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CSSC Haizhuang has begun marketing a new offshore wind turbine with an apparent 18MW power rating and 260-metre rotor diameter

CSSC Haizhuang eyes 18MW offshore wind turbine

Chinese industrial manufacturing giant CSSC Haizhuang is developing an 18MW offshore wind turbine with a 260-metre rotor diameter – possibly the largest rotor unveiled by a turbine maker to date.

NGC is now focusing on medium-speed drivetrains, including this 13.5-15.0MW gearbox, which many OEM’s prefer to high-speed systems for large offshore turbine. Note the (horizontal) gearbox side torque support

Exclusive: Eize de Vries reviews NGC's leap in torque density for fully-integrated 18MW powertrain

Nanjing High Speed Gear Manufacturing Company (NGC), one of the world’s largest wind-turbine gearbox suppliers, presents its strong roadmap with a focus on medium-speed drivetrains. Eize de Vries finds out more.

Goldwind and China Three Gorges unveiled the 16MW turbine's nacelle in Fujian, China (pic credit: VCG via Getty Images)

Goldwind and CTG roll out nacelle for 16MW turbine

Goldwind and China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) have unveiled a nacelle for a 16MW offshore wind turbine – a move the Chinese firms described as a “leap forward” in turbine development.

News and analysis

Vestas expands blade supply partnership with TPI Composites

Vestas has signed a multi-year framework agreement with long-term blade partner TPI Composites (TPI) to strengthen its scalable global supply chain network for current and future wind turbine blades.

Is biggest best when it comes to wind turbines?

Anders Nielsen, chief technology officer for the turbine manufacturer Vestas, discusses why the race for the biggest turbine has to slow down.

Firms to produce ‘sustainable’ turbine blades made from wood

Renewable materials firm Stora Enso and Voodin Blades have signed an agreement to produce turbine blades made from wood as an alternative to carbon fibre and fibreglass.

‘Policy inaction holding back global floating wind’

Government inaction – rather than supply chain bottlenecks – is likely to prevent countries around the world from hitting their floating offshore wind targets for 2030, according to a new report.

Equinor’s Hywind Tampen produces first power

Equinor produced its first power from what will be Norway’s first and the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen, on Sunday (13 November) at 12:55 CET. It was delivered from one of seven currently installed Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines to the Gullfaks A oil and gas platform in the North Sea.

In depth

Exclusive analysis: Eize de Vries reviews 'gamechanging' bottom-fixed substructure solution

UK-based OWLC is hoping to challenge the dominance of monopile offshore substructures with a novel gravity tripod concept in full concrete. Eize de Vries hears more from the company's CEO, Matt Bleasdale.

Could modularisation and standardisation restore profitability to OEMs?

The wind industry today has reached sufficient levels of maturity and is ready to embrace modularisation and standardisation (M&S).

Vestas’ EnVentus V172-7.2 MW drives scalability through advanced modularity

Vestas speaks with Windpower Monthly’s Eize de Vries on key considerations and strategies behind the V172-7.2 MW onshore flagship with optimised rating and a bigger rotor.

GE’s patent wars with competitors have backfired

The ongoing patent dispute between GE and Siemens Gamesa is part of a broader strategy by the former, but it appears to have backfired.

Exclusive: Inside the Vestas V236-15.0 MW - a huge leap in technology

Nine years after exploring inside the near-ready Vestas V164-8.0 MW prototype nacelle, Eize de Vries revisited Lindø to experience the V236-15.0 MW successor.