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  • 13 November 2014
    Grid Connection, Technology

    Offshore handling systems specialist, Caley Ocean Systems has been awarded a contract by Prysmian Group via its subsidiary Powerlink Services Ltd to supply a number of tensioners for offshore power cable installation. The bespoke, high redundancy system will accommodate both cable and outsized bodies, allowing uninterrupted tensioning of the cable during deepwater installation. With tension […]

  • 13 November 2014
    Business & Finance, R&D

    Anders Jansson, CEO of Nordic marine energy technology company Minesto, has compiled his predictions on which three trends will be the strongest in the renewable and marine energy industries in 2015.  A commercial breakpoint Mature technologies in renewable energy, e.g. solar and wind energy, have reached a technical and commercial breakpoint where they compete with conventional […]

  • 13 November 2014

    RenewableUK has marked its 36th Annual Conference by, for the first time, making a number of awards at its Gala Dinner. The Dinner, attended by over 400 renewable energy professionals, saw awards handed out for “Breakthrough”, “Apprentice of the Year” and “Excellence”. The breakthrough award was given to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for their joint […]

  • 11 November 2014
    Business & Finance

    Following the recent news, Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has announced that it has fractionally increased its stake in Fugro N.V. to 15.0%. Boskalis reiterates that it has no intention to make an offer for Fugro. The strategy of Boskalis is focused on offshore and (maritime) infrastructure, making use of the combination of high end […]

  • 10 November 2014
    Technology

    Bourne has developed a solar-hydro hybrid generator  in an effort to find a potential energy site that has more than one type of renewable energy and capture both with one device. The potential for this approach is significant. There are many regions of the world that not only have high solar power potential but also hydropower […]

  • 10 November 2014
    Business & Finance

    Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has acquired a 14.8% stake in Fugro N.V. Boskalis views Fugro as an interesting company with activities that fit very well with its own activities. Boskalis wants to enter into a dialogue with Fugro to explore possible options for cooperation. Boskalis stresses that it has no intention to make an […]

  • 6 November 2014
    R&D, Technology

    The turn of the season saw the WaveRoller™ Pilot Power Plant return to the ENP shipyard in Peniche, Portugal, as yet another sea campaign was successfully concluded. The device was operating in the fully exposed ocean environment with waves recorded in excess of 8 meters high. The aim of this campaign was to collect load […]

  • 6 November 2014
    Business & Finance

    From 25 October to 4 November, a delegation of twenty-five Dutch offshore wind companies and knowledge institutions visited Japan and Korea. The offshore wind delegation was part of the economic mission led by Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp and it ran parallel to the state visit of King Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima to Japan […]

  • 6 November 2014
    Technology

    GEV Wind Power, a division of the GEV Group, is launching its pioneering turbine maintenance structure at this year’s RenewableUK show. Visitors to the show will be the first to experience the structure in action through GEV’s virtual reality simulation, enabling attendees to access the platform, be cocooned in the transparent habitat and undertake their […]

  • 5 November 2014

    Last night, the 398MW MeyGen project was awarded the first ever ‘Navigator Award’ at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), in recognition of the project’s contribution to the global marine renewable industry. The highly prestigious Award was awarded to the MeyGen Project, which is 86 percent owned by Atlantis Resources, at the International Conference […]

  • 10 April 2012

    Imagine an area 93km by 93km and then fill this area with 3000 wind turbines. Some of the turbine foundations will have only one hole penetrating in the seabed, some will have 3 holes penetrating and some will even have 4 holes. This is what can happen in an area the size of the Dogger […]

  • 6 April 2012

    The offshore wind industry, it would appear, has been plagued by schedules and budgets that have far exceeded expectations, a trend that will inevitably become less of a headline-grabber as more farms come on line and experience is gained. The oil and gas industry, after all, went through similar teething issues in its heady early […]

  • 5 November 2014
    Business & Finance, Environment

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) gathered representatives from over 90 countries in Abu Dhabi to review and recommend actions to scale-up renewable energy around the world. The two-day meeting opened on the heels of the release of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recommended the decarbonisation of the world’s […]

  • 3 April 2012

    The one sector of the whole offshore wind energy industry where the British Isles stand in a commanding position is in the building of wind farm support vessels, of all shapes and sizes. The name “British Isles” is used because it includes the Republic of Ireland, and the yards there, including Arklow Marine, and Safehaven Marine, are just as much […]

  • 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 […]

  • 4 November 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

    Ofgem today granted Transmission Capital (TC) Lincs OFTO Limited a licence to own and operate the transmission link to the Lincs wind farm. Lincs is located eight kilometres off the coast of Skegness and comprises 75 turbines generating 270MW, which is enough to provide clean energy to 200,000 homes. The Lincs project was tendered under […]

  • 4 November 2014
    Grid Connection

    Osiris Projects is close to completion of the field work of a large scale cable route survey of the proposed 700+MW HVDC Celtic Interconnector Project between the south coast of Ireland and the northwest coast of France. Jointly awarded by EirGrid and RTE, the 2014 programme has included a geophysical survey of the route, with geotechnical […]

  • 3 November 2014

    The ocean energy pioneers of tomorrow have been offered the chance to compete for a week of free testing – worth £38,000 ($61,000) – at FloWave, the world’s most sophisticated ocean energy simulator. The FloWave Prize – or ‘FPrize’ – is aimed at young researchers studying for PHDs and beyond, who must put forward their […]

  • 3 November 2014
    Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    MPI Offshore’s wind-turbine-installation vessel, MPI Adventure, has successfully completed the installation of the Humber Gateway Substation, following a very efficient transportation and installation period.  This contract, which was undertaken for E.ON, involved the load out and installation of a total of 2,508Te, including: Jacket foundation (570Te) 8 Piles (680 Te each) Module Support Frame (320Te) […]

  • 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
    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 […]

  • 29 October 2014

    The short video below reveals how the Gemini offshore wind farm contributes to the Dutch sustainability targets.  Van Oord, Dutch-based contractor operating around the world in dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects (oil, gas and wind), is working on Gemini, one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. In the video, Van Oord’s CEO Arjan van […]

  • 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 […]

  • 29 October 2014
    R&D, Technology

    AXYS Technologies Inc has announced the EDP Inovação (EDPi) WindSentinel floating LiDAR system has survived a major storm that ravaged the coast of Portgual near Viana do Castelo on October 16, 2014. Enduring gale force winds with gusts of over 90 km/hr and waves the size of three-story buildings (10 metres high), the WindSentinel remained on-station, […]

  • 28 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    Centrica chief executive Sam Laidlaw spoke at the FT European Gas Summit in London. Addressing the conference on ‘Europe’s energy challenges’, Mr. Laidlaw spoke of the downward shift in wholesale gas and oil prices and the consequent benefits for European consumers and businesses. He pointed to longer term causes for the price change: new supplies such […]