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Grand opening

Grand opening

UK: British-made blades will soon be equipping Siemens offshore turbines in the North Sea. Windpower Monthly reports from the official opening of the blade assembly plant at Green Port Hull.

Ramping up intelligence and interconnectivity

Ramping up intelligence and interconnectivity

WORLDWIDE: The industrial internet of things is the natural next step as the wind industry establishes itself on the electricity market. And while using big data to optimise wind-farm planning and operation remains important, the focus is shifting to maximising profits for generation.

Influential ... and interesting

Influential ... and interesting

WORLDWIDE: It has been another tumultuous year for the wind industry, one marked by massive mergers and acquisitions, rapid technological progress and steeply falling costs. Windpower Monthly's staff and contributors pick out some of the people behind the headlines

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Gamesa reports 77% profit increase for 2016

SPAIN: Gamesa has reported net profit of €301 million for 2016, a 77% increase on 2015, due to a 36.2% increase in sales volume.

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LM to open new French blade site

FRANCE: GE's newly acquired blade manufacturer LM Wind Power will open a new factory in northwest France to serve the offshore wind market.

Windstream takes legal action over unpaid damages

CANADA: Windstream Energy LLC is going to court to try to collect the C$28 million ($21.3 million) it was awarded after an Ontario offshore wind moratorium put its C$5.2 billion ($4 billion) feed-in tariff (FiT) contract for the 300MW Wolfe Island Shoals in Lake Ontario project on hold.

Siemens-Gamesa merger to create a "big-four" of OEMs

WORLDWIDE: The combination of Siemens and Gamesa will create a "big four" of original equipment manufactures, after 2016 was dominated by three suppliers, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Viewpoint: Removing blockers and creating enablers

WORLDWIDE: "I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good." Many academics agree that this statement, made in 1775 by Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations, is the underlying reason why free trade is more effective than protectionist measures in delivering prosperity to society.

GE puts blades at the cutting edge

Another month, another major acquisition. GE has once again dipped into its seemingly bottomless pockets, this time to buy the world's biggest independent manufacturer of wind-turbine rotor blades, LM Wind Power.

Wind's newest, biggest player

To the list of Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, GE and Alstom, Nordex and Acciona, we can now add Siemens and Gamesa (p10).

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