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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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EnBW completes financing for 497MW Hohe See

GERMANY: Developer EnBW has given its final investment decision on the 497MW Hohe See offshore wind project in the North Sea, as Canadian energy firm Enbridge acquires a 49.9% stake.

McEntee to lead GE servicing business

UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has appointed a new onshore wind CEO, after naming Anne McEntee as vice president of its renewable energy services business.

Siemens to close Engesvang factory

DENMARK: Siemens Wind Power has confirmed it will close its Engesvang blade site in west Denmark due to "significant changes in the global wind power market", affecting 430 jobs.

Renew Power backed by Japanese funding

INDIA: Major Indian wind developer Renew Power has sold a 10% stake to Japanese investment joint venture Jera for $200 million.

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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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