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Enercon had been contracted to repower the Potzneusiedl project by utility Energie Burgenland as part of a wider repowering and expansion deal in eastern Austria

Probe launched after death at Austrian wind farm

Service provider dies after falling around 100 metres while installing Enercon turbine at a wind farm in eastern Austria

The Firefly Inspect is equipped with a 1kW heat lamp to test blades for defects (pic credit: Innvotek)

Infrared and AI to improve blade inspection

A drone equipped with a powerful heat lamp and artificial intelligence can detect flaws not visible to the human eye, developers claim

Nysted was commissioned in 2003 and its 72 turbines are installed on gravity-based foundations, which use ballast to moor turbines to the seabed

Ørsted launches probe after offshore wind turbine tilts

Danish developer investigating what caused turbine installed on gravity-based foundation to tilt in Baltic Sea

News and Analysis

Canadian developer to rebuild wind farm after turbine failure

TransAlta to replace foundations at Kent Hills 1 and 2 projects at cost of up to US$80m following turbine collapse

GE launches probe after turbine blade snaps off

US manufacturer working with authorities after blade breaks off onshore wind turbine in north-west Germany

Vestas calls for 'vigilance' after hackers publish stolen data

Danish firm warns staff and business partners to "stay vigilant" after cyber criminals publish personal data on dark web

Vestas CEO confirms hackers ‘leaked stolen data’

Danish turbine manufacturer continues to investigate after cyber criminals breached its IT systems in November

Vestas confirms cyber security attack was ransomware

Operations now close to normal after investigations find breach mostly hit turbine manufacturer’s internal data

In depth

Why repowering is key to wind power industry’s growth

With many of the best wind sites occupied by some of the oldest projects, repowering has huge potential in mature markets

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