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News & in-depth analysis of wind energy technology, including wind turbines, turbine blades, drive trains, electricity transmission, smart grids and energy storage.

Hybrid projects to 'become the new norm'

Hybrid projects to 'become the new norm'

Developer-utility ScottishPower has submitted permit applications to add solar power capacity to existing wind projects in the UK, which its CEO says will become increasingly common in the early 2020s.

Nexans in US tie-up with Ørsted

Nexans in US tie-up with Ørsted

French cable supplier Nexans will build a cable facility in the US, after signing a framework agreement with offshore wind developers Ørsted and Eversource Energy.

Look and listen for blade defects

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.

News and analysis

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.

WindEurope Offshore 2019: 'Work with China' to boost innovation

Europe's offshore wind industry, academia and research bodies all need to widen their horizons and collaborate with the Chinese to boost innovation in the sector and face up to the huge challenge of cutting carbon emissions.

SGRE upgrades Hollandse Kust Zuid turbines to 11MW

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will deliver its newly unveiled 11MW offshore wind turbine model to Vattenfall's zero-subsidy Hollandse Kust Zuid projects in the Netherlands.

WindEurope Offshore 2019: SGRE 'flexes' offshore turbine to 11MW

Siemens Gamesa has unveiled a new 11MW version of its offshore wind turbine, as the WindEurope Offshore 2019 conference and exhibition kicks off in Copenhagen.

Neoen adds to Hornsdale battery

French developer Neoen has agreed with battery supplier Tesla to increase the Hornsdale Power Reserve by 50%.

In depth

WindTech: CSIC ready to muscle in on 10MW offshore market

CSIC Haizhuang Windpower has ambitious plans to install 8MW and 10MW offshore prototypes in 2020. During his recent China visit, Eize de Vries talked to the firm in Chengdu about their latest products and development history.

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.