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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.

Wind and solar produce 8% of US generation in 2017

Wind and solar produce 8% of US generation in 2017

UNITED STATES: Wind and solar PV reached or exceeded 20% of total generation in ten states in 2017, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Vestas to open manufacturing facility in Australia

Vestas to open manufacturing facility in Australia

AUSTRALIA: Vestas will open a new renewable energy hub in Victoria, featuring a turbine manufacturing facility.

GE unveils new blade inspection system

GE unveils new blade inspection system

UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has launched a new ground-based blade inspection tool using thermal imaging and acoustic spectral analysis at Windpower Monthly's Blade O&M Forum in Texas.

News and Analysis

Totaro: 'We are moving from reactive to predictive solutions'

HAMBURG 2018: New uses and benefits of digitalisation will emerge as the wind power industry's relationship with digital tools matures, according to the CEO of consultancy Totaro & Associates.

Eight UK sites up for extension

UK: The UK's Crown Estate has accepted eight offshore wind projects for investigation to potentially double their capacity.

Offshore wind-related injuries decline in 2017

HAMBURG 2018: Fewer injuries are being reported during wind farm construction and operations and maintenance (O&M), despite more hours being worked, according to a new report published at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg.

New Zealand renewables reach 37-year high

NEW ZEALAND: Renewable energy sources generated 85% of total electricity production in the second quarter, its highest share of the mix since 1981, according to government data.

DNV GL opens global analytics centre in India

INDIA: Advisory and certification body DNV GL has opened a global operations and analytics centre for renewable assets in Bengaluru in the southern state of Karnataka.

In depth

Managing increasingly diverse wind portfolios

One of the most common challenges faced by wind-farm portfolio owners in today's market is that of asset diversity. Diversity takes many forms within a portfolio -- asset age, wind-farm size, turbine technology, IT systems, service provision model, wind climate and location among them.

WindEconomics: Database reveals long life of US turbines

UNITED STATES: A recently released database of American wind turbines provides evidence that lifetimes of 20 years or more can easily be realised, with the oldest machines having been commissioned 37 years ago in 1981.

Comparing offshore output for 2017

GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.

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.

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