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Analysis: Patent trolls target wind power

Analysis: Patent trolls target wind power

UNITED STATES: One of the biggest "patent trolls" is moving into American wind technology for the first time. Intellectual Ventures (IV) of Bellevue, Washington has quietly applied for at least five high-quality and widely applicable patents for reducing noise and birds strikes at utility-scale wind projects.

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Analysis: Prokon managers under suspicion of fraud

Analysis: Prokon managers under suspicion of fraud

GERMANY: It could take a year for a decision to be made on whether to charge managers at insolvent developer Prokon Regenerative Energien with delayed filing of insolvency and fraud, according to the public prosecution of the German city of L├╝beck.

Analysis: International talks aim to cut wind import tariffs

Analysis: International talks aim to cut wind import tariffs

WORLDWIDE: New talks aimed at eliminating import tariffs on environmental products could be a first step towards opening borders to free trade in wind turbines and components.

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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.

Fresh perspectives or brain drain?

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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We went to press this month with the news that Vestas, at long last, may be on the road to recovery.

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