Windpower Monthly: April 2018

Cover article

A palliative,  not a panacea

A palliative, not a panacea

WORLDWIDE: Storage is being heralded as the answer to many of the challenges to come with the transition towards electricity systems that use increasing amounts of variable renewable energy. But what benefits do these technologies really offer to justify their high costs?

Features

Comparing offshore output for 2017

GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.

WindTech: Enercon opens new channels for green energy

GERMANY: The German turbine maker has developed a high-performance charging station for the latest generation of electric vehicles, and has ambitious plans for wind power development in India and Argentina.

WindEconomics: Oil major predicts boost for wind and PV

WORLDWIDE: BP's recently published Energy Outlook 2018 provides compelling evidence of the increasing attractions of both wind and solar photovoltaics.

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Analysis

Turkey plans to enter offshore with 1GW tender

TURKEY: Turkish energy minister Berat Albayrak unveiled plans in late February for a 1GW offshore wind project, with a tender set to be held later this year. According to local press reports, the country's first offshore facility will be a near-shore project in the Aegean Sea.

Too many hurdles could kill off US's first HVDC line in 20 years

UNITED STATES: It looks like the end of the line for Clean Line Energy's most advanced project -- the Plains & Eastern transmission line.

Early PPA could be sign of things to come after 2020

GERMANY: Munich-based Green City Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply wind-generated electricity from its onshore wind farms in Bavaria and Saarland to ecological printing firm Ulenspiegel Druck. Deals of this type remain rare in Germany.

Ex-JV partner's control of O&M hits 3GW of Enercon turbines

INDIA: Close to 3GW of old Enercon machines in the Indian states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan are in a state of disrepair due to a lack of spare components and the refusal of the manufacturer's former business partner to relinquish service contracts.

Comment

Storage has potential, but it is no miracle cure

Renewables-supporting policymakers have understandably been attracted by the growing potential of storage systems as the various technologies improve and their costs fall.

Hywind points floating offshore in right direction

WORLDWIDE: Recent reports of Statoil's Hywind Scotland project, the world's first commercial floating wind farm, achieving 65% capacity factors over the winter have provided another boost to the spirits of the floating-wind community.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- April 2018

WORLDWIDE: Weatherill's legacy is a cleaner state; ice hockey goes green in Detroit; Latin America figures and facts; plus Keith Anderson on UK onshore wind policy.

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