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Ten of the biggest turbines

Ten of the biggest turbines

WORLDWIDE: We have omitted some of the large turbines where progress has stalled, such as the 7MW Samsung and MHI Sea Angel machines, but the ten turbines described here are either in production or scheduled to start soon.

WindTech: Gamesa goes offgrid with hybrid system

WindTech: Gamesa goes offgrid with hybrid system

SPAIN: A new wind-solar-storage system aims to provide reliable and competitively priced grid-independent power.

Windtech: Concepts to eliminate or reduce PMG use

Windtech: Concepts to eliminate or reduce PMG use

GERMANY/UK: Eize de Vries meets the men behind two new companies each developing novel direct-drive generators.

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EXCLUSIVE: Vestas tests four-rotor concept turbine

EXCLUSIVE: Vestas tests four-rotor concept turbine

DENMARK: Future technologies will be given a jolt of fresh thinking as Vestas prepares for a year of testing and validating a 900kW multi-rotor concept turbine, which is being installed near Roskilde, Denmark, this week.

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Senvion wins offgrid deal

AUSTRALIA: Senvion has been awarded a deal from local power generation firm EDL to provide two 2MW turbines to an offgrid project in South Australia.

France awards maiden floating tender

FRANCE: France's first two pilot floating wind power projects have been awarded to Quadran and the Eolfi-CGN joint venture.

LM Wind Power starts work on Turkish facility

TURKEY: LM Wind Power has broken ground on a new wind turbine blade plant in Turkey, its 14th manufacturing facility worldwide.

Developers pledge £6.4m in new OWA phase

EUROPE: The Carbon Trust has launched a new phase of its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, with nine developers investing £6.4 million (€7.5 million).

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Turbines of the year: Rotor Blades

Turbines of the year: Rotor Blades

WORLDWIDE: Greater consistency in manufacturing quality and an emphasis on easier transport and installation mark this year's entries.

Turbines of the year: Innovations

Turbines of the year: Innovations

WORLDWIDE: Best of the year's brightest ideas at the cutting edge of the wind industry.

Windtech: Combined component testing in 8MW rig

Windtech: Combined component testing in 8MW rig

GERMANY: A full-scale test bench for drivetrain components and complete nacelles up to 8.xMW was inaugurated in October at the Fraunhofer IWES research institute.

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