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Cheaper batteries to drive wind and solar to 2050

Cheaper batteries to drive wind and solar to 2050

WORLDWIDE: Cost reductions in wind, solar and battery storage will enable the two technologies to provide half of the world's electricity by 2050, according to a new report.

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Vestas secures debut Panama order

Vestas secures debut Panama order

PANAMA: Vestas has received its first order for a wind farm in Panama, the 66MW Toabré project in the central province of Coclé.

GOW 2018: Taiwan is 'the Denmark' of Southeast Asia

GOW 2018: Taiwan is 'the Denmark' of Southeast Asia

UK: The rapidly expanding offshore wind market in Taiwan has attracted a lot of attention in the last 12 months, with new MHI Vestas CEO Phillipe Kavafyan describing the island state as "the Denmark of Southeast Asia".

GWEC announces Ben Backwell as new CEO

GWEC announces Ben Backwell as new CEO

WORLDWIDE: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has announced that Ben Backwell will replace Steve Sawyer as its CEO.

GOW 2018: DNV GL to showcase Indian offshore feasibility report

GOW 2018: DNV GL to showcase Indian offshore feasibility report

INDIA: DNV GL is exhibiting the results of a four-year study into the potential for offshore wind in India at the Global Offshore Wind 2018 conference in Manchester, England today.

'Investors should do more than just invest'

'Investors should do more than just invest'

AFRICA: Chris Antonopoulos, CEO of renewable energy developer and investor, Lekela Power, believes investors should play a more hands-on role in local communities around renewable energy projects.

Senvion 'all in' on new 4.2MW in North America

Senvion 'all in' on new 4.2MW in North America

UNITED STATES: Senvion's North American chief said the business unit is going "all in" on its new 4.2MW turbine in a bid to get ahead of the curve.

Nordex wins Spain triple deal

Nordex wins Spain triple deal

SPAIN: Nordex will supply a total of 31 AW132 3MW and 3.3MW turbines, to three projects of 95MW total capacity.

Prysmian to supply Borssele III & IV cables

Prysmian to supply Borssele III & IV cables

NETHERLANDS: Italian supplier Prysmian has won an order from contractor Van Oord to supply 66kV inter-array cables to the 731.5MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind project.

Vestas wins new Xcel order

Vestas wins new Xcel order

UNITED STATES: Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas has been awarded a 442MW order from developer Xcel Energy.

Enel commissions Peru's largest wind farm

Enel commissions Peru's largest wind farm

PERU: Enel Green Power has commissioned the country's largest wind farm, the 132MW Wayra I project.



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Vessels go supersize

Vessels go supersize

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 entangled in onshore auction dilemma

Germany entangled in onshore auction dilemma

GERMANY: Slow permitting and undersubscribed auctions is raising concerns in Europe's largest wind market.

Floating offshore takes to the skies

Floating offshore takes to the skies

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.

WindEconomics: Database reveals long life of US turbines

WindEconomics: Database reveals long life of US turbines

UNITED STATES: A recently released database of American wind turbines provides evidence that lifetimes of 20 years or more can easily be realised, with the oldest machines having been commissioned 37 years ago in 1981.

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Opinion

OPINION: CfD access is only the first step for UK onshore wind

Allowing onshore wind power in the UK access to existing support schemes would certainly be a step in the right direction. But enabling the deployment of the latest technology is key to ensuring that the support is minimal and the sector grows.

OPINION: US coal, nuclear subsidy plans go against the grain

The latest move by the US administration to prop up coal and nuclear capacity is at odds with the momentum of the industry, as well as with Trump rhetoric.

Managing increasingly diverse wind portfolios

One of the most common challenges faced by wind-farm portfolio owners in today's market is that of asset diversity. Diversity takes many forms within a portfolio -- asset age, wind-farm size, turbine technology, IT systems, service provision model, wind climate and location among them.

France finally joins the offshore club

The fact that France's first operating offshore wind turbine is a floater perhaps tells us more about the lack of progress in the country's fixed-bottom foundation sector than the speed of development in floating platforms.