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WindTech: Offshore wind looks to island hubs

WindTech: Offshore wind looks to island hubs

WORLDWIDE: Natural and artificial islands are attracting interest from offshore developers as O&M hubs.

Windmax: Monthly digest of wind turbine operating data

Windmax: Monthly digest of wind turbine operating data

WORLDWIDE: Windpower Intelligence, the data and research division of Windpower Monthly, has teamed up with the Imperial College Business School of London to analyse and publish the output and capacity factors of operating wind turbines in Germany and Denmark.

Big Picture: Raising expectations

Big Picture: Raising expectations

GERMANY: Mounted on a 164-metre concrete-steel hybrid tower for a tip height of nearly 230 metres, this 3.3MW Nordex N131 in south-west Germany is now the world's tallest wind turbine.

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.

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Enercon investigating turbine 'incident' in Canada

CANADA: Enercon has dispatched a team to investigate an incident at the 23.4MW Point Tupper project in Nova Scotia, where a turbine has reportedly collapsed.

ORE carries out onsite erosion research

UK: ORE Catapult, RES and Centrica have completed a leading-edge erosion research programme, which found predictive maintenance could increase annual production by up to 2%.

UK bird charity calls on renewables priority

UK: The UK government should focus on the development of renewables beyond 2020, particularly deep-water technologies, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has said.

Nordex unveils 3.6MW turbine

GERMANY: Nordex will release two versions of a new 3.6MW turbine at the WindEnergy Hamburg event in Germany next month.

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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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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.

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