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MHI Vestas due to supply first floating 10MW turbines

MHI Vestas due to supply first floating 10MW turbines

MHI Vestas is in line to supply its 10MW turbine for a floating offshore wind project for the first time, having been named as preferred supplier for the Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) wind farm off the south coast of France.

MHI Vestas due to supply first floating 10MW turbines

MHI Vestas due to supply first floating 10MW turbines

MHI Vestas is in line to supply its 10MW turbine for a floating offshore wind project for the first time, having been named as preferred supplier for the Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) wind farm off the south coast of France.

Oil and gas sector's lessons for floating offshore wind

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.

News and analysis

Outdated software leaves developers 'vulnerable' to cyber attacks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.

Siemens Gamesa unveils first 10MW nacelle

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled the first prototype nacelle for its SG 10.0-193 DD turbine at its factory in Brande, central Denmark.

GE's 12MW Haliade-X produces first power

GE Renewable Energy has generated first power from its 12MW Haliade-X prototype -- the world's largest and most powerful wind turbine.

Goldwind's world-first laser control system approved

DNV GL has approved Chinese manufacturer Goldwind's lidar-assisted control system for wind turbines -- the first time the certification body has verified a laser-aided system for turbine control.

GE's 107m blade arrives in the US

PHOTOS: GE Renewable Energy has shipped its first 107-metre blade for its 12MW offshore wind turbine to the US for testing.

In depth

How can innovation in submarine cabling reduce costs for offshore wind?

Submarine cables are vulnerable and, whether static or dynamic, protecting and stabilising them is critical. Any damage can lead to massive cost and also disrupt the functioning of the entire turbine.

WindTech: NGC gears up for the turbine drivetrain future

As the Nanjing High Speed Gear Manufacturing Company celebrated its 50th anniversary, Eize de Vries represented Windpower Monthly at its wind-power supply-chain forum, and exclusively visited its production facilities in Nanjing.

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.

WindTech: Why wood works for modular, low-carbon towers

A Swedish company has come up with a novel design to make towers more cost-effective to manufacture, transport and install while reducing lifecycle LCoE. And it is made almost entirely out of wood.