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Energy news, February 2011

Gamesa saw a 54% dip in net profits to €50 million in 2010 compared to 2009, as the financial crisis impacted demand.

DONG Energy has confirmed the development of its 320 MW offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 1 off the coast of Germany, representing an investment of aroun

The wind turbine manufacturer will install its specialist offshore wind equipment in 2012.

Finnish authorities grant a water permit to the Suurhiekka wind farm, the country’s first offshore wind project.

Eneco will builds a 900 MW offshore wind farm off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, UK.

Vestas has joined the WindFloat Project for floating offshore wind turbine platforms using a semi-submersible structure.

The UK wind industry has agreed on a protocol on payments from wind farms to community benefit funds specifying a £1000 minimum payment per year per MW of

Gamesa will develop 600 MW of wind projects in the Jilin province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China with two Chinese partners.

Wind turbine manufacturer quietrevolution receives £5 million in project financing from Hazel Capital for the deployment of its qr5 wind turbine.

GE has acquired technology from Wind Tower Systems LLC (WTS) that could enable taller wind turbine towers as blade lengths increase.

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Gamesa Technology Corp and Northrop Gunman Corp have launched the Offshore Wind Technology Center to develop offshore wind turbines for the US and the rest

Vestas has issued a statement confirming rumours that it is in talks with Swedish Arise Windpower for a 200 MW wind power project in Sweden.

The 230 MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm off Yorkshire, UK, has been given planning approval by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Vestas saw a 25% increase in profits to €156 million in 2010 despite having a “tough year”.

International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has signed an agreement with Argentinean renewable company Nowa Energía.

LM Wind Power is developing what it calls “the world’s longest wind turbine blade every produced” for Alstom’s 6 MW offshore wind turbine.

The Departments of the Interior (DoI) and Energy (DoE) are announcing US$50.5 million for offshore wind energy deployment as well as several high priority

A wind turbine test site for prototyping and certificaion, said to be the largest in Europe, has opened in the Netherlands.

Three wind farms in Hungary have been sold to Spanish company Iberdrola Renovables.

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Risø DTU is looking into ways of improving wind turbine blade testing with partners from the across the industry with the aim of improving wind turbine bla

REpower saw its net profit fall 18.4% to €26.2 million for the first 9 months of the fiscal year ending March 2011.

Asia leads the growth in global wind power, which grew 35.8 GW in 2010 bringing total global capacity to 194.4 GW – up 22.5% from 2009, the Global Wind Ene

Gamesa India has met with 52 of its wind turbine component suppliers “to make progress on standards for quality, response capability and the development of

The number of people employed in the wind energy industry in the UK has risen by 91%, according to a study by RenewableUK.

Suzlon will deliver 1 GW of wind turbines to Caparo Energy (India) Ltd (CEIL) for wind power projects to be developed in India by March 2013.

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