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Technology In Depth

Why looking after blades will pay for itself

Why looking after blades will pay for itself

WORLDWIDE: Turbine blades are exposed to harsh conditions, yet their maintenance is often a low priority. But using new technology to inspect regularly and look after their surfaces can help optimise turbine performance and increase return on investment.

New blade technology makes more from wind

New blade technology makes more from wind

DENMARK: Blade extension packages, new hybrid materials and wireless sensor technology are all being deployed by leading blade manufacturer LM Wind Power in the drive to improve turbine efficiency and cut wind power costs.

WindTech: Novel 2.8MW ready to scale up

WindTech: Novel 2.8MW ready to scale up

GERMANY" Stephan Jockel, managing director of German engineering consultancy Wind-direct, introduced a novel 2.8MW wd2.8+109 direct-drive turbine at a drivetrain conference in October in Bremen, Germany.

EDF EN: Sharing risk and cost

EDF EN: Sharing risk and cost

WORLDWIDE: EDF EN, the renewables arm of French utility EDF, has built up a pipeline of over 14GW with projects planned in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Finding partners for offshore development is key to its strategy.

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Towers reach for the sky

Towers reach for the sky

WORLDWIDE: The development of tall, cost-effective towers is widely recognised as the next revolution in the wind industry because of their potential in boosting yields and cutting energy costs. Eize de Vries reviews the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in tall tower design.

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Windtech: Inside Enercon's high-tech test site

Windtech: Inside Enercon's high-tech test site

GERMANY: Having made it into the top-three of the world's largest wind-turbine suppliers in 2013 with total installations amounting to 3.7GW, compared with 3.5GW in 2012, Enercon is aiming for the 4GW mark this year, according to managing director Nicole Fritsch-Nehring.

Enercon's state-of-the-art blade plant

Enercon's state-of-the-art blade plant

GERMANY: The 3MW turbine class is a main pillar of Enercon's growth strategy with an ultra-modern facility developed for the E-101 blades and the inner sections of E-115 segmented blades playing a major role.

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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