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'Plunging investment may harm energy transition', IEA warns

'Plunging investment may harm energy transition', IEA warns

Wind power investments are set to fall 2% in 2020, while total energy spending could see its largest drop in history as the Covid-19 pandemic prompts a plunge in expenditure for every major sector.

Blade recycling remains challenge, says WindEurope

Blade recycling remains challenge, says WindEurope

Wind turbine blade-recycling technologies exist, but are not yet all available at an industrial-scale and are not yet economically competitive.

Industry’s hydrogen experiment steps up a gear

Industry’s hydrogen experiment steps up a gear

Major offshore wind developer Ørsted is leading a group of Danish businesses from the demand and supply side to develop a hydrogen production facility, while WindEurope launches an initiative to back the role of the technology in decarbonising Europe.

SGRE lines up first 14MW orders for nearly 3GW

SGRE lines up first 14MW orders for nearly 3GW

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has won its first provisional orders for its new 14MW turbine unveiled less than a week ago, with tentative agreements for projects off the coasts of Taiwan and the US.

Indian energy giants to form renewables JV

Indian energy giants to form renewables JV

Two of India’s biggest fossil fuel and power groups aim to collaborate to explore opportunities in renewables — including offshore wind — in their domestic market and abroad.

Why joint tenders aren't working: German wind urges rethink

Why joint tenders aren't working: German wind urges rethink

No wind developers submitted bids to compete against their solar PV counterparts in Germany’s fifth technology-neutral clean energy tender, prompting the head of the German wind energy association (BWE) to call again to scrap the joint auctions.

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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.

How SGRE upped the offshore stakes with 14MW+ turbine and 222m rotor

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled details of the world’s largest and most powerful single-rotor turbine and aims for commercial availability by 2024. Eize de Vries spoke exclusively to the senior figures behind this ambitious product.

Calls to scrap Danish turbine limit

The operational life of Danish turbines has been found to be longer than first planned, meaning the country’s plans to reduce the number of machines over the next decade could be costly.

Covid-19 lockdowns hit onshore predictions

Until the coronavirus pandemic brought much of the global economy to a standstill, the wind sector had been expected to install more than 60GW in 2020. This now has been revised downwards, before the outbreak has even peaked in many countries. We take a look at how individual markets are likely to be affected.

Opinion

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.

Coronavirus outbreak exposes our reliance on China

Too early to tell would be a fair summary of the wind industry's judgment on the extent to which the coronavirus outbreak will affect global turbine production and installations in 2020.

May 2020

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