News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind energy technology, including offshore wind turbines, turbine blades, drive trains, electricity & transmission.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is not going to lose its grip as offshore market leader any time soon, but MHI Vestas is beginning to loosen the chokehold.
FRANCE: Six floating wind firms have combined to call on the government to support the technology and make France the world leader.
UK: Agreements have been signed for export cable systems at two offshore wind farms off the UK with a combined capacity of more than 2GW.
CHINA: An 8MW turbine plus a model with a 184-metre rotor diameter are among four new designs from leading Chinese manufacturer Goldwind.
NETHERLANDS: Offshore contractor Van Oord has launched a pilot project in the Dutch North Sea investigating how natural conservation and renewable energy generation can be mutually reinforcing.
DENMARK: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), Vestas and its offshore joint venture MHI Vestas have joined a research project to examine the potential to standardise components and areas of the manufacturing process.
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.
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.
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