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Publisher's Note July August 2021

Floris Siteur 2021How to speed up recycling of wind turbine blades
Recycling is a hot theme in the wind industry and we have already published several articles about it in Windtech International. About 85 to 90% of a wind turbine can already be recycled. However, the bottleneck preventing 100% recyclability is the blades. Blades consist mostly of composite materials which are difficult to recycle. To speed up recycling of blades (and other composite components) WindEurope has called upon the European Commission (EC) to propose a Europe-wide ban on the landfill of decommissioned wind turbine blades by 2025. To support this ban (European) governments should increase funding for research and development in the commercialisation and scale-up of different blade recycling technologies.

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Publisher's Note May June 2021

Floris Siteur 2021Will the US offshore wind market finally take off?
Vineyard Wind has recently received the Record of Decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the final major step in the federal review process for the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the USA. Vineyard Wind 1 is an 800MW project located 15 miles (ca 24 kilometres) off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and approval of the project is an important step towards achieving the Biden administration’s goal of bringing 30GW of offshore wind online by 2030.

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Publisher's Note March April 2021

Is green hydrogen the holy grail or just hype?
Floris Siteur 2021Many companies and governments nowadays are looking into green hydrogen to speed up the energy transition. Based on all the plans it seems that green hydrogen presents a ‘huge’ opportunity and might play a prominent role in decarbonising the economy such as for heavy-duty transport, aviation, shipping or in industrial processes such as steel and chemicals production.

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Publisher's Note January February 2021

Floris Siteur 2021Will 2021 be the year of a green economic recovery?
Most of the world is still in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, coping with the second wave and/or heading into a third wave. Although vaccination programmes have started, 2021 will still be a year of fighting the current pandemic. But 2020 was not all bad news.

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Publisher's Note November December 2020

A bright future lies ahead of us
Floris Siteur 2021The global COVID-19 pandemic has slowed work on some renewable energy projects but, according to the International Energy Agency, activity is resuming and the world is expected to see record renewable energy capacity additions in 2020 and 2021, and to have 198GW of renewable energy capacity by the end of 2020.

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Publisher's Note September October 2020

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2020Are the big oil giants sincere or greenwashing?
According to Eurelectric’s Power Barometer the carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector are decreasing faster than anticipated. Renewables dominate the generation mix, while our reliance on polluting fossil-based generation continues to drop. Eurelectric’s Power Barometer, a set of key industry indicators, reflects a historic development in the power sector and points to the challenges ahead of achieving a climate neutral European economy by 2050.

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Publisher's Note July August 2020

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2020European Commission makes fighting climate change central to Europe’s economic recovery
On 21 July, European Union (EU) leaders agreed a deal for a post-coronavirus recovery package and a new EU budget for 2021–2027 (€ 1.1 trillion) following a four-day summit. The recovery package remains consistent with proposals raised in May, which suggested a € 750 billion spending package for green and digital transitions. The recovery package is a combination of grants and loans.

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