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Excitement About Floating Offshore Wind

Steve SawyerWhen the first floating offshore wind demonstration projects were deployed nearly ten years ago, most observers thought that the technology was intriguing, but the costs and degree of difficulty were both very, very high. At that stage, fixed-bottom offshore was installing only a few hundred megawatts per year, costs were high and going up, and the future of the sector appeared in doubt. How things have changed!
By Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council

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US Wind Power Pushing New Frontiers

View from Inside Hannah HuntAmerican wind energy continues to power forward to reach new heights. Today, it powers more US families and businesses than ever before and employs a record 105,500 men and women across all 50 states. What is most exciting? More is on the way. Let’s take a closer look. AWEA’s 2017 US Wind Industry Annual Market Report shows how wind has become a key contributor to our electricity mix, and how the days of wind occupying a niche space are long gone.
By Hannah Hunt, Deputy Director, Electricity Policy & Demand, AWEA, USA

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The Advance of Craneless Technologies in the Wind Industry

ThomasSandbjergAre we, as an industry, getting closer to eliminating the need for mobile cranes entirely? The market for the installation, operation and maintenance of wind turbines continues to grow globally. So does installed wind energy generation capacity, and the need to rethink processes and technologies across the industry persists if we are to continually optimise operations.

By Thomas Lamberth Sandbjerg, Liftra, Denmark

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Can Spanish Wind Investors Forgive?

Adam BarberSpain’s wind market may finally be on the up again. Recent government auctions for renewable energy projects offer hope to a devastated sector following brutal retroactive subsidy cuts in 2012. However, regaining the trust of investors and developers, still smarting from the cuts, will not be easy.

By Adam Barber, Managing Director, The Tamarindo Group

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Project Governance for Wind Energy

Thierry NiclouxAre technical expertise and knowledge necessary to achieve operational excellence on a wind energy project? Yes, indeed they are critical! But are they sufficient? No! When the project takes a wrong turn is it really the result of a technical issue or a lack of professional training? In most cases, both the problem and the solution lie elsewhere.

By Thierry Nicloux, Certified Business Coach at Muse coaching, France

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On social responsibility within the wind industry

Frits Ogg newWind energy has been part of the race for the big money for quite some time now. There is nothing wrong with that. We need scaling up and reduction of costs. We need to reach sustainability goals. However, there is the other side of the coin as well. Scaling up to megawatt class turbines means wind energy is now affordable for urbanised areas in the world. But 90% of the Earth’s land surface is and remains rural with either no electricity grid or one that is so weak that it cannot support megawatt wind turbines. Some urbanised areas need local generation of electricity with smaller wind turbines as well. Small and medium wind turbines may also find their way to the market  like bicycles in mobility. Even dekawatt wind turbines have a market in the areas of wireless sensors and telemetry. However, at fairs like HUSUMWind only a few of the 400 small and medium wind turbine manufacturers tend to be present.

By Frits Ogg, Renewable Energy Consultant, The Netherlands

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