GERMANY/SPAIN: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy offshore wind CEO Michael Hannibal has resigned from his post, and will be replaced by former Senvion chief executive Andreas Nauen.
DENMARK: The first four monopoles have been installed at Vattenfall's Horns Rev 3 site in the North Sea.
CHINA: Envision Energy has unveiled a new 4.5MW offshore turbine at China Wind Power 2017 (17-19 October) with GE subsidiary LM Wind Power designing the 71.8-metre blades for it.
CHINA: GE-subsidiary LM Wind Power has unveiled a 75.1-metre blade to be used on Goldwind's new 6.7MW offshore wind turbine.
VIETNAM: The United States' Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to a Vietnamese power engineering company to support development of a 100MW offshore project.
UK: The world's first floating wind farm has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid.
GERMANY: Innogy has issued a green bond worth €850 million to refinance four offshore projects in the UK and Germany and one onshore site in the Netherlands.
FRANCE: The inauguration today of Floatgen -- a Vestas 2MW turbine on Ideol's ring-shaped concrete platform -- in the port of St-Nazaire marks a "turning point" for floating wind as the sector prepares to enter commercial deployment, according to Ideol CEO Paul de la Guérivière.1 comment
UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England
EUROPE: The zero-subsidy German offshore wind farms discussed in the July issue will be commissioned in 2024, by which time offshore-wind prices are likely to have come down and wholesale electricity prices are likely to have gone up.
FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.
NORWAY/UK:The first commercial floating wind project is close to reality with the turbines mounted on their foundations in Norway and the tugboats ready for the voyage to Scotland.
FRANCE: France's fledgling offshore industry is facing yet more delays as opponents continue to challenge projects. So far, six projects are in the permitting process and a further three are planned in French waters.
DENMARK: The world's leading offshore developer and a Danish recycling company have found a novel way to divert decommissioned turbine blades from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions in the process.
GERMANY: Senvion is adapting its 3MW platform for offshore deployment in the Mediterranean, and is likely to develop an 11-12MW range turbine with a rotor diameter close to 200 metres.
UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.