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Windpower Daily 19th February 2020

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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.
  Hornsea Two green hydrogen plans tested
 
Chile advances South America's biggest wind farm
Chilean energy company Colbun has applied for an environmental licence to build the largest wind project in Latin America.
  Chile advances South America's biggest wind farm
 

News in brief

TAIWAN: MHI Vestas is named the preferred wind turbine supplier for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and China Steel Corporation’s 300MW Zhong Neng wind farm off the west coast of Taiwan.

SPAINSpanish manufacturer Nabrawind develops a new transition piece for its ‘self-erecting’ towers capable of supporting turbines with power ratings up to 6MW. Its towers use hydraulic jacks on the ground that elevate sections and introduce new frame modules at ground levels.

UKABB Power Grids secures a contract to supply transformers for the 90 MHI Vestas turbines at the 860MW Triton Knoll wind farm off the east coast of the UK.

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: Windpower Monthly and Lloyd's Register hosted a roundtable of experts from across the industry to discuss what the future held for floating offshore wind. The potential in the sector is huge, but there needs to be a spark before it can really take off.

Popular on Windpower Monthly this month
Open-source 15MW digital turbine launched
Researchers have launched a 15MW reference wind turbine to help manufacturers assess performance and costs ahead of developing a prototype.
 
 
 
Mayflower lowers US offshore to $58/MWh
Shell and EDP Renewables’ 804MW Mayflower Wind project will generate electricity for $58.47/MWh over its 20-year lifetime, marking a new benchmark for US offshore wind.
 
 
 
Middle East and African installations slow in 2019
Wind power installations slowed in Africa and the Middle East last year, according to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) figures, but the industry body expects faster growth in the next five years.
 
 
 
Suzlon on the brink as debts mount
Suzlon recorded another $100 million-plus loss in the third quarter of its fiscal year, while its debt grew, turbine deliveries ground to a halt and restructuring talks with lenders continued without resolution.
 
 
 
What to do with turbines after they leave support system
With around 6,000 turbines due to leave the support system in 2021, Germany's environment agency has assessed the country's readiness to recycle this potential flood of turbine components, and at what cost.
 
 
 
In depth
COP26: ‘Gulf between promises and policies grows’
The UK’s preparations for hosting the COP26 climate change summit in November are not exactly proceeding to plan. If, indeed, there is a plan at all.
  COP26: ‘Gulf between promises and policies grows’
 
Energy cost analysis 2020: Wind is ready for zero-subsidy future
Falling hardware prices and growing investor confidence mean the economic case for wind is stronger than ever.
  Energy cost analysis 2020: Wind is ready for zero-subsidy future
 
Windtech: GE's offshore giant combines proven technology with new solutions
At the official inauguration of GE's Haliade-X 12MW direct-drive prototype in Rotterdam on 17 December, Eize de Vries discussed main features, technology choices and challenges with offshore CTO Vincent Schellings.
  Windtech: GE's offshore giant combines proven technology with new solutions
 
Snapshot: SGRE installs 'flexed' 11MW offshore prototype
The prototype for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SG 11.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine is being installed at the Østerild test site in Denmark. When commissioned, it will join GE's Haliade-X in the exclusive club of double-digit megawatt machines.
  Snapshot: SGRE installs 'flexed' 11MW offshore prototype
 
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.
 

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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