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Monobuckets set for Deutsche Bucht pilot

Monobuckets set for Deutsche Bucht pilot

GERMANY: Northland Power has given the go-ahead to install two monobucket turbine foundations at the 252MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project.

LM to acquire Dutch test facility

LM to acquire Dutch test facility

NETHERLANDS: GE's blade subsidiary LM Wind Power has agreed to acquire the WMC test facility in Wieringerwerf in the north of the country.

Startups launch turbine listening products

Startups launch turbine listening products

AUSTRALIA: Two technology startup companies have joined forces to offer a product that monitors wind projects by listening to turbines.

News and analysis

Turbines could exceed 15MW to lower LCOE

WORLDWIDE: Increased competition could prompt development of offshore turbines with capacities beyond 15MW and rotors of up-to 250 metres, according to new research.

EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract

UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.

Combined wind assessment approach backed

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.

TPI to extend Mexico facility for Vestas

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.

Finnish project to use Vestas cable tower

FINLAND: Vestas will deploy its cable-supported turbine tower at the first merchant onshore wind project in Finland.

In depth

OPINION: Making the most of the offshore wind boom

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.

OPINION: CfD access is only the first step for UK onshore wind

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.

Floating offshore takes to the skies

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.

Floating wind eager for commercial projects

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

Pioneer tackles next wave of wind challenges

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.

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