Windpower Monthly: November 2017

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Influential... and interesting in 2017

Influential... and interesting in 2017

WORLDWIDE: Who are the people making the big waves in wind energy? The staff and senior contributors of Windpower Monthly make their pick of the key movers and shakers from the last year.

Features

'Argentina is now sexy'

ARGENTINA: The country may be a latecomer to the Latin American wind boom, but ambitious targets and radical economic reforms mean this is the perfect time to grab a slice of the pie.

WindEconomics: UK continues trend of falling costs

UK: The UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its contracts for difference (CfD) second allocation round results on 11 September.

WindTech: Mixing steel and concrete to go higher

WORLDWIDE: The first generation of 4MW-plus lowand medium-wind onshore turbines with rotor diameters exceeding 140 metres are now being deployed. Eize de Vries investigates how tower technology is being upscaled to suit the larger machinery

Keep it steady

GERMANY: Helicopters are an essential part of the running of many offshore wind farms, transferring key personnel and providing emergency services.

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Analysis

Australia scraps plans for clean energy target

AUSTRALIA: The federal government's decision to reject measures proposed by its chief scientist and come up with its own system has angered the country's long-suffering renewables sector. By

Tamil Nadu trades wind for profit

INDIA: Taking advantage of the highest recorded generation in August this year, the Tamil Nadu state utility, Tangedco, traded excess wind power through spot sales on the power exchange.

Vattenfall learns from hybrid and co-location projects

UK: The experience of building Wales' largest onshore wind farm will help push the business case for future renewables co-location and hybrid sites, says Vattenfall.

Siemens Gamesa opens first blade factory in MEA region

MOROCCO: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) officially opened its new blade manufacturing plant in Tangier, northern Morocco, in mid-October. It is the first such facility in Africa or the Middle East.

Turning point for Ideol and floating wind

FRANCE: The inauguration today of Floatgen -- a Vestas 2MW turbine on Ideol's ring-shaped concrete platform -- in the port of St-Nazaire marks a "turning point" for floating wind as the sector prepares to enter commercial deployment, says Ideol CEO Paul de la Guérivière.

Comment

Record storms will bring aftershocks

The Atlantic hurricane season is generally thought to run from 1 June to 30 November, so there remains time for further extreme-weather events to follow in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Viewpoint: As our industry grows, so does its need for new skills

I'm reminded from time to time how fortunate we are to work in this industry sector, with the opportunity to make a real positive impact on the future of our planet.

Backpage: The last word in wind -- November 2017

WORLDWIDE: Truth is the first casualty of ideology; wind on a plate; Q3 Wind trends figures and facts; plus Nicaragua's vice president on joining the Paris Agreement.

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