Wind and Solar Power Forecasting Innovation

Natural Power sponsor PhD in Power Forecasting Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, is to collaborate with the University of Strathclyde and The Data Lab to jointly sponsor Rosemary Tawn for a PhD in Short-Term Wind and Solar Power Forecasting. The three and half year PhD will focus on improving power forecasting for renewable energy assets, and it is anticipated that work on upgrading Natural Power’s forecasting system will begin in 2019. Callum McLean, Head of Innovation and Data at Natural Power said: “Forecasting is a key service…

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Natural Power’s Head of Solar and Energy Storage Appointed

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has appointed Shawn Shaw to the role Head of Solar and Energy Storage. Based in the Saratoga Springs, New York office, Shawn will be responsible for leading and growing Natural Power’s robust solar and energy storage business lines focused on due diligence, technical advisory, and independent consulting to financiers, investors, project developers, and government agencies across the world. Shawn joins from The Cadmus Group where he was Principal in charge of the firm’s multimillion-dollar distributed energy resources (DER) practice area. During his…

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Natural Power advises Statkraft on Element Power acquisition

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence support to Statkraft for the acquisition of the Irish and UK wind development businesses of the Element Power Group. The transaction provides Statkraft with a large onshore wind development pipeline in Ireland and strengthens its position in the UK. It is already Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy and has an ambition to grow further within the hydropower, wind and solar sectors. Natural Power was selected for this project thanks to the team’s understanding of Statkraft’s requirements…

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Natural Power advises Greencoat Renewables on Coillte wind acquisition

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence support to Greencoat Renewables PLC for the acquisition of Coillte’s shareholding in its portfolio of operating wind generation assets across Ireland. The acquisition comprises: 50% stake in Raheenleagh wind farm in County Wicklow 50% stake in Cloosh Valley wind farm in County Galway, Ireland’s biggest and best performing wind farm 50% stake in Castlepook wind farm in County Cork 25% stake in Sliabh Bawn wind farm in County Roscommon Marc Lamphiere, Country Director for Natural Power in…

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Natural Power to co-host Quo Vadis

Natural Power is set to co-host the 12th annual Quo Vadis Conference which takes place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.   This invitation-only event is recognised by wind farm owners and operators as one of the most important and valuable events in the wind industry.   Stuart Egan, Head of Site Operations at Natural Power, will be presenting a session on wind farm performance optimisation.   As the pressure to drive down operational costs continues, Natural Power has taken a…

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Independent servicing contract win for Natural Power

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 repairs and responding to any major component failures. The asset will be remotely monitored via Natural Power’s ControlCentre, the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK. This takes Natural Power’s servicing contract…

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

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 to be commissioned during early 2019. After signing a long-term corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with a global company in the consumer goods industry, Energiekontor has achieved financial close for this wind farm project, which…

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Natural Power supports construction of European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

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, Natural Power has assisted the Environment and Consents Manager with monitoring compliance in line with the environmental commitments, the marine licence and section 36 consent, ensuring the timely delivery of reports and provision of advice…

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Natural Power invests £540k in state-of-the-art ControlCentre

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has 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 10th anniversary of Natural Power’s ControlCentre, a new state-of-the-art facility, has been created. This is the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in…

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Construction complete ahead of schedule at Sommette wind farm, France

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 tariff. Baptiste Durand, Construction Manager at Natural Power in France, said: “Sommette wind farm is a typical French project, where Natural Power’s experts can help the project owner successfully through the construction phase, and…

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