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GERMANY: Northland Power has given the go-ahead to install two monobucket turbine foundations at the 252MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project.
NETHERLANDS: GE's blade subsidiary LM Wind Power has agreed to acquire the WMC test facility in Wieringerwerf in the north of the country.
AUSTRALIA: Two technology startup companies have joined forces to offer a product that monitors wind projects by listening to turbines.
WORLDWIDE: Increased competition could prompt development of offshore turbines with capacities beyond 15MW and rotors of up-to 250 metres, according to new research.
UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.
UK: Using both met masts and remote sensing technology to measure project resources could reduce uncertainty, a consultancy has urged, instead of opting for a single-technology approach.
MEXICO: Blade manufacturer TPI Composites will add two additional production lines at its site in Matamoros, after long-term customer Vestas exercised an option under the two companies' supply agreement.
FINLAND: Vestas will deploy its cable-supported turbine tower at the first merchant onshore wind project in Finland.
With the pace of offshore deployment increasing, the supply chain needs to keep pace. Here, vessel supplier Seajack's crewing manager, Ian Robertson, sets out the three major challenges facing the sector.
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.
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.
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
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.