Launched in 2019, Siemens Gamesa's 5.X modular turbine sets new onshore wind boundaries for rating and rotor size, and has secured orders before installing the two planned prototypes. Eize de Vries takes a close look at the platform's key technology features.
Variable renewable energy sources such as wind and solar could provide the largest share of Europe's power capacity in key markets as early as 2023, creating a need for a more flexible power system, according to new research.
Cost reductions in renewable energy sources including wind power and solar PV strengthens the case for making them a ‘key component’ of economic stimulus packages after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).
Onshore wind developers again secured the majority of capacity on offer in Italy’s second joint wind and solar PV tender, while prices rose from the country's first auction.
Iberdrola plans to invest €3-4 billion in French renewables over the next four years, including the €2.4 billion outlay for its 496MW Saint Brieuc wind farm off the coast of Brittany.
The UK government has delayed awarding construction permission for two offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 4GW, prompting one of the developers to question the country’s commitment to the sector.
For the June issue, Windpower Monthly will be published in a digital format rather than print until measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK are lifted.
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.
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.
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.
The price of oil in a key American market fell to zero in April, and the price of gas is also at an all-time low. The picture in Europe is similar. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the natural gas wholesale price in late April was hovering around $1.7/million Btu (MMBtu), which corresponds to around $6/MWh.
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.
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.
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.
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.