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  • 5 November 2014

    World industry leaders and academic experts in marine renewable energy are gathered in Halifax this week thanks in part to a $150,000 investment from the Government of Canada. The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), which is welcoming over 600 participants from 40 countries, is focused on the industrial development of renewable marine energy. Now in its […]

  • 2 November 2014

    Ballast Nedam Puts Its Offshore Wind Unit & Heavy Lift Vessel on Sale Ballast Nedam has started a process, aimed at the sale of its business unit Ballast Nedam Offshore with the intention to conclude a transaction at short notice.The sale of Ballast Nedam Offshore is an addition to the disposals programme that Ballast Nedam […]

  • 16 April 2014

    The UK currently has the largest offshore wind market in the world, with an installed capacity amounting to over 3.6GW, and a currrent development pipeline of up to almost 40GW capacity in the future. There are two development rounds in progress and an ambitious third round waiting to kick off. However, this third round is […]

  • 15 April 2014

    There are some blunt facts about wind farm support vessels and some of them do not make pleasant reading. In the past four years there have been many wind farm support vessels built, some for existing companies and some for new companies. At the time they were ordered the prospects looked good with the UK […]

  • 30 October 2014
    Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    The second phase of the Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration Project has commenced. Preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub floater at Onahama port, Fukushima, are almost completed as the floater left Nagasaki today .  The second phase includes the assembly and setting of two 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind […]

  • 30 October 2014
    Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Vessels

    In the North Sea, off the Belgian coast, Alstom has installed its first Haliade turbine within the Belwind facility. Jan De Nul Group earlier installed the rock scour protection around the jacket foundation of the turbine with its Fallpipe Vessel ‘Simon Stevin’. This time, the ‘Simon Stevin’ returned to the wind farm to install a 33kV […]

  • 30 October 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    The U.S. Energy Department, in coordination with the U.S. Navy, yesterday announced funding for two companies that will continue to advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technology as a viable source for America’s clean energy future. Ocean Energy USA and Northwest Energy Innovations will test their innovative wave energy conversion (WEC) devices for one year in new […]

  • 30 October 2014
    R&D, Technology

    ORPC has concluded its successful OCGen® Module Mooring Project at its federally licensed Cobscook Bay, Maine project site. This first-of-its-kind project, funded partially by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and Maine Technology Institute, proved the stability of the prototype OCGen® device in reversing tidal currents and confirmed the loading and performance of its tensioned mooring […]

  • 12 October 2012

    Mediterranean countries have set targets for offshore wind development in the Mediterranean Sea by 2020. Greece has a relatively very low target of 200MW installed offshore wind capacity. This offshore development mainly concerns conventional offshore wind farm project designs. But Greece’s energy market is at the forefront of transformative changes that are attracting investors from […]

  • 15 August 2012
    Ports & Logistics

    The port of Emden is one of the largest ports in the federal state of Niedersachsen in Germany and located furthest west on the German coast, strategically near the deep waters of the North Sea and easily accessed by road and rail. Its main activities are the import and export of automobiles, forest products and […]

  • 28 October 2014
    Vessels

    Class-leading offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services today unveils Seacat Intrepid, the first DNV GL certified 26m-crew transfer vessel to profit from a unique workboat tank-testing programme. With preliminary sea trials now complete, the official unveiling of Seacat Intrepid marks a turning point in the evolution of workboat craftsmanship and design. Seacat Intrepid is […]

  • 16 January 2012

    Grid integration is being discussed in this edition as one of the possible key elements to achieving the sorely needed cost reduction to make offshore wind development in Europe viable. It therefore seemed to us a right time and place to highlight a current development of a substation design that is claiming to do just […]

  • 12 January 2012

    The two Northern French ports of Le Havre and Dieppe are in line for an industry injection that can bring new 21 st century technology into their traditional maritime economies. Offshore wind energy is about to arrive on their doorsteps, bringing with it the complete supply chain for manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance. Within the […]

  • 11 January 2012
    Ports & Logistics

    The Port of Zeebrugge does not deny Ostend its place under the sun when it comes to positioning itself as the place to be for involvement in the offshore wind industry. Yet, it will wholeheartedly welcome the maritime contractor and towage company Jan de Nul, which will construct 16 concrete foundations for a wind farm […]

  • 9 January 2012

    When the Belgian government allocated the zones for offshore wind farms, it heralded an unexpected boost for the sector. Yet success can turn into decline when the concession expires after twenty years of operation. The Brussels government not only made this stipulation but also that the offshore wind farm in question will have to be […]

  • 24 October 2014
    R&D, Wind Farm Update

    The fourth independent community stakeholder panel meeting for the First Flight Wind offshore wind farm was held at the Life Adventure Centre in Annalong. At the meeting, the panel was updated on key project milestones for First Flight Wind, including the conclusion of some offshore surveys. They were also presented with proposals for community engagement […]

  • 3 January 2012

    Delegates of the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 conference in Amsterdam were left in little doubt that an offshore super grid has to be the way forward if European ambitions are to be realised. But while a super grid may be coveted by the industry, there are still a number of major hurdles to overcome. And if […]

  • 4 October 2013

    In recent years more and more heavy lifting crane operations in the offshore industry have been performed by floating vessels. On the one hand, the oil & gas industry is exploring deeper waters where the use of jack-up or fixed platforms are not possible. On the other hand, the offshore wind industry requires cost efficient […]

  • 2 October 2013

    Before any wind turbines are installed, before any installation vessels are built and before any orders have been placed to build the vessels the statistics show that one company in this industry continues to have more influence in this sector than the rest of the sector all together. GustoMSC has designed part of the vast […]

  • 6 August 2013

    Today just over 6GW of offshore wind generation capacity is inst alled world wide, with an equal amount in development or under construction. While the top offshore wind markets are still found in Europe, representing more than 90% of the current installed capacity, a number of Asian countries including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India, have ambitious plans, some of […]

  • 5 August 2013

    As Gamesa sees its prototype offshore wind turbine produce its first kilowatt hours in the next few weeks what are the Spanish company’s expectations for the offshore wind industry? Headquartered in Vizcaya, Spain and with its offshore wind base in London, Gamesa now employs 6,500 people world wide and it has a presence in more than 50 countries, along with manufacturing centres in Spain, China, India, […]

  • 18 June 2013

    Cost reduction is the number one priority for the offshore wind industry and operations and maintenance (O&M), representing about a quarter of overall costs, is a significant opportunity for delivering savings. As wind farms get bigger and are built further from shore, in harsher met ocean conditions, the challenge of undertaking O&M will become even greater. To illustrate this challenge, if today’s […]

  • 20 February 2013

    Poland The first efforts aiming at the development of the offshore wind farms in Poland took place in the last decade but were unsuccessful due to controversial location (within Natura2000), unfavourable legislation and the lack of relevant knowledge of public administration. Development of the technology and successful implementation of investment projects in other EU countries […]

  • 14 February 2013

    It was 40 years ago, in the time of the international oil crisis, that some of the first initiatives were undertaken by, what the Dutch now would call, ‘goat-hair wool sock men’ taking a look at wind as a source for generating energy. Reason enough for one of these ‘pioneers’, Chris Westra, to organise a day where the […]

  • 6 February 2013

    Offshore wind deals are happening and project developers that need money are getting it, but sometimes this is overshadowed by a cloud of negativity from banks and the utilities, which complain all too often that the project finance markets are broke or the regulatory frameworks insufficient.  Jérôme Guillet, Managing Director of Green Giraffe Energy Bankers, says: […]

  • 3 February 2013

    PensionDanmark, one of Denmark’s largest pension funds with 629,000 members employed in 26,000 private and public companies, is one of the first, if not the first pension fund to take offshore wind very seriously. It has already invested in 2 offshore wind farms and it is eyeing more. The organisation has embarked on an ambitious strategy to more than double its investments in […]