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Windpower Daily 14th December 2017

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Calls for European corporate PPA support
EUROPE: Facilitating corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) can "play a decisive role in delivering Europe's climate and energy objectives", more than 50 multinational companies and industry organisations have said.
  Calls for European corporate PPA support
 
France pits wind against solar in new tender
FRANCE: Energy minister Nicolas Hulot announced the launch of a 200MW tender pitting onshore wind against solar PV.
  France pits wind against solar in new tender
 
Denmark plans expansion of test sites
DENMARK: A new draft law has been submitted by the government that will extend the Østerild and Høvsøre wind turbine test sites.
  Denmark plans expansion of test sites
 
Vestas receives largest Indian order to date
INDIA: Vestas will supply 125 turbines to a 250MW wind farm in Gujarat, the country's westernmost state.
  Vestas receives largest Indian order to date
 
US offers $18.5m offshore research grant
UNITED STATES: Secretary of energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in funding for a research and development (R&D) group to work towards reducing the cost of the US offshore wind sector.
  US offers $18.5m offshore research grant
 
Green Investment Bank sale criticised by watchdog
UK: Selling the Green Investment Bank (GIB) before some of its investments had been fully constructed lost the government £63m (€78m), the government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.
  Green Investment Bank sale criticised by watchdog
 
Vestas wins 54MW Norwegian order
NORWAY: Vestas will supply 15 turbines to a 54MW wind farm in Marker in the southeast of the country.
  Vestas wins 54MW Norwegian order
 

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Boundary Pushers: Smart technology and O&M costs
In the final instalment of Boundary Pushers, Windpower Monthly takes a look at the role technology will play in the future of offshore wind.
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Boundary Pushers: Electrification of cities
A positive consequence of fightback against carbon emissions has been the growth in clean technology. It is set to transform how we live. The CEO of MHI Vestas, Jens Tommerup, discusses the future of offshore wind.
  Boundary Pushers: Electrification of cities
 
Boundary Pushers: Optimising the supply chain
WORLDWIDE: Until recently, offshore wind power was one of the most costly forms of power generation.
  Boundary Pushers: Optimising the supply chain
 
Boundary Pushers: The offshore meshed grid challenge
In this installation of the Boundary Pushers series we speak to industry experts about offshore grid challenges.
  Boundary Pushers: The offshore meshed grid challenge
 
Boundary Pushers: Making the business case for offshore more compelling
Offshore wind has made great strides in recent years. Projects announced in Europe in 2017 have achieved record-low prices, well under €100/MWh.
  Boundary Pushers: Making the business case for offshore more compelling
 
Boundary Pushers: The true impact of technology on the offshore industry
The more competitively priced offshore wind becomes, the greater the chance of unlocking demand and new markets - and, with that, opportunities in the offshore wind supply chain increase. Reducing capital and operational costs in offshore wind boils down to technological innovation in three core areas: turbines, operations and maintenance (O&M) and the grid.
  Boundary Pushers: The true impact of technology on the offshore industry
 
Boundary Pushers: Cutting the costs of offshore wind
Cutting costs continues to be at the heart of what the offshore wind industry is looking to achieve. In this installation of the Boundary Pushers series we have been talking to some of the biggest players about what their companies are doing to lower the cost of energy and the obstacles to offshore wind growth.
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Boundary Pushers: How Offshore Wind Energy 2017 is pushing boundaries
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Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas
The CEO of MHI Vestas kicks off our new series on forging change through collaboration and innovation.
  Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas
 
Top stories from the past five days
Total Eren set to build 70MW Indonesian site
INDONESIA: The new renewables arm of oil and gas giant Total has signed a letter of intent with Indonesia's government-owned electricity provider to build a 70MW wind project on the island of Borneo.
 
 
 
San Francisco trains to run on wind
UNITED STATES: The San Francisco Bay Area's public transport system has signed two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) for wind and solar power.
 
 
 
AGL's renewables plans to replace Liddell
AUSTRALIA: Local energy producer AGL will replace the generation lost from retiring its 2GW Liddell coal-fired power station by investing in a mix of renewables, gas and storage projects.
 
 
 
Egypt 'initials' 250MW power deal with Lekela
EGYPT: Renewable power generation joint venture Lekela has initialled key project documents with the Egyptian government for a 250MW wind farm in the Gulf of Suez.
 
 
 
Flexible storage solutions needed to push renewables penetration
WORLDWIDE: A mix of flexible storage solutions will be needed to stabilise grids and prevent outages as the power system becomes more variable, according to a new research paper.
 
 
 
In-depth
Paying lip service, or getting nervous?
WORLDWIDE: The oil and gas giants are showing some appetite for renewables, with offshore wind looking the most likely beneficiary. But their investments in clean energy still remain minuscule in comparison with their fossil-fuel interests.
  Paying lip service, or getting nervous?
 
WindTech: High-speed gearboxes still rule onshore
WORLDWIDE: The decisive switch from geared to direct-drive turbines that was considered inevitable by many just six or seven years ago has not materialised. Eize de Vries describes the latest developments in onshore and offshore drivetrain technology.
  WindTech: High-speed gearboxes still rule onshore
 
Nuclear switch
FRANCE: French utility EDF's next generation of nuclear reactors will work in cooperation with renewables, rather than as rivals, to drive down fossil-fuel generation.
  Nuclear switch
 
Pumped to new heights
GERMANY: The record for the tallest onshore wind turbine has been broken, once again, by a Max Bogl-designed tower, but this time with the addition of a pumped-hydro storage solution.
  Pumped to new heights
 
Better data holds key to saving airborne wildlife
WORLDWIDE: Technology such as thermal imaging and motion sensor-triggered warning noises are among scientists' attempts to minimise harm to birds and bats around wind farms. But much more research is needed, especially around animal behaviour offshore.
  Better data holds key to saving airborne wildlife
 

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