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Windpower Weekly 31st July 2015

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Court clears Siemens in Enercon dispute
UK: Enercon-owned Wobben Properties has lost its UK patent infringement case against Siemens over use of a storm control system on its offshore turbines.
  Court clears Siemens in Enercon dispute
 
Analysis: Iran takes action to enable renewables growth
IRAN: In a bid to encourage wind-power deployment, the Iranian government is working to speed up the permitting process and remove barriers to finance.
  Analysis: Iran takes action to enable renewables growth
 
Gallery: How to assemble a gearbox
FINLAND: Gearboxes are an important component of a wind turbine, but few people get to see inside.
  Gallery: How to assemble a gearbox
 
Axpo buys out Volkswind for 3GW portfolio
GERMANY: German wind developer Volkswind has been acquired by Swiss energy firm Axpo Group.
  Axpo buys out Volkswind for 3GW portfolio
 
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Business and Companies

EDPR and Repsol swap UK project rights
UK: EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) and Repsol will fully own one project each after agreeing to swap interests in Moray Firth and Inch Cape offshore projects in Scotland.
  EDPR and Repsol swap UK project rights
 
Voltalia buys 379MW Maia Eolis wind assets
FRANCE: French renewable energy firm Voltalia has acquired a 379MW development portfolio in its home country from consortium Maia Eolis.
  Voltalia buys 379MW Maia Eolis wind assets
 
Sinovel fails to block US criminal case
UNITED STATES: US Court of Appeal denied Sinovel's petition to block proceedings of a criminal case against the Chinese manufacturer over allegations it stole intellectual property from AMSC.
  Sinovel fails to block US criminal case
 
West of Duddon Sands lifts Iberdrola's earnings
SPAIN: Developer Iberdrola has announced group earnings of €3.8 billion in the first half of 2015, up 5.7% from the same period last year, boosted by increased production at its West of Duddon Sands offshore project in the Irish Sea.
  West of Duddon Sands lifts Iberdrola's earnings
 
Vergnet to sell Sinovel turbines
FRANCE: Turbine manufacturer Vergnet will sell Sinovel turbines in France and the Caribbean, plus countries in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions as the two companies sign a distribution agreement.
  Vergnet to sell Sinovel turbines
 
Navitus Bay director leaves for tidal project
UK: The project director of the 970MW Navitus Bay offshore project has stepped down from the role weeks before the final planning decision is announced.
  Navitus Bay director leaves for tidal project
 
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Markets and Policy

France adopts ambitious energy law
FRANCE: Renewables will supply 40% of France's electricity demand in 2030, according to the energy transition law adopted by the French parliament.
 
 
 
Acciona reaches full BNDES-compliance
BRAZIL: Spanish manufacturer achieves 60% local supply ability ahead of January 2016, and makes approved supplier list of national development bank BNDES.
 
 
 
Jordan to build 315MW wind farms
JORDAN: The government has approved the construction of five wind power plant totalling 315MW.
 
 
 

Project Development

Block Island offshore construction begins
UNITED STATES: The first foundation has been installed at the 30MW Block Island site off Rhode Island, the first at a commercial US offshore project.
 
 
 
Gamesa wins UK repowering deal
UK: Gamesa 2MW turbines will be used by E.on and Energy Power Resources to repower the Ovenden Moor project in West Yorkshire, north England.
 
 
 
Siemens wins 162MW orders in Ireland and Scotland
IRELAND/UK: A total of 52 Siemens 3MW turbines have been chosen for three projects in Ireland and Scotland.
 
 
 
Offshore Project Progress - 24 July
EUROPE: Recent project updates from the Borkum West 2 in Germany, the Netherlands' Westermeerwind site, Nobelwind in Belgium and Dong's Burbo Bank Extension project in the UK.
 
 
 
Tennet starts up DolWin1 grid connection
GERMANY: Tennet's 800MW DolWin1 grid connection has begun operating, serving the 200MW Trianel Windpark Borkum project.
 
 
 
Seajacks to install Veja Mate foundations
GERMANY: Vessels supplier Seajacks will install the foundations at the 402MW Veja Mate offshore project in the German North Sea.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Brakes on growth in Chile and Uruguay
CHILE/URUGUAY: South America is a hot market for wind power, but after some years of rapid growth, installations in both Uruguay and Chile are set to slow beyond 2016.
  Brakes on growth in Chile and Uruguay
 
Globeleq warns of unexpected costs in new markets
WORLDWIDE: Mitigating the risks that drive up financing costs is the key to scaling-up renewable energy in emerging markets, says a developer with more than a decade's experience of wind projects in Central America.
  Globeleq warns of unexpected costs in new markets
 
On reflection: Look at other industries and see how they benefit
WORLDWIDE: Predictive maintenance can seriously improve the health of your wind project, so with the installed base rising fast, it is becoming increasingly important for wind farm operators to take a far more holistic view of turbine maintenance.
  On reflection: Look at other industries and see how they benefit
 
Growing from 1GW to 25GW in ten years
WORLDWIDE: Countries that barely featured on the global wind power radar five years ago are now emerging as serious players with the promise of much more to come. We pick out ten of the fastest-growing markets, all of them looking to become the next Brazil.
  Growing from 1GW to 25GW in ten years
 

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