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Vestas secures debut Panama order

Vestas secures debut Panama order

PANAMA: Vestas has received its first order for a wind farm in Panama, the 66MW Toabré project in the central province of Coclé.

UK test site to be decommissioned

UK test site to be decommissioned

UK: The National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility in Hunterston, Scotland, will be decommissioned after six years in operation.

Maine 'well-suited' for offshore wind job boom

Maine 'well-suited' for offshore wind job boom

UNITED STATES: Greater industry engagement and forward-thinking strategies could help Maine leverage its advantages in infrastructure, academia, and natural resources to support more than 2,000 jobs, according to a new study.

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CIP and Magellan target US floating portfolio

UNITED STATES: Copenahgen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has formed a joint venture (JV) with a team of offshore wind specialists to put together an early-stage development portfolio of floating offshore wind farms.

Enercon outsources blade supply for Turkish projects

GERMANY: Enercon has signed a long-term supply agreement with US blade manufacturer TPI for production in Turkey.

Van Oord and SGRE chosen for Taiwanese site

TAIWAN: Van Oord is in line to design, build and install 80 foundations for a project owned by wpd that was awarded capacity in the country's recent offshore tender.

Last turbine installed at EOWDC

UK: The final turbine has been installed at Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the east coast of Scotland.

Siemens partners with battery firm Northvolt

GERMANY/SWEDEN: Transmission specialist Siemens has invested €10 million in a partnership with Swedish battery expert Northvolt to produce lithium-ion batteries.

In depth

OPINION: CfD access is only the first step for UK onshore wind

Allowing onshore wind power in the UK access to existing support schemes would certainly be a step in the right direction. But enabling the deployment of the latest technology is key to ensuring that the support is minimal and the sector grows.

Floating offshore takes to the skies

NETHERLANDS: Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are seeing growing wind industry interest, but it remains an emerging technology set against conventional wind power's track record, production volumes and readiness for market.

Floating wind eager for commercial projects

FRANCE: Encouraged by the success of Hywind Scotland, the floating offshore wind sector is aiming to make policymakers take note and move on to build utility-scale projects. But supply-chain challenges need addressing for serial production to become viable

Pioneer tackles next wave of wind challenges

DENMARK: Since retiring as Siemens' chief technology officer in 2014, Henrik Stiesdal has devoted much of his time to working on floating offshore wind and energy storage. He talks about his new ideas and the challenges of scaling turbines towards 12-15MW and beyond by 2023-24.

The new benchmark

UK: A new offshore wind project and a new benchmark set. MHI Vestas has installed the first turbine at Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), with a capacity of 8.8MW -- the highest-rated turbine installed in the water to date.

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