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Germany installation growth hits the buffers

Germany installation growth hits the buffers

Germany's onshore wind sector hit "negative growth" for the first time in July with a record low of just 22MW added, compared with 35MW of decommissioned, reported onshore wind agency FA Wind (Fachagentur Windenergie an Land), with only 4GW left in the permitted pipeline.

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Long-distance wake affects majority of US sites

Long-distance wake affects majority of US sites

Almost 90% of all operational US wind farms in 2016 were close enough to other projects to either cause, or be affected by, wake effects.

Measurable power gains found in multi-rotor Vestas concept

Measurable power gains found in multi-rotor Vestas concept

Vestas is dismantling its multi-rotor concept after a two-and-a-half-year testing and validation campaign, in which the Danish manufacturer observed many technical benefits from the four-turbine prototype including a 1.5% power gain.

German wind output to increase in 2018

German wind output to increase in 2018

Renewables are expected to cover 38% of gross electricity consumption in Germany in 2018, according to preliminary figures, up two percentage points from last year, with grid upgrades also on the horizon.

Progress in French planning laws slow but sure

Progress in French planning laws slow but sure

Legal challenges to onshore wind projects in France should move faster through the courts thanks to two measures enacted on 1 December, giving hope to 2GW of pipeline capacity.

Updated: Senvion confirm Rannou's start date

Updated: Senvion confirm Rannou's start date

Former Alstom Wind senior vice president Yves Rannou will join Senvion as chief executive on 1 January 2019, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Taiwanese offshore policy criticised

Taiwanese offshore policy criticised

Taiwan's ministry of economic affairs (MOEA) did not award contracts properly in its offshore wind auctions earlier this year, according to a government watchdog.

Vestas opens Russian blade factory

Vestas opens Russian blade factory

Vestas has opened its blade production facility in Ulyanovsk, according to the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI).

Mercedes-Benz to build electric car with wind power

Mercedes-Benz to build electric car with wind power

Vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has signed a power purchase agreement with Statkraft to supply its electric car factory in Bremen, northern Germany, with renewable electricity.

Calls for 'level playing field' in US energy storage

Calls for 'level playing field' in US energy storage

A number of wind power developers and industry associations have urged US political leaders to pass a bill making energy storage projects eligible to receive investment tax credits (ITCs).

'Bend-twist coupling' tests begin

'Bend-twist coupling' tests begin

Blades equipped with 'bend-twist coupling', which enables them to react to varying wind speeds, will be tested by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES).

Mexican debut for uprated SGRE model

Mexican debut for uprated SGRE model

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded the first contract for its 4MW class of turbines since upgrading the platform's nominal power rating to 4.5MW.

Success for clean energy advocates in US elections

Success for clean energy advocates in US elections

Climbing a wind turbine was a key image of Michelle Lujan Grisham's successful campaign for election of governor in New Mexico in the US midterm elections


December 2018

 

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Opinion

Growth slowing at crucial time

Traditionally there is a flurry of activity towards the end of the calendar year, particularly in the US, as developers race to meet various tax relief and support deadlines for new wind projects.

Wind atlases no substitute for on-ground experience

Atlases and the maps they contain have been used for hundreds of years as a means of navigating the unknown. Wind atlases serve the same purpose. They are designed to help stakeholders identify locations of high wind speeds and understand the overall potential for wind development in an area.

Analysis: UK keeps a tight rein on offshore expansion

UK: Draft plans for the UK's next contracts for difference (CfD) budget for offshore wind may show a reduced ambition but there are still positive signals.


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WindEconomics: Renewables lead the way in Germany

WindEconomics: Renewables lead the way in Germany

GERMANY: An authoritative report from the German Fraunhofer Institute confirms that wind and solar are now cheaper than all other electricity-generating technologies. In Germany, the most productive solar plants are slightly cheaper than the most productive wind farms.

Star-studded climate conference comes up short

Star-studded climate conference comes up short

UNITED STATES: The great and the good convened in San Francisco to discuss ways and means of combating climate change at a conference that was long on ambition and aspiration but short on practical answers.

Self-aligning floater with integrated tower follows shipbuilding principles

Self-aligning floater with integrated tower follows shipbuilding principles

A German consortium has developed, tested and validated a self-aligning, lightweight, four-legged semi-submersible floating-platform concept that integrates the turbine tower. Eize de Vries highlights the technological innovations.

Rethinking the use of rare-earth elements

Rethinking the use of rare-earth elements

As demand for rare-earth elements pushes up prices, Windpower Monthly looks at how the wind industry is applying the lessons learned from the last price hike in 2011.

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