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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.

DTU and Vattenfall partner on shadow-effect project

DTU and Vattenfall partner on shadow-effect project

DENMARK: The Danish Technical University (DTU) and developer Vattenfall have announced a joint project to investigate the effect offshore wind projects have on nearby sites.

Swedish cold climate centre picks site

Swedish cold climate centre picks site

SWEDEN: A new wind turbine test centre, designed to push machines to their cold climate limits, is to be located at an operating project in northern Sweden.

Australia launches first co-location site

Australia launches first co-location site

AUSTRALIA: The first project in Australia with both solar and wind assets has commenced operations, following the completion of a 10MW solar plant, located next to an existing wind project.

News and Analysis

VIDEO: Fish thrive at first US project

UNITED STATES: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released a video about the impact the 30MW Block Island project is having on local wildlife and communities.

Ørsted begins UK coast O&M hub build

UK: Offshore wind developer Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy) has started construction of a new operations hub in northeast England.

Iberdrola awards service deals for 4GW-plus fleet

SPAIN: Iberdrola has awarded maintenance contracts worth a combined €110 million for more than 4GW of its turbine fleet in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Germany nears the 60GW mark

GERMANY: Onshore and offshore wind capacity totalled 56,164MW at the end of 2017, with a further 4.3GW likely to be added in 2018.

EDPR records 13% rise in 2017 generation

PORTUGAL: Developer EDP Renovaveis (EDPR) produced 27.6TWh of almost exclusively wind-generated electricity in 2017, a 13% increase on 2016, thanks to a rise in installed capacity in most of its markets.

In depth

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.

Review of 2017 - part one

WORLDWIDE: The first six months of 2017 pick up where 2016 had left off with further activity in the mergers and acquisition field accompanied by significant job cuts. Windpower Monthly takes a look at the biggest stories in the first half of the year

Keep it steady

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

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.

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