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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.

Is the cyber-attack risk for the wind industry growing?

New podcast: Is the cyber-attack risk for the wind industry growing?

The threat of cyber attacks on the wind industry’s remote control systems for turbines and other equipment is all too real and it is growing by the day, with potentially disastrous consequences.

Field testing of Vestas' cable-stayed rotor system, based on a standard Vestas V136-4.2 MW turbine with a 112-metre hub height, is to run from May 2023 to Q4 next year

Exclusive: Vestas’ cable-stayed rotor achieves ‘technology leap’

The innovative Vestas cable-stayed rotor technology is a novel solution capable of enabling substantial load reductions, rotor modularisation and industry scalability. Eize de Vries explores the benefits and challenges.

A 6MW GE turbine at a site in New York state

GE plans New York assembly line for 6MW onshore wind turbines

GE Vernova flagged the climate-boosting Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) as it announced plans to build a new US manufacturing assembly line for its 6.1MW onshore wind turbines.

News and analysis

Oil and gas majors shelve 1GW floating wind farm off Norway

Fossil fuel giants including Equinor, TotalEnergies and Shell have indefinitely postponed plans for their Trollvind project off Norway – a 1GW floating offshore wind development slated to power North Sea oil and gas platforms.

Siemens Gamesa to divest Windar stake

Siemens Gamesa has agreed to sell its 32% stake in Spanish wind turbine foundation and tower manufacturer Windar in order to focus on its core business. It will sell the stake to UK private equity firm Bridgepoint.

Rare earth metals needed for turbines to be recycled at UK plant

Canadian investment helps the UK develop its first rare earth recycling hub using a rare earth recycling technology developed by researchers at Birmingham University.

MingYang eyes offshore wind ‘production hub’ in South Korea

MingYang Smart Energy has entered South Korea with a KRW 400 billion ($298 million) agreement with domestic turbine maker Unison that will see it invest in manufacturing facilities and wind farms.

Siemens Gamesa deal for vessels to transport next-generation turbine parts

Siemens Gamesa has formed partnership with two firms to supply two vessels designed to transport the largest offshore wind components of the future.

In depth

Why science matters when it comes to wind power

Eize de Vries shares some of his highlights from last month’s WindEurope event in Copenhagen, including a disruptive vertical-axis wind turbine concept and the latest developments in floating offshore technologies.

Why IRA changed everything: Windpower Monthly talks to GE onshore chief Vic Abate

A leaner company focused on core markets and selling fewer turbine variants is the way back to profit for GE as it prepares to capitalise on the far-reaching effects of the Inflation Reduction Act on the US market, says the OEM’s onshore CEO, Vic Abate.

Exclusive: Modvion 105-metre wooden wind turbine tower takes shape

Swedish wood tower pioneer Modvion is building a commercial-scale 105-metre demonstrator prototype due for installation in late summer. Eize de Vries finds out more during a factory visit.

Compact pitch bearing unit promises radical transformation

German company Thyssenkrupp Rothe Erde’s pitch bearing unit (PBU) comprises a fully integrated extender bearing unit assembly combined with a compact hub. Eize de Vries takes a close look.

GE has learned a hard lesson from its patent battle with Siemens Gamesa

Last month, Siemens Gamesa and GE agreed to an amicable settlement on offshore technology licensing across the US and other geographies.