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Windpower Daily 16th July 2020

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Sales slump relief: OEM orders recover in June
Turbine purchasing bounced back in June after a dramatic slump in the preceding months, according to the latest data collated by Windpower Intelligence (WPI), the research division of Windpower Monthly.
  Sales slump relief: OEM orders recover in June
 
SGRE signs first multi-brand offshore service deal
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured a contract to service the 32 Senvion turbines at the 203W Trianel Windpark Borkum II project in the German North Sea. It is SGRE’s first offshore service agreement for another manufacturer and the first offshore deal to maintain Senvion turbines since it acquired assets from the German manufacturer.
  SGRE signs first multi-brand offshore service deal
 
Could seaweed farming provide a lucrative sideline for offshore wind farms?
A Belgian-Dutch consortium is set to create the world’s first large-scale seaweed farming operation between the turbines of the 370MW Norther offshore wind project in the North Sea. The seaweed could be used to produce biofuel, further helping decarbonisation.
  Could seaweed farming provide a lucrative sideline for offshore wind farms?
 
Iberdrola outbids rival for Australian renewables player - updated
Iberdrola is poised to take over Australian clean energy developer Infigen following a bidding war against a Filipino-Hong Kong joint venture (JV).
  Iberdrola outbids rival for Australian renewables player - updated
 
Kansai Electric Power enters US wind market
Japan-based Kansai Electric Power has bought a 48.5% stake in the 525MW Aviator wind farm in Texas, its first foray into the US renewables market.
  Kansai Electric Power enters US wind market
 
The Issue
Read the latest Windpower Monthly page-by-page online
For the June 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 page-by-page online
 

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News in brief

TAIWANTaiwan has launched a certification scheme for offshore wind projects in conjunction with accreditation body DNV GL, in preparation for measures to help integrate offshore wind farm projects into the grid after 2022. The government is due to announce these changes by the end of the year, which will have third-party certification requirements embedded in the manufacturing, transportation, installation and commissioning phases of offshore projects.

UK/IRELAND: The 500MW Greenlink Interconnector between the UK and Ireland has this week won its first planning consents in Wales from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Ireland’s energy regulator previously noted that the 205km Greenlink could enable more renewable energy to be added to the grid because surplus output can be safely exported. It is due online in 2023.

TAIWANMHI Vestas has agreed to buy power conversion modules, low-voltage cabinets and uninterruptible power supply systems from KK Wind Solutions for turbines it will supply to Taiwanese offshore wind farms. KK Wind Solutions will set up a production facility in Taichung harbour, with first delivery of products to start from Q4 2021.

GERMANYNordex recorded 888MW of orders in Q2 2020 - down 55% year on year - and 2,531.9MW in H1 2020 - down 16%. By capacity, the majority of these orders were for projects in Europe (83%), with the remainder (17%) in Latin America. Its Delta4000 platform accounted for around 65% of the order capacity in Q2 and 79% in H1.

Popular on Windpower Monthly this month
First 10MW Chinese turbine connected to the grid
Chinese manufacturer Dongfang has connected the country’s first 10MW offshore wind turbine to the grid.
 
 
 
Five 100MW-plus US projects brought online in June
Five of the ten largest wind farms fully commissioned in June were in the United States, with those projects accounting for almost a third of the capacity brought online globally last month.
 
 
 
Iberdrola takes up 9GW Swedish offshore potential
Iberdrola has agreed an option to take the majority stakes in eight major offshore wind projects in Sweden as part of a €10 billion spending spree.
 
 
 
Suzlon CEO Chalasani stands down
Suzlon CEO JP Chalasani has resigned after the company's full-year net losses widened to INR 26.9 billion ($361 million) for its last financial year.
 
 
 
Plans advance for first Med floating offshore project
A 250MW floating offshore wind farm off the south-western coast of the Italian island of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea, could start construction in 2023.
 
 
 
Sales slump relief: OEM orders recover in June
Turbine purchasing bounced back in June after a dramatic slump in the preceding months, according to the latest data collated by Windpower Intelligence (WPI), the research division of Windpower Monthly.
 
 
 
In depth
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
 
SGRE uses offshore experience to take 5.X onshore platform past 6MW
Launched in 2019, Siemens Gamesa's 5.X modular turbine sets new onshore wind boundaries for rating and rotor size, and has secured orders before installing the two planned prototypes. Eize de Vries takes a close look at the platform's key technology features.
  SGRE uses offshore experience to take 5.X onshore platform past 6MW
 
SGRE: picking up the turbine pace
The merger of Siemens and Gamesa was never going to be a simple affair. Two major multinational wind-turbine manufacturers pursuing separate markets with different turbine technologies might have made all kinds of sense as a business plan on paper, but threw up all manner of questions about how that could actually be achieved on the production floors and at project sites.
 
Covid-19 lockdowns hit onshore predictions
Until the coronavirus pandemic brought much of the global economy to a standstill, the wind sector had been expected to install more than 60GW in 2020. This now has been revised downwards, before the outbreak has even peaked in many countries. We take a look at how individual markets are likely to be affected.
  Covid-19 lockdowns hit onshore predictions
 
Partner Content
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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