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Seabirds avoid offshore turbines more than expected

Seabirds avoid offshore turbines more than expected

UK: Seabirds are less likely to collide with offshore wind turbines than previously thought, according to a new study.

UK content should be increased, ex-minister claims

UK content should be increased, ex-minister claims

UK: The government should increase the UK's local content target from 50% by 2020 to 60%, a former energy minister has recommended.

Element Power to revive North Irish Sea Array

Element Power to revive North Irish Sea Array

IRELAND: Element Power has entered the offshore wind market by acquiring the up-to 750MW North Irish Sea Array (NISA) from previous developer Gaelectric.

Vertical axis firm Nenuphar enters liquidation

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.

Beatrice jacket supplier saved by Canadian firm

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.


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Tommerup backs new CEOs to go beyond Europe

Tommerup backs new CEOs to go beyond Europe

DENMARK: MHI Vestas' outgoing chief executive Jens Tommerup believes there is no business case yet for developing the next generation of offshore wind turbines, even though the technology is available.

Do we still need met masts?

Do we still need met masts?

WORLDWIDE: Remote-sensing devices are cheaper to install and maintain and often gather better data than traditional met masts, but while their use is becoming more widespread offshore, bankability remains an issue, especially in complex terrain.

A handful of major markets drive growth

A handful of major markets drive growth

WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.

WindTech: ZF modular concept scalable for 15MW turbine

WindTech: ZF modular concept scalable for 15MW turbine

INDIA/BELGIUM: Eize de Vries visits the gearbox manufacturer's facilities in India and Belgium to talk about market challenges and discover how the company's flexible platform can help drive down costs while scaling up for ever bigger turbines.

WindEconomics: Assessing long-term energy yields

WindEconomics: Assessing long-term energy yields

DENMARK: The generation-cost projections reported in this column rely on estimates of the energy production of the wind turbines over the life of the plant by the developer.

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