Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
It seems Portugal will become a big wind power manufacturer.

The industrial wind cluster, together with the wind farms to be developed by ENEOP, will have a considerable impact on both the region and the country's economy.

  •    Investment of EUR 200 million.
  •    Creation of 2,000 direct jobs at the new industrial units; several thousand indirect jobs related to building
      and operating the wind farms or supplying raw material.
  •    The main industrial estate will account for 2.5% of regional GDP (Minho-Lima).
  •    GVA generated annually by the cluster: EUR 116 million in cruising year.
  •    Positive effect on the trade balance:
           * Increase in exports:
                         More than 60% of what is generated will be exported.
           * Decrease in imports of wind components:
                         National incorporation will be from the current 20% to practically 100%


Viana do Castelo will be host to an industrial complex of excellence made up of:

  - 5 ENERCON Group factories for the complete manufacturing, in Portugal, of a new model of E-82 wind turbines as well as components for other models. These will make up the most advanced industrial units of the Enercon Group, designed to be adapted ad continuum for the manufacturing of new, more advanced wind turbines for future generations.

         * 2 Rotor blade factories
         * Synchronous generator factory
         * Mechatronics factory (electric modules and nacelles)
         * Concrete tower factory

   - It also features a logistics and transport center and a service and maintenance center for wind turbines.
   - A focus on R&D and technology transfer                    
   - A new vocational training center in Viana do Castelo
   - A new R&D center and partnerships with Portuguese universities

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 03:02:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Hope so, much of what i heard about wind lately was voiced to rebuke a sort of energy manifesto by some "serious people" that had plenty of media exposure and implicitly promoted nuclear.
by Torres on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 06:29:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Energy is the single reason I hope the current govt holds. It will hold for more ~8 months (for constitutional reasons there cannot be a parliamentary elections 6 months before presidential elections). But I sincerely doubt it will survive 2011.

Then it is either the nuclear lobby (with no money to build nukes, but they will find a way to grab some commission) or the deficit-control-at-all-costs group.

PS - I am all for a balanced budget, but I would ring fence energy, like they currently say they do.

by t-------------- on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 08:50:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The old Wind vs Nuclear war in Portugal. Another of the stupid things in this country. Most of the folk opining on it are actually clueless...

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Fri Jun 18th, 2010 at 03:47:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series