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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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How Europe's wind drought and heat wave hit owners and operators

How Europe's wind drought and heat wave hit owners and operators

The summer heat wave that swept across Europe caused record-breaking temperatures, wildfires and, according to some analyses, an increased death toll.

GALLERY: 'First' offshore repowering completed

GALLERY: 'First' offshore repowering completed

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.

Deutsche Windtechnik to launch Taiwanese unit

Deutsche Windtechnik to launch Taiwanese unit

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.

VIDEO: 'World's first' autonomous offshore robot tested

VIDEO: 'World's first' autonomous offshore robot tested

GERMANY: Transmission system operator (TSO) Tennet has tested the world's first autonomous offshore robot on a converter platform near North Sea wind farms.

Scottish company develops tower-mounted O&M solution

Scottish company develops tower-mounted O&M solution

UK: A Scottish specialist in solutions for working at height is developing a new way to access offshore wind turbine blades.

Eight UK sites up for extension

Eight UK sites up for extension

UK: The UK's Crown Estate has accepted eight offshore wind projects for investigation to potentially double their capacity.

Offshore wind-related injuries decline in 2017

Offshore wind-related injuries decline in 2017

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.

in depth

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

Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely

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.

Market ready for take-off

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.

Look below the surface for maintenance regime

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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