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PORTUGAL: Tower-builder ASM Industries is to sign a concession agreement to build a factory for "components of offshore wind energy" in the port of Aveiro.
GERMANY: Nordex has unveiled two new products to reduce sound levels but increase yield.
NETHERLANDS: Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to an onshore wind farm being built entirely by robots, according to energy specialists.
UK: A consortium of robotics companies, aircraft manufacturers and researchers has been awarded a grant to develop a surface inspection system for offshore wind turbines using drone technology.
NETHERLANDS: Cable installation specialist VBMS has unveiled a new type of cable hang-off that removes the need to use potentially harmful resins.
CHINA: Manufacturer Goldwind has unveiled a platform of 6MW+ offshore wind turbines, with a range of rotor diameters up to 171-metres.
UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.
CHINA: Goldwind is the latest manufacturer to join the 4MW class with a turbine aimed at medium wind speeds.
WORLDWIDE: The first generation of 4MW-plus lowand medium-wind onshore turbines with rotor diameters exceeding 140 metres are now being deployed. Eize de Vries investigates how tower technology is being upscaled to suit the larger machinery
DENMARK: Effective turbine control poses specific challenges for onshore and offshore applications. Eize de Vries discussed these with leading suppliers Vestas and MHI Vestas.
SWEDEN: Unlike its neighbour Denmark, Sweden is not often considered one of the boundary pushers of the wind industry, but with the completion of its latest, and largest project, it has broken new ground.
WORLDWIDE: Vestas cements its number one status, with Siemens Gamesa moving to number two following its merger earlier this year.
GERMANY: Nordex is joining Enercon and Vestas in the 4MW club, developing its 3MW Delta series into a 4.0-4.5MW turbine with a 149-metre rotor. Eize de Vries was given an exclusive preview.