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Windpower Weekly 25th April 2018

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Market concentration to continue to 2027
WORLDWIDE: Wind deployment over the next decade is set to remain concentrated in 15 countries, highlighting the industry's reliance on the established markets.
  Market concentration to continue to 2027
 
Only solar successful in first German joint tender
GERMANY: Germany's first joint technology tender has been branded a "failure" by industry associations after only solar projects secured all of the capacity.
  Only solar successful in first German joint tender
 
Vertical axis firm Nenuphar enters liquidation
FRANCE: The firm behind the Vertiwind vertical axis wind turbine, Nenuphar, entered liquidation this month, after failing to find the required investment.
  Vertical axis firm Nenuphar enters liquidation
 
Taiwan sets out 5.5GW plan
TAIWAN: The ministry of economic affairs (MOEA) plans to select 3.5GW of offshore projects by the end of April, and auction a further 2GW later this year, it has announced.
  Taiwan sets out 5.5GW plan
 
Business and Companies
Beatrice jacket supplier saved by Canadian firm
UK: New investment has been secured for under-threat steel fabricators Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab), the Scottish government has announced.
  Beatrice jacket supplier saved by Canadian firm
 
Goldwind braced for new US tariffs
UNITED STATES: A new tariff of 25% could be slapped on certain wind products imported to the US from China.
  Goldwind braced for new US tariffs
 
Shell to invest 'up to $2 billion' in New Energies
WORLDWIDE: Oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell expects most of its planned investments in its New Energies division until 2020 to be in power, and solar, wind and gas generation, the company confirmed.
  Shell to invest 'up to $2 billion' in New Energies
 
EDF Energies Nouvelles renames international divisions
FRANCE: EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) is rebranding most of its international subsidiaries to EDF Renewables.
  EDF Energies Nouvelles renames international divisions
 
Markets and Policy
Report reveals US offshore wind value
UNITED STATES: Offshore wind is more valuable than onshore in the north-east US, according to a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, funded by the US Department of Energy.
  Report reveals US offshore wind value
 
Polish TSO anticipates offshore capacity up to 8GW
POLAND: State-owned transmission system operator (TSO) Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) has said that as much as 8GW of capacity could be built off the Polish coast.
  Polish TSO anticipates offshore capacity up to 8GW
 
French associations in offshore plea
FRANCE: A strongly worded statement by three industry bodies has called on the government not to "destroy" the offshore wind sector.
  French associations in offshore plea
 
Wind investments up 10% in Q1 2018
WORLDWIDE: Wind bucked the trend in the first quarter of 2018 as global investments in the sector rose 10% year-on-year, new figures show.
  Wind investments up 10% in Q1 2018
 
Renewables policies needed for heating and transport sectors
WORLDWIDE: Renewable energy policies must focus on end-use sectors, not just power generation, a new report claims.
  Renewables policies needed for heating and transport sectors
 
European wind investments up 9%
EUROPE: Investors in new wind farms got more for their money last year as auction systems and technological advances drove down costs, according to a new report.
  European wind investments up 9%
 
UK offshore wind supply chain review launched
UK: The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has launched a review of the UK supply chain ahead of publishing a development plan later this year.
  UK offshore wind supply chain review launched
 
New projects 'could provide A$1.6 billion boost'
AUSTRALIA: Wind farm construction has delivered a boost worth nearly A$4 billion ($3.1 billion) in Australia, according to a new report.
  New projects 'could provide A$1.6 billion boost'
 
Cañete demands faster green energy shift
EUROPE: The European Union (EU) should accelerate its transition to a low-carbon economy in order to address the challenge of increasing geopolitical uncertainties, the energy commissioner has said.
  Cañete demands faster green energy shift
 
Project Development
Towers produced from Thailand mobile site
THAILAND: Construction firm Max Bögl has produced the first hybrid tower components from its new mobile factory.
  Towers produced from Thailand mobile site
 
Suction bucket strength increases during storms
GERMANY: The tensile capacity of suction buckets increases temporarily during extreme weather conditions, according to new research.
  Suction bucket strength increases during storms
 
One-turbine-a-day in UK offshore
UK: The UK's offshore industry installed on average more than one turbine every day in 2017, according to new data by the Crown Estate.
  One-turbine-a-day in UK offshore
 
Enertrag buys stake in South African portfolio
SOUTH AFRICA: German developer Enertrag has acquired a 50% stake in a 1.8GW portfolio of wind projects owned by local firm Genesis Eco-Energy Developments (GEED).
  Enertrag buys stake in South African portfolio
 
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