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Windpower Weekly 08th December 2016

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Top Stories
Weathering the storms
WORLDWIDE: They call them "nat cats" in the trade, shorthand for natural catastrophes, the extreme weather events that can bring energy generation and transmission to its knees.
  Weathering the storms
 
Iran eyes renewables expansion
IRAN: In July 2015, when the nuclear deal was agreed with Iran and trade sanctions were lifted, there was a sudden increase in interest in development of renewables.
  Iran eyes renewables expansion
 
Siemens opens UK blade site
UK: In less than two years, and two months ahead of schedule, Siemens has produced its first blades from the new Green Port Hull site in northeast England.
  Siemens opens UK blade site
 
Block Island set back with turbine damage
UNITED STATES: A turbine at Deepwater Wind's 30MW Block Island project has been damaged after part of a drill was left inside.
  Block Island set back with turbine damage
 
Business and Companies
Envision acquires French portfolio
FRANCE: Envision Energy has acquired Velocita Energy Developments' French onshore wind portfolio, which includes a 500MW project pipeline.
  Envision acquires French portfolio
 
Google to be 100% renewables in 2017
UNITED STATES: Global technology firm Google has announced its operations will run on 100% renewable energy from 2017, a year ahead of schedule.
  Google to be 100% renewables in 2017
 
Windtech: Tower technology reaches new heights
WORLDWIDE: New materials and tower designs, coupled with the latest long-bladed low-wind turbines, continue to push hub and tip heights to new levels.
  Windtech: Tower technology reaches new heights
 
Gallery: Siemens unveils new roll-on roll-off vessel
DENMARK: Siemens has displayed its first roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessel at a ceremony in Esbjerg, Denmark, the first of two similar vessels to be used by the manufacturer.
  Gallery: Siemens unveils new roll-on roll-off vessel
 
Manufacturers' profits rise as consolidation continues
WORLDWIDE: Major OEMs have reported a series of positive financial results with most seeing increased profits and upgraded forecasts.
  Manufacturers' profits rise as consolidation continues
 
Statoil invests in US energy storage developer
UNITED STATES: Convergent Energy and Power, a US-based energy storage asset developer, has received a strategic investment from Statoil Energy Ventures, a corporate fund set up by Norwegian energy firm Statoil.
  Statoil invests in US energy storage developer
 
Markets and Policy
'The first thing we know is that we don't know'
UNITED STATES: Vague, if not downright contradictory, policy proposals leave the US wind-power industry unsure of the likely impact of a Donald Trump presidency on American energy generation.
  'The first thing we know is that we don't know'
 
'Clean energy for all' pledge from EC
EUROPE: The European Commission (EC) has put forward a package of measures, including plans to support renewable energy investments, as it continues its clean energy transition.
  'Clean energy for all' pledge from EC
 
Industry's concern over absence of binding national targets
EUROPE: The publication of the European Commission's (EC) 'Winter Package' of energy measures has raised questions over a lack of clear governance towards meeting renewable energy targets to 2030.
  Industry's concern over absence of binding national targets
 
WindEconomics: New nuclear station contract finalised
UK: After a long gestation period, during which time the expected cost of the project escalated, the UK government has now signed contracts for a new nuclear-power station.
  WindEconomics: New nuclear station contract finalised
 
India revises approval norms of new wind turbine models
INDIA: The energy ministry has shut down the Revised List of Manufacturers and Machines (RLMM) committee in favour of a new system to encourage domestic competition.
  India revises approval norms of new wind turbine models
 
Plans for wind to replace oil generation in Russia
RUSSIA: The government and the national Parliament are considering replacing existing oil-fired generation with wind power plants in the coming years, according to government press service.
  Plans for wind to replace oil generation in Russia
 
Ramping up intelligence and interconnectivity
WORLDWIDE: The industrial internet of things is the natural next step as the wind industry establishes itself on the electricity market. And while using big data to optimise wind-farm planning and operation remains important, the focus is shifting to maximising profits for generation.
  Ramping up intelligence and interconnectivity
 
Large wind-solar hybrids identified as the way forward
INDIA: With about 26.7GW off installed wind and 8GW of solar capacity, India is now looking to experiment with large wind-solar hybrid projects.
  Large wind-solar hybrids identified as the way forward
 
E V E N T   P R O M O T I O N

The Head of Central Maintenance at EDP Renewables said:

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Project Development
Vestas reaches new heights in China
CHINA: Vestas has been contracted by local developer and tower supplier Titan Wind Energy to install turbines with hub heights of 137-metres, set to be the tallest in China.
  Vestas reaches new heights in China
 
Energy storage developer targets mining operations
AUSTRALIA: Energy storage developer VSUN is seeking to roll out its battery technology in mining operations and other off-grid sites from 2017.
  Energy storage developer targets mining operations
 
Back on the road again
AUSTRALIA: Impatient with the sluggish pace of the federal government, Australia's states are setting their own targets for renewable energy and initiating tenders. After a long lull, the heavy trucks are on the move again.
  Back on the road again
 
Hybrid and storage could be a 'blueprint' for emerging markets
AUSTRALIA: A hybrid wind, solar and storage plant could be a blueprint for clean, reliable power in emerging markets, according to the CEO of developer WindLab.
  Hybrid and storage could be a 'blueprint' for emerging markets
 
Vestas wins 180MW deal in Australia
AUSTRALIA: Danish manufacturer Vestas has won a deal to supply 53 turbines to a project in north Queensland, owned by power producer Ratch Australia.
  Vestas wins 180MW deal in Australia
 
Flow battery installed in Washington
UNITED STATES: Snohomish County Public Utility District (SNOPUD) has installed a 2MW/8MWh vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB), supplied by UniEnergy Technologies, which will be based on an open standards platform.
  Flow battery installed in Washington
 
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