Investment in offshore wind reaches a new high, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), at $29.9 billion in 2016, 40% up on the previous year. But total investment in clean energy falls 18% year-on-year to $287.5 billion.
MHI Vestas unveils a 9MW evolution of its V164 offshore turbine. It would grow again within a few months.
The UK Court of Appeal dismisses Wobben Properties’ claim that Siemens infringed a storm-control technology patent developed for Enercon.
Nordex takes control of Danish blade designer and manufacturer SSP Technology, putting the acquisition to good use with the announcement of a 4.0-4.5MW turbine with a 149-metre rotor diameter later in the year.
Saudi Arabia announces a tender for 400MW of wind and 300MW of solar PV.
FTI Consulting releases preliminary findings of its Global Wind Market Upgrade 2016, showing Vestas as the world’s top OEM. Previous leader, Goldwind drops to third behind GE as a result of the slowing Chinese market.
Siemens Wind Power confirms it will close its blade factory in Engesvang, west Denmark, due to "significant changes in the global wind-power market". The 430 jobs lost are on top of the 150 to be cut from another of its blade plants in Aalborg in the north of the country.
GE Renewable Energy appoints Anne McEntee to lead its servicing business, while Peter McCabe takes on her old role as onshore wind chief executive.
Vestas installs a new tower design using support cables to spread the increased load of taller turbines. The concept enables turbines to be installed on narrower towers, cutting manufacturing and transport costs.
Siemens installs a prototype of its new low-wind SWT-3.15-142 turbine at Drantum, central Denmark. It will be available with hub heights of up to 165 metres for a tip height of around 234 metres.
Nordex CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard resigns after the company reduced its forecast for the 2017 and 2018 financial years. Former Acciona Wind Power chief Jose Luis Blanco steps in.
Senvion cuts 780 jobs with production sites at Trampe and Husum in Germany taking most of the losses. The company predicts the global move to competitive tendering will create short-term pricing pressures as it announces a two-year "transition" to adjust to market demands.
The long-anticipated merger of Siemens and Gamesa comes into effect, creating a company with 75GW of installed wind capacity across 90 countries, and 27,000 employees. Combined annual revenue stands at €11 billion, and the company has an order backlog worth €21 billion.
Windpower Monthly gets exclusive access to two new product series. Enercon’s 4.2MW EP4 platform, the first of several 4MW-plus onshore turbines now on the market, offers an industry-first 30-year design life. Vestas upgrades its best-selling V110-2MW turbine with rotor diameters of 116 and 120 metres to boost annual energy production.
Developers Dong Energy and EnBW are awarded licences for four projects in Germany’s first competitive auction, with three sites to be built without subsidy. Both companies have operating offshore sites in the country already.
Senvion lets slip at the AWEA Windpower 2017 event in California that it is working towards a 10MW-plus offshore wind turbine. No specifics were forthcoming in London, but the Senvion-led Realcoe collaboration would apply for EU funding to speed up development in November.
Wind projects are allocated 2,979MW of the 3GW available in Spain’s second renewables auction, underlining renewed interest in the country’s wind market. All winning bids are made with "full discount" — meaning operators accept zero subsidy and will receive only the wholesale price for electricity generated.
Goldwind acquires the up-to-530MW Stockyard Hill project in Victoria, Australia, from Origin Energy, and agrees to sell the power back to the utility. The PPA is believed to be the largest wind deal to date in Australia.
Vestas shifts its 3MW platform into the rapidly growing 4MW class, unveiling three models with a power rating of up to 4.2MW. The low-wind V150 boasts the largest rotor diameter yet seen onshore, while the high-wind V117 takes the turbine into typhoon territory for the first time.
MHI Vestas unveils an upgrade to its V164 offshore turbine, taking rated capacity up to 9.5MW. It is later specified for the UK’s 950MW Moray East and 860MW Triton Knoll projects in the North Sea.
In a first step to align Adwen with its new parent company, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), two separate legal entities are to be created: Adwen Operations, which will focus on four German projects equipped with its 5MW (formerly Areva) turbines, and French Pipeline, to develop 1.5GW of French offshore sites up to the start of construction. Three months later SGRE stops production plan for Adwen’s 8MW offshore turbine.
Vestas is announced as preferred turbine supplier for 1GW of projects won by developer Fortum in the Russian tender. Fortum will develop its capacity alongside Russian energy company Rusnano, spread across 26 projects between 2018 and 2022.