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Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.

Goldwind unveils new 4MW-plus turbine

Goldwind unveils new 4MW-plus turbine

CHINA: Goldwind is the latest manufacturer to join the 4MW class with a turbine aimed at medium wind speeds.

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

UK: The UK, and in particular Scotland, is well placed to benefit from the growth of the floating offshore wind sector, Hugh McNeal, chief executive, of trade body RenewableUK said at the Floating Offshore Wind conference (14 November) in Glasgow.

News and analysis

Tension-leg platform passes wind and wave tests

FRANCE: A 1:50 scale model of a floating tension-leg platform has passed wind and wave trials in a test tank in France.

Testing to the extreme

BELGIUM: The wind industry is evolving in two main directions: new, and bigger turbines including new technologies and new, more extreme markets.

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

UK: ORE Catapult is leading a research project to improve blade technology in an effort to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind.

Doosan buys rights to AMSC 5.5MW

SOUTH KOREA: Doosan Heavy Industries has acquired an operating prototype, designs, and rights to sell the 5.5MW offshore wind turbine designed by electric control systems specialist AMSC and Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems.

Component 'damaged during installation' blamed for V164 fire

DENMARK: A component 'damaged during installation' caused a fire in MHI Vestas' V164 prototype at a test site in Østerild, the manufacturer has said.

In depth

WindTech: Mixing steel and concrete to go higher

WORLDWIDE: The first generation of 4MW-plus lowand medium-wind onshore turbines with rotor diameters exceeding 140 metres are now being deployed. Eize de Vries investigates how tower technology is being upscaled to suit the larger machinery

WindTech: Optimising LCOE and lifetime for turbines

DENMARK: Effective turbine control poses specific challenges for onshore and offshore applications. Eize de Vries discussed these with leading suppliers Vestas and MHI Vestas.

East meets west in Scandinavia

SWEDEN: Unlike its neighbour Denmark, Sweden is not often considered one of the boundary pushers of the wind industry, but with the completion of its latest, and largest project, it has broken new ground.

Top ten turbine makers of 2017

WORLDWIDE: Vestas cements its number one status, with Siemens Gamesa moving to number two following its merger earlier this year.

Nordex takes Delta series over 4MW

GERMANY: Nordex is joining Enercon and Vestas in the 4MW club, developing its 3MW Delta series into a 4.0-4.5MW turbine with a 149-metre rotor. Eize de Vries was given an exclusive preview.

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