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Windpower Weekly 05th September 2015

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Is insurance killing innovation?
WORLDWIDE: As developers look beyond their own balance sheets to fund larger wind projects, especially offshore, the role of the insurance underwriters grows in importance. But is satisfying the risk aversion of outside investors stifling innovation in the wind industry?
  Is insurance killing innovation?
 
Analysis: New life for forgotten patents
WORLDWIDE: For every newly designed Siemens 3.6MW or Vestas V112 3MW there are several turbines and components that stay on the drawing board.
  Analysis: New life for forgotten patents
 
Cutting subsidies for onshore wind could cost £90million, says think tank
UK: A right-wing policy think tank has called on the UK government to reconsider plans to end support for onshore wind, which could add up to £90 million (€123 million) to consumers' bills each year.
  Cutting subsidies for onshore wind could cost £90million, says think tank
 
Analysis: Local supply-chain focus for manufacturer compliance
BRAZIL: Wind-turbine manufacturers in the thriving Brazilian market are working hard to comply with the country's changing local content rules.
  Analysis: Local supply-chain focus for manufacturer compliance
 
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Business and Companies

Nordex 6MW offshore design available for sale
GERMANY: Nordex will consider offers for the designs of its shelved 6MW turbine designs, which were stopped when the company pulled out of offshore in 2012.
  Nordex 6MW offshore design available for sale
 
WindEconomics: Bullish projections for offshore wind
WORLDWIDE: The generation cost of electricity from offshore wind in the UK could undercut that of electricity from gas by 2030. This is the finding of a report from the UK's Climate Change Committee, undertaken by BVG Associates.
  WindEconomics: Bullish projections for offshore wind
 
Gallery: Installing and removing Universal Foundation's mono-buckets
DENMARK: Universal Foundation's (UF) mono-bucket foundation is set to be installed at the 18MW Icebreaker project in the US, but the design itself has been used in the offshore industry for some years.
  Gallery: Installing and removing Universal Foundation's mono-buckets
 
Components -- sum of the parts
WORLDWIDE: A brief look at ten of the leading suppliers of major components to the wind industry.
  Components -- sum of the parts
 
Minimising fire risk in wind turbines
WORLDWIDE: Turbine fires are expensive and attract negative publicity. Although relative rare, they do happen, but project owners and developers can put measures in place to ensure compliance with the latest standards and reduce risk to staff.
  Minimising fire risk in wind turbines
 
New Brazil chief at Vestas
BRAZIL: Vestas has appointed Rogerio Zampronha as its new general manager in Brazil, replacing interim manager Miguel Picardo Troyano.
  New Brazil chief at Vestas
 
Moventas agrees Brazil O&M partnership
BRAZIL: Gearbox specialist Moventas has signed an operations and maintenance partnership deal with local gearbox firm Zanini Renk, the Finnish firm's first move into the Brazilian servicing market.
  Moventas agrees Brazil O&M partnership
 
An essential piece of the puzzle
WORLDWIDE: Wind turbine OEMs tend to take the credit for the steady technology advances that continue to boost production and cut costs of wind-generated electricity. But independent component manufacturers play a vitally important role in this process, too.
  An essential piece of the puzzle
 
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Markets and Policy

New challenges for Brazil as growth continues
BRAZIL: The burgeoning wind market must now look at bigger turbines, improve logistics and consider offshore potential, said energy minister Eduardo Braga at the annual Brazil Windpower 2015 conference in Rio de Janeiro.
 
 
 
Analysis: France looks at night rescues to lift fishing restrictions
FRANCE: Fishermen vehemently oppose an offshore wind farm being developed off Le Treport, which will limit commercial fishing in the waters.
 
 
 
Onshore developers warn against offshore support plans
SWEDEN: A group of Swedish onshore wind companies and landowners have warned against offshore wind being offered special treatment when the country's support system is reformed.
 
 
 
Analysis: China adds to UHV network to transfer surplus wind energy
CHINA: China is pushing on with more ultra-high-voltage (UHV) transmission lines to solve its long-standing curtailment problems that keep wind power off the grid. Construction of two 800kV UHV direct current (DC) power transmission lines started in June.
 
 
 
Beleaguered Spanish industry dares to hope again
SPAIN: As the Spanish government responsible for draconian anti-wind reforms prepares to face the electorate, optimism and activity are returning to the sector. Windpower Monthly finds out what developers are planning for the future.
 
 
 
Brazil A3 auction hampers profitability
BRAZIL: Experts are warning profitability of wind projects is at risk after the latest round of power contracts averaged at just BRL181.14/MWh ($50.4/MWh).
 
 
 
No need to panic, but more research is needed on climate change
WORLDWIDE: Record low winds earlier this year in key US wind states have raised concerns about the effects of climate change on existing and future global wind developments. The little research that has been done has found some wind variability both regionally and seasonally.
 
 
 
Analysis: Poor transmission risks Chilean finance returns
CHILE: Chile's banks have pioneered renewable-energy project finance, but project curtailment is threatening profits. Finance was a major barrier to early wind development when legislation was introduced in 2008 requiring 5% renewable electricity sold on Chile's two largest grids from 2010.
 
 
 

Project Development

Anholt cable replacement delayed
DENMARK: The replacement of two parts of the Anholt export cable has been delayed following an error in production, operator Energinet.dk said.
 
 
 
Geotechnical surveys begin at Lake Erie
UNITED STATES: Soil analysis testing has started at the 18MW Icebreaker offshore project in Lake Erie, Ohio.
 
 
 
Dong completes monopile testing programme
UK: Dong Energy, in partnership with Oxford University and the Carbon Trust's offshore wind accelerator programme, has completed testing of monopile designs with a view to reduce costs.
 
 
 
Offshore Project Progress - 28 August
EUROPE: Recent updates from sites around the UK, France's planned 498MW Fecamp development, and the 14 year old Yttre Stengrund project in Sweden.
 
 
 
Vestas wins 40MW Indian deal from Powerica
INDIA: Vestas has been awarded a contract from Indian utility Powerica to supply turbines to a project in Gujarat, west India.
 
 
 
Wpd chooses Vestas for 73MW in Finland
FINLAND: Vestas has won a 72.6MW order from German developer Wpd to supply turbines to a project in west Finland.
 
 
 
Vestas secures 33MW Swedish order
SWEDEN: Vestas has been awarded a 33MW contract from financial firm Allianz Capital Partners to supply a project in Sandviken, east Sweden.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Analysis: Brakes on growth in Chile and Uruguay
CHILE/URUGUAY: South America is a hot market for wind power, but after some years of rapid growth, installations in both Uruguay and Chile are set to slow beyond 2016.
  Analysis: Brakes on growth in Chile and Uruguay
 
On reflection: Look at other industries and see how they benefit
WORLDWIDE: Predictive maintenance can seriously improve the health of your wind project, so with the installed base rising fast, it is becoming increasingly important for wind farm operators to take a far more holistic view of turbine maintenance.
  On reflection: Look at other industries and see how they benefit
 
Brazil prepares for servicing boom
BRAZIL: With the decade-old wind industry still expanding in Brazil, the operations and maintenance business is expected to grow from $157 million to $500 million in the next five years
  Brazil prepares for servicing boom
 
Growing from 1GW to 25GW in ten years
WORLDWIDE: Countries that barely featured on the global wind power radar five years ago are now emerging as serious players with the promise of much more to come. We pick out ten of the fastest-growing markets, all of them looking to become the next Brazil.
  Growing from 1GW to 25GW in ten years
 
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