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Windpower Weekly 02nd August 2014

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First 2MW Vertiwind vertical-axis prototype built
FRANCE: The first photos have been revealed of the onshore prototype of the Vertiwind 2MW direct drive, vertical-axis floating turbine, designed for waters up to 200 metres deep.
  First 2MW Vertiwind vertical-axis prototype built
 
Manufacturers petition Russian government over wind rules
RUSSIA: The wind industry has called on the Russian government to change existing subsidy rules for wind energy generation, as GE and others prepare to manufacture in the country.
  Manufacturers petition Russian government over wind rules
 
Question of the week: Who really controls the wind industry?
This week Windpower Monthly asks Tom Kiernan of AWEA, Peter Dickson of Glennmont Partners and Mark Konold of Worldwatch Institute who - manufacturers, financiers, politicians, the public - hold the most power over the future of the wind industry.
  Question of the week: Who really controls the wind industry?
 
Vestas continues work on V164 at Isle of Wight
UK: Vestas is continuing to test the V164 turbine blades "on behalf on MHI Vestas" at the former's research and development facility on the Isle of Wight.
  Vestas continues work on V164 at Isle of Wight
 
Gallery: OWPST Titan floating platform concept
USA: Offshore Wind Power Systems of Texas' floating turbine platform design allows construction to take place on land.
  Gallery: OWPST Titan floating platform concept
 
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Business & Companies

Suzlon boosts revenue in first quarter
INDIA: Suzlon has taken a further step on the road to recovery, posting results for the first quarter of the financial year showing improved revenues and shrinking losses.
  Suzlon boosts revenue in first quarter
 
Gamesa doubles profits in first half of 2014
SPAIN: Gamesa doubled its net profit over the first half of 2014 setting it on course to hit its full-year targets.
  Gamesa doubles profits in first half of 2014
 
Acciona shrinks wind losses
SPAIN: Acciona reduced the loss from its wind division in the first half of the year, bringing it down from EUR 27 million a year before to just EUR 5 million.
  Acciona shrinks wind losses
 
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Markets & Policy

German renewables law forces 1H installation push
GERMANY: Germany installed 650 new turbines with a total capacity of 1,723MW onshore in the first 6 months of 2014, 66% more than the 1,038 MW installed in the previous year.
 
 
 
China connects 6.32GW to grid in 1H
CHINA: Statistics released Monday by the National Energy Administration (NEA) show China connected 6.32GW of wind power capacity to its power grid in the first half-year, boosting the total to 82.77GW.
 
 
 
Wind accounts for 58% of Brazil reserve auction submissions
BRAZIL: Wind power has once again dominated the applications for Brazil's upcoming reserve energy auction with 15.4GW of submissions.
 
 
 
South Dakota rules against wind operator
UNITED STATES: South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has ruled unanimously against a wind developer attempting to use state legislation to force six cooperatives to buy power from its wind projects in the state.
 
 
 

Project Development

Siemens wins Netherlands near-shore order
NETHERLANDS: Siemens Energy has been awarded the contract to supply turbines to the 144MW Westermeerwind near-shore project by owner Westermeerwind BV, as the project reaches financial close.
 
 
 
Nordex wins 50MW Uruguay contract
URUGUAY: Nordex has been handed a contract to construct a project in northeast Uruguay, which includes the supply of 20 turbines.
 
 
 
Iberdrola completes 13.6MW Kenyan project
KENYA: A consortium of Iberdrola and Gamesa has finished building a 13.6MW project in Kenya's Ngong Hills, 30 kilometres south-west of Nairobi, for state utility KenGen.
 
 
 
GE to supply 76MW Indian projects
UNITED STATES: GE is to supply turbines with a capacity of 76MW for installation on two projects in India in which it has also taken a stake.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: Is China's Fit scheme designed to fail?
CHINA: In June China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published its long-awaited offshore wind power feed-in tariff (FIT) - CNY 850/MWh ($130) for offshore wind and CNY 750/MWh for intertidal installations.
  Analysis: Is China's Fit scheme designed to fail?
 

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