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Rebound in global and U.S. market, new products and more.

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Goldwind 2.5MW turbine prepares to enter the market
DNV GL (Oslo, Norway) has recently completed an evaluation for a 2.5 MW wind turbine designed by  Goldwind (Urumqi, Xinjiang, China) and has confirmed that the turbine meets requirements per IEC 61400-22 and IEC 61400-1 standards. The verification having been achieved over a period of 10 months, DNV GL's Daniel Hein comments, "The short certification process ensures that Goldwind's turbine can be introduced faster to the wind energy market as certification to harmonized requirements is an active support of export.” This is the same market recently described as “continued high growth” by German turbine manufacturer, Nordex.

North American wind market slated to grow 207 percent in 2014
A new report from MAKE Consulting (Chicago, Ill. and Boston, Mass., USA) predicts that after a beleaguered 2013, the North American wind market will grow 207 percent year-over-year (YOY), adding 8.3 GW in 2014 vs. 2.7 GW last year. MAKE also expects North America to install 58.6 GW as of 2023, with almost one-third occurring between 2014 and 2016 due to an anticipated  extension of the U.S. production tax credit (PTC) extension and other positive factors. The U.S. is forecast to remain the dominant market in this region, with a CAGR of 17 percent from 2013 to 2023.

Global wind market poised to rebound in 2014
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC, Brussels, Belgium) expects a dramatic increase in new global wind installations, reaching at least 47 GW in 2014, led by China but also a strong recovery in the U.S. and record installations in Canada, Brazil, and South Africa.

Alstom taps BFG France to supply composite nacelle casing structures for offshore turbines
Alstom (Barcelona, Spain) has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the La Rochelle, France-based division of BFG International (Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain) that covers the supply of composite structures to produce the nacelle casings for Alstom's Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine. BFG International is well known for its architectural structures using composites but also supplies into marine, rail, water treatment and wind applications.

Gamesa introduces anti-icing paint for wind blades
Gamesa’s Bladeshield anti-icing paint solution was developed for use on its own 2.0 MW, 2.5 MW and 5.0 MW wind turbines, but now is being offered for other manufacturers’ products. Featuring anti-erosion and durability properties optimized for cold regions, it is the result of three years of research under the broader Azimut project for the development of offshore technology, which was sponsored by Spain's Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology. Gamesa also recently unveiled two systems for detecting and eliminating ice on blades and is working on another ice prevention system for its 5.0 MW offshore units in collaboration with the Laskut-based VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Texas A&M University wins $2.2 million to cultivate offshore wind in Texas
Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, has announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology and help bring it to market.

Construction finished for 288 MW offshore wind farm In Germany
The 80-turbine Meerwind Sud Ost offshore wind farm was started in the German North Sea in 2012 and completed on schedule within 18 months, the first German project to be fully financed by private investors.

More details can be found at North American Windpower.