Many in the industry got it wrong. In the late 2000s, when the European offshore wind sector was gathering momentum, construction companies spent billions building massive jack-up units for the anticipated build-out in Europe’s northern seas.
The US Northeast has never been the country’s sexiest renewables market, lacking the windy open plains of the Midwest, the sunny skies of the Southwest and the breezy glamour of clean-tech California.
12 May 2016 02:02 GMT
Even for an industry fast growing accustomed to the skyward scale-up of its technology, this is jaw-dropping: a rotor blade more than double the size of any yet built — 200 metres from root to tip — designed to be flown by a gigantic 50MW offshore wind turbine.
05 May 2016 07:39 GMT
India’s solar power tenders will see upward pressure from the ultra-low prices lodged by some early bidders, predicted the CEO of one of the country’s leading PV manufacturers, who also revealed that policy talks are underway to support retrofitting of modules at Indian wind farms.
21 April 2016 12:56 GMT
The CEO of turbine group MHI Vestas has hailed his company’s role in bringing competition to the offshore wind market at a key stage of its evolution, and said he expects to see more consolidation in a sector that makes huge financial demands on its participants.
06 April 2016 01:24 GMT
With the initial jubilation from the late-2015 US tax-credits extensions now fading, several important aspects of the deal are coming into sharper focus. Among them is this reality: while wind got a great deal, solar got an even better one.
07 March 2016 02:50 GMT
When Vestas unveiled the 7MW V164 in 2011, turbines of this size were thought to be on the far limits of the sector’s engineering capabilities — with rotor blades outstretching the wingspans of jetliners and drivetrains facing torque that would defeat the mightiest industrial rock crushers.
07 March 2016 08:33 GMT
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