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Windpower Weekly 23rd November 2017

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Goldwind expands 6MW-plus offering
CHINA: Manufacturer Goldwind has unveiled a platform of 6MW+ offshore wind turbines, with a range of rotor diameters up to 171-metres.
  Goldwind expands 6MW-plus offering
 
India's six-month installations the lowest in years
INDIA: Wind power installations between April and September 2017, the first half of India's financial year, dropped by more than 50% compared with last year.
  India's six-month installations the lowest in years
 
Further price drop in another citizen-dominated auction
GERMANY: Citizens' projects again dominated the German federal agency's onshore auction, as it awarded contracts for slightly more than 1GW of projects.
  Further price drop in another citizen-dominated auction
 
Blockchain platform launched to market local wind power
GERMANY: The west German city of Wuppertal's municipal-owned energy company has launched a blockchain-based trading platform, allowing customers to buy certified local wind and other renewables generated electricity.
  Blockchain platform launched to market local wind power
 
Business and Companies
Vestas to set up nacelle and tower factories in Russia
RUSSIA: Vestas has signed the first order of a binding framework agreement and announced plans for new factories in the country.
  Vestas to set up nacelle and tower factories in Russia
 
Financial reprieve for Beatrice jacket firm
UK: Companies behind the 588MW Beatrice project have agreed a financial package to prevent foundation specialist Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) from going into administration.
  Financial reprieve for Beatrice jacket firm
 
TPI opens Danish tech centre
DENMARK: US blade firm TPI Composites will set up a technology centre in Kolding, central Denmark.
  TPI opens Danish tech centre
 
VIDEO: VBMS unveils resin-free cable hang-off
NETHERLANDS: Cable installation specialist VBMS has unveiled a new type of cable hang-off that removes the need to use potentially harmful resins.
  VIDEO: VBMS unveils resin-free cable hang-off
 
Group wins grant to develop drone inspection system
UK: A consortium of robotics companies, aircraft manufacturers and researchers has been awarded a grant to develop a surface inspection system for offshore wind turbines using drone technology.
  Group wins grant to develop drone inspection system
 
Sponsored Content
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.
  Boundary Pushers: Cutting the costs of offshore wind
 
Boundary Pushers: How Offshore Wind Energy 2017 is pushing boundaries
The world's largest offshore conference and exhibition will bring together innovators from manufacturers, suppliers and government.
  Boundary Pushers: How Offshore Wind Energy 2017 is pushing boundaries
 
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
 
Markets and Policy
Wind projects secure 43.5% in Mexican auction
MEXICO: Wind projects took almost 45% of the successful clean energy capacity in Mexico's latest power auction, with solar taking the remaining 55%, as prices fell to an average of $20.57/MWh.
  Wind projects secure 43.5% in Mexican auction
 
Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'
UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.
  Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'
 
Offshore to offset policy shifts as Make ups outlook
WORLDWIDE: Policy transitions and competition from other renewables will challenge onshore markets, but innovation and cost reductions in the offshore sector will more than offset the lowered onshore outlook, according to Make Consulting.
  Offshore to offset policy shifts as Make ups outlook
 
German output drops due to slower winds
GERMANY: Reduced wind speeds meant power produced by onshore wind farms dropped 6.5% last year, despite an increase in capacity, new figures show.
  German output drops due to slower winds
 
Projects 'could be built entirely by autonomous robots'
NETHERLANDS: Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to an onshore wind farm being built entirely by robots, according to energy specialists.
  Projects 'could be built entirely by autonomous robots'
 
US onshore wind cheaper than other renewables
UNITED STATES: The levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for onshore wind is down more than 6% from last year, new analysis shows.
  US onshore wind cheaper than other renewables
 
No UK low-carbon support budget beyond 2020
UK: The UK government has announced it will not set a new budget for low-carbon resources until its effect on consumer bills is reduced.
  No UK low-carbon support budget beyond 2020
 
Spain predicts 40GW milestone by 2030
SPAIN: Spanish wind industry association AEE believes the country can reach 40GW by 2030, supplying roughly 30% of its electricity needs.
  Spain predicts 40GW milestone by 2030
 
Reports suggest higher RES target could save money
EUROPE: A tipping point has been passed where increasing the level of renewable energy in the European Union (EU) beyond targets contained in current proposals could reduce CO2 emissions from electricity generation by 55% by 2030 while cutting overall costs.
  Reports suggest higher RES target could save money
 
COP23: Merkel urges swift progress on Paris deal
GERMANY: Carbon cuts pledged in Paris two years ago are just a start and countries need to step up action urgently, German chancellor Angela Merkel told UN climate talks in Bonn.
  COP23: Merkel urges swift progress on Paris deal
 
UK and Canada take coal-phase out lead
WORLDWIDE: The UK, Canada and Denmark have joined a new coalition to phase out unabated coal power generation in order to meet the Paris climate agreements.
  UK and Canada take coal-phase out lead
 
Project Development
Port plans for Massachusetts power station
UNITED STATES: A real-estate developer in Massachusetts has acquired a retired coal power station with the potential to become an offshore wind hub.
  Port plans for Massachusetts power station
 
Belgian high-voltage line completed
BELGIUM: Transmission system operator (TSO) Elia has inaugurated the 47km, 380kV Stevin line that will transport energy produced by new offshore wind farms to the mainland's grid.
  Belgian high-voltage line completed
 
WPD and EA Technology launch project to open up substation data
UK: Local utility Western Power Distribution (WPD) is working on a project to access data from substations in a bid to help prepare low-voltage networks for more distributed generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging.
  WPD and EA Technology launch project to open up substation data
 
SGRE wins 60MW in Greek orders
GREECE: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced three new turbine orders from two customers in Greece, totalling 60MW.
  SGRE wins 60MW in Greek orders
 
Hebei Construction selects foundation installer
CHINA: Local engineering firm Huadian Heavy Industries (HHI) has won the contract to install foundations at a 300MW offshore wind project in Bohai Bay, north-east China.
  Hebei Construction selects foundation installer
 
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