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19 December 2018 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Technology

OutSmart has contracted Whiffle to provide weather and production forecasts for a portfolio of wind energy projects, including the 600MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

19 December 2018 Authorities, Business & Finance

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has unanimously voted to adopt a proposed rule establishing the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (OREC) funding mechanism for the state’s offshore wind energy.

15 May 2018 Operations & Maintenance, Technology

SeaRoc Group has announced the integration of metocean risk management software – ForeCoast® Marine – with its SeaPlanner™ marine management tool.

10 May 2018 Authorities

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has held a public hearing regarding the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate (OREC) funding mechanism rulemaking straw proposal.

5 July 2017 Grid Connection, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Leask Marine’s vessel C-Fenna supported DeepOcean’s Maersk Connector during recent work on DONG Energy’s Walney Extension offshore wind project.

3 March 2017 Business & Finance

Total spend within the offshore wind market over the 2017-2025 period has decreased by 2%, from EUR 294 billion anticipated in Q4 2016 to EUR 289 billion, according to Douglas-Westwood’s World Offshore Wind Market Forecast Q1 2017-2025 report, an update to its report issued for the 2016-2025 period.

10 February 2017 Authorities, Business & Finance

The UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has released a report examining the Levy Control Framework (LCF), saying that the government must do more to demonstrate the value for money of consumer-funded energy schemes.

31 January 2017 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

JBA Consulting has signed a reseller agreement with the Met Office which will now offer JBA’s metocean risk management software – ForeCoast Marine – to its marine and offshore clients. ForeCoast Marine is a planning, visualisation and decision support tool which utilises Met Office forecast data to reduce costs and meteocean risks. Working collaboratively, JBA […]

23 December 2016 R&D, Technology, Wind Farm Update

UK-based engineering support services company Babcock has deployed its floating LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology to provide offshore wind data to the proposed Aberdeen offshore wind farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). Babcock’s floating LiDAR system, FORECAST, has been installed as part of a 12 month contract to collect […]

8 December 2016 Vessels

ZITON’s self-propelled jack up vessel J/U Wind Server has returned to the Holyhead port from Morecambe Bay, where the vessel has been working in an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) role, helping to keep the 500+ wind turbines operating 24/7. ZITON, formerly known as DBB Jack-up Services, has been appointed by DONG Energy, Siemens and Vattenfall to carry out […]

30 November 2016 R&D

As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that will take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, published by International Energy Agency (IEA). IEA today presented […]

29 November 2016 Technology

JBA Consulting’s metocean planning and forecasting software, ForeCoast® Marine, has been employed during the first phase of offshore construction of the Rampion offshore wind farm, which ended earlier this month. Following an initial foundation construction campaign between January and March 2016, which was heavily affected by adverse weather early on, and a planned suspension of works due […]

17 June 2016 R&D

Advanced meteorology helps reduce the costs of offshore wind turbines and improves the power production forecast, thus making the operation more profitable, according to research by Maarten Holtslag from TU Delft. Holtslag, who has a master’s degree in meteorology, conducted a PhD research in wind energy at the FLOW research program on Far and Large Offshore Wind energy, which aims […]

23 May 2016

New annual wind power capacity in Asia Pacific excluding China (APeC) will more than double by 2025, compared with 2015 installations, driven by continued growth across most markets, according to MAKE’s APeC Wind Power Outlook 2016 report. The analysis and consultancy company expects more than 63GW of wind power to be commissioned in Asia Pacific excluding China […]

1 March 2016 R&D

GE’s electrical engineer Naresh Acharya is working on a system that could one day help utilities predict the amount electricity generated by inherently unpredictable renewable resources like wind and sun, and send as much of it as possible over the grid to consumers. Acharya is using software to predict and balance the electricity generated by renewables and […]

18 January 2016 Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Alpha Ventus, Germany’s first offshore wind farm, generated 242.176 gigawatt hours of electricity in 2015, surpassing the forecast yield in its fifth year of operation by 3.1 percent. The power generated by the 60 MW Alpha Ventus is equivalent to the annual power consumption of 69,000 average households. The wind farm, jointly owned by EWE, E.ON and […]

8 January 2016 Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Wind Farm Update

JBA Consulting has teamed up with ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and the Met Office to apply its metocean forecasting and planning tool, ForeCoast Marine, to two of SPRs’ offshore wind farms. The tool will be used at the Wikinger offshore wind farm to inform and help manage live metocean risks during the installation process. It will also […]

5 January 2016 Grid Connection, R&D

HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited (HiDef) will carry out aerial surveys for one of National Grid’s latest projects.  National Grid will provide a connection to the electricity transmission network for the proposed new 3.4GW nuclear power station, Moorside, in West Cumbria and export energy produced by a number of offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea. Following an […]

26 November 2015 Authorities, Business & Finance

If the UK government keeps its promise to support up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind in the next decade, it would leave no room for other renewables after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) slashed its forecasts for new renewable power capacity by more than a third for the period, Carbon Brief analysis […]

6 February 2015 Authorities, R&D

German Federal Government has entrusted Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and EWC Weather Consult GmbH with a research project that will develop more accurate wind power forecasts to reduce costs of the country’s energy transition.  It sometimes happens that, due to weather conditions, less wind or solar electricity is produced. In order […]

10 December 2014 Business & Finance

The Met Office and WindSim AS have announced a new partnership with the objective of generating more accurate Wind Resource Assessments and Wind Power forecasts to meet increasing industry demand for improved short term power forecasting and longer term power yield analysis. Accurate short term power forecasts are becoming increasingly important as balancing costs are […]

4 December 2014

The report European offshore wind 2014 published today by international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reveals a positive attitude to financing of new and projected European offshore wind projects. Underlying survey data shows that the sector is beginning to benefit from a healthy appetite in the lending market, competitive capital costs and, in consequence, strong […]

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 […]

6 October 2014

The weather is becoming increasingly important to many of Vattenfall’s operations. Managing the weather is of course impossible, but an R&D programme will aid the company to manage the impact of weather conditions. In 2011, a programme was initiated with the purpose of developing the capability to run in-house forecasts of weather and wind power […]

27 August 2014

Wave and tidal energy are methods of harnessing energy of oceans for power generation. Countries around the world are increasingly looking to utilize these forms of renewable energy as they provide a constant and steady source of clean energy. Abundance of ocean surface and significant potential of energy generation in nations across the world has […]

18 August 2014 Authorities

David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, has said that a recent accident involving a ship and a wind turbine at Walney caused him “great concern” and has praised the coastguard and lifeboat crews. Mr. Morris, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Coastal and Marine group, said: “It causes me great concern that a ship has collided with […]