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Analysis: Uneasy partners? VCs and wind

Analysis: Uneasy partners? VCs and wind

UNITED STATES: Venture capitalist (VC) funding is essential for many wind tech start-ups. However, two high-profile VC-funded US wind start-ups have folded over the last year, most notably Boulder Wind Power.

Analysis: Areva Wind waits for Wikinger decision

Analysis: Areva Wind waits for Wikinger decision

GERMANY: Negotiations are ongoing between Iberdrola and Areva over the turbine supply deal for the 350MW Wikinger project, according to the French manufacturer.

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Goldwind now stands as China's number one turbine maker and number two in the world for installations.

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On reflection: Agree to inspect to stay out of court

On reflection: Agree to inspect to stay out of court

WORLDWIDE: Negotiations between wind-turbine seller and buyer tend to focus on who takes the blame when something goes wrong. They should concentrate on avoiding anything going wrong in the first place by agreeing an escalating inspection regime.

On reflection: Give offshore projects the name they deserve

On reflection: Give offshore projects the name they deserve

WORLDWIDE: Offshore wind farms are large enough in terms of scale and generation capacity that they merit being called power stations. And defining them as such will help attract engineering experience and draw up common standards.

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If there's one sure thing to spark controversy it's the creation of a league table based on subjective opinions. In this, Windpower Monthly's ranking of the top 30 leaders in the wind industry is likely to be no exception, even if the judging came from industry associations, our readers and our editorial team.

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