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The Oriel offshore wind project in Ireland is getting ready for the start of site surveys after having secured a license by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The investigation works are scheduled to commence in August at the site off the coast of Dundalk in dialogue with the stakeholders and the local […]
The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) plans to start a new industry competition next month with the aim of reducing emissions and fuel consumption in offshore wind vessels. OWA is now calling on the industry to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope of the competition. The RFI is the first […]
Ampyx Power has partnered with DSM to develop a tether for its Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) that is sized to generate a capacity of up to 2MW.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has published an update of the Floating LiDAR (light detection and ranging) Roadmap, accepted as the international industry framework for technology maturity.
Offshore Transfer Devices Ltd has been awarded further funding from the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) that will support the commercialisation of the Tube Docking Device (TDD) access system.
The Carbon Trust has launched three tenders as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme.
Crown Estate Scotland (CES) is set to start discussions with the industry, government and interested organisations to prepare for potential new offshore wind leasing, which will lead to Scotland adding commercial-scale floating and fixed offshore wind farms that would be in operation as of late 2020s and beyond.
After a likely record year in 2017 with 14GW, offshore wind energy in Europe continues its growing process with expectations that it will reach 25GW by 2020.
As part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) program, Carbon Trust has issued a tender seeking companies interested in undertaking a study to provide a reference document for active fender systems.
The offshore wind industry should abandon the practice of awarding separate leases for offshore wind farms of up to 1GW each and instead start developing large, integrated projects of up to 10GW to lower cost, create value across the supply chain, and stimulate economic growth, Mark Gainsborough Executive Vice President, New Energies, Shell Gas and Power Development B.V., said.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a new innovation competition on monitoring the condition of subsea cables to ensure that they are not damaged during the load out and installation process. The competition aims to solve this challenge by identifying and supporting the development of novel condition monitoring systems for subsea cables. Entries […]
The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched an implementation guide for the deployment of floating light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems. The OWA Floating LiDAR Recommended Practice report will enable developers to effectively deploy cost-effective wind measurement solutions to generate bankable data on wind resource, OWA said. The report provides recommended practice for both trial campaigns and […]
EU ministers approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the European Union on Friday. The decision was reached at an extraordinary meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels, which agreed to speed up the process of ratification, and brings the Paris Agreement very close to entering into force. Once approved by the European Parliament this week, […]
Global energy investment fell by 8% in 2015, with a drop in oil and gas upstream spending outweighing continued robust investment in renewables, electricity networks and energy efficiency, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new report. The World Energy Investment 2016 (WEI 2016) report, a detailed analysis of investment across the global energy system, shows […]
The 396MW Merkur offshore wind project has reached financial close and is now moving into the construction phase. Merkur is a construction-ready wind farm located approximately 45km north of the islands of Borkum, Germany, in the North Sea. It will consist of 66 turbines and will generate approximately 1,750 GWh annually, once complete. The construction will start […]
The deal on Sumitomo Corporation's indirect acquisition of 12.5% share of the 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm is closing this month, according to SgurrEnergy, who provided independent technical advisory services to Sumitomo Corporation. The services provided by SgurrEnergy included an assessment of the project’s permitting situation, contracting status and structure, construction timescales, capital and operating cost estimates […]
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 […]
The testing of the drivetrain for Adwen's 8MW offshore wind turbine (AD 8-180) has begun at IWES Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DyNaLab) in Bremerhaven (Germany). The drivetrain is undergoing a test campaign that will last until the end of the year, as part of the validation process, which will cover mechanical and electrical tests on the integral chain […]
The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has published a new report to inform industry on how to apply the Cable Burial Risk Assessment Guidance (CBRA), following its launch in 2015. The new Application Guide for the Specification of the Depth of Lowering using CBRA explains how the probabilistic methodology can be applied to real offshore projects based […]
BioPower Systems has completed the final preparation of the bioWAVE wave energy device. The unit is ready for installation offshore Victoria, Australia. It will be loaded onto the transport vessel, and moved to the deployment site near Port Fairy, the company wrote in a statement. The deployment is scheduled to occur in early December. The […]
The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at the University of Edinburgh has just joined AIRTO. AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, brings together the country’s leading universities, businesses and research organisations to encourage enterprise and the commercial take up of scientific and technological advances. Together, AIRTO members’ represent a significant component of […]
On Saturday, 26th September, the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility will join the research facilities at the University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus in welcoming members of the public ‘behind closed doors’ for the annual ‘Doors Open Day’. "More than 500 visitors came to see the test facility last year’s Doors Open Day, and we’d […]
Two of the world’s leading ocean energy test centres have joined forces for a ground-breaking project to recreate scaled versions of Scotland’s oceans in the laboratory. EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, and FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at The University of Edinburgh first began working together in 2012 to share their expertise […]
An 83m long, multipurpose offshore support vessel (OSV) / anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) Normand Draupne, has undergone conversion and upgrade at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA and is now capable of working in the offshore wind industry. The vessel has arrived at Remontowa still in its old livery of Norwegian offshore support fleet operators - Solstad Offshore. Now the ship […]
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has completed the analysis of the data gathered from the pioneering £2 million measurement campaign at E.ON’s Rødsand 2 wind farm, and has now launched a call for Expressions of Interest from other organisations who want to access and continue research of the data. The campaign consisted of […]
Ocean energy company, BioPower Systems (BPS), has completed the construction and onshore testing of a 250kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit. The project is supported by an CAD 11 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), a CAD 5 million grant from the Victorian Government and CAD 5 million equity from BPS. The structure is scheduled for […]