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Energy cost analysis 2020: Wind is ready for zero-subsidy future

Energy cost analysis 2020: Wind is ready for zero-subsidy future

Falling hardware prices and growing investor confidence mean the economic case for wind is stronger than ever.

Features

What to do with turbines after they leave support system

With around 6,000 turbines due to leave the support system in 2021, Germany's environment agency has assessed the country's readiness to recycle this potential flood of turbine components, and at what cost.

Windtech: GE's offshore giant combines proven technology with new solutions

At the official inauguration of GE's Haliade-X 12MW direct-drive prototype in Rotterdam on 17 December, Eize de Vries discussed main features, technology choices and challenges with offshore CTO Vincent Schellings.

Snapshot: SGRE installs 'flexed' 11MW offshore prototype

The prototype for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SG 11.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine is being installed at the Østerild test site in Denmark. When commissioned, it will join GE's Haliade-X in the exclusive club of double-digit megawatt machines.


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Analysis

The most promising onshore markets to watch in 2020

Using data from Windpower Intelligence, we unveil five of the best performing markets from 2019 and how they are set to grow in the short term.

Ideol pilot doubles power yield and is 'ready for deployment'

A floating demonstration project using an Ideol platform and currently being tested off Le Croisic on France's Atlantic coast, more than doubled its power production in the second half of 2019, exceeding expectations for production and availability, the company has reported.

EU unveils €1 trillion green spending package

The European Union’s (EU) €1 trillion green investment plan could help finance innovative technologies that deliver on climate neutrality, according to industry body WindEurope.

Comment

Tree planting is no fix for world on fire

Our annual energy costs analysis highlights the increasing price-competitiveness of wind energy worldwide. Onshore wind is generally cheaper than all other forms of electricity generation, with the exception of gas where it is most accessible, and solar PV in ideal conditions.

Developing new grid solutions for offshore wind

Last October -- for the first time since the first power plant was fired up in 1882 -- the UK generated more electricity from renewable energy than from fossil fuels, an incredible milestone. And wind power is at the forefront of this increasing mix of clean energy.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- February 2020

Who attacked climate doomsday clock? Plus donating with a difference and US power generation figures and facts.