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Total agrees Direct Energie deal

Total agrees Direct Energie deal

FRANCE: Oil major Total is continuing its diversification into renewable energies, having signed an agreement to buy 74.33% of Direct Energie, France's third largest electricity supplier.

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Seabirds avoid offshore turbines more than expected

Seabirds avoid offshore turbines more than expected

UK: Seabirds are less likely to collide with offshore wind turbines than previously thought, according to a new study.

Element Power to revive North Irish Sea Array

Element Power to revive North Irish Sea Array

IRELAND: Element Power has entered the offshore wind market by acquiring the up-to 750MW North Irish Sea Array (NISA) from previous developer Gaeelectric.

US annual growth down on 2016

US annual growth down on 2016

UNITED STATES: The US's operating wind power capacity grew 9% in 2017, adding more than 7GW of new wind projects and bringing the country's total to just over 89GW.

Renewables policies needed for heating and transport sectors

Renewables policies needed for heating and transport sectors

WORLDWIDE: Renewable energy policies must focus on end-use sectors, not just power generation, a new report claims.

European wind investments up 9%

European wind investments up 9%

EUROPE: Investors in new wind farms got more for their money last year as auction systems and technological advances drove down costs, according to a new report.

SGRE muscles in on 2GW Wind XI cluster

SGRE muscles in on 2GW Wind XI cluster

UNITED STATES: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded a 77MW order by MidAmerican Energy for a project in the developer's 2GW Wind XI cluster.

Vertical axis firm Nenuphar enters liquidation

Vertical axis firm Nenuphar enters liquidation

FRANCE: The firm behind the Vertiwind vertical axis wind turbine, Nenuphar, entered liquidation this month, after failing to find the required investment.

Beatrice jacket supplier saved by Canadian firm

Beatrice jacket supplier saved by Canadian firm

UK: New investment has been secured for under-threat steel fabricators Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab), the Scottish government has announced.

Taiwan sets out 5.5GW plan

Taiwan sets out 5.5GW plan

TAIWAN: The ministry of economic affairs (MOEA) plans to select 3.5GW of offshore projects by the end of April, and auction a further 2GW later this year, it has announced.

Report reveals US offshore wind value

Report reveals US offshore wind value

UNITED STATES: Offshore wind is more valuable than onshore in the north-east US, according to a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Energy.

One-turbine-a-day in UK offshore

One-turbine-a-day in UK offshore

UK: The UK's offshore industry installed on average more than one turbine every day in 2017, according to new data by the Crown Estate.

Suction bucket strength increases during storms

Suction bucket strength increases during storms

GERMANY: The tensile capacity of suction buckets increases temporarily during extreme weather conditions, according to new research.



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