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South Korean manufacturing company Doosan Enerbilty will assemble Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind turbines as part of a newly signed pact covering the east Asian market.
Japanese gas giant Tokyo Gas plans to build an offshore wind farm off the Fukushima prefecture of Japan using Principle Power’s floating platforms.
Blade repair firm Rope Robotics aims to launch its technology for offshore wind farms by the end of the year, following 18 months of commercial operations onshore.
There are sufficient rare earth elements and raw materials to meet future global energy demands with renewables, though recovery and production of these materials will need to increase, according to a new report.
Portugal has identified zones that could support more than 11GW of offshore wind capacity as it prepares to hold its first tender later this year.
Swedish firm SeaTwirl is due to proceed with tests for a floating vertical-axis wind turbine after Norwegian authorities rejected an appeal against the project moving forward.
European renewable energy partners have launched a pilot project to test French startup Eolink’s flagship pyramid-shaped floating wind system at a Black Sea site off Bulgaria.
Portuguese prime minister António Costa has announced the country will open its first offshore wind energy auction this year, as it aims to achieve 10GW of offshore wind energy capacity by the end of the decade.
OEMs have responded to new market realities with fresh approaches to product scaling and switches in drive technology, along with many other innovations, as Eize de Vries highlights in his choices for Windpower Monthly’s Turbines of the Year 2022.
This year, the best innovation award is shared by two very different ways to standardise wind turbine production for much larger volumes.
While 2022 saw some notable developments in floating wind, it remained a minor segment set against total newly installed and cumulative offshore wind, accounting for less than 150MW across roughly two dozen turbines installed so far.
To keep pushing the boundaries on rotor size, favourable mass and fast production ramp-up will be key as blades get ever longer.
Medium-speed solutions and integrated solutions are gaining popularity for ever higher ratings, but direct-drive PMGs are also being upscaled.