Offshore WIND in 2018 – Beyond News

Wind turbines, zero-subsidy projects and emerging markets remained to be the industry's hottest topics in 2018. And while these were also the most covered matters on Offshore WIND, we also pressed the 'Learn More' button under topics that might deserve to be more widely discussed – and we hope to do so more in 2019 and the years to come.

In our interviews and other more extensive articles in 2018, we discussed the importance of meshed offshore grids, the industry's interest in new subsidy-free tenders in the Netherlands, emerging markets in Taiwan and the U.S., supply chain companies that entered or plan entering these markets, first double-digit turbines, etc.

Here, we bring you four of our most notable long reads:

Industry Transparency Road to HSE Improvements

The effects and causes of fatigue that offshore wind crews experience are not fully understood within the sector, however, sharing health and safety (HSE) lessons can ultimately make the industry stronger, Kerrie Forster, Chairman of the UK National Workboat Association (NWA) Safety Forum and Operations Coordinator at Acta Marine, said in an interview with Offshore WIND. [Read more]

MHI Vestas Safeguarding Track Record as It Ponders the Future of Turbine Innovation

MHI Vestas recently hit the market with a 10MW machine, leaving other wind turbine OEMs behind in this market race. The first two 10MW turbines will be up and running next year to test and demonstrate the new machine within its type certificate. Nevertheless, The-First-To-Get-There player is now at a point where it is not only looking at a few more megawatts to be carved into the V164 platform, but also anticipating a cost-friendly solution once there are no more “easy megawatts” to add to the existing platform. [Read more]

BizMDOSW: Offshore Wind Market Ripe for US Tech Surge

The United States has a lot to offer on the digitization of offshore wind, especially regarding artificial intelligence which can make the supply chain more efficient and potentially speed up the permitting and siting processes, according to Liz Burdock, President and CEO of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. [Read more]

Vattenfall Shines More Light on Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 Win

Following its winning Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 zero-subsidy bid, Vattenfall expanded on the main points of its offer during a press conference on 26 April, when the company presented its financial results for the first quarter of the year, and now it could be easier to connect the dots mapping the winning proposal. [Read more]