Windpower Monthly: March 2015

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Grasp the complexities of maintenance costs

Grasp the complexities of maintenance costs

WORLDWIDE: Burgeoning onshore turbine numbers around the world mean an ever-growing market for operations and maintenance work. While economies of scale are seeing some costs come down, multiple factors mean recognising the best service deal can be tricky.

The big issues for maintenance

WORLDWIDE: Which turbine components put the greatest demands on a maintenance regime?

European offshore: Europe's offshore leader faces slower year

New build cemented the UK's position as offshore market leader, and two major turbine manufacturers are setting up production facilities in the country. But a new support system is creating uncertainty, particularly for the biggest developments, reports Shaun Campbell.

European offshore: Health & safety case study - Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely

Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit

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Analysis

Analysis: the divorce of Suzlon and Senvion

GERMANY: Better late than never. Suzlon has agreed to sell its subsidiary Senvion to US firm Centerbridge Partners, in a deal that releases the Indian and German manufacturers from around seven years of financial constraint.

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Vestas boosts 2014 revenues

DENMARK: Vestas has posted strong financial figures for 2014, with revenue increasing by 13.5% to €6.9 billion.

Analysis: US market at cross roads

UNITED STATES: Turbine OEMs enjoyed a short-lived seller's market in the US at the end of last year as developers scrambled to take advantage of the most recent extension of the $0.023/kWh production tax credit (PTC) by placing conditional equipment orders for an estimated 6GW of new wind projects.

Analysis: Japan moves forward with offshore plans

JAPAN: A ten-company consortium headed by Hitachi Zosen Corporation (Hitz) has received the go ahead to explore the possibility of an offshore project off the coast of Niigata prefecture in Japan.

Comment

An opportunity not to be missed

The present fall in the price of oil seems, so far, not to have prompted a backlash against "costly" renewable energy.

Viewpoint: Storage is key to smart thinking of the future

WORLDWIDE: "Change is on!" This was the response of one original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to a recent DNV GL survey on the future of electricity.

On reflection: Why Australia should not give up on renewables

As the government battles to reduce the current renewables policy, the Australian wind industry is experiencing lost jobs and dwindling economic opportunities. Yet, there is a clear economic case for continuing renewables support.

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