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Having 60% of UK offshore wind content provided by local firms is challenging due to constant pressure to cut costs, according to Seacat Services' Managing Director, Ian Baylis. Baylis gives the example of Scottish manufacturer BiFab which has reportedly lost a major offshore wind contract to yards in Belgium, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. “The […]
Siemens Gamesa and Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark will lead the new i4Offshore research and development project focused on significantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has invited public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) regarding national-level test facilities for offshore wind-specific research and development.
Danish Energy Ministry has awarded EUR 3.8 million through the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) to a consortium aiming to demonstrate how an industrialised suction bucket concept can cut foundation installation costs.
Innovate UK has launched a funding competition to encourage innovation in infrastructure systems that provide critical services for economy, environment and society, including offshore wind.
Ten European partners have teamed up to develop novel offshore wind turbine blade technologies in an effort to lower the levelised cost of energy (LCOE).
Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is set to begin the development of a new floating offshore wind turbine system, with an aim to lower the cost of energy by JPY 20/kWh (approx. EUR 0.16/kWh) after 2030. During the project, NEDO will conduct multiple activities aimed at reducing the cost of the system, […]
DONG Energy, RWE, E.ON, Iberdrola, Vattenfall, Statoil, SSE, EnBW and Statkraft have joined Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, bringing in GBP 6.4 million (approx. EUR 7.5 million) to help reduce the cost of offshore wind power below GBP 100/MWh by 2020. The fund of EUR 7.5 million that the companies will jointly invest in […]
Siemens stated that its offshore wind projects from 2025 onward will be capable of generating electricity at a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) level below eight euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), with the price also including the costs for grid access to shore. The company said it is confident that the current goal of generating offshore wind […]
Havyard Group ASA reported it is taking further measures to adapt to the market situation and maintain its profitability. All business areas in Havyard Group have been affected to a varying degree by the general downturn in the market in the oil industry, the Group said. Thus, it has been working over time on rationalisation and […]
Following Norwegian media reports about layoffs at Nexans Norway AS, caused by market conditions in offshore wind and oil and gas industries, Offshore WIND contacted the company, which confirmed this move. Communications Manager of Nexans Norway, Trude Larstad, said the company had to launch both temporary layoffs and downsizing at its facility in Halden. Along with significant uncertainty in the oil industry, […]
The international wind energy conference EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen in early March will see Siemens focusing on innovations supporting cutting the costs of offshore wind power. In addition to further developing the technology of its wind turbines, the company is advancing the efficiency of turbine-to-grid connections and creating new offshore logistics concepts for turbine […]
A project to cut the cost of offshore wind by at least 10% is being awarded £2.2 million by the Scottish Government, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, a joint industry and government scheme, brings together nine offshore wind developers with over 72% (31GW) of the UK’s […]
After developers of Galloper Offshore Wind Farm confirmed that they would place the project’s O&M base at the Port of Lowestoft, local businesses welcomed this move, highlighting the importance of the project for the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft companies. Andy Wood, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said that companies in the Great Yarmouth […]
The UK Government will soon announce that it will reduce subsidies for solar power and onshore wind, in order to give more support to offshore wind development. This move is a part of the new strategy on energy subsidizing from the Government, the BBC informs. The most recent "strike prices" draft was published in June. […]
Cost reduction in offshore renewable energy sector is a major issue to everyone involved in it. Charles Thompson of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has posted an article on this topic. Written by Andrew Jamieson: When I was a trainee engineer coming into the nationalised electricity industry, I worked with experienced professionals, most of […]
The effort to drive down costs of offshore renewables has created another strong partnership with an aim to achieve acceptable prices of offshore renewable energy, especially offshore wind. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and The Crown Estate yesterday announced that they signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on programmes aimed […]
The strategy of the European wind industry up unto 2030 is to develop offshore wind turbine technology into being the most competitive energy source. The target from the EU Commission is that the sector should cover a third of European electricity demand by 2030. By 2050, wind power should supply half of the electricity demand […]
On Wednesday, May 8, the University of Maine presented the base for its 1/8 scale prototype of a 6MW VolturnUS wind turbine, which is planned for a project off Maine’s coast by 2030. The floating wind turbine platform will be disassembled and transported to Cianbro in Brewer by the end of the month. It will […]
Vestas has developed an innovative approach to cut the cost of installing offshore turbines. At a new site at the port of Esbjerg, onshore pre-assembly of turbines means fewer expensive hours spent at sea. This will significantly reduce the cost associated with cranes and installation vessels – all contributing to lowering the cost of energy […]
The cost of energy is a topic high up on the media agenda but it is a thorny issue complicated by all the different variables and methods used to calculate the cost of energy. One commonly used method is the “levelised cost of energy” (LCOE), which is, in simple terms, the lifetime cost of an […]
The official Steel Cutting Ceremony for Seajacks’ fourth vessel was held on 20 November 2012 at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in Dubai. Self-propelled and self-elevating, Seajacks Hydra has been specifically designed for installation and maintenance services in the offshore wind and oil and gas sectors. The vessel will be equipped with a high speed jacking system, 400t […]
Scotland is leading the way in driving down the costs of offshore wind, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has told major industry conference. Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind capacity and planned offshore wind projects in the country have the potential to produce up to 10GW of electricity by 2020. Speaking at the Global […]
Academics from the Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen working together as part of the Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (S3C), funded by the Scottish Funding Council, will host an Open Laboratory Day for Subsea Sensor Technologies on Tuesday May 22. The event will offer professionals working in sectors which use sensor applications in […]
BMT Syntek Technologies Inc. and BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd have announced that they are working closely with a number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and solution providers in the renewables industry helping them to develop innovative cutting edge technologies, to improve the efficiency and reliability of wind turbines. Increasing the swept area of a wind […]
LM Wind Power is the largest and most well-known blade manufacturer in the world but its origins are perhaps surprising. In an exclusive interview with Offshore WIND Peter Hansen, Senior Project Manager LM Wind Power, Technical Account, outlines the development of the offshore blade and the journey that took the company from making mobile fish […]