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STX offers modular offshore substations

STX offers modular offshore substations

FRANCE: Maritime construction group STX France has launched a new modular design for offshore substations it said could cut energy costs by reducing delivery times, capital expenditure and operational costs.

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

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.

Twin rotors bring 15MW offshore turbine closer

Twin rotors bring 15MW offshore turbine closer

GERMANY: A pair of downwind two-blade rotors, a nameplate capacity of 15MW and a floating platform mark the groundbreaking approach aerodyn engineering is taking to offshore wind turbine development.

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Vestas scales up to 4.2MW

DENMARK: Vestas has upgraded its 3MW onshore platform to 4MW with the introduction of three new models.

ORE Catapult partnership to investigate longer blades

UK: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) has signed a £2.3 billion (€2.6 billion) research partnership with the University of Bristol to look at building blades for the 13-15MW turbine generation.

Storage systems need to be competitive, says new report

EUROPE: The contribution that electricity storage could play in delivering the ambitions of the EU's 'clean energy package' should not be underestimated, argued a new report.

Lagerwey confirms Russia licensing

RUSSIA: Lagerwey has partnered with Rosatom-subsidiary Otek in a technology licensing agreement following the Russian tender announcement.

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MHI Vestas launches 9.5MW V164 turbine in London

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Exclusive: Enercon raises the bar

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WindTech: Cheaper, faster, safer component shipping

WindTech: Cheaper, faster, safer component shipping

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