John Laing Group plc, Natural Power has successfully completed the construction phase of the Sommette wind farm in Picarde, Northern France. Total installed capacity for the Sommette wind farm is 21.6 MW from nine Nordex N117/2400 turbines, each with capacity of 2.4 MW. The project benefits from a 15-year feed-in (More…)

 


De-risking utility scale battery storage projects – a Technical Advisor’s view

March 23, 2018

The battery storage market’s exponential growth has captivated developers and investors alike. Despite over a hundred MW of front-of-the-meter, utility scale battery projects currently installed in the UK and predictions of up to 12 GW of new installations to 2022, many investors view the market with scepticism. If you are an investor who is well versed (More…)

 


Irish expansion continues apace

March 21, 2018

Renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, is adding four new team members at its Dublin office. Keara O’ Shea has joined the team as a geotechnical engineer to support geotechnical investigation and consultancy services and Kathryn Oliver has joined as an environmental consultant to cope with the demand in environmental services. A business development (More…)

 


Electricity Fit for Market By Giles Dearden, Director of Due Diligence

March 19, 2018

Last month I had the great pleasure of chairing & delivering the opening presentation at the 8th AltAssets Renewable Energy Investor Forum, in London.   A little prior investigation into the current status of renewable generation in the global energy transition mix was surprising – only 10% of electricity is being supplied from renewable. As (More…)

 


Contruction complete at Meenwaun Wind Farm, Ireland


Working on behalf of Element Power the projects’ developer, renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has reached project close on the construction phase at Meenwaun Wind Farm in County Offaly, Ireland, where the team acted as owner’s engineer and provided construction project management and ecological services. The 1OMW MEC site consisting of four GE (More…)