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  • 23 October 2014
    Operations & Maintenance, Training & Education

    Maersk Training will be welcoming job seekers at the RenewableUK 2014 Annual Conference and Exhibition’s careers day in Manchester, providing advice and information to those looking to take their first steps into the rapidly growing renewables sector. Focus will be on searching for the next generation of offshore technicians and helping unemployed get into the offshore […]

  • 22 August 2013

    Offshore WIND was present when in February this year graduate Bram Zijlstra received his degree in Mechanical Engineering specialising in offshore wind. This was the first specific offshore wind graduation on higher education level. Bram Zijlstra (22) studied mechanical engineering at the NHL Hogeschool in Leeuwarden, in the North of the Netherlands. By 2012, after […]

  • 20 August 2013

    As one of the leading offshore wind players, Siemens Wind Power faces the challenges of recruitment more than most. In 2004, when Siemens acquired Danish wind turbine manufacturer Bonus Energy AS, it began with only 800 staff. Since that time huge investments have been made and now nearly 8,000 people are employed globally. Between October 2010 and October 2011, an astonishing 2,000 […]

  • 14 August 2013
    Jobs & Recruitment

    With 40GW installed power still expected to come on stream by 2020 and even 150GW by 2030, the offshore wind sector is well aware that something needs to be done to prevent a severe skills shortage in the industry. In the first real analysis of the scale of the problem the European Union’s Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind) produced a revealing report about possible […]

  • 9 August 2013

    Offshore wind farms are built in areas where it has been determined, by monitoring with met masts and floating met buoys, that there is enough of the turbine ‘fuel’ under normal circumstances. It is not just the remote location and water depth that determines that you will not find any offshore wind farms in the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 21 October 2014
    R&D, Technology

    In the last months, SCHOTTEL successfully tested its hydrokinetic turbines in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The full-scale tests included 260 operating hours under realistic conditions.  One turbine with a rotor diameter of four meters generates 50 kW per second at a rated water velocity of 2.75 meters per second. Ten hours of operation provide enough electricity […]

  • 21 October 2014
    Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Vessels

    Humphree, the Swedish based manufacturer of Interceptor Trim Tabs, has introduced a system for Vessel Motion Monitoring, which provides monitoring of real time impact forces, vessel heave motions and sea sickness index with a possibility of complete data recording. Humphree has developed the Vessel Motion Monitoring (VMM) system in-house as a request from their customers in different […]

  • 21 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    For health reasons, Luc Oursel considers that he is no longer able to maintain his responsibilities as Chief Executive Officer of AREVA. He has recently notified the French Government. He will remain available in order to ensure the best possible transition. “Under these very difficult personal circumstances, and despite my very strong commitment to AREVA, […]

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

    John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, has announced an investment of $1.5 million under the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. The funding will support Water Wall […]

  • 20 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    Steve Austen has joined Supacat as Engineering Director & Chief Engineer to lead the company’s engineering capability in developing and delivering innovative, high performance products for the defence, marine, renewables and energy sectors. Steve joins from The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) where he had the Engineering lead for all plant and equipment, including the […]

  • 17 October 2014
    Authorities

    Alex Cunningham has been assured by bosses that Teesside engineering company, TAG Energy Solutions, is definitely not in administration but that a sale is necessary if it is to begin operating again. The Stockton North MP spoke with Chief Executive Stuart Oakley, who confirmed that they had engaged the London firm of Duff and Phelps […]

  • 17 October 2014
    Jobs & Recruitment, Training & Education

    In a study released yesterday, Ecofys  assessed the economic impact of Dutch offshore wind energy. Commissioned by the Dutch Top consortium Knowledge and Innovation Offshore Wind Energy (TKI-WoZ), the study finds that offshore wind energy has so far created 2150 full-time jobs and generated a turnover of 900 million euro in 2014. The ambition of […]

  • 16 October 2014
    Business & Finance, Technology

    Vattenfall to enter race with Dong Energy for best and cheapest offshore wind turbines, writes Danish business daily Borsen. New Vattenfall head, Magnus Hall, will lower prices to match Dong Energy’s ambition to make offshore wind at least 40 per cent cheaper. Moreover, Hall is out to make Vattenfall greener. Dong Energy welcomes the offensive.  […]

  • 15 October 2014
    Environment

    Activists from the Greenpeace’s ship Rainbow Warrior have peacefully occupied the ‘Prezioso’ offshore oil rig in the Sicilian Channel, operated by the Italian oil company ENI. The activists unfurled a 120 meter square banner yesterday, depicting the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with a satirical message promising more offshore drilling for Italy and Greenpeace’s demand STOP FOSSIL, […]

  • 15 October 2014

    The call for papers for All-Energy 2015, the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, being held at the SECC, Glasgow on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May 2015, is now open with a closing date of 5 December 2015. The All-Energy conference covers all renewable energy generating sectors and the opportunities and challenges facing […]

  • 15 October 2014
    Grid Connection

    Meshed offshore grid can bring significant financial, technical, and environmental benefits at the EU level, said recent study. The study, conducted for the European Commission, by PWC, Ecofys, and Tractebel Engineering compares the costs and benefits of a “meshed” offshore grid in the Northern Seas region with separate radial connections to shore for each wind […]

  • 15 October 2014
    Environment, Grid Connection

    RWE will hold the statutory consultation on the Triton Knoll Electrical System proposals over the next five weeks. The wind farm developer will present information about the design of electrical connection. As part of that consultation, a series of public exhibitions will be held between 21st October to 26th October 2014, which will give the […]

  • 14 October 2014
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    Carillion has been awarded a £30m contract by Dudgeon Offshore Windfarm Ltd to design, supply, install and test a twin circuit onshore 132kV cable system over a distance of 47km from landfall near Weybourne, Norfolk to Necton, Norfolk.  Dudgeon Offshore Windfarm Ltd., a joint venture between Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar, will invest approximately £1.5bn in […]

  • 14 October 2014
    Authorities

    The UK Planning Inspectorate is holding the first open floor hearing for the Navitus Bay offshore wind farm in Bournemouth. In six open floor sessions, 84 speakers will comment on the offshore wind proposal and after each session the applicant will have an opportunity to respond. Due to the high level of interest, each interested party that has […]