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EDPR and Aker Solutions plan 500MW South Korean floater

EDPR and Aker Solutions plan 500MW South Korean floater

EDP Renewables (EDPR) and offshore engineering firm Aker Solutions have bought into a consortium with WindPower Korea to develop a 500MW floating wind farm off Ulsan, South Korea.

First look: Haliade-X blades fitted to prototype

First look: Haliade-X blades fitted to prototype

GE Rewnewable Energy has completed the installation of the major components for its 12MW prototype at the Port of Rotterdam.

Equinor commits to Hywind Tampen floating project

Equinor commits to Hywind Tampen floating project

Equinor has made a final investment decision on its NOK 5 billion (€500 million) Hywind Tampen project, to supply two North Sea oil and gas platforms with power from an 88MW floating wind farm.

News and analysis

Ideol signs deal for concrete foundations in Japan

French foundation specialist Ideol will work with Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation to develop concrete foundations for floating offshore wind projects using its damping pool design.

MHI Vestas replaces GE at French floating pilot

MHI Vestas will supply three units of its V164-9.5MW model for the Île de Groix pilot floating wind farm off the coast of France, replacing GE as turbine supplier.

Merchant sites show onshore potential if governments listen

Two turbine orders in early September for subsidy-free sites indicate that onshore wind is on the brink of a subsidy-free existence with the emergence of super-sized rotors. But state intervention is still needed.

A greener way to lubricate wind turbines

Windpower Monthly spoke to Castrol's Global Product Manager, Daryl Luke and International Application Engineer, Phil Booker about how turbine lubrication has evolved.

'Useful' project lifetime on the up - survey

The length of time a typical wind project is being seen as viable has increased from roughly 20 years at the start of the century to 30 years now, according to a new survey.

In depth

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.

Easy does it: the art of a gentle cable pull

Connecting the world's largest offshore wind project to the grid required a new approach and a delicate touch, writes Mike Morrison, global head of Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS).

US wind continues to grow as economics beats Trump rhetoric

Donald Trump won the US presidential election in November 2016 with a promise to revitalise the country's coal industry.

WindTech: New hybrid gearbox splits loads for scalability

German technology developer Adion Technologies believes its medium-speed gear and toothed-belt hybrid gearbox concept for turbines up to 20MW will become a wind industry game changer. Eize de Vries finds out why.

Soaring high with kite-wind test flight

Makani has declared the offshore test flights of its 600kW kite-wind demonstrator a success, even though one of the two flights ended in a rather wet crash landing.