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Windpower Daily 04th August 2020

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Nordex seeks to shed Europe pipeline
Nordex plans to sell its 2.7GW development portfolio of European wind and solar PV projects to renewables developer RWE, the German companies have announced.
  Nordex seeks to shed Europe pipeline
 
‘Robot scarecrow’ sees dramatic drop in wind farm seabird poo
Blasting seagulls with strobe lights and loud noises can prevent offshore wind infrastructure being covered in guano – or seabird poo – according to a year-long trial at the Galloper wind farm off the east coast of England.
  ‘Robot scarecrow’ sees dramatic drop in wind farm seabird poo
 
The Issue
Read the latest Windpower Monthly online
For the August issue, Windpower Monthly will be published in a digital format rather than print until measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK are lifted.
  Read the latest Windpower Monthly online
 

PARTNER CONTENT

WATCH:  Goldwind's GW 150-2.8MW won Windpower Monthly's award for the best onshore turbine up to 3.4MW category. Editor Shaun Campbell explains why…

News in brief

AUSTRALIA: Investment manager Partners Group has agreed to acquire the 209MW Murra Warra II wind farm in Australia –on behalf of its clients – from RES and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, bringing the project to financial close. GE will supply the project in Victoria with 38 of its 5.5-158 turbines from its Cypress platform.

IRELAND: Wind power met 36.8% of Ireland’s electricity demand in the first half of 2020. It also met 28.5% of demand in Q2 2020 - up 2.4 percentage points from a year earlier. CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association David Connolly added that Ireland was on track to reach its target of renewables providing 40% of electricity this year.

UKHitachi ABB Power Grids will supply SSE with the HVDC technology for its 600MW Shetland interconnector, which will transmit renewable energy from the island to the Scottish mainland. The interconnector is due online in 2024 - one year after SSE’s 443MW Viking wind farm on Shetland is due to be completed.

Popular on Windpower Monthly this month
SGRE records €466 million loss for Q3
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) recorded net losses of €466 million in the third quarter of its financial year due to the coronavirus pandemic disrupting supply chains and hindering project execution, as well as market slowdowns in India and Mexico.
 
 
 
New low price set in Greek tender
Greece has awarded 20-year contracts to more than 470MW of wind projects, including one at a new record low price.
 
 
 
Shell and Eneco win Hollandse Kust Noord auction
Oil giant Shell and Dutch energy company Eneco have won the tender to build the subsidy-free 759MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm.
 
 
 
Five-year extension proposed for PTC
The main support scheme for wind power in the US could be extended by five years under proposals included in a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives.
 
 
 
Floating wind to 'accelerate to 70GW by 2040'
Global floating wind capacity could grow from less than 100MW today to 10GW by 2030 and then to more than 70GW by 2040, but challenges remain, according to new analysis.
 
 
 
In depth
WindEconomics: Renewables could assist economic post-pandemic recovery
In June it was a little uncertain how the wind industry would be affected by the global pandemic, as its competitive position had been eroded by falling gas and oil prices. More recently, however, there have been hopeful signs, not least the publication of the Sustainable Recovery report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
  WindEconomics: Renewables could assist economic post-pandemic recovery
 
SGRE aims to cement market lead with tailored 3.X turbine for India
Siemens Gamesa launched its new SG 3.4-145 turbine to make the most of India's best wind sites. Eize de Vries finds out how the company's technical experts in Spain and India worked together to come up with the best design to offer flexible power ratings, withstand the country's hot, humid conditions and offer export potential.
  SGRE aims to cement market lead with tailored 3.X turbine for India
 
Exclusive: Enercon fires-up first E-160 prototype
As Enercon put the final touches to the installation of its 4.6MW E160 EP5 E1 prototype, Eize de Vries spoke exclusively to CTO Jörg Scholle, reporting from the Wieringermeer test location in the Netherlands as the final massive blade was lifted into place
  Exclusive: Enercon fires-up first E-160 prototype
 
WindEconomics: How will wind fare after the Covid-19 pandemic?
With lockdowns reducing demand for electricity and sending oil and gas prices tumbling, Windpower Monthly's economics editor David Milborrow takes a look at the future of wind power after the coronavirus pandemic.
  WindEconomics: How will wind fare after the Covid-19 pandemic?
 
WindPlus: Wind's role in seasonal energy storage
Ahead of the publication of the European green deal, a draft version circulated in May suggests further renewables growth will go hand in hand with hydrogen. DNV GL has produced a study on the need for -- and the viability of -- seasonal storage in a future power system with high levels of variable renewable electricity sources (VRES).
  WindPlus: Wind's role in seasonal energy storage
 
Partner Content
Best onshore turbine to 3.4MW: Goldwind
Goldwind's GW 150-2.8MW won Windpower Monthly's award for the best onshore turbine up to 3.4MW category. Editor Shaun Campbell explains why…
  Best onshore turbine to 3.4MW: Goldwind
 
Expert report: An assessment of the components within a wind turbine, their reliability and how to improve them
In this Windpower Monthly expert report, produced in partnership with Sulzer, we are looking at how a proactive maintenance regime can ensure continued reliability of the wind turbines.
  Expert report: An assessment of the components within a wind turbine, their reliability and how to improve them
 
Expert report: How the right grease can lower your LCOE
Download this Windpower Monthly expert report, produced in partnership with Castrol, to learn more about an innovative lubricant technology
  Expert report: How the right grease can lower your LCOE
 
The winds of change: An interview with Lloyd’s Register’s Will Hodshon
In the third of a new video series on the transformative potential of offshore wind, we speak to Lloyd’s Register’s Will Hodshon about the benefits of feasibility assessments and 3D ground modelling
  The winds of change: An interview with Lloyd’s Register’s Will Hodshon
 
The winds of change: an interview with Lloyd’s Register’s David Pullinger
In the second video on the transformative potential of offshore wind, we speak to Lloyd’s Register’s David Pullinger about emerging markets and the latest technology impacting offshore wind projects
  The winds of change: an interview with Lloyd’s Register’s David Pullinger
 


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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