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Nordex adds 163-metre rotor to 5MW platform

Nordex adds 163-metre rotor to 5MW platform

The German turbine maker, first to market in the supersize onshore class, has taken another jump forward with a 163-metre rotor for its Delta 5.X range.

Vattenfall readies first three-way hybrid

Vattenfall readies first three-way hybrid

Vattenfall has arranged the finance to build a new hybrid project in the Netherlands, investing €35 million to add solar and battery components to an under-construction wind site.

Economics of renewable-powered EVs 'crush oil'

Economics of renewable-powered EVs 'crush oil'

The same capital investment today for wind and solar would produce up to seven times as much useful energy for electric vehicles (EVs) as it would for petrol-powered vehicles, according to a new analysis.

News and analysis

Australia's Kennedy hybrid powers up

The first 61MW/4MWh phase of the Kennedy Energy Park in Queensland comprising wind, solar and storage elements, has been "energised" after months of connection delays.

US PPA market up 28% in Q2

Wind power customers announced almost 2GW in new power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the second quarter of 2019, according to the American Wind Energy Association's Q2 2019 quarterly report.

Top ten OEMs' R&D spending 'doubles in four years'

The world's top ten turbine manufacturers have more than doubled their research and development (R&D) spending in the last four years, with their combined investment reaching €1.6 billion in 2018, according to new analysis.

TPI Composites buys Senvion-owned engineering team

US-based blade manufacturer TPI Composites has acquired a team of engineers from Euros Group, which is owned by cash-strapped turbine manufacturer Senvion.

What do you do with 36,000 old blades?

WindEurope has formed a new cross-sector platform with the continent's chemical and composite materials industries to advance new ways to recycle turbine blades.

In depth

History of wind turbines told at German museum

An open-air museum in Germany brings together a unique collection of more than 30 historic wind turbines built from the late 1970s until 1997, from one-off home experiments to some of the earliest models from major manufacturers.

Roller bearings for longer turbine lifespans

Thyssenkrupp Rothe Erde's single momentum rotor bearings are incorporated in large-scale direct-drive and geared turbines, and they will soon enter the 10MW offshore range. Eize de Vries talks exclusively with senior engineers about the company's latest product and R&D advances, and visits its massive new outdoor rotor and pitch bearing test rig.

Onshore wind is UK litmus test

One of the last pieces of legislation passed through the UK parliament under the premiership of Theresa May set a target of net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050. It was supported by the man who has succeeded her as prime minister, Boris Johnson.

Clash of the titans -- top 5 biggest onshore turbines

Nameplate capacities of more than 5MW; rotor blades pushing beyond the 80-metre mark; towers exceeding 160 metres for tip heights of 250 metres-plus. A new generation of giant onshore turbines is rapidly coming to market, with five of the world's top OEMs leading the charge.

Milestone or millstone? GE's 40-year turbine lifetime

Turbine manufacturer GE Renewable Energy and certification body TÜV Nord unveiled a 40-year design certification for one of the US manufacturer's onshore models in May, with plans to expand it across more products. But will this new evaluation become more widespread in the industry? Sara Knight looks at the pros and cons.

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