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Ten of the best projects from the last decade

Ten of the best projects from the last decade

The Windpower Monthly team selects its pick of ten of the most ambitious and interesting wind projects that have been installed in the past ten years.

Features

Look and listen for blade defects

The latest theories and current practices of rotor-blade monitoring and maintenance in the 100GW US wind market were subjected to lively and informed debate at the Windpower Monthly forum in Austin, Texas.

WindTech: CSIC ready to muscle in on 10MW offshore market

CSIC Haizhuang Windpower has ambitious plans to install 8MW and 10MW offshore prototypes in 2020. During his recent China visit, Eize de Vries talked to the firm in Chengdu about their latest products and development history.


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Analysis

Enercon cuts back, seeing 'no chance' of German recovery

Country's leading OEM cuts 3,000 jobs and will cease domestic blade manufacturing as it tries to reposition itself in tough global market.

Outdated software leaves developers 'vulnerable' to cyber attacks

Renewable energy developers are "very unprepared" for cyber security attacks, a senior analyst for underwriter GCube told Windpower Monthly, after an attack victim was named in government documents.

Bumper Q3 masks difficult 2019 for manufacturers

The wind-power industry's major western OEMs recorded strong revenue growth during the July to September reporting period, with most also registering a positive pre-tax profit (Ebit).

SGRE ramps up production, but investors seek more clarity

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has completed construction of Turkey's first nacelle factory and is set to ramp up production until it reaches full capacity of about 100 nacelles, or 500MW, a year.

Comment

OEMs face the abyss in Germany

The slowdown decimating Germany's onshore sector has come as little surprise. Following the 2017 tenders ­-- which were dominated by citizen-owned projects that have longer development times because they did not need permits to enter ­-- it was clear to most in the industry that there would be a dip in installations.

Viewpoint: How blockage effects skew energy-yield forecasts

After correcting some key methods behind the original estimates, major offshore wind developer Ørsted recently made news with a downward revision of the expected internal rate of return for seven of its offshore wind projects.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- December 2019

Carbon-neutral living in the Antarctic, Global wind speeds getting faster; plus Africa energy figures and facts.