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Windpower Weekly 27th May 2015

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Zeschky leaves Nordex
GERMANY: Nordex has announced its chief executive Jurgen Zeschky is to leave the company after just over four years in the role.
  Zeschky leaves Nordex
 
Analysis: UK government memos reveal tense Siemens talks over Hull
UK: A Freedom of Information request to the UK government by Windpower Monthly over Green Port Hull negotiations has lifted the lid on difficult talks with Siemens.
  Analysis: UK government memos reveal tense Siemens talks over Hull
 
EDF and Eneco hand MHI-Vestas 970MW deal
UK: MHI-Vestas (MV) has entered into a conditional agreement with the developers behind the Navitus Bay for the supply of up to 960MW.
  EDF and Eneco hand MHI-Vestas 970MW deal
 
Gallery: AWEA Windpower 2015
UNITED STATES: AWEA held its annual Windpower conference and exhibition in Florida this week with announcements from OEMs including Vestas, Siemens and GE.
  Gallery: AWEA Windpower 2015
 
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Business and Companies

GE unveils digital project design tool
UNITED STATES: GE has launched a digital tool to help design projects using holograms and allow turbines to communicate with each other, boosting project output.
  GE unveils digital project design tool
 
Dong reaches 3GW installed
DENMARK: Developer Dong Energy has installed 3GW of wind power offshore, as the turbine installation process nears completion at its 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 1.
  Dong reaches 3GW installed
 
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Markets and Policy

AWEA Windpower 2015 - Day Two
UNITED STATES: Day two of the annual wind industry gathering featured discussions on the future worth of the PTC, trends in finance and maintenance, and plans from Vestas and Acciona in the US.
 
 
 
AWEA Windpower 2015 - Day Three
UNITED STATES: The final day at AWEA Windpower 2015 in Orlando, Florida, the exhibition floor featured various virtual reality demonstrations, exhibitors reported deals being made despite fewer attendees than last year's event, and Vestas discussed plans to grow its service business by 30%.
 
 
 

Project Development

Siemens 7MW set for Neart Na Gaoithe
UK: Siemens will manufacture its 7MW offshore turbine for Mainstream Renewable Power's Neart Na Gaoithe, following publication of the project's supply chain plan.
 
 
 
East Anglia One to include test site
UK: Scottish Power Renewables' 714MW East Anglia One project could include a small test site, according to information released by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc).
 
 
 
Suction buckets set for Dudgeon substation
UK: SPT Offshore has been contracted by Sembmarine to supply its suction pile foundation for use on the substation at the 402MW Dudgeon project.
 
 
 
Dong completes Borkum Riffgrund 1 installations
GERMANY: All 78 Siemens 4MW turbines at Dong Energy's 312MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 have been installed.
 
 
 
Westermost Rough fully online
UK: Dong Energy's 210MW Westermost Rough project has reached full output, less than two months after the final turbine was installed at the site.
 
 
 
Offshore project progress - 20 May
WORLDWIDE: Recent updates from projects in Germany, the UK's Gwynt y Mor and Deepwater Wind's Block Island project in the US.
 
 
 
Vestas wins 83MW deal in Poland
POLAND: Vestas has sealed an order for a 83MW project in Poland from Wind Field Korytnica.
 
 
 
Offshore project progress - 27 May
EUROPE: Recent updates from Vattenfall's Kentish Flats Extension in the UK and the Netherland's Eneco Luchterduinen site.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Wind Economics: Making sense of European offshore tariffs
EUROPE: For technologies such as offshore wind, which cannot yet compete in wholesale electricity markets, setting a suitable tariff is not easy. The problem is compounded as costs change with time.
  Wind Economics: Making sense of European offshore tariffs
 
Wind Economics: Installed costs to fall from last year's peak
EUROPE: After a period of some uncertainty, offshore wind costs are now moving downwards. The EU/FOWIND's Offshore Wind Policy and Market Assessment suggests that installed costs of offshore wind peaked at just under €4,000/kW in 2014 and are now falling.
  Wind Economics: Installed costs to fall from last year's peak
 
Developing lean and agile rotor blades
WORLDWIDE: The wind turbine rotors of the future will take advantage of new modelling tools that will allow individual blades independence of movement, greatly improving their performance and extending their working lives.
  Developing lean and agile rotor blades
 
Mergers and acquisitions -- Low risk, high returns
WORLDWIDE: With wind projects around the world changing hands at an uprecedented rate as cash-strapped utilities look for a quick return on their long-term assets, we investigate the various drivers behind this recent flurry of mergers and acquisitions.
  Mergers and acquisitions -- Low risk, high returns
 

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