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Windpower Weekly 26th May 2017

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Top Stories
AWEA 2017: Senvion to launch 10MW+ offshore wind turbine
GERMANY: Manufacturer Senvion has said it will give details on a 10MW+ offshore wind turbine at the WindEurope Offshore Wind event in London next month.
  AWEA 2017: Senvion to launch 10MW+ offshore wind turbine
 
Wind wins 99% share of Spain auction
SPAIN: Wind projects were allocated 2,979MW of the 3GW allocated in Spain's second renewables auction, with the lion's share going to minor player Forestalia.
  Wind wins 99% share of Spain auction
 
Wind resource presents biggest risk to industry
WORLDWIDE: Insurance underwriter GCube has found wind resources pose the largest threat to an onshore wind project's profitability, surpassing mechanical breakdown.
  Wind resource presents biggest risk to industry
 
Scarecrow system provides 'astonishing' results offshore
UK: A scarecrow model installed on an offshore wind turbine designed to stop bird droppings has had "astonishing" results.
  Scarecrow system provides 'astonishing' results offshore
 
AWEA Windpower 2017
AWEA 2017: Day one - as it happened
UNITED STATES: Windpower Monthly brings you updates from the first day of Windpower 2017, the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) annual conference and exhibition, this year in Anaheim, California (23-25 May).
  AWEA 2017: Day one - as it happened
 
AWEA 2017: Day two - as it happened
UNITED STATES: Coverage from day two of the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Windpower 2017 annual conference and exhibition in Anaheim, California.
  AWEA 2017: Day two - as it happened
 
AWEA 2017: Grid capacity expansion lagging behind wind growth
UNITED STATES: With wind power development outpacing the expansion of transmission capacity in the US, grid congestion challenges are likely to get worse before they get better.
  AWEA 2017: Grid capacity expansion lagging behind wind growth
 
AWEA 2017: States to lead the way offshore
UNITED STATES: Panelists at a session on building offshore partnerships agreed the Trump administration creates uncertainty and that it is states that will lead the way.
  AWEA 2017: States to lead the way offshore
 
AWEA 2017: Goldwind Americas launches training programme
UNITED STATES: Goldwind Americas is launching an initiative called Goldwind Works in which it will train fossil fuel workers -- such as coal miners -- to be wind technicians. The training will be free.
  AWEA 2017: Goldwind Americas launches training programme
 
AWEA 2017: GE confirms EC probe
EUROPE: At a round table event at AWEA Windpower 2017 in California (23-25 May,) GE executives answered questions that had arisen about the OEM's $1.7 billion takeover of blade manufacturer LM Wind Power.
  AWEA 2017: GE confirms EC probe
 
AWEA 2017: Senvion unveils 3.6MW for North American market
UNITED STATES: German manufacturer Senvion has unveiled an upgraded 3.6MW turbine for the US and Canadian markets, as well an adaptation to its modular 2MW series and plans for manufacturing facilities in the region.
  AWEA 2017: Senvion unveils 3.6MW for North American market
 
AWEA 2017: DNV GL launches forecasting platform
UNITED STATES: Advisory firm DNV GL has launched an on-demand weather forecaster in the US and Canada, ahead of the AWEA Windpower 2017 conference in California (23-25 May 2017).
  AWEA 2017: DNV GL launches forecasting platform
 
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AWEA 2017: GE's John Lavelle - 'We're going to play hard'
SPONSORED CONTENT: Windpower Monthly spoke to GE Renewable Energy offshore wind CEO John Lavelle.
  AWEA 2017: GE's John Lavelle - 'We're going to play hard'
 
AWEA 2017: GE Renewable Energy's Pete McCabe
SPONSORED CONTENT: GE Renewbale Energy's onshore wind CEO Peter McCabe speaks to Windpower Monthly at the AWEA Windpower 2017 conference in Anaheim.
  AWEA 2017: GE Renewable Energy's Pete McCabe
 

 
 
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Business and Companies
Suzlon earnings grow 64% in 2017
INDIA: Suzlon reported Ebitda of INR 22 billion ($304 million) in its full 2017 financial year results, up from INR 13.43 billion ($185 million) in 2016.
  Suzlon earnings grow 64% in 2017
 
Vestas opens Portuguese R&D site
PORTUGAL: Turbine manufacturer Vestas has launched a new research and development (R&D) centre in Porto, Portugal, to focus on improving core technology.
  Vestas opens Portuguese R&D site
 
Dong agrees upstream oil and gas divestment
DENMARK: Dong Energy has taken a step closer to becoming a renewable energy-only producer with the agreement to sell its upstream oil and gas business for DKK 8.7 billion (€1.17 billion).
  Dong agrees upstream oil and gas divestment
 
New underwater drone for cable inspection launched
NORWAY: Technology firm Blueye Robotics has revealed a new underwater drone, which could be used for cable surveys and inspections.
  New underwater drone for cable inspection launched
 
Make Consulting under new owners
DENMARK: Global wind intelligence service Make Consulting has been acquired by US firm Verisk Analytics.
  Make Consulting under new owners
 
EDF and 3M sign vortex generator supply deal
UNITED STATES: EDF Renewable Services has signed an agreement with technology firm 3M to supply vortex generators on its US fleet.
  EDF and 3M sign vortex generator supply deal
 
Markets and Policy
Australian system needs modernising, says CEC
AUSTRALIA: The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has called for an update of the country's power system to allow renewables and storage to provide grid security.
  Australian system needs modernising, says CEC
 
E V E N T   P R O M O T I O N

The Head of Central Maintenance at EDP Renewables said:

"Very frequently when a maintenance budget needs to be reduced, the blade is one of the first elements to be sacrificed. But that is a great error. To inspect and to repair small deteriorations of blades regularly is one of the most effective strategies to avoid major increments in future OPEX.”  Give your blades the attention they deserve at Windpower Monthly's award-winning Blade Inspection, Damage & Repair Forum. More info

 

 
Project Development
Guernsey study backs 30MW site
GUERNSEY: An early study of the potential of offshore wind around the small channel island has backed plans for a "modest" 30MW project.
  Guernsey study backs 30MW site
 
Ten prequalified for Dunkirk offshore project
FRANCE: Regulator CRE has prequalified ten candidates for the 250-750MW fixed-foundation project off Dunkirk, according to news agency Agence France Presse (AFP).
  Ten prequalified for Dunkirk offshore project
 
Citizen projects win big in German auction
GERMANY: In Germany's first auction for setting support for onshore wind, citizen-owned projects swept the board with 93% or 65 of the 70 successful bids, accounting for 96% of the total 807MW capacity allocated.
  Citizen projects win big in German auction
 
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