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Floating wind sails to Spain

Floating wind sails to Spain

Spanish startup EnerOcean has unveiled what will soon be the country's second offshore wind turbine -- and its first floating one.

EC grant for downwind floating demo

EC grant for downwind floating demo

The European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme has awarded €4 million to a downwind floating wind turbine design featuring a single-point mooring system.

Cyclone and earthquake project launched

Cyclone and earthquake project launched

Certification body DNV GL has launched a new joint industry project to develop new guidelines for designing offshore wind turbines for markets hit by cyclones and earthquakes.

UK oil and gas body eyeing renewables links

UK oil and gas body eyeing renewables links

The UK's Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is exploring the potential for forging closer links with offshore renewable developers.

Funds for Ireland's first floating demonstrator

Funds for Ireland's first floating demonstrator

An oil and gas contractor has designed a submersible platform to form the basis of Ireland's first floating wind demonstration project.

Haliade-X uncovered: GE aims for 14MW

Haliade-X uncovered: GE aims for 14MW

The first prototype of GE's Haliade-X offshore turbine, due to be installed at an onshore test site in the Netherlands this summer, will have "rated power of 12-14MW", and a 218.2-metre rotor diameter.

in depth

Race to market guides SGRE 10MW technology picks

EXCLUSIVE: In order to offer its new 10MW offshore turbine commercially by 2022, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) must install the prototype this autumn. Eize de Vries speaks exclusively to the company's technical experts about the development process.

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.