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Windpower Weekly 28th November 2014

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Sinomatech unveils Goldwind 6MW blade
CHINA: Sinomatech Wind Power Blade has revealed the 77.7-metre blade it has produced for Goldwind's 160/6MW offshore turbine.
  Sinomatech unveils Goldwind 6MW blade
 
Brazil approves 14GW of wind for auction
BRAZIL: Brazil's energy regulator has approved more than 14GW of wind projects for the upcoming A5 energy auction.
  Brazil approves 14GW of wind for auction
 
Gallery: Nordex 141-metre N117/3000
GERMANY: Nordex has installed one of its new N117/3000 turbines on a 141-metre tower at the port of Hamburg.
  Gallery: Nordex 141-metre N117/3000
 
Analysis: MHI-Vestas £200m UK plan short on detail
UK: Earlier this month, MHI-Vestas announced plans to lease Vestas' production facilities at its Isle of Wight plant to produce blades for the V164 8MW turbine, the first part of a wider £200 million (EUR 250 million) UK production strategy.
  Analysis: MHI-Vestas £200m UK plan short on detail
 
Question of the Week: Is red tape a major threat to wind development
Reports issued last week by trade body RenewableUK suggesting government bureaucracy is driving up the cost of offshore wind and doubled consenting time frames.
  Question of the Week: Is red tape a major threat to wind development
 
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Business & Companies

Ming Yang posts strong Q3
CHINA: Ming Yang has continued its strong recovery this year, almost doubling revenues in the third quarter and swinging into profit.
  Ming Yang posts strong Q3
 
Longyuan commissions first project outside China
CANADA: China's largest wind developer, Longyuan Power, has commissioned the 100MW Dufferin wind farm in Ontario, its first wind project in outside of China.
  Longyuan commissions first project outside China
 
Impsa sells 150MW in Brazil
BRAZIL: Argentinian engineering firm Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona SAIC (Impsa) has sold five wind farms in Brazil to a local investment fund, as it moves to raise cash amid a major financial squeeze.
  Impsa sells 150MW in Brazil
 
Bladt and EEW to open UK monopile plant
UK: Steel companies EEW special Pipe Constructions and Bladt Industries are to team up to set up facilities in the UK, manufacturing offshore turbine foundations.
  Bladt and EEW to open UK monopile plant
 
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Markets & Policy

Analysis: Boom and bust fear over China tariff change
CHINA: The launch of China's first onshore feed-in tariff (FIT) in 2009 gave the country's wind sector a welcome boost. But now a cut to the scheme is causing upheaval throughout the industry.
 
 
 
Asia-Pacific to grow 12 times over by 2017
ASIA: The offshore wind sector in Asia could grow up to 12 times over in three years, according to Windpower Intelligence's latest Global Market Report.
 
 
 
Uzbekistan introduces wind-friendly measures
UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan has initiated a set of measures, including tax exemption on land, to support wind development in the country.
 
 
 

Project Development

E.on cuts UK offshore project by 43%
UK: E.on has reduced the Rampion project by 300MW, taking its capacity to 400MW using 116 turbines.
 
 
 
RWE completes Gwynt y Mor construction
UK: RWE has completed the construction phase of the 576MW Gwynt y Mor project ahead of final commissioning next year.
 
 
 
Fishermen's Energy receives second PUC rejection
UNITED STATES: New Jersey regulators have rejected Fishermen's Energy's proposal to build a 25MW project in state waters for the second time, ruling the development does not offer value for money.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Wind and radar can learn to co-exist
WORLDWIDE: France's military aviation authorities are calling for restrictions on wind turbine installation that would close off most of the country to new wind deployment. But the technology to mitigate turbines' effect on radar signals already exists.
  Wind and radar can learn to co-exist
 
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
 
New blade technology makes more from wind
DENMARK: Blade extension packages, new hybrid materials and wireless sensor technology are all being deployed by leading blade manufacturer LM Wind Power in the drive to improve turbine efficiency and cut wind power costs.
  New blade technology makes more from wind
 

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