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JAPAN: The government will decide on a basic plan to promote offshore wind, including the location of designated construction zones.
UK: LM Wind Power's 88.4-metre blade has been delivered to the ORE Catapult test facility in Blyth, northeast England, to undergo testing as part of a EU-funded research project.
UNITED STATES: GE Renewable Energy has announced plans for what could be the world's most powerful offshore wind turbine, the 12MW Haliade-X.
WORLDWIDE: Preliminary data from FTI Consulting has placed Vestas once again as the lead manufacturer by global installations in 2017, with new giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) taking second spot and GE pushed to fourth.
UK: The government's InnovateUK fund will invest £19 million in projects offering solutions to improve autonomous subsea or subsurface inspections and monitoring systems for offshore projects.
DENMARK: The Danish Technical University (DTU) and developer Vattenfall have announced a joint project to investigate the shadow effect offshore wind projects have on other nearby sites.
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.
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.
GERMANY: In December, aerodyn engineering unveiled a fully instrumented 1:10 scale model of its two-blade downwind SCDnezzy 6.0 floating design at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Germany. Eize de Vries had exclusive access to the preliminary tests.
WORLDWIDE: Ease of manufacture plays a growing role in development as blades continue to grow in size.
WORLDWIDE: Consolidating market draws breath before the next big step into 10MW-plus waters.