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Windpower Weekly 05th July 2015

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Exclusive: Many small pieces, one very large blade
UNITED STATES: Blade Dynamics is reaching the final stages of preparing the first prototype of its modular-design 78-metre rotor blade for testing in the UK.
  Exclusive: Many small pieces, one very large blade
 
Ten of the biggest and the best manufacturers
WORLDWIDE: Together, these wind-turbine manufacturers account for nearly three-quarters of global installed capacity, and much of the industry's recent technological progress. Windpower Monthly looks at the balance sheets and product ranges to see what makes them stand out.
  Ten of the biggest and the best manufacturers
 
MHI-Vestas favoured for Horns Rev 3
DENMARK: MHI-Vestas has been named as the preferred turbine supplier for Vattenfall's 400MW Horns Rev 3 project in the North Sea.
  MHI-Vestas favoured for Horns Rev 3
 
Siemens charters new-style dedicated SOV
GERMANY: First of new far-shore offshore maintenance vessels to begin operations in Baltic Sea and North Sea, providing on-site accommodation and turbine parts and repair facilities.
  Siemens charters new-style dedicated SOV
 
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Business and Companies

Gallery: Siemens' service vessels unveiled
GERMANY: The Esvagt Froude and Esvagt Faraday purpose-built offshore service operations vessels are the first dedicated offshore wind service operations vessels of their kind.
  Gallery: Siemens' service vessels unveiled
 
Analysis: Major deals set challenge for top offshore supplier status
EUROPE: The battle between Siemens and MHI-Vestas (MV) for supremacy in the offshore market is intensifying as both firms took preferred supplier status with major orders.
  Analysis: Major deals set challenge for top offshore supplier status
 
Working harder to run turbines for longer
UNITED STATES: As an increasing number of US turbines move out of warranty,we look at the developments to maximise turbine efficiency, minimise unscheduled maintenance and extend turbine lives.
  Working harder to run turbines for longer
 
Mainstream looks to south for growth
WORLDWIDE: If you are a wind developer, there is one place should you be doing business at the moment, according to wind veteran and Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O'Connor.
  Mainstream looks to south for growth
 
Vestas criminal case dropped against Norremark
DENMARK: The Danish state prosecutor has dropped the criminal case against former Vestas CFO Henrik Norremark because of a lack of evidence.
  Vestas criminal case dropped against Norremark
 
UK to sell off GIB stake
UK: The UK government will sell off part of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a bid to attract more private funding.
  UK to sell off GIB stake
 
Gas Natural acquisition underwhelming
SPAIN: A closer look at Spanish utility Gas Natural's €260 million acquisition of 201MW of online domestic wind assets last week contradicts local press claims of a market revival in Spain.
  Gas Natural acquisition underwhelming
 
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Markets and Policy

CfD announcement in weeks, says Rudd
UK: The new UK energy minister Amber Rudd has promised an announcement on the next contracts for difference (CfD) auction in the "next few weeks".
 
 
 
Middle East and Africa to add 27GW in next decade
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA: More than 27GW of wind power will come online in the Middle East and Africa between 2015 and 2024, predicts Make Consulting.
 
 
 
Russian plan to sell wind power to North Korea
RUSSIA: RAO Energy System of East is considering construction of 40MW projects to export electricity to North Korea.
 
 
 
Denmark names new energy minister
DENMARK: The new Danish government has named Lars Christian Lilleholt as its new energy minister, following a general election earlier this month.
 
 
 
Orders pick up in the US but UK takes the lead
WORLDWIDE: Turbine purchase agreements recorded from April to mid-June reached over 6GW, indicating continued good industry health.
 
 
 
Cross-border versus local -- Germany wants it both ways
GERMANY: Germany is fronting an energy policy initiative to increase cooperation across Europe, but some of its own states have other plans.
 
 
 
Ewing voices disappointment in UK government's subsidy cut
UK: Scotland's energy minister Fergus Ewing is disappointed by the cut to the Renewables Obligation support and called on the UK government to be consistent.
 
 
 
Vague promise for wind auction in Spain
SPAIN: Spain's paralysed wind sector has reacted warily to the government's promise of three lifelines, including a 500MW wind power auction for the mainland to be issued July or September this year.
 
 
 
Windicator: Asia leads forecasts for 55GW total additions this year
WORLDWIDE: Global wind-power capacity has increased from January to mid-June by just under 19GW, or around 5%, to 387GW.
 
 
 
Windicator: Results continue positive trend
WORLDWIDE: This year began in the same way that 2014 ended as wind turbine manufacturers posted another set of very strong quarterly results.
 
 
 
UK's Sparta data-sharing initiative to continue
UK: The UK's system performance, availability and reliability trend analsysis (Sparta) programme will continue as all ten offshore developers sign up.
 
 
 
Viewpoint: Auctions -- The myth of market forces
WORLDWIDE: The renewable-energy industry's attitude towards auctions has gradually shifted from outright resistance to grudging acceptance.
 
 
 

Project Development

Vestas wins 537MW in US deals
UNITED STATES: Vestas has been awarded three orders totalling 537MW. in the US, including two from SunEdison,
 
 
 
Race Bank to go-ahead as Dong agrees finance
UK: The future of the 580MW Race Bank is confirmed as Dong Energy agrees final investment decision (FID). JDR Cables is awarded an inter-array cable deal for this and two other projects.
 
 
 
Gamesa wins first Latin American 5MW turbine deal
CHILE: Gamesa has won the first Latin American order for its 5MW turbine to be used at a project on Chiloe Island, Chile.
 
 
 
Blade breaks at Nordsee Ost
GERMANY: A blade on a Senvion 6.15MW turbine has broken off at RWE's 295MW Nordsee Ost project.
 
 
 
Floating wind energy is achievable at £85/MWh
UK: A report by the UK Carbon Trust finds that floating wind projects could deliver energy for as low as £85/MWh (€119/MWh) by 2050.
 
 
 
Vestas signs two deals in Northern Europe
DENMARK/FINLAND: Vestas has been awarded two turbine deals, in Denmark and Finland, totalling 72MW.
 
 
 
Offshore Project Progress - 29 June
EUROPE: Recent updates from the Arkona Becken Sudost project in the German Baltic Sea, and the sites of Greater Gabbard, the Burbo Bank Extension and the Kentish Flats Extension in the UK.
 
 
 
Vestas secures US and UK orders
UNITED STATES/UK: Vestas has been awarded a 150MW order by EDF Renewable Energy to supply a project in Texas and a 66MW order in the UK from Infinis Energy.
 
 
 
Veja Mate completes financing
GERMANY: Highland Group Holdings, a subsidiary of the Laidlaw Capital Group, has made a final investment decision (FID) on the 402MW Veja Mate offshore project in the North Sea.
 
 
 
Vestas awarded 185MW Chilean deal
CHILE: Vestas has won a 185MW deal from Latin American Power (LAP) to supply its turbines to a project in Atacama, central Chile.
 
 
 
Indepth from Windpower Monthly
Windicator: Feelgood factor
WORLDWIDE: Sluggish activity in the more mature markets points to underwhelming global growth in the first half of 2015.
  Windicator: Feelgood factor
 
Politics block German offshore wind link
GERMANY: Germany's offshore wind sector has struggled to get its marine grid connections in place to hook up to the onshore network.
  Politics block German offshore wind link
 
Decommissioning - Should they stay or should they go?
EUROPE: As the world's oldest offshore wind facilities pass their 20th anniversaries, the industry is starting to think about the question of repowering or decommissioning.
  Decommissioning - Should they stay or should they go?
 
Virtual met masts - The Round Robin analysis
WORLDWIDE: Understanding the uncertainties in the energy yield estimation for a planned wind farm is crucial for project financing: the greater the uncertainties of the project, the lower the loan the developer can receive from a bank.
  Virtual met masts - The Round Robin analysis
 

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