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Utility cash brings full-scale 15MW Nezzy2 within reach

Utility cash brings full-scale 15MW Nezzy2 within reach

Aerodyn-engineering has joined forces with utility EnBW to accelerate the commercial development of the radical 15MW Nezzy2 twin-rotor offshore floater. Eize de Vries met company representatives at the test site.

Principle Power secures Tokyo Gas backing

Principle Power secures Tokyo Gas backing

Japanese natural gas company Tokyo Gas has invested $22 million in floating foundation firm Principle Power.

Blade recycling remains challenge, says WindEurope

Blade recycling remains challenge, says WindEurope

Wind turbine blade-recycling technologies exist, but are not yet all available at an industrial-scale and are not yet economically competitive.

News and analysis

Industry’s hydrogen experiment steps up a gear

Major offshore wind developer Ørsted is leading a group of Danish businesses from the demand and supply side to develop a hydrogen production facility, while WindEurope launches an initiative to back the role of the technology in decarbonising Europe.

Finnish offshore developer planning 720MW extension

The developer of Finland’s first 40MW offshore wind farm is considering adding up to 720MW of new capacity to the site.

How SGRE upped the offshore stakes with 14MW+ turbine and 222m rotor

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has unveiled details of the world’s largest and most powerful single-rotor turbine and aims for commercial availability by 2024. Eize de Vries spoke exclusively to the senior figures behind this ambitious product.

New offshore wind partnership targets South Africa

Swedish developer Hexicon has formed a joint venture with South African counterpart Genesis Eco-Energy Developments to build what would be the continent’s first offshore wind project.

Ideol exploring wind-powered North Sea oil and gas

Floating foundation specialist Ideol has agreed to collaborate with a private equity fund manager to assess the benefits of using offshore wind to power oil and gas platforms.

In depth

WindTech: Digital 15MW turbine offers help in scaling up

The National Research Energy Laboratory's 15MW reference wind turbine aims to become an open-access benchmark for (academic) researchers and industry collaborators. Eize de Vries takes a closer look and talks to those involved.

Testing sea bed conditions in the Taiwan Strait

After years of talk and planning, work begins in earnest at one of the world's highest-potential offshore wind markets

Seawind steps up development of radical two-blade offshore turbine

Netherlands-based Seawind Ocean Technologies has ambitious targets to install a 6.2MW floating two-bladed demonstrator in Scottish waters next year, followed by an enhanced 12.2MW prototype in 2022.

Vestas holds firm as leading OEM as China challenges for top spots

Five OEMs cornered two thirds of new global installations last year. Windpower Monthly casts an eye over the wind industry's leading contenders.

Material considerations: covering up the cracks on turbine failure

The Material Failure Investigation Group of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has been listening to, and acting on, presentations on the subject of wind turbine failures for the past two years.