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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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Masdar takes Hywind Scotland stake

UK: United Arab Emirates-based renewable energy firm Masdar has acquired a 25% stake in the UK's first floating offshore wind project.

Nordex and Enercon boast strong order totals

GERMANY: Manufacturer Nordex's orders increased by a third in 2016, following the completion of its acquisition of Acciona Windpower in April, as Enercon has its second-best year.

GIB passes investment target as sell-off looms

UK: Government-backed offshore wind investor, the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has acquired a 75% share in the 270MW Lincs offshore wind project from Centrica and Siemens Project Ventures for £731m (€841m).

Offshore wind hits new investment high

WORLDWIDE: Total investments in offshore wind reached an all-time high but could not help buoy the total spent on clean energy in 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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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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