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The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has taken delivery of a bespoke subsea cable bend fatigue test rig.
The UK National Workboat Association (NWA) is launching a campaign to combat crewmember fatigue on offshore energy support vessels (OESVs).
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator announced a new GBP 2.4 million project aiming to cut the cost of offshore wind by optimising the design of jacket foundations through improved fatigue standards and validation of faster testing and fabrication methods. Jacket foundations are set to become a more dominant design solution, as monopiles are unlikely […]
DNV GL has certified a software developed by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult as part of a project to develop a new bi-axial blade fatigue testing method. The project is aimed at reducing fatigue test times by almost a half and overall test times by a quarter. The two-year collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between […]
ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) has released results of a test campaign that took place in June 2014 in the Bremerhaven where IHC IQIP, together with other industrial parties, measured the behaviour of monopile foundations under different driving methods in onshore conditions. Three piles were driven in the soil by hydraulic hammers of […]
As offshore wind farm developments move further out to sea and demands on the vessels and crews that service them increase, a rising number of wind farm crew transfer vessel incidents has become a growing cause of concern. As a direct result, TÜV SÜD PMSS is calling for more stringent enforcement of UK Merchant Shipping […]
German research institute Fraunhofer IWES has presented the now fully operational rotor blade bearings test bench during the inauguration of a new test site in Hamburg. The goal of the BEAT 6.1 test bench (Bearing Endurance and Acceptance Test rig) is to lower development costs and reduce yield loss in order to make it more economical […]
JDR Cable Systems has awarded Trelleborg with a contract to design, manufacture and deliver dynamic cable protection products for the Windfloat Atlantic floating wind project. Set for installation off the coast of Portugal in 2019, Trelleborg’s offshore operation will provide Distributed Buoyancy Modules (DBM), bend stiffeners, and Uraduct for this project. The 25MW WindFloat Atlantic wind farm will […]
A team led by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is set to conduct a research project on the engineering of the jacket foundations at the U.S. Block Island offshore wind farm. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has awarded USD 608,722 for the 28-month study of the first U.S. offshore wind commercial project. […]
GBM Works, a TU Delft spin-off, is set to conduct pilot tests of a new method for installing turbine monopile foundations in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Together with project partners, GBM will conduct the pilot at Maasvlakte beginning in May or June by using a vibro drill method in which foundation piles are […]
By Alexandre Crochelet, Senior Engineer at G-Octopus, a Cathie Associates Company Pile Driving Monitoring (PDM) during driving and Pile Dynamic Testing (PDT) are widely used in onshore and offshore construction to ensure the structural integrity of the piles during driving and achieve a safe and economical pile installation. PDM helps in assessing the pile behaviour […]
Pioneering companies within the Oil and Gas sector are adopting Wind Lidar to provide them with valuable wind data to vastly improve their operational efficiency. Lidar is an established tool that provides sophisticated wind assessment and measurements within the wind energy industry. An infrared laser exploits the Doppler effect to provide horizontal and vertical wind […]
Fraunhofer's test bench for rotor blade bearings of up to 6.5 meters in diameter has been commissioned at the institute’s Hamburg facility, paving the way for automated continuous operation. The accelerated tests – simulating 20 years of service in six months of testing – will enable manufacturers and operators to increase the reliability of large […]
GE's Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine is well suited and competitive for monopile solution over a wide range of site conditions, according to the specialist engineering firm Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG). GDG has been working with GE Renewable Energy to develop optimized XL Monopile soil-structure interaction models to support GE’s development of optimized foundation designs for […]
Belgian offshore wind developer Parkwind has joined the QUALIFY project dedicated to increasing the usage of adhesively bonded hybrid structures in shipbuilding and generating spin-offs to other industries. The R&D project, part of the EU program Interreg 2 Seas, will see a multi-scale testing plan implemented to provide insights into the long-term performance of hybrid joints […]
Wind turbines, zero-subsidy projects and emerging markets remained to be the industry's hottest topics in 2018. And while these were also the most covered matters on Offshore WIND, we also pressed the 'Learn More' button under topics that might deserve to be more widely discussed – and we hope to do so more in 2019 and the years to come.
Offshore WIND's most read news from 12 to 18 November 2018.
SBM Offshore's wind floater design, including its mooring system and featuring a commercially available offshore wind turbine, has been granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
The effects and causes of fatigue that offshore wind crews experience are not fully understood within the sector, however, sharing health and safety (HSE) lessons can ultimately make the industry stronger, Kerrie Forster, Chairman of the UK National Workboat Association (NWA) Safety Forum and Operations Coordinator at Acta Marine, said in an interview with Offshore WIND.
US-based energy service company Chet Morrison Contractors has formed a strategic partnership with compatriot engineering specialist iSIMS to launch the iJacket - a new optimized method in jacket and foundation design.
The UK-based First Subsea has secured a contract to provide Platform Mooring Connectors (PMCs) for the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic floating wind project in Portugal. The company will supply nine PMCs, each with a 5500kN minimum breaking load, to the project's three MHI Vestas V164-8.4MW wind turbines to be installed 20km offshore Viana do Castelo. The PMCs will be used to connect […]
Ørsted has signed a six-year framework agreement with Trelleborg for the supply of the NjordGuard cable protection system for use on upcoming wind farm projects.
The Fistuca BLUE 25M hammer has completed its offshore test in the Netherlands as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator BLUE PILOT project.
By Gareth Ellery, Senior Engineer and Business Development Director, Cathie Associates Within the offshore wind industry, there has been a relentless and necessary drive towards cost reduction and commercialization of offshore wind. This cost reduction has been driven largely by the introduction of competition to the developers and operators of offshore wind farms through power […]
Swedish wind power company SeaTwirl has begun a research project with Chalmers and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) aiming to investigate how to best design vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) to be as robust as possible.
FlyShip, a Germany-based company which made news in 2016 with its novel (air)craft, has announced that it is about to receive its first order and will subsequently start producing first crafts of the FS-100 class. Upon informing of the upcoming order, FlyShip said it was looking at offshore wind crew transfer operations as one of the areas where its technology could be used.