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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.

Ship-to-turbine oil exchange completed

Ship-to-turbine oil exchange completed

BELGIUM: James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has completed a second gearbox oil exchange project in which it transferred oil directly from ship to turbine, reducing the need to fill and hoist containers via the nacelle crane.

GE wins Terraform servicing deal

GE wins Terraform servicing deal

UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has been selected to service the 1.6GW North American fleet owned by TerraForm Power.

Danish wind output down over summer

Danish wind output down over summer

DENMARK: Danish wind production was down 24% year-on-year in June and July, but turbines still produced more than coal, gas, solar PV and biomass combined.

News and Analysis

Doosan to service South Korea's largest offshore site

SOUTH KOREA: Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the country's largest offshore wind farm.

Former employees sue blade maker for 'severe injuries'

UNITED STATES: Six former workers say being exposed to chemicals at TPI Composites' Iowa plant made them ill -- and they were fired for it. The company denies the claims.

Auctions to boost China's annual growth

CHINA: Annual wind power additions in China are expected to rise following the shift to an auction system, according to new analysis.

Enercon subsidiary probes factory fatality

GERMANY: A 28-year-old man was killed at MTA Metalltechnologie's factory in Lower Saxony on Monday.

Startups launch turbine listening products

AUSTRALIA: Two technology startup companies have joined forces to offer a product that monitors wind projects by listening to turbines.

In depth

Managing increasingly diverse wind portfolios

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.

WindEconomics: Database reveals long life of US turbines

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.

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.

Three steps to turbine repowering

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.

Review of 2017 - part two

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.

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