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FengFeng Zhao is the Strategy Director for the Global Wind Energy Council. Zhao is a well-known wind industry analyst, having created and provided industry leading data and advisory services first for BTM Consult and then for FTI Consulting. His project experience includes advising on global supply chain management, market growth projection, product portfolio development, market entry and exit, regulatory and policy review, O&M, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute support.

The Race for Bigger Turbines Continues

supply side analysis 2019In the 1980s, the three-bladed, fixed speed Danish wind turbine was the dominant model with a rated capacity of less than 200kW. Forty years later, wind turbine manufacturers are continually breaking the proverbial glass ceiling by launching turbines bigger than we would ever have imagined just a few decades ago. In May 2020, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy launched the biggest turbine ever announced, clocking in at 14MW and with a 222-metre rotor diameter for offshore wind farms. Just one of these turbines could generate enough electricity to power 18,000 European households every year.
 
By Feng Zhao, Strategy Director at Global Wind Energy Council

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Why We Need More Green Hydrogen for the Global Energy Transition

Green Hydrogen WFWind energy has gone from being a niche to a mainstream energy source, providing 15% of the European Union’s electricity demand in 2019 and already becoming the third largest energy source in China. To speed up the global energy transition and to support major energy companies and oil and gas giants in meeting their carbon neutral target, the next step is not only to focus on new solutions that can support system integration, bringing more renewable generated electricity into the grid, but also to explore existing solutions like hydrogen that can work together with renewables to decarbonise sectors where direct electrification cannot easily be achieved.

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Global Gearbox Supply Chain Market Set to Grow to 59.1GW in 2020

ZF GearboxGearboxes are a critical component in a wind turbine, helping to convert rotational energy into electrical power to drive the energy transition across the world. According to the Global Wind Gearbox Supply Chain Update 2019 published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) Market Intelligence service in December 2019, the market for the gearbox supply chain is set to grow as more wind turbines are installed in new markets for both onshore and offshore wind, and since more renewable energy systems must be installed to decarbonise the global energy system.
 
By Feng Zhao, Strategy Director at Global Wind Energy Council

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A New Generation of Offshore Wind Turbine Drive-trains Promises Power Ratings up to 16MW

Philip Aug Sept 19The global offshore wind energy market appears poised for significant growth in the coming years, driven by demand as well as cost reductions in new technology. IntelStor has previously predicted a global offshore wind market of 355GW by 2050, up significantly from the current levels of ~49GW expected to be installed globally by the end of 2019.
 
By Philip Totaro, Founder and CEO, IntelStor, USA

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Renewable Energy Digital Services Benefits Are Not Fully Recognised

Digital Service Outcomes and EnhancementsThe contribution of digital services to operations and maintenance (opex) cost savings, service revenue enhancement, asset life extension and additional power delivered to the grid in a price optimal fashion has so far fallen short of expectations in the five years since these solutions were first deployed.
 
By Philip Totaro, Founder and CEO, IntelStor, USA

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Wind Energy Industry Has Lost US$ 5.2 billion Through Avoidable IP Infringements and Trade Secret Theft

Wind Energy IP Litigation InfographicSince 1995 the wind energy industry has suffered more than US$ 5.2 billion in commercial losses associated with intellectual property risks which went unmitigated and could have been avoided.
 
By Philip Totaro, Founder and CEO, IntelStor, USA

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