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Hornsea Two green hydrogen plans tested

Hornsea Two green hydrogen plans tested

The world’s largest offshore wind farm may produce green hydrogen that will power an oil and gas refinery in the north-east of England as part of an industrial-scale trial of the technology.

European installations 'fall short of Green Deal ambition'

European installations 'fall short of Green Deal ambition'

European wind power installations increased 27% last year, but annual additions need to double if the EU is to be carbon neutral by mid-century, industry body WindEurope has warned.

European electrification ‘would boost need for renewables’

European electrification ‘would boost need for renewables’

The electrification of transport, buildings and industrial sectors in Europe could help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe by 60% between 2020 and 2050.

News and Analysis

Wind and solar output beats coal in EU

Wind and solar plants in the European Union (EU) generated more electricity than coal-fired sites for the first time last year, while greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector dropped more sharply than in any year since 1990.

WindEurope unconvinced a post-Brexit trade deal will be reached

Trade bodies WindEurope and RenewableUK have published a briefing about the impacts the UK’s exit from the European Union may have on the industry, but said the timeframe of a reaching a deal during the transition period was “extremely tight”.

UK regulator launches offshore transmission review

UK energy regulator Ofgem has launched a review of current practices for connecting offshore wind farms to the onshore grid as the government plans to increase its ambition for the sector.

German-Dutch hydrogen feasibility study launched

The governments of the Netherlands and Germany have signed up to conduct a study looking at the potential of hydrogen production in the region.

France launches first wind-powered hydrogen plant

A start-up has raised €8 million to build France’s first wind-powered hydrogen plant in northwest France, with plans to deploy its concept to offshore wind by 2025.

In depth

Developing new grid solutions for offshore wind

Last October -- for the first time since the first power plant was fired up in 1882 -- the UK generated more electricity from renewable energy than from fossil fuels, an incredible milestone. And wind power is at the forefront of this increasing mix of clean energy.

Trying to follow the money to grow energy storage

The need for more energy storage is a given as the UK aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, but more clarity is needed on future applications and revenue streams to attract investors, delegates at a recent conference in London were told.

Windpower Monthly review of 2019 -- part 2

The next generation of new turbines continues apace in the second half of the year, but financial woes among many of the industry's western OEMs also bite. Here are the top articles from the latter half of 2019.

Windpower Monthly review of 2019 -- part 1

A spate of technology launches dominated the first half of the year, with a new generation of prototypes also being installed. Here are the top articles from the first half of 2019.

Easy does it: the art of a gentle cable pull

Connecting the world's largest offshore wind project to the grid required a new approach and a delicate touch, writes Mike Morrison, global head of Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS).