VERGNET Farming Partner is Shortlisted for Innovation in British Farming Awards

New Holbeck Farm - Image 1Nottinghamshire dairy farmers, the Sharman family’s New Holbeck Farm located in Hallam, Newark, have been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Dairy Innovator of the Year 2015 category at The British Farming Awards.

The British Farming Awards highlight the determination and tenacity of British farmers in ever-changing and challenging conditions and climates. They recognise farmers who are taking positive steps to achieving a bigger and better business thanks to the innovations they have made.

Dairy Farmer Ian Sharman, who is renowned in the UK dairy industry for his 430‐strong herd of French Montbeliarde cows, installed a Vergnet 275kW medium wind turbine to help off-set energy demands on the farm and to generate additional income.

Since diversifying in renewables by installing a Vergnet wind turbine on the farm in 2012, and subsequently installing solar PV panels, New Holbeck farm is now powered almost entirely by renewables. This has enabled the Sharman family to control their energy costs and make savings at the vast farm. The Vergnet wind turbine powers the farm for eight hours a day, with excess power fed into the grid, providing an additional source of revenue for the family.

Vergnet works with partners and developers in the UK to provide high performance wind turbines for medium wind energy projects from 200 to 500kW. To date, the company has installed medium scale wind turbines on farms in Cornwall, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, East Lothian, the Scottish Borders and Northern Ireland.  The company’s UK subsidiary is based in Ripley, Derbyshire.

The 2015 British Farming Awards ceremony takes place in Worcestershire on 15th October and will host more than 500 farmers and industry representatives, gathering to celebrate the very best in British farming innovation. For more information on New Holbeck Farm, read our case study: http://www.vergnet.co.uk/case-studies/new-holbeck-farm-nottinghamshire/

Vergnet will soon be joining other UK dairy farmers interested in diversifying with wind energy at UK Dairy Day being held at the International Centre in Telford in Shropshire on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

UK Dairy Day, organised by Holstein UK, is set to feature over 7,000 square metres of exhibition space and over 180 dairy cows included in the cattle show throughout the dedicated one day event.

The theme for 2015 is ‘Sharing knowledge for a profitable dairy industry’ and those UK farmers and landowners interested in saving energy costs and driving additional income from wind energy are invited to join Vergnet on Stand number F18 in the concourse area 3 at the event.

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Renewable Energy Innovation Going From Strength To Strength

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An online platform developed by IRENA compiling the world’s largest collection of global renewable energy standards and technology information was recently launched to support green energy advancement.

The International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) database demonstrates the growth of renewable energy technology across the globe and will assist renewable industry developers, such as Vergnet, in their innovative research.

As a global manufacturer of renewable energy solutions for over 25 years, Vergnet’s strong design culture, manufacturing and engineering innovation allows our wind, solar and hybrid solutions to deliver quality, performance and reliability.

Vergnet’s commitment to developing the most technologically advanced, state-of-the-art designs led to the development of the self-adaption system Hybrid Wizard® by Vergnet, a patented software based solution, maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and guaranteeing a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

Vergnet’s attendance in June at innovative forums such as Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) and International Mining and Metallurgy Congress and Exhibition have allowed the demonstration of our industry expertise on a worldwide platform and also an opportunity to learn from other worldwide leaders in renewable energy design.

To learn more about our innovation in design and development of renewable energy solutions, visit www.vergnet.com.

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Wind Energy Powers Germany to Break New Record

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On July 25th 2015, Germany hit a new milestone as 78 per cent of the day’s energy demand was powered by wind, solar and other sources of renewable energy, beating the previous record of 74 per cent made in May 2014.

Helping set the record was an unusual weather pattern that brought heavy winds where most of the nation’s wind turbines are located. As the turbines generated more power, utilities ramped down coal- and gas-fired power plants.

In a promising move for Germany’s transition from coal- and oil-fired power to carbon-free electricity, energy data readings from earlier in the week on July 22nd showed that even with darkness reducing solar output to zero and no big winds in the forecast, renewables—wind, biomass, and hydropower—generated nearly 25 percent of Germany’s electricity.

This latest record demonstrates Germany’s ability to power a highly industrialised nation with renewable energy and serves as a model for other countries to aspire to as they aim to increase their use of renewable energy.

Vergnet provides wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions and has over 25 years’ experience in delivering renewable projects across six continents, including the installation of over 900 wind turbines worldwide.

Vergnet also developed Hybrid Wizard®, a patented software based solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions, visit www.vergnet.com.

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Vergnet bolsters its turnkey global wind energy offering in new agreement with world’s third largest wind turbine manufacturer

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Leading providers combine strengths in partnership that demonstrates continued Vergnet’s commitment to delivering adaptable renewable energy solutions.

An announcement by global renewable energy solutions provider Vergnet and Chinese manufacturer Sinovel last week offers wind energy developers with a broadened range of solutions for turnkey wind energy projects around the world.

The exclusive distribution agreement with Sinovel reaffirms our commitment to reducing and securing energy costs for people, communities, businesses and economies around the world.

Developers will benefit from Vergnet and Sinovel’s combined track record in delivering high performance, reliable and affordable wind energy solutions.

Under the agreement, Vergnet will sell Sinovel’s SL1500 and SL3000 wind turbines in France, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean primarily.

The agreement illustrates our shared ambition with Sinovel in offering turnkey facilities for large-scale onshore wind farms combined with maintenance and financing solutions.

The partnership also reflects both companies’ expertise in developing energy solutions that perform in the most challenging, complex environments.    For large wind farms in areas prone to cyclones, Vergnet will offer the SL1500 turbine, which can withstand category 4 typhoons (wind speeds of over 280 km/h) and is already in operation on Hainan Island in China.

With a strong focus on design, manufacturing and engineering innovation, Vergnet already provides adaptable renewable solutions that are highly customised to both the local environment and the specific needs of our customers.    The agreement with Sinovel allows us to broaden our offering across a range of projects of various sizes and scales.

Developing reliable, adaptable and affordable solutions that cut energy costs is at the heart of everything we do and our agreement with Sinovel demonstrates our continued commitment to this goal.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions, visit www.vergnet.com.

 

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Ireland’s Windy Summer Produces Top Energy Results

Noel McFarland (2)The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) recently announced that wind farms supplied 20 percent of Ireland’s electricity demand last month, marking it the most successful June on record for wind production on the island.

The peak of wind energy supply was on the first day of June with approximately 1805MW of electricity being generated from Irish winds, according to figures from EirGrid. IWEA revealed that this amount of energy was enough to power 1.1 million households in Ireland.

Promising Irish wind industry statistics such as these highlight how renewable energy production is on track to meet national targets. Ireland and Northern Ireland have committed to increasing the level of renewable electricity on the power system to 40% by 2020.

Since 2012, Vergnet have successfully installed ten GEV-MP wind turbines across Northern Ireland, in partnership with local developer, Simple Power. The electricity generated from the medium wind turbines feeds into the Northern Ireland grid, helping to increase wind energy capacity and reach the aspiring national renewables target by 2020.

To find out more about how wind energy is powering Irish farms, read our case study here: http://www.vergnet.co.uk/case-studies/mcfarlands-farm-tyrone-northern-ireland/.

For more information on Vergnet’s renewable energy solutions, visit www.vergnet.com.

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Scottish Wind Energy Statistics Soar

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The Scottish wind energy industry continues to thrive according to recent figures provided by WeatherEnergy highlighting that wind energy production in June more than doubled the capacity of the same month last year, as it increased by approximately 120 per cent from 2014.

Scottish wind farms provided 620,144 MWh of electricity to the National Grid across the thirty days of June. The strong winds during the month of June facilitated the generation of electricity to supply the equivalent of a third of Scotland’s entire electricity needs for the month. WWF Scotland reported that this amount of electricity was enough to supply power to the average electrical needs of 1.7 million Scottish households.

This great news for Scotland’s wind energy industry is a continuation of progressive renewable energy growth reported earlier in the year. The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced in March 2015 that Scotland’s 50% renewable electricity target was almost a year ahead of schedule.

Vergnet has installed a number of wind turbines throughout Scotland. In 2012, father and son pig farmers, James and Jamie Wylie, based in East Lothian, invested in wind energy by installing a 275kW Vergnet turbine on their farm land. Ruchlaw Farm is powered by electricity produced by the turbine, with excess energy being fed into the grid.

To find out more about how wind energy is powering Ruchlaw Farm, read our case study here: http://www.vergnet.co.uk/case-studies/ruchlaw-farm-east-lothian/.

For more information on Vergnet’s renewable energy solutions, visit www.vergnet.com.

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Global Companies Powering Up With Wind Energy

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Last week, Facebook joined environmentally aware global businesses in announcing that their new data centre in Texas will be 100 percent powered by wind energy. The multi-billion dollar company also set a goal to power its operation with at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2018.

Google, the largest corporate renewable energy purchaser in the world, also revealed in June that they would be transforming a retired coal plant in Alabama into their newest data centre, and they aim to scout new renewable energy projects to ensure the centre is powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

These two major companies are among many global enterprises turning to clean renewable energy to fuel their businesses. June announcements from Amazon and IKEA, along with commitments from Apple and LEGO, to power all their operations with 100 percent renewable energy is a marked transition to a green energy future.

With major companies increasingly recognising the potential of the renewable energy sector, wind energy is becoming one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in the world. Last year the industry attracted over $100 billion in investment.

As a global manufacturer of renewable energy developments for over 25 years, Vergnet support the strong commitments of world leaders in various fields in contributing to a cleaner environment.

Vergnet provides wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions and has over 25 years’ experience in delivering renewable projects across six continents, including the installation of over 900 wind turbines worldwide.

Vergnet also developed Hybrid Wizard®, a patented software based solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions visit www.vergnet.com

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South Africa Celebrates Wind Energy Success

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South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has proudly showcased their work in the wind energy industry with a short film demonstrating its immense achievements since 2011.

Of greatest significance, South Africa has increased the number of wind turbines from just 8 in 2011 to 294 within the past three years.

The growth of wind energy developments across the country has created 19,414 jobs with almost all of the positions (94%) filled by South Africans and locally trained technicians. These promising employment statistics have attributed to the latest figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency illustrating that wind power jobs worldwide had surpassed the 1 million milestone in 2014 for the first time.

The celebration of wind energy achievements within South Africa is only the start of a success path for the country. By 2020, South Africa aims to have at least 8.5 times the number of wind turbines powering the country, giving an impressive total of 2,500.

The rapid growth of wind energy in South Africa signifies a strong future of the thriving industry and the positive impact renewable energy can have for countries across the globe.

The South African Renewable Energy Council is also working hard to increase renewable energy solutions throughout the region and has highlighted its investment into this sector in a video showcasing its success to date.

Vergnet provides wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions and has over 25 years’ experience in delivering renewable projects across six continents, including pioneering the installation of the first wind farm in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, West Africa.

Working with Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) in Mauritania, Vergnet delivered the 4.5 MW, grid-connected project at Nouadhibou and is now exploring the installation of a 3 MW solar plant. Vergnet recently presented the project at the Renewables and Mining Summit and Exhibition which took place in Johannesburg from 1-2 July 2015.

Vergnet also offer Hybrid Wizard®, a patented software based solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions visit www.vergnet.com

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Wind Energy Part of Global Transition to Renewable Future

According to recently published work by Lester Brown, environmental analyst and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, wind power is a key factor in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy solutions for a cleaner, greener world.

The Great Transition – Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy’ found that over the past ten years, world wind power capacity increased by more than 20 percent each year. Last year, global wind generating capacity totalled 360,000 MW, an amount high enough to power more than 90 million homes in USA alone.

The increasing adoption of wind energy is evident worldwide. According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 164 countries have set renewable energy targets and are working hard to meet these. Indeed, China is now able to generate more electricity from wind farms than from nuclear plants and last year generated 23,351 MW with the goal to reach 200,000 MW by 2020.

Promising wind industry updates such as these signify the accelerated path to a cleaner energy future and highlight the transition to renewable energy edging closer. As the energy mix continues to change from a reliance on fossil fuels to increasingly incorporate renewable energy solutions, Vergnet is proud to be helping drive this transition globally.

Vergnet provides wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions and has over 25 years’ experience in delivering renewable projects across six continents, including the installation of over 900 wind turbines worldwide.

Vergnet also developed Hybrid Wizard®, a patented software based solution which maximises renewable energy generation in real-time, lowering energy costs and ensuring a secure energy supply to ensure clean, reliable energy when it is needed most.

For more information on our renewable energy solutions visit www.vergnet.com

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Vergnet Attending Royal Highland Show 2015

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Vergnet is attending the annual Royal Highland Show 2015, running from
18th – 21st June, at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.

Now in its 175th year, the event has been billed as the biggest and best celebration of farming, food and rural life and attracts in excess of 178,000 visitors over four days.

One of the main attractions of the show this year is a focus on renewable energy, with a dedicated area to showcase the latest solutions in wind energy and demonstrate the benefits of adopting renewable energy sources

With over 25 years’ experience and 900 wind turbines installed globally, Vergnet continues to lead the way in renewable energy solutions throughout the UK, including installation of a 275kW GEV MP-R wind turbine on J&J Wyllie’s Ruchlaw Farm, East Lothian.

Father and son pig farmers, James and Jamie Wyllie (J&J Wyllie) saw diversification through wind energy as an attractive investment for their agricultural business.

The family business farms over 2,700 sows and 1,000 ewes at Ruchlaw and two additional units in Berwickshire and Lanarkshire.

The electricity from the 275kW Vergnet turbine powers the pig unit enabling J&J Wyllie to control their energy costs and make costs savings, with excess power being fed into the grid.

The Wyllies are benefitting from the Feed‐in Tariff, a UK scheme that supports energy production from renewable energy sources. It remains a particularly attractive incentive for farmers, businesses and investors installing medium size wind energy projects.

Vergnet will be attending the Royal Highland Show and a representative will be available to discuss our market-leading wind turbines for medium wind energy projects.

If you are a farmer, landowner or land agent attending the show, interested in diversifying in wind energy and would like to find out more about our high performance wind turbines, please contact our UK office to arrange an appointment on +44 (0)20 709 266 92.

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