Floating into Asia

Floating wind power’s credentials as a force to be reckoned with as the Energy Transition gathers momentum seem to get stronger by the week.

Asia – long tipped as a potentially huge market for floating turbine deployment – was the focus of the sector over the last seven days.

First, Recharge reported French technology pioneer Ideol and Japanese renewable energy developer Shizen Energy agreed to collaborate over a “multi-hundred-megawatt” project off southwest Japan – in the running to be the island nation’s (and Asia’s) first.

Within hours of that announcement, it emerged that oil giant Shell is partnering with floating wind specialist CoensHexicon over a project off the South Korean city of Ulsan.

Brazil's power struggles

As Brazil’s first power tender of the year saw ultra-low PV prices – and a low volume of wind and solar take-up that reflects the ongoing issues facing the nation’s economy – Recharge readers got an unrivalled insight ahead of an auction expected to be a competitive ‘bloodbath’.

Interviews by Recharge with executives at Enel, Engie and Actis revealed the latest thinking of key players in what – for all its challenges – remains one of the world’s most dynamic renewable energy markets.

Global Offshore Wind

The Global Offshore Wind industry event in London again showed why the sector is never short of headline news.

As latest figures from RenewableUK showed the global offshore market grew 16% in the last 12 months, Recharge readers got an exclusive glimpse of one of the sector's most exciting innovations – a picture gallery of the components that will come together to form the first prototype of the GE Haliade-X, the world’s largest turbine.

Recharge’ s coverage for Global Offshore Wind on Recharge also included reaction from Equinor’s renewables chief after losing out in New Jersey, more news of the controversy over The Crown Estate’s ‘option fee’ plan for future UK leasing, and an exclusive interview with Siemens Gamesa’s North American offshore wind head Steven Dayney.