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Vestas to launch digital platform for parts and services

Vestas to launch digital platform for parts and services

Manufacturer's website set to launch in Europe this year will feature rival OEMs' components as well as Vestas' own

Equinor to trial safe fishing with floating offshore wind

Equinor to trial safe fishing with floating offshore wind

Equinor and government group Marine Scotland launch investigation on safe fishing around floating offshore wind

TPI to take over Nordex’s wind blade factory in Mexico

TPI to take over Nordex’s wind blade factory in Mexico

US manufacturer to take over operations of plant for three years with an option to extend the arrangement

News and Analysis

Offshore wind clusters ‘to lower energy production’ – study

Study warns of greater impact of wake effect on wind turbines’ energy output as more offshore wind farms are built

US renewable energy giant refuses to pay hackers ransom

Invenergy was reportedly hacked by a Russian-linked ransomware cartel earlier this month, but will not be giving in to their demands

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

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

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

In depth

Analysis: Turbine replacements to cost Europe €3.9bn by 2030

Expert analysis of offshore wind’s major component replacement market and the uncertainties related to jack-up vessels

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.