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5 August 2010

This event is dedicated entirely to the operation of offshore ships & workboats used in the construction & maintenance of offshore wind farms. The forum will provide the opportunity for a max. of 220 delegates to engage with a panel of speakers made up of the leading experts in this fast growing industry. Participants will […]

5 August 2010 Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection

• Competitive tender for transmission links forecast to deliver £350 million of savings for consumers • 2 GW of offshore wind to be connected • Almost £4 billion of investment appetite to own and run nine transmission links worth £1.1 billion • Preferred and reserve bidders chosen for seven projects, with two to be decided […]

4 August 2010 Grid Connection

RWE Innogy and ABB have today signed a contract for delivery of underwater cable for the offshore wind farm “Nordsee Ost”. In total, ABB will supply around 63 kilometres of sea cable. They will be used to network the 48 wind turbines of the wind farm with one another and connect them to an offshore transformer station. The undersea cable will be produced by an ABB subsidiary in Sweden. The contract is valued at around EUR 10 million.

4 August 2010

As wind farms spring up inland and offshore and turbines get larger, so demands are increasing on windmill blade manufacturers. This will be discussed at the new AMI global conference on Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture, which takes place 7-9 December 2010 in Düsseldorf. The event starts with a review by LM Wind Power of blade […]

2 August 2010 R&D

Even though 2.1 GW of offshore wind power has already been installed in European water with a further 1.5 expected to be constructed by the end of the year [2010], reaching targets of 40-50GW by 2020 will be a struggle and will require a significant increase in developments costing roughly £550 billion There are huge […]

27 July 2010 Wind Farm Update

DP2 Heavy Lift Vessel Jumbo Javelin has installed its 100th TP for the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm (GGOWF), off the UK’s south-east coast. For this project, Jumbo’s scope includes transport, installation, leveling and grouting of the TP’s. The close cooperation between all parties (client Fluor, Jumbo’s crew, the project team and subcontractors) has resulted […]

27 July 2010 R&D, Technology

British company Wind Power Limited has unveiled the new embodiment of its innovative Aerogenerator project visualised by leading international architects Grimshaw. The Aerogenerator X is twice the power and half the weight of Wind Power’s original Aerogenerator design. The Aerogenerator X is considered one of the only real alternative solutions available to help deliver the […]

26 July 2010 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Consumers Energy has signed a contract with Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc. to supply 56 wind turbine generators for the utility's Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County. The wind park is scheduled to begin operation in late 2012. The contract calls for Vestas to manufacture, deliver and commission the V100-1.8 MW turbine units. The total […]

23 July 2010 Wind Farm Update

FoundOcean participates in the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm multiple four-legged jacket type foundation installation project FoundOcean, the subsea and offshore grouting specialist for the global energy construction industry, is mobilising to the Ormonde Offshore Windfarm today to commence grouting operations for a largescale multiple jacket type foundation installation project in UK waters. The Ormonde Offshore Wind […]

22 July 2010 Authorities, Business & Finance

Delaware is making big strides in renewable energy development, state officials say after a meeting with federal officials who visited the First State and updated state and federal agencies on developers’ interest in offshore wind power.

21 July 2010 R&D

118 new offshore wind turbines were fully connected to the grid in the first half of 2010 according to new statistics released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Those 118 turbines have a capacity of 333 MW – well over half the 577 MW installed offshore last year - showing continuing strong growth […]

18 July 2010 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

HVDC Light transmission link will connect three North Sea wind farms to German power grid. ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $700 million, from the German transmission grid operator, transpower, to supply an 800-megawatt (MW) power link that will connect more offshore wind farms in the DolWin1cluster, […]

14 July 2010 Training & Education

Jan Behrendt Ibsoe, Vice President, ABS Consulting Renewable Energy, has been named a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Structural and Operating Safety. The study will provide guidance to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), formerly the Minerals Management Service, on its proposed approach […]

8 July 2010 R&D

Vestas, the world’s leader in producing high-tech wind power systems, announced today that it will open an Engineering Site in Louisville, Colo., to support Vestas Global and enhance Vestas’ wind power production capabilities throughout North America. Vestas will move 46 employees into 47,675 square feet of space on Centennial Parkway, Louisville starting today, and will […]

8 July 2010 Technology

Aberdeen-based firm signs co-operation agreement with major Chinese manufacturer. First Minister Alex Salmond today welcomed a strategic co-operation agreement signed between SeaEnergy Renewables and Nantong COSCO Ship Steel Structure Company (NCSC) to develop and market steel structures for the offshore wind industry. The agreement – the first of its kind between a Scottish firm and […]

7 July 2010 Wind Farm Update

On June 24, the installation of the 100th and final wind turbine was finished five weeks earlier than planned. “The Installation team has had a huge mountain to climb taking into account the new vessel layout, new subcontractor, new installation equipment, and starting the work during wintertime. However, the installation has gone exceptionally well,” said […]

6 July 2010 Authorities, Business & Finance

The development of offshore wind and linked infrastructure is vital to the UK meeting its EU 2020 renewable energy targets, the country's Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a 2009 Renewable Energy Strategy report handed to the European Commission late Monday. Up to 33 GW of offshore renewable generation may be developed and […]

6 July 2010 Environment

As the stories previously reported on this blog will tell you, the world is beginning to make changes towards a low carbon economy, and, the potential of offshore wind power in driving this change in the energy sector is now being realised. Offshore wind, key in fighting climate change, does have an impact on marine […]

2 July 2010 Business & Finance

Statoil has awarded Aker Solutions a significant part of the frame agreement for inspection services on all of their offshore installations and onshore plants in Norway. The contract period is for four years with options for further extensions up to four years. The yearly volume of the contract will fluctuate, but Aker Solutions estimates the […]

1 July 2010 Authorities, Business & Finance

The US Department of the Interior and Department of Energy plan to increase offshore renewable energy development together, under a formal agreement signed Tuesday. Interior and the DOE would develop "attainable" goals for constructing renewable energy projects on the US Outer Continental Shelf, determine how to streamline federal and state approval processes and identify areas […]

30 June 2010 Training & Education

· RenewableUK’s ‘Building an Industry’ report released · Government must act now and commit to the £60m offshore wind infrastructure competition to ensure key port infrastructure upgrades will go ahead as a key requirement to attracting manufacturing jobs · Government in conjunction with industry needs to agree a realistic target for delivery if sector is […]

30 June 2010 Training & Education

Exclusive from Offshore wind 2010 conference in Liverpool. David Still, managing director of CBE talked today on Offshore Wind 2010 Conference about building the industry and offshore wind supply chain. Supply chain is all about timing, we can't relie on given time frames. He also added they are building the Britannia 10MW turbine which is […]

30 June 2010 R&D, Technology

At the Offshore Wind Conference 2010 in Liverpool, Scottish based SeaEnergy PLC signed a Letter of Intent with Ulstein Group to co-develop new service vessels for the offshore wind industry. Deputy CEO Tore Ulstein says that renewable energy is important and interesting and look forward to see what we can come up with together. As […]

25 June 2010 Business & Finance

RenewableUK Board of Directors has yesterday elected Andrew Jamieson, ScottishPower Renewables Regulation and Markets Director, as the new Chairman of the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association. Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, said: “Andrew Jamieson is a hugely respected industry executive and a true champion of renewable energy. As Chairman of RenewableUK Andrew will be […]