NETHERLANDS: GE's blade subsidiary LM Wind Power has agreed to acquire the WMC test facility in Wieringerwerf in the north of the country.
BELGIUM: Printing company Peleman has connected a battery, reported to be the country's largest, to two wind turbines at its manufacturing site in northern Belgium.
WORLDWIDE: Investments in offshore wind reached a record high in 2017, while spending on onshore wind fell by nearly 15%, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
SWEDEN: German developer-utility EnBW has opened an office and invested in its first wind farm in the country.
UNITED STATES: Developer Ørsted has started measuring wind and wave conditions to determine the best turbine locations for its Ocean Wind project off the coast of New Jersey.
AUSTRALIA: Two technology startup companies have joined forces to offer a product that monitors wind projects by listening to turbines.
EUROPE: Investment firm Low Carbon and energy and commodity trader Vitol have closed a fund to invest in European renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind.
UK: The first Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland.
UK: Decommissioning 37 offshore wind farms in various stages of development in UK waters could cost the government between £1.28 billion (€1.44 billion) and £3.64 billion (€4.12 billion), a new report has revealed.
UK: Van Oord and Jan De Nul have acquired MPI Offshore staff and a number of its vessels.
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INDIA: The Indian wind industry can see the annual market size reaching 8-10GW in the next couple of years but with this scale of growth, resources will be strained. However, the industry is confident it can cope even if permitting problems continue.
WORLDWIDE: The latest fossil-fuel player to move into renewables is the owner of one of the world's largest crane vessels, capable of lifting 14,000 tonnes. As offshore wind turbines grow bigger and move into deeper water, could Saipem's oil and gas background give it an advantage over established players?
GERMANY: Slow permitting and undersubscribed auctions is raising concerns in Europe's largest wind market.
NETHERLANDS: Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are seeing growing wind industry interest, but it remains an emerging technology set against conventional wind power's track record, production volumes and readiness for market.
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