Blog - What’s happening in wind

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15/08/2017

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Legal case news: Take care when allocating design risk

This month, the UK’s Supreme Court has given its verdict in the construction dispute involving MT Højgaard and E.On Climate & Renewables regarding the 174MW offshore wind farm Robin Rigg. Rebecca Williams, partner in the dispute resolution team at law firm Watson Farley & Williams says the case shows why firms should take care when allocating design risk under construction contracts.

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Posted

10/08/2017

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Richard Heap

We love AWEA's map on how US wind has grown over 35 years



US pranksters have this week installed a giant inflatable chicken with President Trump's hair on a lawn opposite the White House. They say this is a protest against Trump being a "weak and ineffective leader" and, on that basis, we can only imagine Trump is praying for a strong wind to blow it away.

Not that Trump is a fan of wind. Not only does it play havoc with his hair during his many d ...

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Posted

26/07/2017

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Guest Author

UK Government must wake up to Brexit threat to offshore workforce

Guest post by Rob Grimmond, CEO of Offshore Marine Management



It is vital that the UK Government talks to the industry to get a picture of what is at threat for the renewables industry, especially offshore wind and marine energy, if the movement of people is limited by Brexit. 

Taking a step forward to ensure a realistic future for renewables in the UK and help to secure a flexible workf ...

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Posted

14/07/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

Finance Quarterly report out now!

The election of French president Emmanuel Macron, who fuses a pro-renewables stance with pro-business policies, means exciting opportunities for France’s wind sector.

This is what has emerged from our first Finance Quarterly report, published this week in association with leading energy advisor DNV GL. In this new series of special reports, published every three months, we give readers a quick ...

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Posted

10/07/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

Musk grabs headlines with Aussie wind-and-storage

“Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” 

This is how, in March, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, Elon Musk, promised on Twitter to build an electricity storage system that would help to prevent blackouts in the Australian state of South Australia. 

And four months later, he’s set to ...

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Posted

30/06/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

The renewed dynamism of the Australian wind market

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been making life tough for wind developers and investors. He publicly blamed wind farms for a series of blackouts in South Australia in late 2016 and early 2017 in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Despite that high-level hostility, the wind sector in the country has been incredibly active lately, and regional governments and companies have bee ...

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Posted

15/06/2017

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Guest Author

Seven keys to offshore wind health and safety

Guest post by Ben Scholes, CEO and co-founder of Papertrail.





Nobody who has worked in an offshore environment would treat the health and safety risks lightly. And so far, the accident rate seen in offshore wind has been mercifully low. But that is no reason for complacency.

As the industry moves to ever-larger turbines, sited further offshore, and increasingly featuring new design fe ...

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Posted

08/06/2017

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Ilaria Valtimora

Dong Energy launches a new battery system

Much of the talk at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference in London this week has been about Danish utility’s Dong Energy ‘zero-subsidy’ offshore projects, and how the market should adapt to those.

But the company also got people talking yesterday as it launched a battery system, which it is set to integrate into its 90MW Burbo Bank project in Liverpool Bay. It presented this at its ‘Offshor ...

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Posted

08/06/2017

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Richard Heap

OWE 2017: Reflections on the second day

The walking has taken its toll on our feet. The booze at the Green Giraffe party on Tuesday has taken its toll on our brains. But there were still plenty of reasons to get back to business at the second day of the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference in London on Wednesday. Here are a few of our highlights.

Taiwan: We started by attending a session on the emerging markets of Taiwan and the US. ...

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Posted

06/06/2017

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Richard Heap

MHI Vestas vs. Siemens Gamesa — the simulator showdown

We all know MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa are locked in a race to deliver the biggest and best offshore turbines — but who has the best offshore wind simulator? This is one of our big questions at this week’s Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference in London, so we decided to try them both.

The MHI Vestas simulator and its red gantry has been an ubiquitous feature of recent events where we have se ...

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