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NETHERLANDS: Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord are set to build an 89-turbine near-shore wind farm in the northerly Ijsselmeer Lake.
UK: Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian has been awarded a contract to supply inter-array cables to Ørsted's 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two site in the North Sea.
GERMANY: Northland Power has given the go-ahead to install two monobucket turbine foundations at the 268.8MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project.
NETHERLANDS: GE's blade subsidiary LM Wind Power has acquired the WMC test facility in Wieringerwerf in the north of the country.
WORLDWIDE: Increased competition could prompt development of offshore turbines with capacities beyond 15MW and rotors of up-to 250 metres, according to new research.
UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.
WORLDWIDE: Offshore windpower is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sectors, attracting substantial interest and investment in Europe, the US and China. Developers are exploiting the strong and consistent wind resources at sea to drive down the costs of wind-generated electricity.
UK: Realism over the challenges that floating offshore faces was balanced by optimism that they will be overcome as experts gathered at the Windpower Monthly forum.
NETHERLANDS: Airborne wind energy systems (AWES) are seeing growing wind industry interest, but it remains an emerging technology set against conventional wind power's track record, production volumes and readiness for market.
FRANCE: Encouraged by the success of Hywind Scotland, the floating offshore wind sector is aiming to make policymakers take note and move on to build utility-scale projects. But supply-chain challenges need addressing for serial production to become viable
UK: A new offshore wind project and a new benchmark set. MHI Vestas has installed the first turbine at Vattenfall's European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), with a capacity of 8.8MW -- the highest-rated turbine installed in the water to date.