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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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Software modelling highlights gearbox cracks

Software modelling highlights gearbox cracks

UNITED STATES: Large-scale operators of GE turbines are benefiting from a digital service that shows what is most likely to go wrong with the turbine's gearbox and when, as well as the best ways to prevent it.

Designing to withstand Arctic conditions

Designing to withstand Arctic conditions

FINLAND: Much is at stake for Finland's first commercial offshore wind farm, the €120-million 40MW Tahkoluoto project in the Gulf of Bothnia, in the north of the Baltic Sea, west of Finland.

Windtech: Senvion model set for new German market

Windtech: Senvion model set for new German market

GERMANY: High performance and low noise are key features of Senvion's 3.4M140 onshore turbine.

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AWEA 2016: 'We must be humble and paranoid'

UNITED STATES: The US wind sector needs to be both humble and paranoid as it navigates through the five-year production tax credit (PTC) phase out and prepares to compete without subsidies.

AWEA 2016: Goldwind and Senvion target US top-tier

UNITED STATES: Turbine manufacturers Goldwind and Senvion are aiming to become top-tier manufacturers in the US, said company executives during AWEA Windpower 2016.

RES and National Grid agree fast balancing

UK: RES has signed a four-year deal with grid operator National Grid to provide a battery storage system to aid grid balancing in the UK.

SSE closes financing of £2.6bn Beatrice

UK: The development consortium behind the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind project has given a positive final investment decision to build the offshore project.

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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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