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  1. Siemens Wind Power presents first customized turbine transport vessel in Esbjerg

    Sea transportation and Roll on-Roll off-loading (Ro-Ro) are both key in Siemens ' new offshore logistics concept launched in 2015. Now the company has commissioned its first specialized transport vessel, the Rotra Vente. It fulfills the needs for cost effective transportation of the large nacelles used in Siemens' direct drive offshore wind power turbines. The 141-meter long vessel can carry multiple 8-megawatt nacelles per trip and will connect Siemens' coming manufacturing site in Cuxhaven, Germany with installation harbors in the North and Baltic Seas. Siemens and logistics partner deugro organization celebrated the delivery of the ship today, together with customers and representatives of the European offshore wind industry , in the Danish harbor of Esbjerg. A sister ship is expected to be delivered in spring 2017. Designed from a base of an existing hull of a container ship the vessel was rebuilt for its new purpose at Holland Shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam in the Netherlands. Part of its new equipment is a large bow door that allows Ro-Ro access to the restructured cargo deck. The deck is covered by a telescopic roof to protect the nacelles from salty seawater spray during transportation. Since the roof can be opened, Rotra Vente's cargo can also be loaded via cranes at harbors without a Ro-Ro ramp. Due to maximum flexibility of the deck, she can also handle transports of up to nine wind tower sections per trip or three to four rotor blade sets. "With our new Ro-Ro transport vessel Rotra Vente, we are stepping into a new era of cost efficient offshore wind logistics," states Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power. "When our new factories in Hull, England and Cuxhaven, Germany become fully operational, and both Ro-Ro vessels are in service as interconnection of our manufacturing and installation network, we expect savings of 15-20 percent in logistics costs compared to current transport procedures. This is another important contributor reducing the cost of electricity from offshore wind." "We are proud to operate Rotra Vente for Siemens, since this vessel marks a new milestone in the close cooperation we have maintained for years," said Richard Thomsen, Managing Director of deugro, the project freight forwarding division of the deugro Group "We signed the contract for this innovative logistics concept just one year ago, and we already have one highly efficient ship operational, with a second one in the shipyard." Rotra Vente's sister ship – a transporter for towers and blades – is already under construction. This vessel will accommodate up to 12 wind turbine rotor blades and transport them from Siemens' production facilities in Hull, England or Aalborg, Denmark to the respective installation harbor.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  2. Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

    It's a debate playing out as rapidly improving technology for towers and turbines allow the wind industry to move on to increasingly taller structures

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  3. Wind Power: Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

    Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand. But in western New York, they are battling over plans to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation's tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  4. Wind Power: Wind industry celebrates offshore farm, discusses next steps

    Leaders in the offshore wind industry and federal regulators have gathered in Rhode Island to celebrate the nation's first offshore wind farm and discuss what's next.

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  1. Wind power industry celebrates RI offshore farm, discusses next steps

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    Mon, 31 Oct 2016

  2. Wind Power: Siemens signs long-term wind service agreement in US

    Siemens has been awarded a long-term contract for service and maintenance at the Lower Snake River wind farm located near Pomeroy, Garfield County in Washington State.

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

  3. Oklahoma lawmakers look to rein in wind industry tax credits

    The Oklahoma Legislature is poised to rein in tax subsidies for the wind industry that cost the state tens of millions of dollars each year, but the proposed changes would have no impact on the state budget for years.

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    Wed, 13 May 2015

  4. DOE, DOI Report: U.S. Can Develop 86 GW of Offshore Wind

    The U.S. Departments of Energy and the Interior published a collaborative plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the U.S.

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    Fri, 9 Sep 2016

  5. Wind farm repair hub planned for UK

    Dong Energy is to create a wind farm repair hub at Grimsby in eastern England.

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

  6. Report warns EU may be left behind on renewables

    A report by industry body WindEurope recommends that the European Union raise its renewables target to 30 per cent by 2030 or risk being left behind.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  7. DOE's Moniz, DOI's Jewell develop new offshore wind power strategy

    The strategy details the current state of offshore wind power in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines 

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    Tue, 13 Sep 2016

  8. GE plans to buy wind turbine maker LM Wind Power

    GE plans to capture more wind with $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a global designer and manufacturer of wind turbine blades

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    Tue, 11 Oct 2016

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