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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.

UMaine floating platform design passes review

UMaine floating platform design passes review

UNITED STATES: Regulators have approved the design for the University of Maine's floating offshore wind platform demonstration.

Keeping hackers at bay

Keeping hackers at bay

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?

Siemens to partially repower two NextEra projects in Texas

Siemens to partially repower two NextEra projects in Texas

UNITED STATES: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is partially repowering two wind farms in Texas operated by NextEra Energy Resources.

News and Analysis

Gamesa turbine catches fire in Japan

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.

Dutch airports to source 100% electricity from renewables

NETHERLANDS: Four Dutch airports will be completely green from 1 January next year, airport operator Royal Schiphol Group announced.

Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations

UK: Sensors have been added to two of the gravity-base foundations being installed at the Blyth demonstration project off the north-east UK.

Winergy installs Australia's largest test bench

AUSTRALIA: Siemens-owned Winergy has installed the largest test bench for wind turbine gearboxes in Australia.

Wood Group to assess Fosen Wind site

NORWAY: Wood Group's clean energy business will carry out a power performance testing regime at Statkraft's 1GW Fosen onshore wind complex.

In depth

Buckling up for the ladder climb

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

Viewpoint: Are our energy systems fit to withstand cyber attacks?

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.

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.

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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