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News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.
UNITED STATES: Regulators have approved the design for the University of Maine's floating offshore wind platform demonstration.
WORLDWIDE: Recent cyber attacks have shown the vulnerability of power systems and the dangers of not keeping IT systems secure and up to date. How can operators defend their assets from hackers?
UNITED STATES: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is partially repowering two wind farms in Texas operated by NextEra Energy Resources.
JAPAN: A 13-year old Gamesa wind turbine on the southern island of Kyushu has been destroyed by a fire, according to several local TV news stations.
NETHERLANDS: Four Dutch airports will be completely green from 1 January next year, airport operator Royal Schiphol Group announced.
UK: Sensors have been added to two of the gravity-base foundations being installed at the Blyth demonstration project off the north-east UK.
AUSTRALIA: Siemens-owned Winergy has installed the largest test bench for wind turbine gearboxes in Australia.
NORWAY: Wood Group's clean energy business will carry out a power performance testing regime at Statkraft's 1GW Fosen onshore wind complex.
UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England
The energy transition is gathering pace. Until 15 years ago, investments were mainly in large assets designed to last 40 years or more. Prolific deployment in recent years of decentralised generation technologies has resulted in a diverse mix of installations, owned and operated by a range of stakeholders.
Any discussion with those involved in the management of operational onshore wind assets soon makes clear that the market continues to evolve apace.
Clarification by the US government of tax credits for partial repowering in 2016 has inspired many in the wind industry to take a closer look at repowering options for their projects.
SWEDEN: A head for heights, nerves of steel, together with heavy-duty clothes and equipment are the minimum requirements for the highly trained technicians that operate at extreme heights and in freezing weather on wind turbine inspection and repair during the winter months.1 comment