Windpower Monthly: JUly 2017

Cover article

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.

Features

Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

GERMANY: Senvion is adapting its 3MW platform for offshore deployment in the Mediterranean, and is likely to develop an 11-12MW range turbine with a rotor diameter close to 200 metres.

From powering homes to shielding them from noise

DENMARK: The world's leading offshore developer and a Danish recycling company have found a novel way to divert decommissioned turbine blades from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions in the process.

Pulling out of Paris is an empty gesture

UNITED STATES: Following Donald Trump's announcement that he was taking America out of the Paris climate agreement, US states, cities and companies have lined up to pledge their continued support for it, while analysts disagree on what the country's exit actually means.

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Analysis

Western manufacturers step up presence in booming India

INDIA: Strong growth fuelled by ambitious renewable targets and a move away from turnkey model of project delivery is drawing European OEMs to the country.

Adwen restructures for uncertain future

FRANCE: A restructuring programme has started at offshore manufacturer Adwen, with CEO Luis Alvarez set to leave, and questions remaining unanswered over its future operations.

Acquisition of 282MW portfolio bolsters repowering potential

ITALY: Italian infrastructure investor F2i acquired 282MW of operational wind farms in the southern Italian regions of Sicily and Calabria from renewable-energy group Veronagest.

STX offers modular offshore substations

FRANCE: Maritime construction group STX France has launched a new modular design for offshore substations it said could cut energy costs by reducing delivery times, capital expenditure and operational costs.

Comment

Offshore needs the big players

For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.

Viewpoint: Keep an open mind to get the most out of real sites

WORLDWIDE: In recent months, subsidy-free bids have dominated headlines as wind continues to demonstrate its burgeoning competitiveness with fossil-based generation.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- July 2017

WORLDWIDE: Wind power's first prime minister?; David towers over Goliath, global energy figures and facts; plus Enel's Francesco Starace on decarbonisation.

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