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Japan plans wind-driven hydrogen project

Japan plans wind-driven hydrogen project

JAPAN: A demonstration project designed to create hydrogen from wind power has been launched in Yokohama.

Government support for offshore research

Government support for offshore research

UK: Dong Energy and Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy are linking up with British academic research centres to advance technological progress and cut the costs of offshore wind-generated electricity.

Blyth foundations begin float-out

Blyth foundations begin float-out

UK: EDF Renewable Energy has started floating the five gravity-base foundations out to its 41.5MW Blyth demonstration project site off north-east England.

News and analysis

Nordex trials 134-metre steel-only tower

GERMANY: Since February, Nordex has been testing a 134-metre tubular steel tower, with a 3.6MW turbine installed on it, in a bid to create an alternative to hybrid structures.

ABB to improve renewables on Aruban grid

ARUBA: Swiss transmission specialist ABB has been awarded the deal to provide a microgrid to utility WEB Aruba to help integrate renewables.

Hywind turbines complete foundation installation

NORWAY/UK: The five turbines destined for Statoil's 30MW Hywind Scotland floating project have been installed on their spar buoy foundations and are ready for transport to the project site.

ABB upgrades turbine transformer

SWITZERLAND: Transmission specialist ABB has doubled the voltage level of its WindStar transformer to 66kV, benefitting the latest generation off offshore wind turbines.

EWE launches brine-for-power

GERMANY: Regional energy company EWE plans what could be the world's biggest battery using redox flow technology in underground salt caverns usually used for natural gas storage.

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Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

GERMANY: Senvion is adapting its 3MW platform for offshore deployment in the Mediterranean, and is likely to develop an 11-12MW range turbine with a rotor diameter close to 200 metres.

Offshore needs the big players

For all the optimism and confidence on display in London at the WindEurope/RenewableUK offshore wind conference in June, it is worth keeping in mind that the sector is still very small.

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.

Wind backs words with deeds

This issue falls between two of wind power's biggest events of the year -- the American Wind Energy Association's conference in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and WindEurope's offshore showcase in London.

It's hammer time

NETHERLANDS: Dutch company Fistuca is about to begin testing a radical new piledriver for offshore monopile foundations that aims to cut noise and installation costs.

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