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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.

Wider renewables sector outpaces wind for job growth

Wider renewables sector outpaces wind for job growth

Worldwide wind power jobs inched up 0.8% in 2019 – a slower rate of growth than the 4.3% average across the wider renewable energy sector

Why half of oil and gas workers are looking to offshore wind

Why half of oil and gas workers are looking to offshore wind

Offshore wind and renewables were the most popular choices for a potential career change among UK offshore oil and gas workers in a new survey

Oil trader Trafigura to invest in 2GW of renewables

Oil trader Trafigura to invest in 2GW of renewables

Commodity trading firm and fund manager form new company Nala Renewables targeting 2GW to be operating, in late-stage development or construction by 2025

News and Analysis

Worker dies in fall at US wind farm

A 39-year-old man fell to his death while working uptower on a turbine at the Langford wind project in Texas

MHI Vestas aims to make installations safer and faster through new partnership

MHI Vestas has contracted Australian engineers Verton to provide solutions to to make offshore wind lifting operations safer

Iberdrola and GIG in 3.3GW offshore wind push in Japan

Spanish giant acquires local developer Acacia Renewables in JV with Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) to develop offshore wind portfolio

Australian wind and solar to overtake coal and gas from 2026

Analysts predict radical growth as 200GW of wind, solar and storage capacity are expected to replace decommissioned coal-fired plants in the coming years

Vestas and EDPR to investigate why V150 blade broke off at Ohio site

Vestas and developer EDPR issue statements over a blade failure at the Timber Road 4 wind farm in the US state of Ohio

In depth

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.

What to do with turbines after they leave support system

With around 6,000 turbines due to leave the support system in 2021, Germany's environment agency has assessed the country's readiness to recycle this potential flood of turbine components, and at what cost.

Windpower Monthly review of 2019 -- part 2

The next generation of new turbines continues apace in the second half of the year, but financial woes among many of the industry's western OEMs also bite. Here are the top articles from the latter half of 2019.

Windpower Monthly review of 2019 -- part 1

A spate of technology launches dominated the first half of the year, with a new generation of prototypes also being installed. Here are the top articles from the first half of 2019.