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Windpower Daily 02nd April 2020

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TOP STORIES
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.
  Vestas holds firm as leading OEM as China challenges for top spots
 
UK and France missing out as turbine tech lags behind
Over the last five years, the UK and France have missed out on over 1.8GW of capacity due to using out-dated technology.
  UK and France missing out as turbine tech lags behind
 
Philippines awards 1.2GW offshore rights
A consortium of international groups claims to have been awarded the rights to develop The Philippines' first two offshore wind projects.
  Philippines awards 1.2GW offshore rights
 
Covid-19 update: SGRE re-opens UK plant
How the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is impacting the industry's 2020 goals.
  Covid-19 update: SGRE re-opens UK plant
 

News in brief

NORWAYNordex wins deal to supply nine N149/5.X turbines for the 51MW Lutelandet wind farm developed by Vestavind Kraft. It is owned by Lutelandet Energipark AS, a subsidiary of Norwegian utility SFE Produksjon. The site south-west Norway will be online by the end of 2021.

CHINAVestas wins more than 300MW of orders from projects in China. The first comprises 16 V155-3.3MW and 21 V110-2.2MW turbines as well as 20-years servicing across two projects in Jiangsu province. A third order will see 56 V136-3.45MW turbines delivered in 3.6MW power mode to an unknown location. Vestas announced orders for over 750MW in China in Q1 2020.

Partnered Content
Turbine of the Year 2019 - 3.5MW+: Vestas EnVentus
Vestas' V150-5.6MW turbine, part of its new EnVentus platform, has won Windpower Monthly's turbine of the year award in the 3.5MW+ category. Editor Shaun Campbell and David Weston discuss why.
  Turbine of the Year 2019 - 3.5MW+: Vestas EnVentus
 
Floating Wind - where will the spark come from?
The global deployment of offshore wind technology is bringing decarbonised energy and exciting opportunities to energy consumers, investors, the supply chain and local communities.
  Floating Wind - where will the spark come from?
 
How is UL digitising the renewables industry?
Windpower Monthly visited UL's offices in Pamplona and Cambridge to discuss their RAMP platform.
  How is UL digitising the renewables industry?
 

WATCH:In the first of a new video series on the transformative potential of offshore wind, we speak to Lloyd’s Register’s Rene Lutzen about the complexities of underwater noise detection.

Popular on Windpower Monthly this month
Mesonero to quit SGRE
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s (SGRE) chief financial officer (CFO) David Mesonero will leave the company at the end of March.
 
 
 
Steady outlook for wind sector after record year in Greece
As the country recovers from its economic crisis and the accompanying lull in renewables installations, new investors are entering the market and developers are making use of the latest turbine technology.
 
 
 
Fishing and offshore industries no closer to finding solutions
The rift between some major commercial fishing interests and the nascent US offshore-wind sector remains as wide as ever, according to public comments submitted in response to a US Coast Guard (USCG) port-access study.
 
 
 
Northland takes on Canadian offshore site
Canada-based developer Northland Power has acquired the full rights to an offshore wind project planned for the Hecate Strait off British Columbia that was once supported by Ørsted.
 
 
 
India ends tariff caps on tenders
The wind industry in India had long argued low tariff caps were the single biggest reason for under-subscription at tenders.
 
 
 
In depth
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.
  Seawind steps up development of radical two-blade offshore turbine
 
WindPlus: US solar-storage price drops likely to slow
Windpower Monthly's brand new section takes a closer look at some of the latest developments in wind, solar and storage hybrids.
  WindPlus: US solar-storage price drops likely to slow
 
WindEconomics: Wind share could rise to 35% of global electricity production by 2050
While there is a consensus that the costs of onshore and offshore wind energy will continue to fall, there is, unsurprisingly, some variation in the projections.
  WindEconomics: Wind share could rise to 35% of global electricity production by 2050
 
Coronavirus has changed our world drastically, but we still have a job to do
This column is generally written with the reasonable expectation that the world will not have radically changed in the seven to ten days it takes to get from this keyboard to your intray. That is clearly not the case on this occasion.
 
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.
  Material considerations: covering up the cracks on turbine failure
 

WATCH: The renewables industry continues to be male dominated with women making up only 32% of the workforce. Windpower Monthly spoke to some of that 32% to find out how they got into the industry, why the disparity exists and what they think can be done about it.


TENDER WATCH
The shift to auctions is having a profound effect on the industry across the entire supply chain and servicing. This interactive table monitors where auctions are taking place, the prices seen in those markets and who the winners are. 


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