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Additive manufacturing will be a 'gamechanger'

Additive manufacturing will be a 'gamechanger'

WORLDWIDE: 3D printing is being hailed as the way to eliminate labour-intensive manufacturing and assembly processes while avoiding structural weaknesses. Little wonder that the wind industry is looking into the best ways to use the technology to reduce the cost of energy.

Turbines of the year: Rotor blades

Turbines of the year: Rotor blades

WORLDWIDE: Blade development reached new lengths in 2016 in both the onshore and offshore sectors

Turbines of the year: Drivetrains

Turbines of the year: Drivetrains

WORLDWIDE: Greater power without weight penalties in drive development

Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines

Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines

WORLDWIDE: The super-sized new generation machinery that is driving down offshore wind costs

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GE to supply first US hybrid site

UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has been awarded the turbine supply contract from Juhl Energy for a wind-solar hybrid project in Minnesota, the nation's first.

Siemens powers up 8MW prototype

DENMARK: Siemens has commissioned its 8MW prototype turbine at the National Test Centre in Osterild, northern Denmark.

MHI Vestas upgrades V164 to 9MW

DENMARK: Offshore turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas has completed an upgrade on its V164 turbine to increase output to 9MW, breaking the 24-hour generation record in the process.

Moventas expands production capacity

FINLAND: Gearbox manufacturer Moventas will invest €17 million in expanding its production capacity to cope with demand.

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WindTech: Cheaper, faster, safer component shipping

WindTech: Cheaper, faster, safer component shipping

DENMARK: Siemens' new roll-on/roll-off vessel -- and there is another to come -- promises to cut the cost and ease the complexity of transporting large offshore wind-turbine components. Eize de Vries reports from aboard the Rotra Vente.

Influential ... and interesting

Influential ... and interesting

WORLDWIDE: It has been another tumultuous year for the wind industry, one marked by massive mergers and acquisitions, rapid technological progress and steeply falling costs. Windpower Monthly's staff and contributors pick out some of the people behind the headlines

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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