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Posted

14/07/2017

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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

Author

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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Posted

06/06/2017

Author

Richard Heap

OWE 2017: Reflections on the first day

In our newsletter on Monday we highlighted five of the major talking points we expected to see at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference, run by WindEurope and RenewableUK, in London this week. And, at the end of the first day, all have featured heavily. 

Here are our thoughts on what we have heard on these topics so far:

Zero-subsidy developments: These were always going to be a big talki ...

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Posted

05/06/2017

Author

Richard Heap

In London, as in Paris, the show must go on

In November 2015, the WindEurope annual conference took place in Paris three days after terrorists killed 130 people in the city, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre. We wrote at the time that it was right for the event to go ahead. The world, and wind, cannot stand still.

That was true of Paris just 19 months ago, and it is true of London now.

This week, WindEurope and RenewableUK are set ...

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Posted

29/05/2017

Author

Richard Heap

A fully green-powered world? Steady on!

Is it possible to have an energy system based entirely on renewable sources? That was one of the questions that speakers grappled with during a session at the Financial Times Energy Transitions Strategies conference in London, part of FT Clean Energy Week, on Wednesday last week. 

And the answer was a resounding: ‘Well, hold on a minute.’

Renewables including hydro make up less than 5% of th ...

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