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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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Publisher's Note May June 2020

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2020Will the wind energy industry for once not be hard hit by a global crisis?
The world is still experiencing a health and economic crisis due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, since many countries have succeeded in controlling the virus (for now), lots of measures have been eased and some have been lifted. The economic effect that the lockdowns have had on (local) economies is devastating. It is expected that in the first half of 2020 the European economy will decrease by 10%, and although a recovery is expected in the second half of 2020, a decrease of 5% is expected for the year. In the short term the wind industry is also affected by, for example, supply chain issues, closure of manufacturing facilities, and delays in project execution. However, in the long term the wind industry (and other renewables) might dodge the bullet this time.

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Publisher's Note March April 2020

COVID-19 and its impact on the wind energy industry
Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2020At the moment, the world is experiencing a health and economic crisis due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). With many countries implementing measures such as travel bans and partial lockdowns to contain COVID-19 it is likely that our industry will be affected as well. The question is to what extent. I guess nobody knows the answer right now but the situation might affect supply chains and cause a shortage of personnel, lack of finance and a global downturn of the economy in general.

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Publisher's Note January February 2020

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2020Launch of photo contest and new guest writer
 
Windtech International, sponsored by the manufacturer of obstruction lights Technostrobe, is launching a photo contest, Turbine Shots. Every week in our email newsletter (to sign up free of charge go to www.windtech-international.com/nl) and on our website we want to show you that wind energy is more than just a technology. It captures the imagination, inspires, fascinates and captivates.
 
We therefore invite you all to email us your stunning pictures of wind turbines inspired by ‘light’ (in the broadest sense of the word). After 52 submissions we will announce the winner of the best picture of the year!
 
Shine your ‘light’ on wind turbines!
 
Email your picture (336 × 280 pixels) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the turbine model, location and name of the photographer. Also make sure that you have permission for us to show your picture to the global wind energy community.

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Publisher's Note November December 2019

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2019WindEurope Offshore 2019: Our energy, our future
Around 9,000 wind industry professionals will come together in Copenhagen this November for WindEurope’s biennial offshore conference and exhibition. During the conference, 250 speakers will discuss the latest insights and trends. The exhibition hosts over 400 exhibitors who will show their products and services.

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Publisher's Note October 2019

Floris Siteur Publisher Windtech International 2019German market faces difficult times and competition for offshore wind OEMs becomes fiercer
Husum Wind 2019 was organised from 10 to 13 September 2019. Trade visitors used the four days of the fair to find out about technical innovations and products from around 600 exhibitors from 25 countries. Like the previous edition, the focus of the fair was on the German-speaking core market and despite the current market situation in Germany the visitor numbers were stable compared with 2017 with up to 18,000 trade visitors visiting this year’s show.

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