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A US judge had previously ruled that GE’s flagship offshore wind turbine breached a Siemens Gamesa patent and banned the sale, import and installation of Haliade-X turbines in the US (Credits: GE and SGRE)

GE-Siemens Gamesa patent battle: Judge doubles royalty fee but slams both turbine giants

A US judge has criticised two offshore wind giants for “inhibiting efforts to combat climate change” as he doubled the royalties GE must pay Siemens Gamesa for using its Haliade-X turbines at the Ocean Wind 1 project in US waters.

Turbine installation being carried out at Energiequelle's Takanebacken wind farm in Finland

Wind power development picks up in Scandinavia

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of activity in Scandinavia, with wind farms connected to the grid, power purchase agreements (PPAs) and turbine orders signed, and new projects announced.

One site in the auction is in the Baltic Sea, 25km off the coast of Rügen Island (Image credit: Ansgar Koreng)

Germany launches 7GW offshore wind tender with negative bidding

German energy regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) has launched an auction for four new offshore wind sites in the North Sea and the Baltic with a combined capacity of 7GW.

Offshore News & Analysis

Japan commissions first large-scale offshore wind farms

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni has commissioned the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farms, bringing online more than 140MW of capacity off the north-east coast of its main island of Honshu.

Portugal maps out zones for 11GW of offshore wind

Portugal has identified zones that could support more than 11GW of offshore wind capacity as it prepares to hold its first tender later this year.

‘No time to lose’ for planning US offshore wind transmission

Collaborative transmission planning for US offshore wind could save at least $20 billion and reduce environmental and community impacts by 2050, but states, federal agencies, and regional grid operators must start preparations now, according to a new report.

Energy giants bid for new offshore wind farms in New York’s latest tender

Energy giants including BP and Ørsted have submitted bids for New York’s third offshore wind tender, through which the east coast state hopes to award power deals for up to 4.6GW of capacity.

GE to build New York plants if Haliade-X patent ‘work-around’ succeeds

GE is proposing two new offshore wind facilities in New York to build blades and nacelles for its recently unveiled next-generation Haliade-X, which it says does not infringe the intellectual property of Siemens Gamesa. The manufacturing plants are part of bids for New York’s third offshore wind tender.

Offshore In depth

Floating designs look towards industrialisation for GW-scale projects

While 2022 saw some notable developments in floating wind, it remained a minor segment set against total newly installed and cumulative offshore wind, accounting for less than 150MW across roughly two dozen turbines installed so far.

Offshore giants inch closer to 20MW and 250m rotor

As rotor sizes and ratings continue to climb, OEMs look to different drive technologies to push scaling to new limits.

Poland’s seabed auction effectively scuppered by NATO underwater training

Poland’s Ministry of Infrastructure concluded two out of eleven pending procedures of seabed leasing dedicated to the construction of offshore wind turbines.

2022: Windpower Monthly's review of the year

Windpower Monthly's editorial team is now on leave for the Christmas break. We will be back on 3 January, but in the meantime, read our review of the year and a selection of our features and analysis from 2022.

Floating wind could be profitable in little more than a decade

A report on the future of floating offshore wind in Norway shows it could become profitable sooner than anticipated – hopefully authorities will take the right measures to achieve this.