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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.

Funding for auto-inspection solutions

Funding for auto-inspection solutions

UK: The government's InnovateUK fund will invest £19 million in projects offering solutions to improve autonomous subsea or subsurface inspections and monitoring systems for offshore projects.

Pattern to trial predictive analytics software

Pattern to trial predictive analytics software

UNITED STATES: Developer Pattern Energy will pilot predictive analytics software at its 200MW Logan's Gap project in Comanche County in central Texas.

Pattern to trial predictive analytics software

Pattern to trial predictive analytics software

UNITED STATES: Developer Pattern Energy will pilot predictive analytics software at its 200MW Logan's Gap project in Comanche County in central Texas.

News and analysis

VIDEO: Helicopter installs composite pylons

UK: A specialist helicopter has been used in Scotland to install lightweight composite poles that will support transmission lines connecting a wind project to the national grid.

DTU and Vattenfall partner on shadow-effect project

DENMARK: The Danish Technical University (DTU) and developer Vattenfall have announced a joint project to investigate the effect offshore wind projects have on nearby sites.

Siemens Gamesa launches new turbine for US market

UNITED STATES: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has unveiled the new SG 2.7-129 onshore turbine in a bid to grow its market share in the US.

Spanish tower manufacturer enters offshore

SPAIN: Tower manufacturer GRI Renewable Industries has opened a new €40 million factory in the port of Seville, as it moves into production of offshore towers.

Swedish cold climate centre picks site

SWEDEN: A new wind turbine test centre, designed to push machines to their cold climate limits, is to be located at an operating project in northern Sweden.

In depth

Compressed air energy storage for offshore turbines

WORLDWIDE: Compressed air energy storage (CAES) for grid-scale electrical energy has a long but somewhat spasmodic history.

Three steps to turbine repowering

UNITED STATES: By 2018, almost a third of installed wind power capacity in the US will be at least a decade old -- a total of almost 25GW.

Windtech: Aerodyn prepares SCDnezzy for Japan tests

GERMANY: In December, aerodyn engineering unveiled a fully instrumented 1:10 scale model of its two-blade downwind SCDnezzy 6.0 floating design at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Germany. Eize de Vries had exclusive access to the preliminary tests.

Leaving town

BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.

Turbine makers look for airship solutions

WORLDWIDE: Vestas and Siemens Gamesa are jointly looking to the skies for an alternative to costly and difficult road transportation of turbine components over long distances.

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