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Windpower Weekly 05th March 2015

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UK awards first CfD round
UK: The UK government has awarded its first competitive Contracts for Difference (CfD) subsidies to onshore and offshore projects, totalling 1.9GW.
  UK awards first CfD round
 
Goldwind maintains hold on domestic market
CHINA: Goldwind's share of the Chinese market in 2014 has fallen slightly although it continues to hold the number one spot.
  Goldwind maintains hold on domestic market
 
India enters top five in EY attractiveness index
WORLDWIDE: India rises one place to fifth as the UK slips from seventh to eighth in Ernst and Young's (EY) latest renewable energy country attractiveness index as Egypt enters the top 40.
  India enters top five in EY attractiveness index
 
Gallery: A view from the top
WORLDWIDE: This week's Windpower Monthly gallery brings a selection of pictures showing the sights few will get to see.
  Gallery: A view from the top
 
MPs call for CfD review
UK: A group of members of parliament (MPs) in the UK has called on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) to conduct a review into the contracts for difference (CfD) process before the next auction.
  MPs call for CfD review
 
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Business & Companies

Goldwind launches new 2.5MW turbine for Americas
THE AMERICAS: Goldwind Americas has launched another 2.5MW turbine aimed at low wind sites in the Americas.
  Goldwind launches new 2.5MW turbine for Americas
 
EDF teams up with Sowitec for Brazil venture
BRAZIL: EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has joined forces with German developer Sowitec as part of a plan to install 800MW in Brazil.
  EDF teams up with Sowitec for Brazil venture
 
Gamesa doubles profits in 2014
SPAIN: Gamesa has announced it has more than doubled its net profits in 2014 to €92 million, compared with €45 million in 2013.
  Gamesa doubles profits in 2014
 
Nordex announces 21% increase in sales
GERMANY: Nordex has announced a 21% increase in sales to €1.73 billion in its preliminary figures for 2014.
  Nordex announces 21% increase in sales
 
Goldwind net profit up 327%
CHINA: Goldwind has announced a preliminary net profit of CNY 1.83 billion ($297 million) in 2014, up 328% on 2013.
  Goldwind net profit up 327%
 
Acciona Windpower earnings increase
SPAIN: Acciona's wind division posted an increased pre-tax profit of €39 million in 2014, reversing a €52 million loss in 2013.
  Acciona Windpower earnings increase
 
Strong dollar pushes down EDPR revenue
PORTUGAL: Regulatory changes in Spain and higher costs from a stronger dollar resulted in EDP Renewables' revenue dropping by 3% to €1.27 billion in 2014.
  Strong dollar pushes down EDPR revenue
 
Pattern Energy revenue up 32%
UNITED STATES: Pattern Energy has posted revenue of $265.5 million in its 2014 financial results, an increase of 32% on 2013.
  Pattern Energy revenue up 32%
 
The big issues for maintenance
WORLDWIDE: Which turbine components put the greatest demands on a maintenance regime?
  The big issues for maintenance
 
Wind Economics: Downward trend in wind prices continues
WORLDWIDE: A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) published in January confirms that onshore wind-generation costs are competitive with those of the fossil-fuel sources. The latter are in the $45-140/MWh range, wind comes in at an average $55/MWh.
  Wind Economics: Downward trend in wind prices continues
 
Grasp the complexities of maintenance costs
WORLDWIDE: Burgeoning onshore turbine numbers around the world mean an ever-growing market for operations and maintenance work. While economies of scale are seeing some costs come down, multiple factors mean recognising the best service deal can be tricky.
  Grasp the complexities of maintenance costs
 
Areva update on Gamesa JV
FRANCE: Areva will continue its offshore wind operations via the planned joint-venture with Gamesa, the group confirmed today as it announced a record loss of €4.834 billion in 2014.
  Areva update on Gamesa JV
 
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Markets & Policy

European Commission outlines energy union framework
EUROPE: The European Commission has outlined its plans over the next five years to build an energy union.
 
 
 
Norway to change depreciation rules
NORWAY: The Norwegian government is set to change its depreciation rules, giving a boost to the country's lagging wind industry.
 
 
 
Analysis: Iran plans for wind powered future
IRAN: While Western media focus on Iran's nuclear intentions, the country has big plans for wind power, with at least 450MW expected online in the foreseeable future, in addition to the 117MW already online.
 
 
 
Monday Comment: Scaling down ambition in offshore
Will this be a tricky time for offshore? A quick glance at Windpower Offshore news over the last couple of weeks show the sector is progressing well.
 
 
 
European offshore: Europe's offshore leader faces slower year
New build cemented the UK's position as offshore market leader, and two major turbine manufacturers are setting up production facilities in the country. But a new support system is creating uncertainty, particularly for the biggest developments, reports Shaun Campbell.
 
 
 
European offshore: Germany tops 1GW milestone
Europe's second-biggest offshore market expects to add 2GW more this year, says Sara Knight.
 
 
 
European offshore: Changing plans in Denmark
Schedules have slipped, but a tender for Horns Rev 3 is set for this year, writes Sara Knight.
 
 
 
European offshore: Glimmer of hope in Sweden
New government ready to redesign system for offshore support, writes Sara Knight.
 
 
 
European offshore: Netherlands rethinks system
The government has restructured the tender process for quicker, cheaper results, says Jan Dodd.
 
 
 
European offshore: Glimmer of hope in Sweden
New government ready to redesign system for offshore support, writes Sara Knight.
 
 
 
European offshore: France learns as it progresses
The government is reviewing the latest tender and updating legal procedures, reports Jan Dodd.
 
 
 
European offshore: Belgium tackles grid delays
A long-awaited grid upgrade will enable 1.4GW of stalled projects to proceed, reports Jan Dodd.
 
 
 
European offshore: Health & safety case study - Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely
Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit
 
 
 

Project Development

Storms bring down Gamesa turbine
SPAIN: Iberdrola confirmed it is investigating a turbine fall in February affecting a Gamesa G47-660kW wind turbine at the 16-year old 19.8MW El Tablado wind plant in Zaragoza and Soria, one of Spain's windiest provinces.
 
 
 
Block Island reaches financial close
UNITED STATES: Deepwater Wind's 30MW Block Island project has reached financial close, the first offshore project in the US to do so.
 
 
 
WindTech: Full wind field data from blade sensors
GERMANY: German pitch-systems manufacturer SSB Wind Systems has developed a turbine-performance optimising tool that is integrated into the rotor blade. BladeVision monitors blade deflections and reproduces blade loads and the full wind field over the complete rotor-swept area in real time.
 
 
 
European offshore: Turbine models - The magnificent seven
Europe's offshore wind developers now have a increasingly wide range of supersize turbines to choose from as projects become larger and further from shore. Eize de Vries compares and contrasts the turbines of 5MW and over that are suitable for this market.
 
 
 
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Time to adopt advanced wind assessment tools
WORLDWIDE: Project developers have historically had to rely on simplified data measurement when planning all aspects of a wind farm, leading to major uncertainty over production and costs. Newer, more effective tools are now available but there is some reluctance to adopt them.
  Time to adopt advanced wind assessment tools
 
Wind Tech: Monitoring system for Gamesa and more
SPAIN: Gamesa and Iberdrola have created a remote management system allowing them to potentially control any turbine around the world.
  Wind Tech: Monitoring system for Gamesa and more
 
Wind Tech: Vertiwind turbine capacity increased
FRANCE: The rated capacity of the Vertiwind vertical-axis floating turbine will be 2.6MW instead of the 2MW previously announced.
  Wind Tech: Vertiwind turbine capacity increased
 
Wind Tech: Articulated cover for hanging cables
NERHERLANDS: An articulated pipe cable-protection system has been developed by Dutch family-owned CP/NL Engineering to protect the free-hanging section of inter-array cables between turbines.
  Wind Tech: Articulated cover for hanging cables
 

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