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SGRE uses offshore experience to take 5.X onshore platform past 6MW

SGRE uses offshore experience to take 5.X onshore platform past 6MW

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.

Power system flexibility key to European renewables boost

Power system flexibility key to European renewables boost

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.

Falling costs make wind power 'necessary for post-Covid-19 recovery'

Falling costs make wind power 'necessary for post-Covid-19 recovery'

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 dominates latest Italian energy tender

Onshore wind dominates latest Italian energy tender

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 to spend up to €4 billion on French renewables by 2024

Iberdrola to spend up to €4 billion on French renewables by 2024

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.

Frustration builds over delayed UK offshore projects

Frustration builds over delayed UK offshore projects

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.

Read this month's Windpower Monthly page-by-page online

Read this month's Windpower Monthly page-by-page online

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.

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In Depth

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.

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.

WindEconomics: How will wind fare after the Covid-19 pandemic?

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.

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.

june 2020

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