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January 2014 Somehow expected, there has been some teething trouble, as with every prototype. Due to the delay I have not been on the place for some time.
February 2014 In just 6 weeks my project ends with the expiration of my contract.

Summary of the last 3.5 years:

  • Building up wind-power knowhow for 200 people from (mostly) the shipyard. Documentation as "Engineering notes" with over 800 pages, corresponding internal presentations.
  • As also the management had no wind-power experience, it was often difficult to push correct decisions to success.
  • Together with the HR department we have started the Hamburg Engineering Center (now EUROPE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER). I participated in the selection of the engineers in the founding phase. The CENTER took up their work when the prototype machine was designed ready and under assembly in the workshop.
  • The SHI 7-172, although presently kept largely secret from the press, is a top class machine, which features the needs of coming offshore projects. With a rating of just 305 W/m2, it gives an unsurpassed high full-load hour time in its class. This relieves the need for external backup power to cancel power fluctuations and makes the electric installations most economic (exactly grids and backup power are presently hot topics in energy politics). The medium-speed drive is a reliable drive train concept, and the full-power conversion fulfills all grid codes.
There has been a rumor that the SHI 7-172 would be a copy of the Vestas V164. This is wrong. The SHI wind turbine concept was decided in a time in which the Vestas turbine was on hold, and many believed that this would become a direct drive machine. Instead, influence factors were Winwind, Multibrid and the SCD-designs of Aerodyn.

I have done my job and can look back with some satisfaction. Now the responsibility for the further commissioning and series implementation goes over to my colleagues in the EUROPE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER in Hamburg.

March 2014 I spend my last contract time on the prototype site in Methil. We live in a hotel in Glenrothes.

In the last time the machine came (with many months of delay) into the press. And one hoax also went through the press: The "accident" with a "dropped-off blade".

This is nonsense. The truth: at no time anything broke off or dropped down. There has been an internal crack in a glue seam in one of the blades. This was detected, repaired on ground, and then the blade lifted up again.

I guess that the anti-wind-power movement in Britain has spread out such phantasm stories and the journals picked them up without asking the turbine operators for a statement.

On the 20th of March I leave for Germany for some meetings and negotiations.

April 2014 I travelled in Germany, partly to visit my relatives, partly companies. Several contacts, talks, negotiations, some offers. A small cooperation project in Germany started.

An investor bought the rest of the bankrupt Winwind OY.

May 2014 A summer flue caused two weeks of downtime. I returned to Finland, and made a visit to Estonia to explore cooperation models which have been in discussion already before.

Some activities came up in the civil engineering and buildings sector.

June The low-level tasks have been worked away.

This month was invested into a lot of acquisition activities and resulted in a contract for a high-level designing task in July and August.

July and August I work in Germany, dealing with high-tech engineering. It is a pleasure to work with competent engineers.

In Finland and Estonia the confusion around the former Winwind is going on. Since 2007 (seven long years!) the involved companies had time, but no service team has been able to make the existing machines run with normal availability. Moventas announced, that they are reworking the faulty oil supply system of Winwind, also had received an order for repair of their gearboxes. But, funny enough, they had designed all this themselves what they now repair.

This correlates with the owners of the proto WWD-1 who had sent me mail after mail, bitterly complaining that they were unable to service the pitch system, but strictly refusing to give me an order to do it for them.

Here in Germany, the drastic cuts in the subsidy system have surprisingly led to a rush in already ordered installations, as everybody fears further cuts or negative changes of the EEG law. Also there is a new limitation in the building permission procedure (distance rule). After this final rush, we have to foresee a notable depression in the delivery of wind turbines in Germany and whole Central Europe.

The EEG subsidy system has failed because of being non-compatible with a liberalized free market in which only money counts. The government officials, together with the press, have been able to generate a class-struggle feeling among the population, making everybody furious at the "guys making millions with their solar and wind power, coming from my electricity payments".

Newest press headlines are: "We have to reduce the dependency from Russian gas by regenerative energy". So we again discuss to go back to a somehow planned energy supply, the opposite of the liberalism ideology of Merkel and Gabriel.

September/October/November The former Husum Wind Fair was held on 23-26 September, this time in Hamburg. The NEZZY-Projekt was shown with a small-scale model. The basic idea is to get away from the uneconomic thinking that a floating wind turbine is a floating structure, as fixed as possible, plus a conventional turbine.

Integration and internal synergy effects result in notable cost savings. Just as an example: Using a guyed tower keeps the tower mass down, and the lowered top mass is good for the float stability.

The concept is pushed by Aerodyn-engineering. I am involved as a consultant and live for that time in Rendsburg.

The massive lay-off in the established windpower companies, together with the lots of small companies going out of business, has changed the flair of the fair. Lots of component suppliers run around and want to sell something.

The Korean booth advertized a conference in Jeju Island www.windasia.org .

The European Parliament has decided to support the two new British nuclear power plants in Hinkley Point with 17'000 million Euro from taxpayers money.

http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/43/43001/1.html

If nuclear is as economic as our politicians tell us, why do they need such huge subsidies? Or, why do they claim that subsidies for renewable energy would be wrong and against the basic rules of our free market?

December Presently working for a Chinese offshore-project.

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