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NORWAY: Innogy and Shell will collaborate with Stiesdal Offshore Technologies (SOT) to build a demonstration project using the TetraSpar floating foundation concept.
TAIWAN: Onshore cable installation works have begun for state utility Taiwan Power's 109.2MW Changhua offshore wind farm.
HAMBURG 2018: Floating wind is not yet serialised enough and financial institutions do not yet have enough faith in the technology for it to take off, but it will be necessary in many new markets, the Global Wind Energy Council's offshore ambassador believes.
HAMBURG 2018: Offshore turbines with a capacity of 20MW and 250-metre rotor diameters are "perfectly feasible", said LM Wind Power senior director John Korsgaard.
DENMARK/JAPAN: MHI Vestas has achieved a power rating of 10MW with its V164 turbine platform, the manufacturer announced.
UNITED STATES: US construction firms Chet Morrison and iSIMS have unveiled a new jacket foundation design that uses less steel than the traditional substructure.
FRANCE: French engineering firm Ceteal claims its x-shaped concrete floating foundation offers significant manufacturing and operational advantages over other designs currently under development for the floating offshore wind sector.
DENMARK: When Philippe Kavafyan took over from Jens Tommerup as MHI Vestas CEO earlier this year, his predecessor told him to 'learn to say no'. Windpower Monthly spoke to the former Adwen chairman about how he is picking his battles and where he plans to take the firm over the next four years.
WORLDWIDE: We have focused on turbines in production or for which orders are being taken, omitting the discontinued, the test-bed prototypes for those that never made it, and the designs still on the drawing boards to examine the credentials of ten of the highest-rated capacity turbines on the market today.
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.
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