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Deutsche Windtechnik replaces Senvion at Trianel site

Deutsche Windtechnik replaces Senvion at Trianel site

Deutsche Windtechnik will service 32 Senvion turbines at the 203MW Trianel Borkum Windpark II project in the German North Sea, replacing the embattled manufacturer as operations and maintenance (O&M) provider.

Ørsted buys into hoist system designer

Ørsted buys into hoist system designer

Ørsted has acquired a 22.5% stake in Scottish company Pict Offshore, which created a hoist system that removes the need for technicians to step from boats onto ladders to reach the base of the offshore wind turbine.

Wind's role in UK power cuts probed

Wind's role in UK power cuts probed

The UK transmission system operator (TSO) is investigating a large power outage in the UK, following the disconnection of a gas-fired power station and Ørsted's under-construction 1.2GW Hornsea One offshore wind farm.

High-risk offshore wind contractors drive up premiums

High-risk offshore wind contractors drive up premiums

'Repeat-offender' suppliers and contractors are driving up premiums on offshore wind projects, according to an underwriter at a leading renewable energy insurance firm.

GE to build 12MW Haliade-X in China

GE to build 12MW Haliade-X in China

GE will target China and surrounding markets by setting up a new factory in Guangdong province, where it will manufacture its 12MW Haliade-X turbine.

Dangerous offshore wind incidents decline in 2018

Dangerous offshore wind incidents decline in 2018

The number of incidents capable of causing death or a life-changing injury fell by 13% in 2018, according to the offshore wind industry's health and safety watchdog.

Devising O&M strategies for floating offshore

Devising O&M strategies for floating offshore

Should repair and replacement of major components on floating turbines be carried out at the project location, or in the still waters of port after tugging the unit home?

in depth

Milestones on the road to 10GW

As the UK becomes the first country in the world to reach 10GW of offshore wind, Windpower Monthly looks back at the most significant steps over the past 20 years.

Easy does it: the art of a gentle cable pull

Connecting the world's largest offshore wind project to the grid required a new approach and a delicate touch, writes Mike Morrison, global head of Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS).

Makani prepares for launch with offshore tests

"Many companies are using conventional wind turbines and innovating on the floating platform," explains Makani CEO Fort Felker. "We are doing the opposite."

Comparing offshore output for 2017

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.

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

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