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Dutch lake project takes shape

Dutch lake project takes shape

NETHERLANDS: Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord are set to build an 89-turbine near-shore wind farm in the northerly Ijsselmeer Lake.

Prysmian to expand UK site for Hornsea supply

Prysmian to expand UK site for Hornsea supply

UK: Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian has been awarded a contract to supply inter-array cables to ├śrsted's 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two site in the North Sea.

Monobuckets set for Deutsche Bucht pilot

Monobuckets set for Deutsche Bucht pilot

GERMANY: Northland Power has given the go-ahead to install two monobucket turbine foundations at the 268.8MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project.

LM acquires Dutch test facility

LM acquires Dutch test facility

NETHERLANDS: GE's blade subsidiary LM Wind Power has acquired the WMC test facility in Wieringerwerf in the north of the country.

Turbines could exceed 15MW to lower LCOE

Turbines could exceed 15MW to lower LCOE

WORLDWIDE: Increased competition could prompt development of offshore turbines with capacities beyond 15MW and rotors of up-to 250 metres, according to new research.

EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract

EEW secures Hornsea Two monopile contract

UK: Foundation specialist EEW will provide 165 monopiles for the near-1.4GW Hornsea Two project situated 89 kilometres off England's east coast.

in depth

Innovative solution for offshore mooring

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.

Floating pioneers undaunted by challenges

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.

Floating offshore takes to the skies

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.

Floating wind eager for commercial projects

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

The new benchmark

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.