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The big issues for maintenance

The big issues for maintenance

WORLDWIDE: Which turbine components put the greatest demands on a maintenance regime?

WindTech: Full wind field data from blade sensors

WindTech: Full wind field data from blade sensors

GERMANY: German pitch-systems manufacturer SSB Wind Systems has developed a turbine-performance optimising tool that is integrated into the rotor blade. BladeVision monitors blade deflections and reproduces blade loads and the full wind field over the complete rotor-swept area in real time.

Wind Tech: Monitoring system for Gamesa and more

Wind Tech: Monitoring system for Gamesa and more

SPAIN: Gamesa and Iberdrola have created a remote management system allowing them to potentially control any turbine around the world.

Wind Tech: Vertiwind turbine capacity increased

Wind Tech: Vertiwind turbine capacity increased

FRANCE: The rated capacity of the Vertiwind vertical-axis floating turbine will be 2.6MW instead of the 2MW previously announced.

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Wind Tech: Articulated cover for hanging cables

Wind Tech: Articulated cover for hanging cables

NERHERLANDS: An articulated pipe cable-protection system has been developed by Dutch family-owned CP/NL Engineering to protect the free-hanging section of inter-array cables between turbines.

Towers reach for the sky

Towers reach for the sky

WORLDWIDE: The development of tall, cost-effective towers is widely recognised as the next revolution in the wind industry because of their potential in boosting yields and cutting energy costs. Eize de Vries reviews the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in tall tower design.

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Windtech: Inside Enercon's high-tech test site

Windtech: Inside Enercon's high-tech test site

GERMANY: Having made it into the top-three of the world's largest wind-turbine suppliers in 2013 with total installations amounting to 3.7GW, compared with 3.5GW in 2012, Enercon is aiming for the 4GW mark this year, according to managing director Nicole Fritsch-Nehring.

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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