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Offshore wind time to shine for Port of Tyne The Port of Tyne in north-east England is positioning itself to become an offshore wind port for future North Sea projects. The port is nearing the final phase of a £3m investment programme to infill Tyne Dock that will add 30 acres of deep-sea quayside.

A vision of 2040: everything we need for a sustainable world already exists There are real obstacles to environmental progress, but we must focus on what we are for, not just what we are against.

OPSB Approves Construction of Solar Farms in Hardin, Highland Counties Hardin Solar Energy Center II, to be located in Marion, Roundhead, and McDonald townships, will be capable of generating up to 170 MW and will include a battery storage system with a capacity of up to 60 MW.

Flow battery company joins Power Africa to help power renewable microgrids On Monday, Portland-Oregon-based flow battery manufacturer ESS announced that it has joined Power Africa, a U.S. government-led partnership coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development, as a private sector partner. ESS is the program's first flow battery partner.

UAE crew in the grouting fast lane UAE outfit ULO Systems has launched a new recirculating jet mixer and high-capacity pump that, it says, can enable grouting up to 75% faster than using traditional mixers. The recirculating jet mixer has a mixing and pumping capacity of up to 120 metres cubed per hour, the company said.

Morocco, Africa's most attractive country for renewable energy-Report Morocco topped African and MENA region countries in the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index established by British consultancy Ernest and Young. The North African kingdom came 13th internationally in a list of 40 countries that have invested heavily in developing clean energy sources.

US Wind to deploy Maryland met mast US Wind has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of a meteorological mast to collect data at the site of a planned 268MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Maryland. Installation is scheduled to start on 14 July and be completed by 8 August 2019.

DEME JV secures CIP double in Taiwan Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has signed a deal with marine contractor CSBC-DEME Offshore for the transport and installation of turbines at two projects off Taiwan totalling almost 600MW.

Knight Frank Newcastle to purchase only 100% renewable energy properties Knight Frank has committed to purchasing only 100 per cent renewable electricity for all the properties it manages. This is said to include 19.6 million sq ft of commercial space in the North East.

GE tops 2GW in North America in 2019 GE Renewable Energy has secured orders totalling more than 2GW in North America in the first five months of 2019. The manufacturer said the orders total 728 turbines with combined capacity of 2010MW and include Engie's 160MW Jumbo Hill wind farm.

SeaRenergy books Baltic tour with 50Hertz The five-year framework agreement covers a range of offshore services.

Danish tech helps fine tune Burbo 2 Danish outfit Spica Technology will provide 32 remote maintenance platforms for the turbines at Orsted's 258MW Burbo 2 offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. The platforms will be installed on the 32 MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW machines as an "add-on data collection system" designed by Spica based on the requirements from Orsted.

Max Bogl targets US for hybrid towers The German company said the steel and concrete structures allow high hubs heights to be realised, increasing energy yield by 0.5% to 1% for every metre of height added. Max Bogl Wind head of sales Christoph Bosch said: "We recognise the need for US project planners to increase the yield of wind turbines.

GE hails 2GW of US wind turbine orders so far in 2019 The 728 turbine sales, most of which are for GE's 2MW machines, are expected to take the platform to a total installed capacity in the country of more than 15GW by year-end. "This is a time of unprecedented growth and demand for the onshore wind industry in the US," said Vikas Anand, CEO of the company's US onshore wind business.

Solar Power in India: How is India Stepping Towards Sustainable Solar Energy? India has the leverage of harnessing this renewable energy that can be converted to electrical energy for power-consuming corporates and for other commercial needs. With this, several companies have started providing commercial solar power solutions to create awareness about consuming solar energy instead of grid electricity.

Vattenfall chief heads Eurelectric "The conditions and starting points naturally differ in European countries and therefore we also need politicians within the EU to decide on frameworks and fair measures that create a broad social acceptance for the energy transition." He has been at Vattenfall since 2014 and was previously president and chief executive of the forest industry...

Formosa 1 vessels take shape Work is underway on a crew transfer vessel and accommodation ship designed by UK outfit BMT for work on the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm in Taiwan. BMT has partnered with Singapore company Penguin Shipyard International to build a 36-metre accommodation vessel and 26-metre CTV.

Australia's climate wars set to heat up after coal champion wins Prime Minister Scott Morrison's surprise victory in Australia's election was a win for the coal industry and ensures the debate about tackling climate change will continue to polarize the nation.

Innogy unleashes Bad a Cheo Innogy's over 26MW Bad a Cheo wind farm in Scotland is now fully operational and supplying electricity to the grid. The 26.65MW project, which is located at Achkeepster in Caithness, was consented in May 2014 and awarded a Contract for Difference in February 2015.

Vattenfall CEO Hall is new Eurelectric president Hall - who takes over from Enel boss Francesco Starace - said he will make the push to wider electrification the top priority of his two-year term, enabling deeper penetration of clean electricity in areas such as transport and heating.

Vestas secures 249 MW order from EDF Renewables The full project size includes previously purchased 2 MW Vestas PTC components. "The selection of the Vestas V120-2.2 turbine provides the best possible LCoE for the project, ensuring EDF Renewables delivers a competitive project to its customers".

Minesto hires Norwegian financial advisor Swedish marine energy developer Minesto is working with Norwegian financial advisor Pareto Securities to boost relationships with institutional investors. The aims is to accelerate and capitalise the commercial rollout of Minesto's Deep Green renewable energy technology, the company said.

Vestas feeds EDF 249MW in Texas Vestas has received an order for turbines totalling 249MW from EDF Renewables for the Las Majadas wind farm in the US state of Texas. The latest order is for supply and commissioning of V120-2.2MW machines, with some 2MW Vestas components previously bought for the 273MW project.

Buying groups can drive down costs for the wind industry Why not have buying groups in the wind industry? We know that the large operators have established relationships with their suppliers to get the best possible pricing. However, no matter how large those operators are, they buy as a single company with a single supplier.

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