Offshore wind

Kiran Stacey

Last month, Vestas launched its new 7MW offshore wind turbine to great fanfare. At the top of London’s South Bank Centre, accompanied by a flashy video and models of the turbine for every attendee, we were told that this was the future of offshore wind power. Read more

Kiran Stacey

You would think that a cut to future subsidies for solar power in Spain would have minimal impact on northern European wind developers. But renewables execs at a planning meeting for the Power and Renewables Summit 2011 looked almost traumatised by the events of last year. Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Magued Eldaief, the head of GE’s UK energy business, answers your questions.
In the first of two posts, he discusses the future for nuclear power in northern Europe, wind power in the developing world and whether it is better to back small- or large-scale power generation projects. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Many thanks for all your questions for Jack Gerard, the head of the API. His answers will appear on this site on Friday, January 14th.
Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Magued Eldaief, the managing director of GE’s energy business in the UK. Read more

Kiran Stacey

The boss of the world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, has warned that the wind energy sector in Europe remains fairly stagnant, in remarks that deal a blow to governments’ hopes of constructing new industries around renewable technologies.

Answering Energy Source readers’ questions, Ditlev Engel warned of a “lack of momentum in Europe”. He said:

We have, so to speak been holding our breath for a very, very long time in this region – and not by accident.

But today, when almost all countries in the area are struggling to get their economies back together, we must face the fact that uncertainty – even by 2011 – will remain significant around Europe.

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Kiran Stacey

After all the bad news we have published today regarding the offshore wind industry, here is some good news.
Just a month after the UK government confirmed it would spend £60m updating the infrastructure at ports to enable bigger and better wind farms to be built, the Scottish government has gone one further and announced a similar £70m fund. Read more

Kiran Stacey

The offshore wind industry was delighted last month when the government confirmed it would spend £60m to redevelop Britain’s port infrastructure.
But as offshore wind becomes a more prominent part of the UK’s energy mix, it suddenly finds itself in competition with giants from the oil and gas industry. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Yesterday’s confirmation that the government would protect £60m of spending on port infrastructure gave an important fillip to the UK offshore wind industry.
But today the industry had much more worrying news from Vestas, the market leader in this area, who have decided to slash 14 per cent from its overall workforce, at a cost of 3,000 jobs. Clare MacCarthey reports from Copenhagen: Read more

Kiran Stacey

Here’s some news you may have missed overnight. It looks almost certain that the £60m promised by the last UK government to allow the country’s ports to cope with the next generation of offshore wind will be preserved in tomorrow’s spending review. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Want £100,000? All you have to do is come up with a way of getting engineers and equipment out to the wind farms of the future. Read more