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Offshore component factory to be built in Portugal

Offshore component factory to be built in Portugal

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.

Nordex launches sound reduction package

Nordex launches sound reduction package

GERMANY: Nordex has unveiled two new products to reduce sound levels but increase yield.

Projects 'could be built entirely by autonomous robots'

Projects 'could be built entirely by autonomous robots'

NETHERLANDS: Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to an onshore wind farm being built entirely by robots, according to energy specialists.

News and analysis

Group wins grant to develop drone inspection system

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.

VIDEO: VBMS unveils resin-free cable hang-off

NETHERLANDS: Cable installation specialist VBMS has unveiled a new type of cable hang-off that removes the need to use potentially harmful resins.

Goldwind expands 6MW-plus offering

CHINA: Manufacturer Goldwind has unveiled a platform of 6MW+ offshore wind turbines, with a range of rotor diameters up to 171-metres.

Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.

Goldwind unveils new 4MW-plus turbine

CHINA: Goldwind is the latest manufacturer to join the 4MW class with a turbine aimed at medium wind speeds.

In depth

WindTech: Mixing steel and concrete to go higher

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

WindTech: Optimising LCOE and lifetime for turbines

DENMARK: Effective turbine control poses specific challenges for onshore and offshore applications. Eize de Vries discussed these with leading suppliers Vestas and MHI Vestas.

East meets west in Scandinavia

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.

Top ten turbine makers of 2017

WORLDWIDE: Vestas cements its number one status, with Siemens Gamesa moving to number two following its merger earlier this year.

Nordex takes Delta series over 4MW

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.

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