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UNITED STATES: Principle Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with a local government agency in the north of California to develop an offshore wind project.
UNITED STATES: Secretary of energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in funding for a research and development (R&D) group to work towards reducing the cost of the US offshore wind sector.
GERMANY: Research and development institute Fraunhofer Iwes has launched a three-year study into the effect of rain erosion on wind turbine blades.
UK: Engineering consultancy firm Atkins has been appointed monopile designer for Innogy's CfD-backed Triton Knoll project in the east of England.
UK: Statoil has commissioned energy storage specialist Younicos to deliver a 1MW/1.3MWh battery system to its 30MW Hywind Scotland floating wind project.
EUROPE: The Senvion-led Realcoe collaboration project has applied for funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 initiative to speed up development of its proposed 10MW-plus offshore turbine.
NETHERLANDS: A 167-metre rotor and power-mode option to hit 9MW are the headline features of the latest upgrade to Siemens Gamesa's direct-drive offshore platform, revealed on 28 November at the WindEurope conference in Amsterdam.
FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.
NORWAY/UK:The first commercial floating wind project is close to reality with the turbines mounted on their foundations in Norway and the tugboats ready for the voyage to Scotland.
DENMARK: The world's leading offshore developer and a Danish recycling company have found a novel way to divert decommissioned turbine blades from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions in the process.
GERMANY: Senvion is adapting its 3MW platform for offshore deployment in the Mediterranean, and is likely to develop an 11-12MW range turbine with a rotor diameter close to 200 metres.