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Small Wind: Still on Board!

View from inside March April 21Despite society moving towards ‘big wind’, there are still a number of applications for which small wind can play an important role, especially in remote locations like the Arctic or in developing countries. Why should these communities wait for a green megawatt transition when a kilowatt transition is already possible?
 
By Daniele Pagani, Capacity Building Coordinator & Tonny Brink, CTO, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy, Denmark

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Keeping Quality in Renewable Energy Project Development

Tarroga Rosa01 7The pandemic has made evident that electricity demand can overall decrease while some sudden peak loads (e.g. high demand in hospitals) need to be covered. Further, a geographically dispersed peak demand might increase with the deployment of e-mobility, energy coupling, and so on. Projects will be more complex. Development tasks require high expertise, quality and standards.
 
By Rosa M. Tarragó, Strategy and Infrastructure Equity Specialist, Germany

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The Future of Hydrogen in Northwestern Europe

Alex2020 might be the year that hydrogen finally made its long-awaited international breakthrough. Over the past few months, countries like Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the European Union, have published ambitious strategies that push the development of hydrogen over the coming decades. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty that must be considered. That is why we at Aurora Energy Research wanted to separate fact from fiction. Backed by a large consortium of industrial players and the German, Belgian and Dutch regulators we have undertaken a large-scale analysis of the factors influencing the future hydrogen market and their implications. Here, we want to highlight some of our findings that are also particularly relevant for the wind industry.
 
By Alexander Esser, Aurora Energy Research, Germany

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Localisation Could Jeopardise Taiwan’s Offshore Ambitions

Liming Qiao GWECWith the upcoming Round 3 Offshore Wind Auction framework, the Global Wind Energy Council expects Taiwan will surpass 10GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of 2030, but the flexibility of localisation requirements will be vital in determining whether the nascent offshore wind industry realises its ambition and potential to become a sustainable and competitive offshore wind export hub for the region.
 
By Liming Qiao, Asia Director, Global Wind Energy Council Asia

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Kick-Starting Offshore Wind in India

Sidharth JainThe Indian offshore wind market is attractive yet challenging. The risks cannot be ignored or wished away, but industry can be kick-started with a targeted approach. To deal with the uncertainty, the government needs to provide a clear market road map and players need to commit to a price trajectory.
 
By Sidharth Jain, MEC Intelligence, India

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US Wind Power Reached New Heights in 2019 and Continues to Set Records in 2020

View from Inside AWEA May June 2020Wind power became America’s largest provider of renewable energy in 2019 and was the top choice for new utility-scale power. Offshore wind activity picked up as states introduced new development targets. Construction and installations remained strong during the first quarter of 2020.
 
By Celeste Wanner, Research & Analytics Manager, American Wind Energy Association

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