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Transmission capacity set to be left unused

Transmission capacity set to be left unused

GERMANY: The expansion plan for offshore wind energy over the coming years is not matching exactly with grid connection plans.

Masdar signs Batwind collaboration deal

Masdar signs Batwind collaboration deal

UK: United Arab Emirates-based renewables investor Masdar has signed a collaboration agreement with developer Statoil for the Batwind storage project, connected to the partners' Hywind floating array off Scotland.

UK could support 30GW by 2030

UK could support 30GW by 2030

UK: A new report by Aurora Energy Research suggests the UK's offshore wind capacity could quintuple in size by 2030 if given the right policy mechanism.

Wind investment falls to four-year low

Wind investment falls to four-year low

WORLDWIDE: The total value of investments in the wind-power sector in 2017 amounted to $107 billion, the lowest annual figure since 2013, according to the latest figures.

BOEM proposes 'design envelope' approach

BOEM proposes 'design envelope' approach

UNITED STATES: The Trump administration is proposing to ease guidelines for designing and operating offshore wind projects.

Tommerup to leave MHI Vestas

Tommerup to leave MHI Vestas

DENMARK: MHI Vestas CEO Jens Tommerup is stepping down and leaving the offshore joint venture. He will be replaced by former Adwen chairman Philippe Kavafyan.

Renewables becoming 'overwhelmingly' cheaper than fossils

Renewables becoming 'overwhelmingly' cheaper than fossils

WORLDWIDE: Renewable energy is set to continue falling in price beyond 2020, and will soon be consistently cheaper than most fossil fuels if the right policy and regulatory frameworks are in place, according to a new report.

Germany's North Sea generation grows by 47%

Germany's North Sea generation grows by 47%

GERMANY: The country's offshore wind capacity in the North Sea generated almost 16TWh of electricity in 2017, an increase of 47% year on year, transmission operator Tennet said.


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Products of the year: Rotor blades

Products of the year: Rotor blades

WORLDWIDE: Ease of manufacture plays a growing role in development as blades continue to grow in size.

Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines

Turbines of the year: Offshore turbines

WORLDWIDE: Consolidating market draws breath before the next big step into 10MW-plus waters.

WindEurope 2017: Siemens Gamesa unveils new offshore turbine

WindEurope 2017: Siemens Gamesa unveils new offshore turbine

NETHERLANDS: A 167-metre rotor and power-mode option to hit 9MW are the headline features of the latest upgrade to Siemens Gamesa's direct-drive offshore platform, revealed on 28 November at the WindEurope conference in Amsterdam.

Buckling up for the ladder climb

Buckling up for the ladder climb

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

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

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.

Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice

Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice

FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.

Shipping out to Scotland

Shipping out to Scotland

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.

Attacks on offshore continue

Attacks on offshore continue

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.


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