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Siemens Gamesa has previously supplied turbines to offshore wind farms elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, including Taiwan (pic credit: Swancor Renewable Energy)

Doosan to assemble Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines in South Korea

South Korean manufacturing company Doosan Enerbilty will assemble Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind turbines as part of a newly signed pact covering the east Asian market.

Principle Power has previously installed its WindFloat platform at projects off Portugal and Scotland (above)

Japanese power giants eye floating wind near site of Fukushima nuclear meltdown

Japanese gas giant Tokyo Gas plans to build an offshore wind farm off the Fukushima prefecture of Japan using Principle Power’s floating platforms.

Rope Robotics’ technology consists of a 150kg robot carrying visual sensors, which operate repair tools using a flexible arm, with technicians monitoring the robot onsite or remotely

Video: Robotics-blade repair firm plans offshore wind launch this year

Blade repair firm Rope Robotics aims to launch its technology for offshore wind farms by the end of the year, following 18 months of commercial operations onshore.

News and analysis

'Enough raw materials for global energy transition' – report

There are sufficient rare earth elements and raw materials to meet future global energy demands with renewables, though recovery and production of these materials will need to increase, according to a new report.

Portugal maps out zones for 11GW of offshore wind

Portugal has identified zones that could support more than 11GW of offshore wind capacity as it prepares to hold its first tender later this year.

Vertical-axis floating wind turbine cleared for Norway trials

Swedish firm SeaTwirl is due to proceed with tests for a floating vertical-axis wind turbine after Norwegian authorities rejected an appeal against the project moving forward.

Eolink eyes Black Sea test for pyramid-shaped floating wind design

European renewable energy partners have launched a pilot project to test French startup Eolink’s flagship pyramid-shaped floating wind system at a Black Sea site off Bulgaria.

Portugal eyes 10GW offshore wind by 2030, with first tender this year

Portuguese prime minister António Costa has announced the country will open its first offshore wind energy auction this year, as it aims to achieve 10GW of offshore wind energy capacity by the end of the decade.

In depth

Eize de Vries reviews Turbines of the Year 2022

OEMs have responded to new market realities with fresh approaches to product scaling and switches in drive technology, along with many other innovations, as Eize de Vries highlights in his choices for Windpower Monthly’s Turbines of the Year 2022.

Clever solutions to help accelerate the pace of the energy transition

This year, the best innovation award is shared by two very different ways to standardise wind turbine production for much larger volumes.

Floating designs look towards industrialisation for GW-scale projects

While 2022 saw some notable developments in floating wind, it remained a minor segment set against total newly installed and cumulative offshore wind, accounting for less than 150MW across roughly two dozen turbines installed so far.

The blades behind record rotor sizes

To keep pushing the boundaries on rotor size, favourable mass and fast production ramp-up will be key as blades get ever longer.

Leap in torque density for next-generation offshore turbines

Medium-speed solutions and integrated solutions are gaining popularity for ever higher ratings, but direct-drive PMGs are also being upscaled.