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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.

Nordex develops low electromagnetic radiation turbine

Nordex develops low electromagnetic radiation turbine

Nordex has configured its turbines to emit minimal electromagnetic radiation allowing them to be installed near a radio observatory without interfering with the signals the antennae receive from space.

Turbine of the Year 2019 - 3.5MW+: Vestas EnVentus

Turbine of the Year 2019 - 3.5MW+: Vestas EnVentus

Vestas' V150-5.6MW turbine, part of its new EnVentus platform, has won Windpower Monthly's turbine of the year award in the 3.5MW+ category. Editor Shaun Campbell and David Weston discuss why.

Turbines of the year 2019: Onshore turbines up to 3.4MW

Turbines of the year 2019: Onshore turbines up to 3.4MW

Still a high-volume sector, but one that western OEMs are eschewing in favour of higher-rated machines and the offshore sector, leaving China's turbine makers to dominate.

News and analysis

What is missing for floating wind to flourish?

Floating offshore wind enjoyed much more visibility and a larger slice of the action than it usually does at WindEurope's Offshore 2019 exhibition and conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ørsted secures funding for hydrogen pilot

The Danish government has awarded DKK 34.6 million (€4.6 million) to an Ørsted-led consortium of Danish firms developing a 2MW electrolysis plant near Copenhagen.

Medium-speed gearbox demand set to rise

Latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) predict a noticeable increase in demand for medium-speed gearboxes in the early part of the 2020s.

Enercon to enter Chile with 'earthquake-proof towers'

Enercon is adapting its turbine towers to resist earthquakes in the Chilean desert as it prepares to make its market entry in the South American country by supplying a 607MW wind farm.

Australia plots 63% reduction in coal generation

Around 30GW of new large-scale renewable generation is required in Australia by 2040 to replace the 15GW reduction in the country's coal fleet, according to the latest draft energy system plan.

In depth

Turbines of the year 2019: Innovations

Installation solutions for onshore and offshore applications lead the way.

Turbines of the year 2019: Rotor blades

Ever longer and generally lighter units mark the top contenders in a hotly contested class.

Turbines of the year 2019: Drivetrains

Focus shifts to medium-speed geared and direct-drive solutions.

Turbines of the year 2019: Offshore turbines

The sector moves into the double-digit MW zone for the first time.

Wind OEMs are having to fight on many fronts

The prominence of Chinese machinery in our selection of the year's best new wind-energy hardware cannot be ignored. It is partly a result of the country's leading OEMs finally being prepared to share more details of their product developments.