The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

23/02/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Vattenfall's plans to expand in Germany

Germany’s issues with its grid capacity have not made the country less attractive to wind companies. Swedish utility Vattenfall’s strategy is a good example of that.

This week, the company has announced a partnership with German developer Abo Wind, to help it install up to 200MW of onshore wind by 2020 from its current 13.9MW.  It has also called Germany “the most advanced and interesting ‘tran ...

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Posted

27/01/2017

Author

Ilaria Valtimora

Offshore wind needs long-term plans in Europe

Last year was a record-breaker in terms of offshore wind investment. This shows that Europe has great potential to remain the global leader in this part of the wind sector.

However, it must deliver on this potential, as there is still uncertainty over volumes and regulation in key European offshore markets after 2020.

These are the headlines from the annual offshore statistics that WindEurop ...

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Posted

17/02/2016

Author

Anna Thorne

Troubled OWS struggles in a competitive field

German services provider Offshore Wind Solutions revealed this month it is looking to cut 100 jobs —or one-third of its workforce —after failing to secure sufficient work in the North Sea. This problem has been a long time coming.

So far, the firm’s fortunes have been tied up with the 400MW Bard Offshore 1, which is Germany’s largest operating offshore wind farm and has a troubled history. In f ...

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Posted

23/01/2015

Author

Adam Barber

We shouldn’t put up barriers where they don’t exist

“Out at sea we have now broken through the gigawatt barrier for installed capacity.”

So said Norbert Giese, board member at the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation and chairman of the offshore wind steering committee at VDMA Power Systems, earlier this month.

He was talking about the news from Deutsche WindGuard that showed that Germany had over 1GW of offshore wind capacity connected to ...

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