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News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety & wind monitoring.
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SWEDEN: Other developers have opted simply to decommission aged offshore wind farms as they reach the end of their life-cycle. Danish company Momentum, however, has carried out what it claims is the first partial repowering of an offshore wind farm.
TAIWAN: Operations and maintenance (O&M) firm Deutsche Windtechnik will open an office in Taiwan, having received a services and technical management contract for wpd's 640MW Yunlin project.
GERMANY: Transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet has tested the world's first autonomous offshore robot on a converter platform near North Sea wind farms.
UK: A Scottish specialist in solutions for working at height is developing a new way to access offshore wind turbine blades.
UK: The UK's Crown Estate has accepted eight offshore wind projects for investigation to potentially double their capacity.
HAMBURG 2018: Fewer injuries are being reported during wind farm construction and operations and maintenance (O&M), despite more hours being worked, according to a new report published at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg.
GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.
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
UK: Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit.
WORLDWIDE: Operations and maintenance activity is now extending into deeper waters, further from shore, as OEM warranties for several large projects approach their expiry dates.
WORLDWIDE: Many vital components of wind farms are hidden below the sea surface and are subject to significant wear and tear. This is often ignored, despite the fact that the sub-surface section is at least as important as any other part of the structure
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