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The Dutch DOB-Academy has signed two agreements in Japan for cooperation on offshore wind. DOB-Academy signed a contract with Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association (NAMICPA) for an Ocean Human Resources Development Center (OHRDC) in Nagasaki which will organize a new academy to provide education for future local offshore engineers. Furthermore, the Dutch academy signed a Memorandum of […]
The former university library of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is set to become a Dutch offshore energy knowledge hub following the opening of the De Oude Bibliotheek Academy (DOB-Academy). DOB-Academy is described as the new education centre and meeting place for professionals in the offshore energy industry. The academy offers training sessions, workshops, seminars for the […]
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s UKAS accredited High Voltage Electrical Laboratory has taken delivery of a 640kV resonant transformer in collaboration with Doble Engineering. The new partnership gives the HV laboratory, based at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, an enhanced capability enabling testing on bushings, high voltage power cables and other transmission […]
Fugro has successfully completed 2 positional and depth of burial surveys on export cables for SSE’s 500MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast on behalf of installation contractor Fluor. The main objective is to provide a final report with the final position including depth of bury of the L2 export cable and […]
The potential for the use of blockchain within the energy sector is in focus of the third video in the Horizons series, co-produced by DOB-Academy and Offshore WIND with an aim to cover offshore wind topics in an easily digestible way. Blockchain remains a hard to understand concept. Some say it will change the way […]
Baltic InteGrid, a project exploring the potential of meshed offshore grids in the Baltic Sea region, is in focus of the second video in the Horizons series, co-produced by DOB-Academy and Offshore WIND with an aim to cover offshore wind topics in an easily digestible way.
Taiwan to Sign 5.5GW of Contracts with Offshore Wind Developers by July Nine developers looking to build offshore wind farms in Taiwan have qualified for offshore environmental permits. These developers, offering 10.5GW of offshore wind capacity in total, will now compete for 5.5GW of offshore wind contracts, 3.5GW to be selected for the feed-in-tariff (FIT) […]
To bring the industry easily digestible, in-depth and on-topic market information Offshore WIND and the DOB-Academy have started to co-produce HORIZONS. These are two minute (tops) animated explanation videos on various topics like technology, market developments or finance. Offshore WIND and DOB-Academy strive to bring overview in this fast paced and growing industry. Follow this link for the first edition.
Following multiple not yet realised 10MW+ concept plans, there is already much wind industry talk about the next-generation 12-15 MW turbines. The question is whether especially new concepts in the latter category will be mainly evolutionary scaling of current technology, or a radical departure to new concept solutions.
The Dutch government has launched an international campaign entitled Wind & Water Works during an offshore wind energy masterclass organised by the Netherlands for ten guest nations.
The construction of a new maritime research centre in the industrial area of the Port of Oostende will start early next year. The centre will house a wave pool and a towing tank for research into the impact of waves, tides and wind on ships and objects at sea. The wave pool is a 30 x 30-meter […]
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has upgraded the adjustable high voltage (HV) reactor at its UKAS accredited HV electrical laboratory, paving the way for an industry shift from 33 kV to 66 kV for future offshore wind inter-array electrical systems. The upgrade to the adjustable HV reactor involved introducing an automated control system and increasing the power […]
At Seawork’s Network and Awards Evening, winners of the Innovations Showcase, the overall Sprit of Innovation Award, the Maritime Professional of the Year Award as well as the Seawork Lifetime Achievement Award were announced. Compere for the evening was Southampton’s power boat champion, and TV and radio pundit Shelley Jory. The winner in the category […]
Canadian government has announced investments totaling over CAD 8 million for two clean technology projects in Nova Scotia, which will support jobs, economic growth and the environment. The funding was provided though Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund. The funding was announced by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Scott Armstrong, […]
One of the major cost elements in developing an offshore wind farm is to be found in the area of cabling and grid connection. There are significant costs incurred with the production of the inter array and export cables, their installation and the related connection activities ensuring the transfer of the energy produced to the […]
Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector for 2014. Global venture capital (VC) funding in the wind sector decreased to $311 million in 2014 compared to $455 million in 2013. Total funding into the wind […]
In October 2014 the first phase of the pile testing campaign for the Wikinger offshore wind farm project was launched, after the site’s geotechnical investigation on the Baltic Sea had been completed. German engineering and services group Bilfinger was awarded the test pile contract and chose SAL Heavy Lift as subcontractor to transport and install […]
With arrival of the export cable at the Dutch shore on Wednesday, the Luchterduinen offshore wind farm, located 23 kilometers off the coast of Noordwijk and Zandvoort, has reached another important realisation step. The cable will transport the energy of 43 wind turbines with a total capacity of 129MW to shore. It will take the […]
The final rotor blade of the 24th wind turbine was successfully installed at the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm over the weekend. This marks the halfway milestone of the total 48 wind turbines at RWE's offshore wind farm, three months after the installation kicked off. “In a football match we would now have reached halftime. […]
Simon Melrose, the platform project manager for the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), speaking at the Nova Scotia Energy Research and Development Forum yesterday, announced construction contracts for a new underwater platform designed to measure the tide in real time via cable connection – a breakthrough for Nova Scotia’s tidal energy efforts. “To […]
A new £11.3 million innovation centre dedicated to helping Scotland capitalise on the growing market in analytics and ‘big data’ technology is set to open later this year. The investment is projected to return a minimum of 345 new jobs and an additional £155 million of value to the Scottish economy. The new Data Lab […]
During this week's meeting in Montauk, New York, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will host a public listening session on offshore wind power in the United Kingdom. The listening session will be held today, April 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and will also be accessible via webinar. Guest speaker will be Tom Watson, Fishery […]
The management of occupational health and safety of employees and environmental protection will be the focus of the seminar called “Overall Safety at Work for Offshore Wind Energy", which will be held on March 19-20, 2014 in Essen. Occupational health and safety laws, regulations and obligations and environmental protection in the field of offshore wind […]
MAKE – a leading strategic advisor to the wind power industry – expands its global footprint with the establishment of a Hamburg based branch office. This office will be managed and led by MAKE’s newly appointed Managing Consultant – Jean Huby – former CEO of AREVA Wind and an accomplished expert in the field of […]
Canada’s efforts to become a world leader in tidal energy research and technology are taking a significant step forward. The Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, will also soon be home to the world’s first underwater monitoring platform designed specifically for extreme, high-flow tide conditions. FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy) […]
For hardly any other branch of industry is international cooperation as important as for the offshore industry. Frequently, companies from all over the world cooperate in the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. Denmark is an important partner for Germany's offshore industry. A major part of the offshore wind turbines is already produced in […]