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Half a million workers in wind will need training by 2025

Half a million workers in wind will need training by 2025

Forecast expansion will require massive training rollout, with further scaling up needed to meet net-zero ambitions

Offshore wind turbine catches fire at Horns Rev 1

Offshore wind turbine catches fire at Horns Rev 1

Developers Vattenfall and Ørsted are analysing why Vestas’ V80-2.0MW turbine caught fire at the Danish wind farm

Opinion: Wind’s winners and losers in Texas’ deep freeze

Opinion: Wind’s winners and losers in Texas’ deep freeze

Exclusive analysis of hourly data from the ERCOT region in February, when a harsh winter storm caused blackouts in Texas

News and Analysis

GE’s Haliade-X cleared for markets in typhoon zones

DNV’s certification verifies that the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine can operate safely and efficiently under extreme wind conditions

UK offshore wind jobs to triple in next five years

The UK offshore wind workforce is due to grow, but it is falling short of targets to employ more women and apprentices, new report finds

German wind sector proposes permitting and repowering fixes

WindEurope, BWE and several turbine manufacturers and wind developers have called on the German government to help the sector

Avangrid investigates turbine fire at Pennsylvania wind farm

The fire at the Locust Ridge wind farm in Pennsylvania follows a blaze in December 2020 and at least two others in the last decade, according to local media

Extreme weather losses for wind on the rise since 2010

Tornadoes, flooding and ice storms led to a spike in severe wind losses measured in insurance claims, a new report into renewables finds

In depth

Baltic Insight report: Overcoming ice challenges

Installing and maintaining offshore turbines to cope with icy conditions poses additional difficulties for wind technicians

How Siemens Gamesa’s offshore turbines hit 97% availability

SGRE’s technology chief on enhancing reliability, reducing downtime and the possibility of working with other OEMs

Windtech: Click-on and go device promises fast turbine evacuation

Quick access to a safe way to escape from a turbine fire is key to saving lives. Eize de Vries finds out why a new evacuation system claims to have the edge over traditional rope-based rescue solutions

Big turbines push down O&M costs

Advances in turbine technology have improved reliability, reducing unscheduled downtime and cutting service costs. While offshore projects remain more expensive to operate, economies of scale will play an increasing role as arrays featuring hundreds of units become the norm.

Material considerations: covering up the cracks on turbine failure

The Material Failure Investigation Group of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has been listening to, and acting on, presentations on the subject of wind turbine failures for the past two years.