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Analysis: Patent trolls target wind power

Analysis: Patent trolls target wind power

UNITED STATES: One of the biggest "patent trolls" is moving into American wind technology for the first time. Intellectual Ventures (IV) of Bellevue, Washington has quietly applied for at least five high-quality and widely applicable patents for reducing noise and birds strikes at utility-scale wind projects.

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Windtech: Lightweight design for upwind floating turbine

Windtech: Lightweight design for upwind floating turbine

UK: Floating turbine technology is one of the fastest developing areas in the wind industry, and TetraFloat is just one of an increasing number of solutions being created across the world.

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Close-up: Acciona's AW3000 platform

Close-up: Acciona's AW3000 platform

WORLDWIDE: Acciona Windpower global product line director Scott Baron talks about the company's 3MW platform and its potential markets around the world.

Close up - Vensys looks beyond the 1.5MW

Close up - Vensys looks beyond the 1.5MW

GERMANY: Goldwind-owned direct-drive specialist Vensys has seen over 11,000 units produced of its 1.5MW turbine platform since it was first manufactured in 2003. Vensys CEO J├╝rgen Rinck speaks about the company's latest 2.5MW model and the 3MW turbine currently in development.

Close-up: Envision's EN128/3.6MW direct drive turbine

Close-up: Envision's EN128/3.6MW direct drive turbine

DENMARK: Since commissioning in October 2012 Envision's two-bladed EN128/3.6MW direct drive turbine has completed over a year of operation with further validation ongoing. Envision Energy (Denmark) director Anders Rebsdorf spoke about some main challenges faced developing the two-bladed machine.

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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