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News & in-depth analysis of wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety, refitting, repowering, wind monitoring and site security.
GERMANY: PNE Wind has rebranded to reflect its repositioning as a "clean energy solutions provider", working in solar PV, storage and hydrogen, as well as wind.
WORLDWIDE: Standardisation will be crucial in the development of offshore wind to enable cost reductions, mitigate technical risks, help foster public acceptance and ease integration into onshore grid systems, according to a new report.
UK: A 2MW Gamesa turbine caught fire after thunderstorms battered England's east coast.
SPAIN: With margins being squeezed in auction after auction, project operators are placing more focus on getting every cent they can from their projects through good operations and maintenance (O&M) regimes.
GERMANY: A project named "Empower Refugees" to train refugees living in Germany to service wind turbines has been launched in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia.
UNITED STATES: The US offshore wind industry will be centred around two or three ports on the east coast, predicted Paul Vigeant, managing director of the New Bedford Wind Energy Centre.
UNITED STATES: The new CEO of developer-utility MidAmerican Energy, Adam Wright, told delegates at Windpower 2018 in Chicago (7-10 May) the firm is trying to capture as many projects it can before the Production Tax Credit is phased out.
UNITED STATES: Cyber security attacks on wind projects will increase in frequency, according to Bruce Bailey, senior technical advisor for energy and power at UL.
One of the most common challenges faced by wind-farm portfolio owners in today's market is that of asset diversity. Diversity takes many forms within a portfolio -- asset age, wind-farm size, turbine technology, IT systems, service provision model, wind climate and location among them.
UNITED STATES: A recently released database of American wind turbines provides evidence that lifetimes of 20 years or more can easily be realised, with the oldest machines having been commissioned 37 years ago in 1981.
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.
UNITED STATES: By 2018, almost a third of installed wind power capacity in the US will be at least a decade old -- a total of almost 25GW.
WORLDWIDE: The second half 2017 was difficult for many of the major OEMs with a drop off in the Indian market a key factor. Windpower Monthly takes a look at this trend and the other big stories from the second half of 2017.