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Vattenfall picks HVDC for 1.8GW Norfolk projects

Vattenfall picks HVDC for 1.8GW Norfolk projects

UK: Swedish developer Vattenfall will deploy high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables at its Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects, the company has announced.

VIDEO: Helicopter installs composite pylons

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.

New projects to lose priority dispatch from 2020

New projects to lose priority dispatch from 2020

EUROPE: The European Parliament's (EP) energy committee has approved a raft of new measures to modernise the bloc's energy markets.

News and Analysis

WindEurope calls for 'smarter grid roll-out' to integrate renewables

EUROPE: More strategic investment in electricity grids needs to take place if renewables are to meet 35% of Europe's energy needs, WindEurope has argued.

Enel to install first battery in Germany

GERMANY: Enel Green Power has partnered with developer Enertrag and Swiss storage specialist Leclanché to install a 22MW battery in Germany.

Australia launches first co-location site

AUSTRALIA: The first project in Australia with both solar and wind assets has commenced operations, following the completion of a 10MW solar plant, located next to an existing wind project.

FERC backs shared Massachusetts offshore transmission

UNITED STATES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given local transmission specialist Anbaric Development Partners permission to develop a shared grid system for Massachusetts' proposed offshore developments.

EC approves electricity capacity mechanisms

EUROPE: The European Commission has approved electricity supply subsidies in six member states, including a controversial support scheme in Poland.

In depth

Wind-to-battery aids Acciona integration commitment

SPAIN: Acciona Energy has added a battery storage facility to one of its wind farms, allowing it to further explore grid integration and the use of wind generation to provide reserve power from its central renewables control room.

Viewpoint: Knowledge helps operator respond to grid demands

WORLDWIDE: Wind farms are now being built to produce power on a gigawatt-scale, particularly offshore, putting them on a par with large fossil-fuel power stations.

Review of 2017 - part two

WORLDWIDE: The second half 2017 was difficult for many of the major OEMs with a drop off in the Indian market a key factor. Windpower Monthly takes a look at this trend and the other big stories from the second half of 2017.

Review of 2017 - part one

WORLDWIDE: The first six months of 2017 pick up where 2016 had left off with further activity in the mergers and acquisition field accompanied by significant job cuts. Windpower Monthly takes a look at the biggest stories in the first half of the year

Nuclear switch

FRANCE: French utility EDF's next generation of nuclear reactors will work in cooperation with renewables, rather than as rivals, to drive down fossil-fuel generation.

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