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A new podcast from the team behind Windpower Monthly. Read more on the issues covered at www.windpowermonthly.com or follow us on Twitter @windpower_m
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A new podcast from the team behind Windpower Monthly. Read more on the issues covered at www.windpowermonthly.com or follow us on Twitter @windpower_m
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    How should member states enable EU wind policies?

    How should member states enable EU wind policies?

    Senior wind industry voices discuss what they want to see from member states to enable EU policies to be implemented quickly - and the potential roadblocks.
    Recorded at the recent WindEurope conference in Bilbao, the Wind Power podcast spoke to delegates on the conference floor about what member states should do to enable far-reaching EU policies, such as the Net Zero Industry Act and the Critical Raw Materials Act, to reach their full potential and what the challenges might be to achieve that.
    Speakers raised issues such as auction design and setting clear milestones to achieve stated goals for wind installation targets in member states, as well as where the EU’s policy falls short when compared with the Inflation Reduction Act in the US and a necessary investment in grid and port infrastructure at a country level.  
    Episode 24 of the Wind Power podcast features comments from Morten Dyrholm at Vestas, Victor Signes at Rystad, Katja Wünschel at RWE, Carmelo Scalone at Renantis, Carolina Clemente at Siemens Gamesa parent company, Siemens Energy and Alfredo Parres at Hitachi.
    This episode was edited by Ian Griggs and produced by Inga Marsden and Nav Pal

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    News review: Siemens Gamesa 4.X defects | Ukraine’s resistance | China, US & UK | WindEurope 2024

    News review: Siemens Gamesa 4.X defects | Ukraine’s resistance | China, US & UK | WindEurope 2024

    This time on the news review: Our panellists discuss the continuing issues with Siemens Gamesa’s 4X platform, after a wind project supplied with the turbines in Norway was shut down when a turbine blade broke.
    A Russian drone attack on a Ukrainian energy substation left 200,000 people without power but are wind turbines are more resilient than other energy infrastructure and is wind power becoming emblematic of Ukraine’s - and the EU’s - resistance to Russia’s aggression?
    Meanwhile, two reports showed respectively that Chinese manufacturers dominated global turbine supply in 2023 and that US turbine firm GE Vernova similarly dominated the US market. But is China is caught in a trap of its own making, with more than 95% of the supplied turbines installed in its domestic market, and is GE Vernova also playing it safe on home turf?
    Meanwhile, the UK government approved an additional £800m to boost strike prices for offshore wind in the forthcoming AR6 tender round but wind industry voices are still calling it a missed opportunity - are they right?
    And finally, what were our panellists most important takeaways from WindEurope’s annual conference in Bilbao?
    This episode was produced by Inga Marsden


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    Blades O&M – size matters, unexpected failures and the power of AI

    Blades O&M – size matters, unexpected failures and the power of AI

    Experts from across the industry discuss how to optimise blade performance and reduce the cost of operations and maintenance.
    Recorded at our Blades USA conference, held in Austin, Texas, earlier this year, this episode of the Wind Power podcast features speakers from Vestas, RWE, the Electric Power Research Institute in the US, Envision and Aerones.
    What emerged loud and clear from the discussions is just how far the industry has come over the last decade but also the challenges brought by the rapid growth in blade length in recent years.
    Bigger blades bring bigger challenges and blade failures can happen in unexpected ways. In an industry where the cost of maintenance and downtime can be very high, identifying whether a blade defect is cosmetic or structural and, crucially, how much time there is before that defect turns critical, is becoming increasingly important.
    According to our experts, drones, robotics and artificial intelligence will all increasingly play their part as this industry develops, particularly given the workforce challenges facing the industry and the limited weather windows for carrying out blade maintenance.
    This episode features Noah Myrent, a senior technical leader at the Electric Power Research Institute, Kevin Standish, director of the Global Blade Innovation Center at Envision Energy, Pasquale Braione, head of global repair at Vestas, Arnold Wilmink, VP of reliability engineering for the Americas at RWE and Greta Krumina, regional manager for North America at Aerones.
    The episode was produced by by Inga Marsden


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    News review: Financial results | Narrowed market focus | Turbine arms race | Geopolitical events

    News review: Financial results | Narrowed market focus | Turbine arms race | Geopolitical events

    This time in the news review: Major Western wind companies have released quarterly and full-year results but what do they tell us about the overall health of the wind industry? Meanwhile, several wind giants have announced – in the wake of their financial results – that they will narrow their focus on markets, but what is the strategy and what does it mean for the markets not chosen?
    Following their joint award of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering last month, wind industry pioneers Henrik Stiesdal and Andrew Garrad told Windpower Monthly that the so-called turbine ‘arms race’ must stop – but is anyone listening, especially developers?
    Finally, we ask our panellists how they think geopolitical events – such as Russia’s war in Ukraine, the continuing attacks on merchant shipping in the red sea and Donald Trump becoming the presumptive Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential elections – are affecting the wind industry.
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    This episode was produced by Nav Pal and Inga Marsden


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    Nordex CEO José Luis Blanco on EU policy, China and Ukraine

    Nordex CEO José Luis Blanco on EU policy, China and Ukraine

    WindEurope chair and Nordex CEO José Luis Blanco discusses EU policy, a looming trade war with China and whether the consensus on the energy transition is holding two years after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
    Speaking ahead of trade body WindEurope’s annual three-day conference - to be held in Bilbao from March 20 - Blanco examines some of the key policy developments to emerge since the start of the year, including the European Wind Charter and the forthcoming Net Zero Industry Act.
    In episode 22 of the Wind Power Podcast, Blanco explains the significance of these policy developments for European turbine firms, developers and the wider supply chain.
    Blanco also gave his opinion on whether a trade war between the EU and China is likely in the coming years and what the effect of that might be on the industry.
    And he gave his thoughts on whether the hard-won consensus on the urgent need to transition towards renewables and away from reliance on Russian gas, forged in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, is still intact two years on.
    This episode was produced by Czarina Deen. 


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    Turbines of the Year – what makes a winning entry?

    Turbines of the Year – what makes a winning entry?

    What do the winning entries in this year’s Turbines of the Year awards tell us about the trends at work in wind power technology and why did the gold medallists win?
    In episode 21 of the Wind Power podcast, Windpower Monthly’s editor and deputy editor are joined by technology and market trends correspondent – and Turbines of the Year judge – Eize de Vries to discuss the awards  
    Last month, Windpower Monthly published the winners of the coveted Turbines of the Year awards. The categories included onshore and offshore wind turbines, blades, drivetrains and innovations. 
    But what do the winning entries in each category tell us about the wider trends influencing the fast-paced world of wind power and what new technologies could be announced this year? 
    Meanwhile, what must wind power technology companies do to enter the next Turbines of the Year awards and what are the ingredients of a winning entry?
    This episode was produced by Czarina Deen. 


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