UNITED STATES: A radical new design of aircraft capable of lifting the biggest and heaviest wind turbine components and transporting them directly from the factory to the wind project site is now being tested by a US airship manufacturer.
This week, Windpower Monthly has spoken to US turbine manufacturer GE, and recruitment consultants Allen and Yorke, and EarthStream to discuss the biggest challenges in recruitment facing the wind industry.
UK: With much of the UK's onshore capacity and pipeline located in Scotland, a vote in favour of a Scottish break-away next month will affect electricity prices, suppliers and project developers on both sides of the border.
This week Windpower Monthly questions RenewableUK director for offshore renewables, Nick Medic, Siemens Energy UK director of strategy and government affairs, Matthew Knight, and Make Consulting managing consultant, Jean Huby, former CEO of Areva Wind.
UNITED KINGDOM: The viability of the offshore wind sector and the meeting of 2020 renewables targets both depend on having a healthy pool of consented projects. But a poor understanding of the impact of offshore turbine design on wildlife makes consent a complex issue.
WORLDWIDE: After a spate of recent joint ventures such as MHI Vestas and the merger of Alstom and GE, Windpower Monthly asked Senvion vice president for offshore Norbert Giese, and Piers Guy, Vattenfall UK country manager and head of UK development, whether companies can operate as pure players in the industry.