Windpower Monthly: October 2016

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Order changes under new criteria

Order changes under new criteria

WORLDWIDE: International reach and staying power are among the new criteria by which Navigant Research has rated the wind industry's leading original equipment manufacturers.

EDF ready to push into biggest wind market

CHINA: With a parent company that has been doing business in the country for 30 years, buying a stake in a small Chinese developer marks only the start of EDF Energie Nouvelles' expanding market drive and its ultimate ambition in China may not be confined to land.

Lithium boom puts spotlight on Chile

CHILE: As growing interest in electric cars and energy-storage drives up global demand for lithium, companies with concessions to exploit Chile's vast resources could find themselves in an enviable position if the government loosens restrictions.

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WindTech: Industrialising blade production cuts cost

GERMANY: A publicly funded research project looks at automation, materials and design to make blade manufacture cheaper, quicker and less labour intensive.

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Areva sells Adwen stake to Gamesa

FRANCE: Areva has exercised its option to sell its 50% stake in the Adwen joint venture to partner Gamesa after failing to find a third party buyer.

New policy clears the way for large-scale repowering

INDIA: The Indian ministry of new and renewable energy has opened the door for all the country's sub-1MW turbines to be eligible for repowering.

Wind boom must overcome land disputes and bottlenecks

CHILE: Wind projects won around 40% of the 12.34TWh annually on offer in Chile's big power auction in August, representing a third of demand from regulated clients from 2021.

Cheap imports hamper PTC boost for US supply chain

UNITED STATES: The US supply chain is a multi-billion dollar industry employing more than 21,000 people. Given the five-year production tax credit (PTC) bubble, the domestic sector is already operating at full tilt, and more production lines and shifts are already being added to existing factories.

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Opening the door for repowering

Repowering is an issue that is only going to grow for the global wind-power industry. Over the next few years, the number of turbines reaching the end of their working lives will increase markedly, mirroring the sector's rapid growth in the early 2000s.

Viewpoint: Floating technology taking shape to be next big thing

Although the first offshore wind turbine was installed more than 25 years ago, the onshore industry has continued to grow and dominate. In Europe last year, onshore wind still accounted for 75% of new wind-power capacity installed.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- October 2016

WORLDWIDE: Green boat plans round-the-world trip; float watch live; fossil-fuel fact and figures; plus Fatih Birol on the shift towards cleaner energy.

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