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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.

Seawind steps up development of radical two-blade offshore turbine

Seawind steps up development of radical two-blade offshore turbine

Netherlands-based Seawind Ocean Technologies has ambitious targets to install a 6.2MW floating two-bladed demonstrator in Scottish waters next year, followed by an enhanced 12.2MW prototype in 2022.

Vestas holds firm as leading OEM as China challenges for top spots

Vestas holds firm as leading OEM as China challenges for top spots

Five OEMs cornered two thirds of new global installations last year. Windpower Monthly casts an eye over the wind industry's leading contenders.

UK and France missing out as turbine tech lags behind

UK and France missing out as turbine tech lags behind

Over the last five years, the UK and France have missed out on over 1.8GW of capacity due to using out-dated technology.

News and analysis

Enercon installs debut EP3 E2 prototype

German manufacturer Enercon has battled the Covid-19 upheaval to install the prototype E-138 EP3 E2 turbine at a site in northern Germany.

Iberdrola enters floating wind with project duo

Iberdrola is making its first forays into floating offshore wind by leading a consortium developing a single-turbine project off Norway and exploring the possibility of a second site in Spain.

How SGRE is winning the offshore OEM war

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is tightening its grip on the offshore wind market, new figures from Windpower Monthy’s research arm, Windpower Intelligence, reveal.

MingYang black-starts new offshore turbine

MingYang Smart Energy has successfully tested black-start capabilities of its new MySE7.25-158 offshore turbine at an onshore test site in Guangdong, south-east China.

Total enters floating wind

Oil and gas giant Total has entered floating offshore wind by agreeing to acquire an 80% stake in a 96MW project in the Celtic Sea and forming a joint venture (JV) to develop further projects.

In depth

Material considerations: covering up the cracks on turbine failure

The Material Failure Investigation Group of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has been listening to, and acting on, presentations on the subject of wind turbine failures for the past two years.

Offshore wind makes waves by splitting water

Pilot projects across Europe are looking at using renewable energy to push beyond generating electricity. Powering electrolysis to produce "green" hydrogen could help decarbonise transport and heating while using existing offshore infrastructure.

WindTech: How Nordex adapted N131 technology to lower radiomagnetic interference

Nordex won a 175MW turbine supply contract in the Netherlands for an electromagnetic-radiation-sensitive wind farm near a radio astronomy centre. Eize de Vries finds out how the company tackled a challenge that was completely new to the wind industry.

Windtech: GE's offshore giant combines proven technology with new solutions

At the official inauguration of GE's Haliade-X 12MW direct-drive prototype in Rotterdam on 17 December, Eize de Vries discussed main features, technology choices and challenges with offshore CTO Vincent Schellings.

Snapshot: SGRE installs 'flexed' 11MW offshore prototype

The prototype for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SG 11.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine is being installed at the Østerild test site in Denmark. When commissioned, it will join GE's Haliade-X in the exclusive club of double-digit megawatt machines.