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Windtech: Concepts to eliminate or reduce PMG use

Windtech: Concepts to eliminate or reduce PMG use

GERMANY/UK: Eize de Vries meets the men behind two new companies each developing novel direct-drive generators.

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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.

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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Siemens teases a 10MW+ turbine

UK: Siemens will unveil a new turbine platform in the next five years, hinting at a 10GW+ turbine as it targets €80/MWh by 2025.

Adwen and LM unveil world's longest blade

DENMARK: Offshore joint venture Adwen and Danish blade producer LM Windpower have partnered to produce an 88.4-metre blade for the manufacturer's 8MW turbine.

Scotland injects £1.5m into OWA

UK: The Carbon Trust has been awarded £1.5 million (€1.9 million) by the Scottish government to aid companies through the offshore wind accelerator (OWA) programme.

Lagerwey unveils 'climbing crane'

NETHERLANDS: Dutch turbine manufacturer Lagerwey has revealed what it calls the world's first "climbing crane" to help install turbines, particularly in areas of difficult terrain.

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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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