UNTHA’s mobile shredder goes global

Earlier this year, renowned engineering specialist UNTHA launched the world’s first electrically-driven mobile shredder.

The machine was met with great acclaim when it was first unveiled at the IFAT exhibition in Munich, before the summer. But after a nine month research and development project, followed by extensive trials, it was the XR mobil-e’s official introduction to the market that would really matter.

Fast forward to the end of 2016 and UNTHA’s newest waste shredding solution has proven it is more than just hype. Two machines have been sold to customers in Italy for example, Ragn-Sells is using the XR mobil-e to shred waste wood in Norway, there’s another sale in Spain, two in the UK for waste wood and C&I waste, and Breitsamer is already utilising the shredder in Germany.

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Commenting on the rapid interest in this machine, UNTHA’s head of the waste business unit Peter Streinik said: “We set a high standard for our waste division, when we launched the static XR back in 2014. The machine’s ability to produce a high quality Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) in a single pass, with double the output of competing machines, yet half the energy consumption, changed the face of the Waste to Energy market.  Within two years, the XR had been sold throughout Europe, the USA and South East Asia. The XR mobil-e therefore had a tough act to follow.

“However, in only a matter of months, the XR mobil-e looks set to be equally as prolific. We have demonstration machines in operation throughout Europe, which are giving our sales team plenty of ongoing proposals to develop.

“I think 2017 will be a pivotal year for waste shredding. The market is opening up with greater investment and increased appreciation for the role that alternative fuel can play within the global energy agenda. But operators are still pressed to manufacture more, for less, without compromising quality or the environment. The XR mobil-e and the static equivalent will prove key to this.”

With the same design features as the internationally acclaimed static XR, the mobile solution provides customers with identical benefits – high throughputs, low operating costs, energy efficiency, low noise, foreign object protection and ease of maintenance. Yet it is the first machine of its kind to shred with a low power electric drive and, thanks to its on-board auxiliary power pack, it can be easily moved around a facility and plugged back in.


Siemens wins first offshore wind project in Belgium

Siemens, as a significant player in offshore wind power, has successfully entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order for the 309MW Rentel wind project. The customer is Rentel NV, part of the Otary partnership, a conglomerate of leading specialists from the Belgian renewable energy industry including investment and development companies. Siemens will supply, install, commission and service 42 wind turbines of the large direct drive platform. The output of the Rentel offshore wind power plant will be sufficient to supply approximately 300,000 households in Belgium with clean power. A long-term service agreement for a period of 17 years will provide customized offshore service and logistics solutions for the turbines, and includes Siemens' data-driven advanced remote diagnostics and monitoring.

2016 12 30 095134"We are pleased that Rentel NV has selected Siemens for our first project in the Belgian part of the North Sea," said Michael Hannibal, Offshore CEO of Siemens Wind Power. "The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of the Rentel offshore wind power plant and help to establish offshore wind power as a key pillar of a sustainable energy mix in various European countries."

42 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 units will supply clean energy for approximately 300,000 Belgian households.

The Rentel offshore wind power plant is located about 40 kilometers off the Belgian North Sea coast. The 42 Siemens wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations in water depths ranging from 22 to 36 meters. The first turbines are expected to deliver power to the Belgian grid by mid-2018, while the entire offshore project is planned to become fully operational by the end of 2018.

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Siemens Wind Power is the separately managed wind business of Siemens AG. Siemens Wind Power is a leading supplier of reliable, environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient renewable energy solutions. Driving down the cost of wind power is our key target as we strive to make renewable energy fully competitive with conventional energy sources. Providing highly reliable and cost-efficient wind turbines, Siemens Wind Power offers solutions to meet both business and environmental needs. With over 35,000 megawatts of wind power installed, our wind power units deliver clean, renewable energy from offshore and onshore installations around the world. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Wind Power generated revenue of €5,976 billion and net income of €464 million and has around 14.500 employees worldwide. Further information is available at


New NSRI report identifies O&M as key area for subsea companies to break into offshore wind market

A new report from NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative) has identified Operations & maintenance (O&M) – particularly inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) activities – as the highest potential area for subsea companies to diversify into offshore wind.

Titled ‘Subsea Technological Challenges in Offshore Wind’, the report highlights opportunities the offshore wind industry holds for UK subsea companies, with a technology roadmap outlining the way ahead with industry-driven objectives.

2016 12 20 194742With global offshore wind expenditure forecast to reach £210billion over the next ten years, NSRI and Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult joined forces in a bid to encourage diversification. The two organisations hosted an event in October to provide advice and support on market entry requirements, diversification strategies and the associated challenges.

The event also welcomed companies with experience in the offshore wind industry to provide an insight into the market challenges and barriers. These included a need to prove cost competitiveness or reduction and a proactive, innovative approach that does not dictate other industry methods.

Around 40 percent of the typical lifecycle costs of offshore wind farm developments come from O&M requirements. Based on UK Government projections for offshore wind deployment, the O&M costs for more than 5,500 turbines could be worth £2billion per annum by 2025.

Given the UK industry’s existing IRM capability, companies could break into the offshore wind market by offering individual services such as automated inspection, cable scour inspection, condition monitoring, remote monitoring, increased turbine access and risk based inspection. In time, these services could be bundled to deliver a full life-of-field offering. It’s also believed that diverless solutions will be of growing interest as offshore wind developments move further offshore into deeper waters.

The ideas generated from the workshop have allowed NSRI to create a technology roadmap. These ideas have been grouped using an adopt, adapt, develop and collaborate principle, setting out the short, medium and long term activities that will help progress the development of subsea technology for widespread use in the offshore wind sector. The report also highlights opportunities for operators, developers, academia and the wider industry to work together to break down barriers and bring about positive change.

Commenting on the report, Dr Gordon Drummond, project director of NSRI said: “Offshore renewables is a growing market which presents exciting new business opportunities for the UK supply chain. While fossil fuels are expected to continue dominating the global energy supply mix, renewables are taking off at an incredible rate. There are some natural synergies between the sectors, which provide a real advantage for subsea companies looking to expand their presence in multiple energy markets.

“The offshore wind industry is focused on innovating to reduce costs, giving subsea companies the chance to introduce new technology and products to the industry. Diversifying into renewables provides greater resilience for companies and those who take an early lead will reap the benefits.

“The return on investment for renewable projects can be achieved significantly quicker than those in the oil and gas sector, representing a natural, highly profitable diversification strategy. We hope this report, along with the technology roadmaps will help guide companies through the steps required to break into the offshore wind industry, highlighting the entry routes and the opportunities most accessible to the UK supply chain.”

Jamie McCallum, project engineer at NSRI, has been heavily involved in exploring the opportunities in offshore renewables for UK supply chain companies.

He said: “Companies experienced in ROV operations, subsea construction and IRM need to jump into action and adapt their offerings now if they are to meet the needs of the sector and drive long-term growth. The largest opportunity for the UK subsea supply chain is operations and maintenance. Europe is most definitely leading the way in offshore wind. However, China, Japan and the USA are growing markets, which present a host of opportunities for UK firms over the next five to 10 years.”

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As the technology arm of Subsea UK, NSRI explores where the industry is heading in terms of subsea infrastructure and identifies the technologies needed to help it get there, supporting field development and expansion in both deep and shallow waters.


Siemens receives order for onshore wind project in South Korea

Siemens Wind Power has received an order to supply 17 direct drive wind turbines for the Uljin onshore wind power plant in Gyeongsangbuk province on the east coast of South Korea. The customer is SK D&D Co., Ltd., a Korean developer of real estate and renewable energy projects. The scope of supply includes the delivery and technical field assistance for the installation of 16 wind turbines of the new type SWT-3.6-130 on different towers ranging from 85 – 115 meter hub heights and one SWT-3.0-108 on a 71 meter tower. Siemens was also contracted for full service and maintenance over a period of 10 years including Siemens' advanced remote monitoring and diagnostics services.

  • 60.6 megawatts wind power plant in Gyeongsangbuk Province
  • 17 direct drive wind turbines including new model SWT-3.6-130
  • Second project for customer SK D&D Co., Ltd.

The Uljin wind farm project is Siemens' second project for SK D&D and also its second order in South Korea. In 2014 both companies successfully completed the 30 MW Gasiri Wind Farm close to the city of Gasiri in the province of Jeju-do. Due to site conditions in the coastal mountains of the Gyeongsangbuk Province the new Uljin project will feature two different turbine types and four different hub heights. Besides one SWT-3.0-108 wind turbine with a 108 meter rotor and rated at 3 megawatts (MW), 16 of the turbines will be the latest Siemens onshore model SWT-3.6-130. This IEC class II turbine is designed for medium wind sites and delivers 3.6 MW of electric power. Installation will start in spring 2018, commissioning is targeted for later 2018. Once in operation the wind power plant will supply green energy to approximately 35,000 households.

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"We are proud that SK D&D decided to partner with us again for their second wind project in South Korea", says Thomas Richterich, CEO Onshore at Siemens Wind Power. "Uljin wind farm is a very important project for us since it marks the premiere of our latest generation of direct drive turbines in the Korean wind market."

Siemens Wind Power
is the separately managed wind business of Siemens AG. Siemens Wind Power is a leading supplier of reliable, environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient renewable energy solutions. Driving down the cost of wind power is our key target as we strive to make renewable energy fully competitive with conventional energy sources. Providing highly reliable and cost-efficient wind turbines, Siemens Wind Power offers solutions to meet both business and environmental needs. With over 35,000 megawatts of wind power installed, our wind power units deliver clean, renewable energy from offshore and onshore installations around the world. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Wind Power generated revenue of €5,976 billion and net income of €464 million and has around 14.500 employees worldwide. Further information is available at


Avery Dennison Partners with Apex on Wind Energy PPA; Advances Towards 2025 GHG Reduction Goal

Global labeling and packaging materials manufacturer Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) has signed a wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy to offset 50 percent of the company’s U.S.-based greenhouse gas emissions derived from electricity consumption, signaling commitment by Avery Dennison to renewable energy and energy efficient practices and technology.

2016 12 15 085947Under the agreement with Apex’s Perryton Wind, a 299.91 MW wind energy project to be located in Ochiltree County, Texas, Avery Dennison will purchase 20 MW of renewable energy capacity. The PPA is a key component of Avery Dennison’s 2025 sustainability goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by at least three percent annually, and by at least 26 percent overall, between 2015 and 2025, made as part of the company’s new participation in World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers Program. Perryton will be Apex’s fifth Texas wind farm, powering the equivalent of 108,000 U.S. homes. The facility will consist of 130 Siemens 2.307 MW turbines.

According to Roland Simon, vice president of global procurement and global sustainability leader at Avery Dennison, the partnership with Apex is one of the ways Avery Dennison continues to create shared value for the company, the industry and communities worldwide. He noted that the PPA will provide clean, renewable electricity equal to 50% of the power consumed by Avery Dennison’s U.S. operations.

“It’s important for us to optimize renewable energy sources in a way that ripples outward to create change that encompasses far more than our own business,” said Simon.

Apex, an independent energy solutions provider, was awarded a 2016 Green Power Leadership Award by the Center for Resource Solutions in October for its leadership in bringing wind capacity to market and its expansion of direct purchasing of clean energy by the public and private sectors.

“We leverage the depth and breadth of our national pipeline of projects and we are committed to tailoring solutions that meet the specific goals of our corporate, utility and public sector partners, from a facility purchase to a structured PPA,” explained Steve Vavrik, Apex’s chief commercial officer. “The commitment to long-term renewable energy purchasing by companies such as Avery Dennison is providing a strong drive in the market to bring more clean energy to the grid,” Vavrik added.

Avery Dennison’s investment in renewable wind power demonstrates its continued focus on energy efficiency and energy reduction. The agreement with Apex comes on the heels of Avery Dennison joining World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers Program, a global group of partner companies engaged in the transition to a climate-friendly economy.

Additional goals set with WWF include covering the equivalent of 100 percent of electricity consumption at Avery Dennison’s U.S. operations with renewable energy by 2025 and addressing climate change through other areas of operations, such as maximizing use of paper made with recycled or certified wood fiber (sourcing only from certified sources by 2025).

“We recognize Avery Dennison for its strong leadership in sourcing more renewable energy to help achieve the company’s emission reduction target,” said Matt Banks, climate and business manager at WWF. As our newest Climate Savers partner and as a signatory of the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, Avery Dennison has called for increased access to cost-effective renewable energy that will lead to measurable reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions while demonstrating to other companies the business and environmental value of scaling up to achieve a 2025 target.”

“Working in partnership with WWF is part of our commitment to sustain a thriving business that is a force for good — one that generates value, in every respect, for all involved,” said Simon.

About Avery Dennison — Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) is a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major market and industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers with insights and innovations that help make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company reported sales of $6 billion in 2015. Learn more at

About Apex Clean Energy — Apex Clean Energy builds, owns, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities. Last year, Apex was the market leader in the United States, with 1,042 megawatts of new wind capacity installations, enough clean energy to supply the population of a city the size of Boston or San Francisco each year for the life of the facilities. Apex recently coauthored, with the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the new “Renewable Energy PPA Guidebook for Corporate and Industrial Purchasers,” which is intended to serve as a guide to the often complex PPA contracting process and is designed for companies unfamiliar with the key elements of successful PPAs. With a team of over 200 professionals and the nation’s largest wind energy project pipeline, Apex is a leader in the transition to a clean energy future. For more information, visit