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Windpower Technology 22nd December 2014

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Gallery: Gwynt y Môr turbine installation
UK: The 160 Siemens 3.6MW turbines being used at the 576MW Gwynt y Môr have been installed by RWE over the last year.
  Gallery: Gwynt y Môr turbine installation
 
Windtech in-depth: GE takes gearbox support to 2.2MW
WORLDWIDE: GE announced a new 2.2MW IEC class II turbine model with a 107-metre rotor diameter in May, with an unexpected drivetrain choice.
  Windtech in-depth: GE takes gearbox support to 2.2MW
 
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Enercon launches 4MW turbine platform
GERMANY: Enercon's new 4MW turbines were designed for cost-effective manufacture, simple logistics and easy site assembly. Three models make up the platform launch, with the first prototype, a 4.2MW medium-wind speed model -- the E-126 EP4 -- planned for late 2015 and serial production in 2016.
  Enercon launches 4MW turbine platform
 
EDF EN: Sharing risk and cost
WORLDWIDE: EDF EN, the renewables arm of French utility EDF, has built up a pipeline of over 14GW with projects planned in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Finding partners for offshore development is key to its strategy.
  EDF EN: Sharing risk and cost
 
Why looking after blades will pay for itself
WORLDWIDE: Turbine blades are exposed to harsh conditions, yet their maintenance is often a low priority. But using new technology to inspect regularly and look after their surfaces can help optimise turbine performance and increase return on investment.
  Why looking after blades will pay for itself
 
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