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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.

Windpower Monthly review of 2019 -- part 2

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

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.

SGRE signs quay deal for Le Havre factory

SGRE signs quay deal for Le Havre factory

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and port manager Haropa Ports, have signed a key deal to build an industrial offshore wind complex at the Port of Le Havre.

News and Analysis

Chinese repowering boom expected from 2023

Repowering in China is expected to accelerate rapidly from 2023 as its wind power fleet ages, with more than 21GW to be upgraded by 2028.

VIDEO: France decommissions its oldest wind project

France's oldest wind project in Port-la-Nouvelle, southern France, has been decommissioned with all of its turbines set to be almost entirely recycled.

Equinor makes Hywind performance data available

Project partners Equinor and Masdar have shared performance data from a single turbine at the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm on a free-to-use basis for supply chain businesses and academia.

Oil and gas sector's lessons for floating offshore wind

Learning from the oil and gas industry can help accelerate floating offshore wind development and cut costs, according to attendees at a RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables conference.

Outdated software leaves developers 'vulnerable' to cyber attacks

Renewable energy developers are "very unprepared" for cyber security attacks, a senior analyst for underwriter GCube told Windpower Monthly, after an attack victim was named in government documents.

In depth

Look and listen for blade defects

The latest theories and current practices of rotor-blade monitoring and maintenance in the 100GW US wind market were subjected to lively and informed debate at the Windpower Monthly forum in Austin, Texas.

Viewpoint: How blockage effects skew energy-yield forecasts

After correcting some key methods behind the original estimates, major offshore wind developer ├śrsted recently made news with a downward revision of the expected internal rate of return for seven of its offshore wind projects.

Horns Rev 1, 2, 3: three generations of turbine output analysed

The three projects that make up the Horns Rev offshore-wind hub off Denmark's west coast perfectly illustrate how the sector developed over the last two decades. Windpower Monthly dissects the performance data to see if bigger really is better.

SGRE brings leading-edge protection as retrofit

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's (SGRE) solution to prevent leading-edge erosion combines a hardware upgrade with simulation software. Already incorporated into the blades for its latest offshore platforms, the company is fitting it to hundreds of operating onshore and offshore wind turbines.

The innovations that are changing the face of the O&M market

As turbines grow taller and blades get longer, keeping them in working order throws up new challenges. We look at the trends in the service sector and pick out some innovative new solutions.