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MHI Vestas trademarks V174

MHI Vestas trademarks V174

DENMARK/JAPAN: MHI Vestas has had trademarks approved for the words 'V174-9.0MW' and 'V174-9.1MW' in the European Union.

Ikea buys Vestas fleet upgrade

Ikea buys Vestas fleet upgrade

EUROPE: Vestas will upgrade Ikea's 316MW fleet of the manufacturer's turbines to increase annual energy production by an estimated 1.5%.

LM's first 66.6-metre blades installed in China

LM's first 66.6-metre blades installed in China

CHINA: LM Wind Power's first two sets of 66.6-metre blades have been successfully installed on Shanghai Electric Wind Power's (Sewind's) 4MW turbine.

News and analysis

SGRE adapts 8MW for Asia-Pacific

ASIA-PACIFIC: Siemens Gamesa has adapted its SG 8.0-167 DD turbine to address conditions in Asia-Pacific markets.

Cold climate experts to work on better icing predicition

SWEDEN: Certification body DNV GL and Swedish atmospheric scientists WeatherTech are working together on a new icing model to better predict the performance of wind turbines in cold climates.

Vestas' Russian blade-making plant nears completion

RUSSIA: Vestas will produce about 300 blades a year at its new factory in Ulyanovsk in the south-west of the country, the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI) has announced.

UK and China to open offshore wind research centre

CHINA: ORE Catapult and Chinese clean energy company TusEnergy will establish a £2 million (CNY 17.5 million) research centre to help develop innovative technologies for the offshore wind industry.

Omnidirectional wind turbine wins UK design award

UK: A new small-scale wind turbine, designed for urban areas, has won a national prize for innovation, awarded by inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson.

In depth

Ten of the biggest offshore turbines

WORLDWIDE: We have focused on turbines in production or for which orders are being taken, omitting the discontinued, the test-bed prototypes for those that never made it, and the designs still on the drawing boards to examine the credentials of ten of the highest-rated capacity turbines on the market today.

Weather shows need to change

Those of us who work in the renewables industry largely understand the difference between weather and climate. When someone does something as crass as taking a snowball on to the floor of the US Senate to "prove" that global warming is a hoax (that was senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma in the winter of 2015, by the way), we tend to roll our eyes and move on to something more enlightening.

Enercon's EP3 vision takes shape

GERMANY: As the first prototype of Enercon's new EP3 platform starts operating in northern Germany, Eize de Vries visits the company's R&D centre in Aurich to learn more about its radically different design approach, and the firm's plans for its latest acquisition, Lagerwey.

Nordex spread its wings with N149 prototype

GERMANY: Nordex is leading the way on large onshore turbines with super-sized rotor diameters, following the installation in late August of the first of two N149/4.5MW prototypes. Eize de Vries watched the installation and finds out the manufacturer's plans for the Delta4000 platform.

Floating pioneers undaunted by challenges

UK: Realism over the challenges that floating offshore faces was balanced by optimism that they will be overcome as experts gathered at the Windpower Monthly forum.

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