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Floating wind to 'accelerate to 70GW by 2040'

Floating wind to 'accelerate to 70GW by 2040'

Global floating wind capacity could grow from less than 100MW today to 10GW by 2030 and then to more than 70GW by 2040, but challenges remain, according to new analysis.

'Wind turbines could be the electric cars of grid services'

'Wind turbines could be the electric cars of grid services'

Modern wind turbines would need only small tweaks to supply grid services currently provided by conventional sources, such as natural gas plants, according to a US Department of Energy-led study.

Record H1 investments in offshore despite pandemic

Record H1 investments in offshore despite pandemic

Investments in new offshore wind capacity reached $35 billion in the first half of 2020, defying the Covid-19 recession, new analysis suggests.

First 10MW Chinese turbine connected to the grid

First 10MW Chinese turbine connected to the grid

Chinese manufacturer Dongfang has connected the country’s first 10MW offshore wind turbine to the grid.

Ukraine slashes wind tariff by 7.5%

Ukraine slashes wind tariff by 7.5%

The Ukrainian parliament has approved a bill cutting the green tariff for wind farms by 7.5% — from €102/MWh to €94.35/MWh — for wind farms commissioned between 1 July 2015 and 31 December 2019, effective from 1 July.

Nordex reaps benefits of its industry headstart

Nordex reaps benefits of its industry headstart

Nordex has secured another big order for its N149 4MW-plus platform with a 65-turbine, 312MW deal in Spain.

Shareholders approve Siemens Energy spin-off

Shareholders approve Siemens Energy spin-off

Siemens is set to transfer its 67.1% stake in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to its gas and power unit, after a majority of shareholders approved plans for the transfer.

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Explainer: The hidden costs of oil storage

With the influx of renewables on the grid in recent years and the slump in demand due to Covid-19 health crisis, the price of oil has plummeted. So is there case to be made to store up oil at these low costs for when times are hard? Or should the global pandemic be the catalyst to leaving oil in the ground? We take a look at some of the figures.

Enercon looks to exports for recovery — analysis

Enercon‘s recent €1.15 billion agreement with banks — a €550 million business loan extension and a new €600 million new guarantee facility — reflects confidence in the company‘s recovery path. Meanwhile, improved export credit guarantees for renewables launched by the German government could help the turbine maker reposition itself as a global player.

What role for wind as Europe prepares for life after Covid-19?

After March and April saw the industry battle huge challenges as the coronavirus epidemic swept the globe, May saw its attention turn to what the new normal could look like once the health threat fades.

Supply-chain disruption and lockdowns trigger OEM losses

As lockdowns and travel restrictions forced factory closures and paralysed the supply chain, the lack of visibility of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic caused Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), and Nordex to suspend their full-year guidance.

Opinion

SGRE: picking up the turbine pace

The merger of Siemens and Gamesa was never going to be a simple affair. Two major multinational wind-turbine manufacturers pursuing separate markets with different turbine technologies might have made all kinds of sense as a business plan on paper, but threw up all manner of questions about how that could actually be achieved on the production floors and at project sites.

Repowering is key to true 'transition'

There was always something slightly dispiriting about the phrase "energy transition". It represented something sluggish and recalcitrant -- a creeping, crawling process through conferences and committees about how shifting from dirty and resource-finite sources to clean and sustainable energy could be managed in the prevailing economic and political circumstances.

Coronavirus has changed our world drastically, but we still have a job to do

This column is generally written with the reasonable expectation that the world will not have radically changed in the seven to ten days it takes to get from this keyboard to your intray. That is clearly not the case on this occasion.

Details needed over UK's onshore wind reprieve

The UK government’s effective ban on the development of onshore wind was impossible to reconcile with a target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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