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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.

Vestas wins 22MW Dutch deal

Vestas wins 22MW Dutch deal

NETHERLANDS: Vestas has been awarded a 22MW turbine order from local developer Eneco for the second phase of a repowering project on the Dutch coast.

Investigation underway following accident at White Rock

Investigation underway following accident at White Rock

AUSTRALIA: Goldwind Australia has confirmed three workers were transported to hospital following an incident at the White Rock wind project in New South Wales.

Acquisition of 282MW portfolio bolsters repowering potential

Acquisition of 282MW portfolio bolsters repowering potential

ITALY: Italian infrastructure investor F2i acquired 282MW of operational wind farms in the southern Italian regions of Sicily and Calabria from renewable-energy group Veronagest.

News and Analysis

Wind and solar to reach half installed capacity by 2040

WORLDWIDE: Global wind and solar capacity is expected to reach 48% of all installed generation by 2040, according to a new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

EDF and 3M sign vortex generator supply deal

UNITED STATES: EDF Renewable Services has signed an agreement with technology firm 3M to supply vortex generators on its US fleet.

Wind resource presents biggest risk to industry

WORLDWIDE: Insurance underwriter GCube has found wind resources pose the largest threat to an onshore wind project's profitability, surpassing mechanical breakdown.

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Scarecrow system provides 'astonishing' results offshore

UK: A scarecrow model installed on an offshore wind turbine designed to stop bird droppings has had "astonishing" results.

AWEA 2017: DNV GL launches forecasting platform

UNITED STATES: Advisory firm DNV GL has launched an on-demand weather forecaster in the US and Canada, ahead of the AWEA Windpower 2017 conference in California (23-25 May 2017).

In depth

Viewpoint: Time for hunger and creativity

Any discussion with those involved in the management of operational onshore wind assets soon makes clear that the market continues to evolve apace.

Viewpoint: The benefits of partial repowering

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.

Europe's repowering drive stuck in bottom gear

EUROPE: Once seen as a substantial sector for growth, the increasing shift towards competitive tendering and a lack of political goodwill is forcing repowering projects to compete against new build for fewer available contracts across Europe.


Don't look down

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.

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Weathering the storms

WORLDWIDE: They call them "nat cats" in the trade, shorthand for natural catastrophes, the extreme weather events that can bring energy generation and transmission to its knees.

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