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News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.

Dutch airports to source 100% electricity from renewables

Dutch airports to source 100% electricity from renewables

NETHERLANDS: Four Dutch airports will be completely green from 1 January next year, airport operator Royal Schiphol Group announced.

Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations

Sensors installed on Blyth gravity-base foundations

UK: Sensors have been added to two of the gravity-base foundations being installed at the Blyth demonstration project off the north-east UK.

Winergy installs Australia's largest test bench

Winergy installs Australia's largest test bench

AUSTRALIA: Siemens-owned Winergy has installed the largest test bench for wind turbine gearboxes in Australia.

News and Analysis

Wood Group to assess Fosen Wind site

NORWAY: Wood Group's clean energy business will carry out a power performance testing regime at Statkraft's 1GW Fosen onshore wind complex.

PacifiCorp plans 1GW repowering

UNITED STATES: PacifiCorp has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for permission to repower over 1GW of projects.

Estonian wind power up 36%

ESTONIA: The nation's wind fleet produced 333GWh of electricity in the first half of 2017, up 36% year on year, according to state-owned utility Elering.

Tallest turbine produces 9GWh in first year

GERMANY: Nordex's 230-metre high turbine has produced over 9GWh in its first year of operation, according to the manufacturer.

Vestas wins 22MW Dutch deal

NETHERLANDS: Vestas has been awarded a 22MW turbine order from local developer Eneco for the second phase of a repowering project on the Dutch coast.

In depth

Viewpoint: Time for hunger and creativity

Any discussion with those involved in the management of operational onshore wind assets soon makes clear that the market continues to evolve apace.

Viewpoint: The benefits of partial repowering

Clarification by the US government of tax credits for partial repowering in 2016 has inspired many in the wind industry to take a closer look at repowering options for their projects.

Don't look down

SWEDEN: A head for heights, nerves of steel, together with heavy-duty clothes and equipment are the minimum requirements for the highly trained technicians that operate at extreme heights and in freezing weather on wind turbine inspection and repair during the winter months.

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Weathering the storms

WORLDWIDE: They call them "nat cats" in the trade, shorthand for natural catastrophes, the extreme weather events that can bring energy generation and transmission to its knees.

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.

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