Siemens Wind Power is collaborating with USbased company SkySpecs to deploy automated drone technology for onshore and offshore wind turbine inspections. The goal of the collaboration is to develop a pushbutton inspection system that is faster, repeatable and more efficient than existing methods.
Rhenus Offshore Logistics is starting up its operation of two new offshore supply bases at the ports of Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen. The new sites are maintained through cooperation with local partners and realised through the recently opened UK office of Rhenus Offshore Logistics.
LM Wind Power announced that they will open a new wind turbine blade factory dedicated to the offshore market in Cherbourg, France. The Cherbourg plant will have the capability to manufacture the world's longest blade at 88.4 meters.
With some 8.7 GW of onshore turbines installed in 2016, Vestas has reclaimed the top spot in the annual ranking of wind turbine manufacturers. GE is placed second in the global ranking with Goldwind close behind. Installation of offshore wind turbines was led by Sewind and Siemens.
Siemens will provide the complete offshore wind power plat solutions for the Hohe See offshore wind project 90 km north of the German island Borkum. The inter-array cabling contract with a value of approximately € 80 million has been awarded to VBMS.
A microgrid combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies will be installed in Anchorage. The small scale project aims to identify technologies that will enable the integration of more renewables.
The Global Wind Energy Council released its annual market statistics: the 2016 market was more than 54 GW, bringing total global installed capacity to nearly 487 GW.
On 9th February WindEurope has released the European annual wind statistics for 2016. Also Wind accounted for 51 % of all new power installed, there are still big differences between the Member States of the EU and there is a lot left to do for the Governments.
SeaOwls and Ulstein launched a pioneering heavy lift jack-up vessel design, the SOUL, allowing transport and installation of the next generation wind turbines with a capacity of 10 to 12 MW. The cruciform structural lay-out of the SOUL jack-up vessel makes the patent-pending solution more than 10 % lighter than conventional jack-up vessel designs. In combination with a high capacity crane, SOUL enables operators to install the next generation wind turbines with 10 to 12 MW in the same time frame as currently used for installing 6 to 8 MW units.
The World Wind Energy Association WWEA and Intersolar Europe have agreed to co-host World Small Wind Conference together. Small and medium wind stakeholders as well as the solar PV and energy storage industry are welcome to participate in the event, taking plac in Munich on 1st and 2nd June 2017 in parallel with the Intersolar Europe exhibition 2017 (31 May - 2 June).