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Insurance little help for coronavirus-hit wind sector

Insurance little help for coronavirus-hit wind sector

Wind power operators will most likely be unable to successfully claim insurance payouts for problems indirectly caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to a renewable energy underwriter.

Record 5.2GW of offshore wind added in 2019

Record 5.2GW of offshore wind added in 2019

A record 5.2GW of fully operational offshore wind capacity was commissioned in 2019, according to a report from advocacy body World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO).

German onshore tender undersubscribed again

German onshore tender undersubscribed again

Germany’s first onshore wind tender of 2020 was undersubscribed and prices inched up from its last auction, dampening hopes of a turnaround for the sector after the country held its first oversubscribed round in more than a year just before Christmas.

News and Analysis

Vestas leads the pack with squeezed market share

Global wind turbine commissioning increased 21% to nearly 61GW in 2019, with Danish manufacturer Vestas once again taking the top supplier spot despite its market share being squeezed and after the OEM installed less capacity than it did the previous year.

Hornsea Two green hydrogen plans tested

The world’s largest offshore wind farm may produce green hydrogen that will power an oil and gas refinery in the north-east of England as part of an industrial-scale trial of the technology.

Chile advances South America's biggest wind farm

Chilean energy company Colbun has applied for an environmental licence to build the largest wind project in Latin America.

Coronavirus 'jeopardises 2020 Chinese installations'

Production delays caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could halve wind turbine installations in China in 2020 if the epidemic continues to impact the supply chain into the middle of the year, according to global energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

European installations 'fall short of Green Deal ambition'

European wind power installations increased 27% last year, but annual additions need to double if the EU is to be carbon neutral by mid-century, industry body WindEurope has warned.

In Depth

How permitting delays are hitting US offshore's ‘pathfinder’ project

The US’s nascent offshore wind sector is struggling to stick to its timetable as it faces new permitting obstacles and opposition from the fishing industry. Ros Davidson explores the ramifications for the 800MW Vineyard project

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.

Ten of the best projects from the last decade

The Windpower Monthly team selects its pick of ten of the most ambitious and interesting wind projects that have been installed in the past ten years.

Viewpoint: How blockage effects skew energy-yield forecasts

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