Windpower Monthly: AUGUST 2015

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Developing economies in search of wind power

Developing economies in search of wind power

WORLDWIDE: Led by Latin America and South Africa, developing markets with a pressing need for electricity are providing a greater share of growth opportunities for the industry. But investors must do their homework and be aware of the pitfalls.

Growing from 1GW to 25GW in ten years

WORLDWIDE: Countries that barely featured on the global wind power radar five years ago are now emerging as serious players with the promise of much more to come. We pick out ten of the fastest-growing markets, all of them looking to become the next Brazil.

France aims to be expert in floating technolgy

FRANCE: Although France is yet to install its first offshore turbine, the government has identified four zones for floating wind energy pilot projects and is hoping these will help turn the country into a leader of this nascent technology.

Brazil prepares for servicing boom

BRAZIL: With the decade-old wind industry still growing in Brazil, the operations and maintenance business is expected to grow from $157 million to $500 million in the next five years

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Analysis

Analysis: Iran takes action to enable renewables growth

IRAN: In a bid to encourage wind-power deployment, the Iranian government is working to speed up the permitting process and remove barriers to finance.

Russia eases local content rules

RUSSIA: The energy ministry has extended the deadline for wind project installations, and scaled down the introduction of local content requirement.

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Analysis: Regulatory changes present two very different challenges in Germany

GERMANY: As the government speeds towards auctions for wind support, the industry is concerned what will happen to small onshore projects and whether offshore developments will receive a fair share.

Senvion to focus on new products and markets, says CFO

GERMANY: New CFO, Manav Sharma, says manufacturer will invest in greater product development, as he aims to bring stability to the German firm now under US ownership.

Comment

A ray of light amid support cuts

Precisely what constitutes an emerging market is a moot point, but by selecting the markets with an installed capacity under 1GW, a good rate of growth and the promise of more to come, we found the top ten worthy of the title.

Straight talking: Wind offers much to a world that is short of water

WORLDWIDE: My enduring image from the deadly European heatwave in the summer of 2003 was the picture of bedraggled French firefighters spraying what looked like a pathetically thin stream of water on top of the containment dome of a nuclear power plant in an attempt to keep the reactor cool.

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On reflection: Look at other industries and see how they benefit

WORLDWIDE: Predictive maintenance can seriously improve the health of your wind project, so with the installed base rising fast, it is becoming increasingly important for wind farm operators to take a far more holistic view of turbine maintenance.

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