WindEurope 2019 - Bilbao, Spain 

Windpower Monthly's coverage from WindEurope's annual conference and exhibition in 2019, taking place in Bilbao, Spain (2-4 April).

Check back to see the latest news, views and interviews from the industry's leading names. 

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Is the EU's 480GW wind target for 2030 realistic?

WindEurope's CEO Giles Dickson joins us to discuss whether we can hit the EU's ambitious wind target

RWE’s chief development officer for offshore wind Danielle Jarski told WindEurope’s annual conference in Bilbao that auctions must incentivise a faster expansion of wind power (pic credit: Arne Vatnoy/WindEurope)

‘Auctions must accelerate wind power expansion’

Industry leaders tell conference panel how tenders can be shaped to help meet renewable and energy security targets

The UK government's plan has long-term targets for offshore wind, solar and nuclear, but not for onshore wind (pic credit: Ørsted)

UK banks on offshore wind for energy security

Government revamps permitting to ensure 50GW offshore wind by 2030, but problems persist for onshore wind

GE Renewable Energy had previously supplied offshore wind turbines to SSE's Arklow Bank project off Ireland

Offshore wind ‘must be built at fair price’

Industry leaders suggest how non-price criteria can be applied fairly for offshore wind auctions in the future

Six European governments, 3 TSOs, 14 leading wind energy companies and 2 NGOs signed the agreement to fast-forward offshore wind deployment (pic credit:WindEurope)

Governments join pledge to accelerate offshore wind

Policymakers in major markets join industry and non-governmental organisations on pledge to fast-forward deployment

European Commission director general for energy Ditte Juul Jørgensen speaking at the opening session of WindEurope's annual conference in Bilbao, Spain

Wind power ‘can help deliver European energy security’

Industry leaders outline what is needed for wind power to deliver energy security during WindEurope conference

RWE offshore wind chief Sven Utermöhlen has been elected chair of WindEurope

WindEurope elects key leaders on eve of Bilbao event

RWE offshore wind chief Sven Utermöhlen elected as chair, Vestas head of global public affairs Kresten Ørnbjerg as vice-chair

Siemens Gamesa CEO Jochen Eickholt was speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Bilbao, Spain

New SGRE boss sees onshore wind as key to success

Jochen Eickholt keeps faith with Siemens Games’s onshore business in first address to shareholders as CEO

Saitec plans pilot with three 15MW floating wind turbines

Spanish engineering firm aims to install three 15MW turbines on its Sath (swinging around twin hull) concrete floating platforms

European wind “needs CfD auctions” to meet targets

Industry calls for better policy support as it rallies round for next year’s in-person get together in Spain

The BlueSATH pilot being towed out to sea in El Sardinero (pic: Saitec)

‘Giant waves’ from hurricane Epsilon knock down Saitec floating wind turbine in Spain

Ten metre high waves broke and capsized a wind turbine prototype as a storm crashed into northern Spain causing damage along the coast

Covid-19 update: WindEnergy Hamburg goes digital

How the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is impacting the industry's 2020 goals.

First floating turbine online off mainland Spain

Saitec charts a course for larger demonstration projects with 1:6 scaled prototype of a 10MW turbine

Saitec secures Spanish site for full-scale floating test

Floating foundations manufacturer Saitec Offshore Technologies has secured a Spanish test site for the first deployment of its full-scale Sath ("swinging around twin hull") platform.

MHI Vestas plans to install a prototype of the V174-9.5MW by the end of the year

WindTech: MHI Vestas goes global with 9.5MW typhoon-class V174

MHI Vestas introduced its latest V174-9.5MW offshore turbine model with an enlarged 174-metre rotor in February. Senior product manager Anders Bach Andersen talked to Eize de Vries at the recent WindEurope event in Bilbao about how this model differs from to the "original" V164 series, including last year's V164-10.0MW upgrade.

Lithuanian support scheme gets EC approval

The European Commission (EC) has approved the proposed €385 million budget to fund Lithuania's technology-neutral renewable energy support scheme through to 2025.

'Wind industry has to be better at sharing'

Restrictions on access to turbine performance data are preventing operators from reducing costs, according to a new white paper published by predictive maintenance services provider Onyx Insight.

China will continue to dominate installations over the next five years, while offshore wind could 'become truly global', GWEC said

Bilbao 2019: Over 300GW to be added globally by 2024

The Global Wind Energy Council predicts more than 300GW of new wind capacity will be added over the next five years as it releases its latest Global Wind Report at the 2019 WindEurope conference and exhibition in Bilbao, Spain.

Bilbao 2019: Brexit not affecting CfD competition

Brexit's looming spectre and the ongoing uncertainty it has caused has not deterred potential bidders in the UK's next offshore wind auction, according to government and industry.

Goldwind will supply 1.3GW for the 6GW project in Inner Mongolia

Domestic firms win all 6GW of China's first subsidy-free site

State-owned energy firm State Power Investment Corporation (Spic) awarded the full 6GW of subsidy-free capacity to local suppliers, leaving out western OEMs entirely.

Announcing the 5MW platform (left to right): SGRE onshore and service CEO Mark Albenze, CEO Markus Tacke and onshore CTO Jose Antonio Malumbres

Bilbao 2019: SGRE unveils 5.8MW turbines

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled a new 5MW+ onshore wind turbine platform at the WindEurope 2019 conference.

GE's Cypress turbine will undergo testing at Fraunhofer IWES Dynalab test bench (pic: Martina Buchholz)

Bilbao 2019: Further tests for GE Cypress at IWES

GE Renewable Energy's new Cypress turbine platform will be put through its paces at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES).

China will continue to dominate installations over the next five years, while offshore wind could 'become truly global', GWEC said (pic: CGN)

Bilbao 2019: Over 300GW to be added globally by 2024

The Global Wind Energy Council predicts more than 300GW of new wind capacity will be added over the next five years as it releases its latest Global Wind Report at the 2019 WindEurope conference and exhibition in Bilbao, Spain.

The European Union is targeting 32% renewables by 2030

Bilbao 2019: Some national plans 'are not meaningful'

While many national energy and climate plans (NECPs) include pledges to deploy wind capacity, the lack of detailed policy means many of the plans "are not meaningful", according to new analysis by trade body WindEurope.

Bilbao 2019: Brexit not affecting CfD competition

Brexit's looming spectre and the ongoing uncertainty it has caused has not deterred potential bidders in the UK's next offshore wind auction, according to government and industry.

SGRE CEO Markus Tacke (second from left) said the investment for the energy transition is available, but projects need to show they are worth investing in (pic: WindEurope)

Bilbao 2019: The money is there, says Tacke

The industry needs to offer clear and secure revenue flow from projects to attract support from institutional investors, said Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy CEO Markus Tacke at the opening session of the WindEurope 2019 conference and exhibition in Bilbao (2-4 April).

LM Wind Power supplied the blades for Envision's 4.2MW turbines at the Rudong offshore wind project in China (pic: Envision)

Bilbao 2019: Envision secures European finance package

Turbine manufacturer Envision Energy has secured a new credit line from Spanish bank Santander with support from Danish credit agency EKF and LM Wind Power.

GE installed a prototype Cypress turbine at a test site in the Netherlands in February

Bilbao 2019: GE lands first Cypress deal

GE Renewable Energy has won its first turbine supply agreement for its Cypress onshore wind platform, for a site in Germany.

A tour around Ingeteam's testing facility

PARTNER CONTENT: In the third and final part of our video series, Ingeteam took Windpower TV on a tour around their testing facility in Bilbao, Spain.

Fred Olsen to mount lidars on turbines at Swedish project

Fred Olsen Renewables will install lidar (light detection and ranging) technology on each of the 25 turbine nacelles at its 105MW Högaliden wind farm in northern Sweden.

Nordex launches 5MW turbine

Nordex has entered the 5MW class with a new turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.

The turbine models jointly developed Enercon and Lagerwey are based on the latter's LP4 direct drive platform (pic: Lagerwey/Jorrit Lousberg)

Enercon hints at 5MW platform

German manufacturer Enercon has completely subsumed Lagerwey into its business and is planning a leap in to the 5MW class, based on the Dutch firm's technology.

Ingeteam: 'We can quickly adapt production to market demands'

PARTNER CONTENT: In part two of our series, Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about their supply chain, the necessity of converters and generators in turbines and reacting to customer demands.

Ingeteam: 'We offer the best technology to our clients without any limitations'

PARTNER CONTENT: Ingeteam spoke to Windpower TV about the advantages of being an independent company and learning from multiple different sectors.

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