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Goldwind expands 6MW-plus offering

Goldwind expands 6MW-plus offering

CHINA: Manufacturer Goldwind has unveiled a platform of 6MW+ offshore wind turbines, with a range of rotor diameters up to 171-metres.

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

UK: The UK, and in particular Scotland, is well placed to benefit from the growth of the floating offshore wind sector, Hugh McNeal, chief executive, of trade body RenewableUK said at the Floating Offshore Wind conference (14 November) in Glasgow.

Tension-leg platform passes wind and wave tests

Tension-leg platform passes wind and wave tests

FRANCE: A 1:50 scale model of a floating tension-leg platform has passed wind and wave trials in a test tank in France.

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

UK: ORE Catapult is leading a research project to improve blade technology in an effort to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind.

MHI Vestas to open blade painting and logistics facility

MHI Vestas to open blade painting and logistics facility

UK: MHI Vestas will turn a former oil-fired power plant into a painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre V164 turbine blades.

Doosan buys rights to AMSC 5.5MW

Doosan buys rights to AMSC 5.5MW

SOUTH KOREA: Doosan Heavy Industries has acquired an operating prototype, designs, and rights to sell the 5.5MW offshore wind turbine designed by electric control systems specialist AMSC and Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems.

in depth

Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice

FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.

Shipping out to Scotland

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.

From powering homes to shielding them from noise

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.

Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

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.

STX offers modular offshore substations

FRANCE: Maritime construction group STX France has launched a new modular design for offshore substations it said could cut energy costs by reducing delivery times, capital expenditure and operational costs.


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