It didn’t take long for the newly-unveiled biggest beast in the offshore wind jungle to make a big mark in the market.
Within a week of its launch, Siemens Gamesa’s 15MW machine was being lined up for deployment at the up-to 1.1GW Hai Long 2 project off Taiwan for developers Northland Power and Yushan Energy. The new 14MW giant is also in the frame for the 2.6GW Coastal Virginia project in the US, bringing the world’s biggest turbine to what’s set to be America’s most ambitious offshore wind project to date.
The relentless scaling-up of offshore wind was central to another Recharge exclusive this week as we reported how Germany’s Aerodyn is taking blades to a new level with a 111-metre design, a full three-metres longer than those on the new Siemens Gamesa SG14-222DD.
As the world recovers from a historic economic shock, green energy pacesetters like Vestas can lead the rebound and make sure the world is ready to face the next crisis – climate change.
That was the message from the Danish wind giant’s CEO Henrik Andersen in an exclusive opinion column for Recharge this week setting out what’s at stake as the EU and other policymakers lay their plans for economic stimulus packages.
The US wind market has reason to celebrate this week as the federal government confirmed projects will get more time under tax credit incentive programmes to take account of disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
That’s a relief to a industry that was facing big pressures on its supply chains and people – although, as a Recharge analysis explained – coping better than many sectors of the US economy.
US offshore wind wasn’t part of the relief measures but marked its own milestone when construction work began at the first project in US federal waters, with first foundations now installed at Dominion Energy and Orsted’s 12MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot site.
On the downside, another US offshore wind plan – the Icebreaker project on Lake Erie, Ohio – declared itself “stunned” at a consent decision it claimed could make the long-percolating development unviable.