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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.

Warning over heavy lift vessel 'bottleneck' for offshore wind

Warning over heavy lift vessel 'bottleneck' for offshore wind

Analysis from Rystad Energy indicates demand from offshore wind's development pipeline is outpacing the number vessels capable of installing large components

Exclusive: Vestas deploys remotely operated blade-correcting installation tool

Exclusive: Vestas deploys remotely operated blade-correcting installation tool

Vestas has started using a new remotely operated blade installation tool that removes the need for handheld taglines

‘Wind turbines don’t turn forever’: Industry issues new end-of-life guidance

‘Wind turbines don’t turn forever’: Industry issues new end-of-life guidance

WindEurope has issued new guidance on dismantling onshore turbines, many thousands of which are due to be decommissioned over the next three years

News and Analysis

Offshore blade maintenance robot wins major backing from GE

Novel remote blade maintenance technique for offshore wind farms wins accolades in an important competition organised by GE Renewable Energy and renewable energy research groups

MHI Vestas installs 'most powerful' floating offshore wind turbine

A 9.5MW MHI Vestas wind turbine has been installed on a floating platform for the first time

'Wind will be the backbone of future energy systems', WindEurope CEO

In a wide-ranging interview, WindEurope head Giles Dickson assesses the current and near-future state of play for wind power

Blade repair robot performs offshore wind's 'moon walk'

A six-legged inspect-and-repair robot repeatedly scaled a vertically positioned blade on an offshore demonstration turbine, proving its real-world capabilities

Vestas turbines halted following lightning storm

Vestas and MidAmerican Energy are investigating the causes of a turbine breakdown at an Iowa wind farm

In depth

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.

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.