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Technology In Depth

Analysis: New life for forgotten patents

Analysis: New life for forgotten patents

WORLDWIDE: For every newly designed Siemens 3.6MW or Vestas V112 3MW there are several turbines and components that stay on the drawing board.

An essential piece of the puzzle

An essential piece of the puzzle

WORLDWIDE: Wind turbine OEMs tend to take the credit for the steady technology advances that continue to boost production and cut costs of wind-generated electricity. But independent component manufacturers play a vitally important role in this process, too.

Components -- sum of the parts

Components -- sum of the parts

WORLDWIDE: A brief look at ten of the leading suppliers of major components to the wind industry.

Analysis: France aims to be expert in floating technolgy

Analysis: 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.

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WindTech: Wooden tower design challenges convention

WindTech: Wooden tower design challenges convention

GERMANY: Prototype octagonal-shaped 100-metre tower offers benefits over steel and concrete, finds Eize de Vries on a visit to German tower developer TimberTower.

Exclusive: Many small pieces, one very large blade

Exclusive: Many small pieces, one very large blade

UNITED STATES: Blade Dynamics is reaching the final stages of preparing the first prototype of its modular-design 78-metre rotor blade for testing in the UK.

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Windtech: Testing beyond commercial risk

Windtech: Testing beyond commercial risk

WORLDWIDE: Despite over a decade of research, the achievements of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) are not well known in the industry.

Special reports

Husum 2012 - Special Report

Husum 2012 - Special Report

As the Husum trade fair gets underway, Windpower Monthly has produced a special report looking at the latest technological innovations in the wind industry.

Offshore Technology - Special Report

Offshore Technology - Special Report

Windpower Monthly has created a special report examining technlogical inovation in the offshore sector, looking at areas including cabling, turbine foundations and vessels.

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