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Equinor to explore floating wind in South Korea

Equinor to explore floating wind in South Korea

Equinor has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) to investigate the potential for floating offshore wind development in South Korea.

Stiesdal's TetraSpar demo gets go-ahead

Stiesdal's TetraSpar demo gets go-ahead

The floating offshore wind turbine platform concept, designed by industry veteran Henrik Stiesdal, will be installed at a demonstration site in Norway, following a final investment decision by backers Shell and Innogy.

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

The latest report into the offshore wind sector by WindEurope shows the cost of investment required for the region's new wind capacity has been falling sharply since 2015.

Fraunhofer plans 115-metre blade tests

Fraunhofer plans 115-metre blade tests

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) has received €11.6 million in funding for a new hall and test bench capable of evaluating blades of up to 115 metres.

US turns attention to floating with new DOE funding

US turns attention to floating with new DOE funding

Up to $28 million is up for grabs for floating offshore wind projects using a control co-design principle, with a new round of grants from the country's Department of Energy (DOE).

Hitachi suspends production, favours Enercon

Hitachi suspends production, favours Enercon

Hitachi will stop producing its own turbines and instead focus on distributing Enercon machines in Japan and overseas, expanding a 20-year-old collaboration agreement with the German manufacturer.

in depth

WindTech: Self-aligning floater with tower included

GERMANY: A German consortium has developed, tested and validated a self-aligning, lightweight, four-legged semi-submersible floating-platform concept that integrates the turbine tower. Eize de Vries highlights the technological innovations.

Floating design brings the x-factor to 10MW-plus market

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.

MHI Vestas' Kavafyan on staying on top

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.

Ten of the biggest offshore turbines

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.

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.