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Turbines of the year 2019: China's OEMs take up the challenge

Turbines of the year 2019: China's OEMs take up the challenge

The sheer size and special requirements of China's domestic market are accelerating wind-energy technology in the country at an increasingly impressive rate, reports Eize de Vries in his presentation of the selection for the best onshore and offshore turbines, drivetrains, rotor blades and innovations for the 2019 Windpower Monthly products of the year awards.

Features

Turbines of the year 2019: Onshore turbines up to 3.4MW

Still a high-volume sector, but one that western OEMs are eschewing in favour of higher-rated machines and the offshore sector, leaving China's turbine makers to dominate.

Turbines of the year 2019: Onshore turbines 3.5MW-plus

All the leading OEMs launched new products or enhanced existing machinery in the fast-growing supersize sector that is taking wind into zero-subsidy territory.

Turbines of the year 2019: Offshore turbines

The sector moves into the double-digit MW zone for the first time.

Turbines of the year 2019: Rotor blades

Ever longer and generally lighter units mark the top contenders in a hotly contested class.

Turbines of the year 2019: Drivetrains

Focus shifts to medium-speed geared and direct-drive solutions.

Turbines of the year 2019: Innovations

Installation solutions for onshore and offshore applications lead the way.

Trying to follow the money to grow energy storage

The need for more energy storage is a given as the UK aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, but more clarity is needed on future applications and revenue streams to attract investors, delegates at a recent conference in London were told.


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Analysis

GWEC's call for action: 'We need to be installing 100GW a year. Now'

GWEC's Ben Backwell is calling on the world to declare a climate emergency, take fossil fuels off the grid and push renewables installations as he talks to Windpower Monthly.

Developers seek more time after election spooks financiers

Developers are urging Argentina's authorities to give them more time to build renewable energy projects as the return of the Peronist movement to government sends shivers through financial markets.

What is missing for floating wind to flourish?

Floating offshore wind enjoyed much more visibility and a larger slice of the action than it usually does at WindEurope's Offshore 2019 exhibition and conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Financing offshore projects in a post-subsidy world

Developers should exploit multiple revenue streams as offshore wind increasingly participates in a merchant environment, panellists and industry experts agreed at WindEurope Offshore 2019 in Copenhagen.

Comment

Wind OEMs are having to fight on many fronts

The prominence of Chinese machinery in our selection of the year's best new wind-energy hardware cannot be ignored. It is partly a result of the country's leading OEMs finally being prepared to share more details of their product developments.

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