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Windpower Daily 16th January 2021

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Turn of the year sees US commissioning surge
Wind farm commissioning ramped up significantly in the US towards the end of 2020, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly
  Turn of the year sees US commissioning surge
 
Massachusetts governor vetoes higher offshore wind target
A climate bill that would have raised the state’s offshore wind target by an additional 2.4GW has been stymied by the governor on the grounds that cutting emissions by an extra 5% in the next ten years would cost $6 billion
  Massachusetts governor vetoes higher offshore wind target
 
European demand helps Nordex orders level in 2020 despite coronavirus
Nordex received more than 6GW of orders in 16 countries in 2020 thanks to strong demand in Q4
  European demand helps Nordex orders level in 2020 despite coronavirus
 
Looking back on 2020 – Part 3: Turbine ratings and rotor sizes continue to go up
Even in a difficult year, manufacturers continued to launch new technology, with competition intensifying in the offshore and low-wind segments. Find out more in part three of Windpower Monthly's round-up
  Looking back on 2020 – Part 3: Turbine ratings and rotor sizes continue to go up
 
Vestas halts 150 turbines following blade investigation
Vestas has removed from operation 150 turbines of its V150 turbines, following a collapsed turbine at a Swedish wind farm last year.
  Vestas halts 150 turbines following blade investigation
 
Offshore wind newcomer divests 80% of Swedish lake project
UK investment firm Downing will buy a majority stake in a 100MW wind farm in Lake Vänern for around €29 million
  Offshore wind newcomer divests 80% of Swedish lake project
 
Turbines of the Year Awards
Turbines of the Year 2020: Winners against all odds
The wind-energy industry’s ingenuity and resilience shone through the many challenges of 2020, with new approaches to old ideas featuring alongside innovative concepts
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Winners against all odds
 
Turbines of the Year 2020: Onshore turbines up to 4.4MW
The continuing trend for onshore turbines to grow in size and capacity is reflected in the extended threshold for this category, but the top two models somewhat broke the mould
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Onshore turbines up to 4.4MW
 
Turbines of the Year 2020: Onshore turbines 4.5MW-plus
Western and Chinese OEMs concentrate much of their development work on this class, with medium-speed drivetrains an area to watch
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Onshore turbines 4.5MW-plus
 
Turbines of the Year 2020: Offshore turbines
Strong showing from Chinese manufacturers as established players focus on 10MW+
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Offshore turbines
 
Turbines of the Year 2020: Rotor blades
Producing longer, lighter units using existing production facilities is a key consideration
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Rotor blades
 
Turbines of the Year 2020: Innovations
Crane solution means older vessels can be adapted to install next-generation offshore giants
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Innovations
 
Turbines of the Year 2020: Drivetrains
Understanding of full systems and modularity helps push gearbox design
  Turbines of the Year 2020: Drivetrains
 
Latest issue
Read the January edition of Windpower Monthly page-by-page online now!
It is time for the Windpower Monthly awards, as we review the best new turbines, drivetrains, blades and technology innovations. The printed version of January's Windpower Monthly is on its way, but with postal services disrupted and some offices closed due to the pandemic, here it is in a digital format to make sure you don't miss out
  Read the January edition of Windpower Monthly page-by-page online now!
 
In case you missed it
‘Stunning’ test results offer longer lifetime hope for offshore wind foundations
Scanning technology at the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea reveals the potential to ramp up the lifetime of offshore wind structures
  ‘Stunning’ test results offer longer lifetime hope for offshore wind foundations
 
SGRE and Siemens Energy plan offshore-wind powered hydrogen pilot
Siemens Gamesa and its parent company aim to install an array of electrolysers inside the manufacturer's 14MW offshore wind turbine
  SGRE and Siemens Energy plan offshore-wind powered hydrogen pilot
 
Wind developers must prepare to adapt projects to win over communities
Rapid wind power expansion must include radical changes to development, cheaper local electricity and jobs for the unemployed, according to leaders at Vattenfall, Valorem and Falck Renewables
  Wind developers must prepare to adapt projects to win over communities
 
Enercon commissions part of Europe’s largest onshore wind cluster
German manufacturer hands over the first turbines at one of the wind farms in the Markbygden onshore wind cluster in north-east Sweden
  Enercon commissions part of Europe’s largest onshore wind cluster
 
Hornsea Three granted construction permission after repeated pushbacks
UK government green lights 2.4GW offshore wind farm after Ørsted reduced number of turbines and vows to build nesting schemes to protect birds
  Hornsea Three granted construction permission after repeated pushbacks
 

Partner Content

Virtual roundtable: WPM Award winners discuss the future of turbine technology
Join us on 28th January as our award winners share how the industry can raise standards, push design limits, increase capacity demand and reduce the cost of energy.
  Virtual roundtable: WPM Award winners discuss the future of turbine technology
 
WPM & ZF Webinar: Why modular platforms are the future of wind power
Join us on 23 Feb as we discuss the benefits of shifting to a modular gearbox platform.
  WPM & ZF Webinar: Why modular platforms are the future of wind power
 
Bigger, better, cheaper: how offshore turbine testing is changing the industry
ORE Catapult's National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland, is helping manufacturers produce turbines that are ever bigger, keeping costs low and maximising energy output.
  Bigger, better, cheaper: how offshore turbine testing is changing the industry
 
In depth
Insight Report: French wind passes coronavirus 'stress test'
Sector shrugs off H1 installation drop and hopes for 'ripple effect' as stimulus package homes in on energy transition
  Insight Report: French wind passes coronavirus 'stress test'
 
WindEconomics: Bigger turbines shave 40% off costs of wind
As wind turbine sizes and ratings have increased since 2010, project costs in the US have fallen dramatically
  WindEconomics: Bigger turbines shave 40% off costs of wind
 
'The technology works': How wind will fill the power gap
DNV GL CEO and wind industry veteran Ditlev Engel talks exclusively to Windpower Monthly about learning the lessons from the pandemic's effect on clean energy production
  'The technology works': How wind will fill the power gap
 
French startup looks to onshore wind for green hydrogen
Construction starts on a pioneering green hydrogen plant powered by onshore wind turbines leaving the support system
  French startup looks to onshore wind for green hydrogen
 


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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