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  • 8 January 2020
    Contracts & Tenders, R&D

    Akrocean has secured a contract by Meteo-France to supply floating LiDARs for future offshore wind projects in France. Under the four-year master service agreement, Akrocean will provide wind and ocean data using its WINDSEA floating LiDAR with an aim to de-risk future projects in French waters. Established as part of series of measures intended to […]

  • 17 December 2019
    Business & Finance

    Dutch energy company Eneco is set to purchase all the electricity generated by GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine prototype. This was announced during the inauguration ceremony for the prototype held today, 17 December, at the port of Maasvlakte-Rotterdam. According to GE, the Haliade-X 12MW prototype set a new world record the past weekend by […]

  • 30 November 2019

    2010, ZephIR HQ, Worcestershire, U.K.:  the ZephIR 300 Lidar – a remote sensing wind measurement tool capable of collecting wind data remotely from its installed location by use of a infra-red laser – was born, following an 18 month product development program that focused on improving the ‘usability’ of remote sensing devices. The resultant product […]

  • 29 November 2019
    Vessels

    Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard has launched the first specialized deck carrier, which will be used by MHI Vestas to transport offshore wind turbine components, at its yard in Zhenjiang, China. The 148.5-metre deck carrier, named Boldwind, is the first in a series of two vessels ordered by Germany’s United Wind Logistics, with an option for two additional […]

  • 27 November 2019
    Vessels

    Singapore-based PSA Marine and its Taiwanese partner, Ta Tong Marine, have formed a joint venture company, Ventus Marine, to service a long-term contract awarded by Siemens Gamesa for the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The charter commenced on 1 November and is served by a 26-metre, 12-pax CTV Ventus Beigang. Ventus Beigang is […]

  • 26 November 2019
    R&D, Technology

    Spain’s Saitec Engineering is launching its first offshore wind medium-scale prototype: BlueSATH. The project is scheduled to go online during the first quarter of 2020 in the open sea waters of Santander Spain for a 12-month period after which the prototype will be completely decommissioned. Testing will take place in real sea environment with the […]

  • 11 November 2019
    R&D

    The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub has launched a web-based tool that brings together UK offshore renewable energy research. Research Landscape comprises a series of research themes, challenges and opportunities faced by the offshore renewables community, which were gathered through a series of consultation events with over 180 partners. The interactive tool showcases current […]

  • 6 November 2019
    R&D, Technology

    The blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine has arrived at MassCEC’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) in Boston, U.S. The 107m long blade will undergo a series of fatigue tests that include moving it millions of times during a few months to validate that it can withstand more than 25 years of operation […]

  • 1 November 2019
    Authorities, Grid Connection

    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will hold a public stakeholder meeting on November 12 to discuss how New Jersey should plan its transmission system to accommodate the scenario where offshore wind plays a major role in the State’s energy future. The public meeting will have a conference format and will have a […]

  • 1 November 2019

    Brazil, India, Morocco, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Vietnam have a total technical offshore wind potential of approximately 3.1 terawatts, according to a report published by World Bank on 1 October 2019. The report Going Global: Expanding Offshore Wind to Emerging Markets identifies 1TW of fixed-bottom offshore wind and almost 2.1TW of […]

  • 22 October 2019
    Business & Finance

    Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has launched a new accelerator program focused on the commercialization of new technologies for the UK’s offshore wind supply chain. The Launch Academy is a national technology accelerator program designed to support innovative SMEs to commercialize technologies that will enhance the local offshore wind supply chain, enabling greater UK content, while supporting […]

  • 18 October 2019
    Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics

    ScottishPower Renewables has opened the new operations and maintenance building for the 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm at the Port of Lowestoft, UK. Located at Associated British Port’s Hamilton Dock, the O&M building is part of a GBP 25 million investment made by ScottishPower Renewables into the Port of Lowestoft. The site is now the […]

  • 15 October 2019
    Vessels

    DEME Group’s DP3 offshore installation vessel Orion is on the way to Europe for the final construction phase before heading to its first offshore wind project. According to DEME, Orion will arrive in Rostock, Germany, in a few weeks, where it will be equipped with a Liebherr crane that has a lifting capacity of 5,000t. The […]

  • 10 October 2019
    Training & Education

    SeaRoc Group has delivered marine coordination training to JGC at its office in Chichester, the UK. According to SeaRoc, JGC is the first Japanese EPC contractor to complete the course, and partnering discussions are ongoing to strengthen the relationship between the companies. During the five-day training, the JGC team was provided with techniques of marine coordination, […]

  • 30 September 2019
    Contracts & Tenders, Grid Connection

    Dutch-German grid operator TenneT has awarded Prysmian Group with a three-year service level agreement covering reactive maintenance operations of its HVAC and HVDC submarine and land assets. “We are delighted to support TenneT in fulfilling its asset management strategy, designed to reduce to the minimum the cable downtime during the asset lifetime. This award confirms the […]

  • 27 September 2019
    Business & Finance

    Siemens Gamesa is planning to pause the manufacturing of offshore nacelles at its plant in Brande, Denmark, citing delays in offshore wind projects as the reason. This, combined with the discontinuation of the production of the onshore Direct Drive (DD) technology in Brande and onshore blade production in Aalborg, could potentially lead to the lay off of up […]

  • 9 September 2019
    R&D

    The U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium has selected the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to carry out a project focused on reducing costs and improving the economic feasibility of floating wind technology. NREL has been awarded USD 300,000 for its Shared Mooring Systems for Deep Floating Wind Farms project, in which it […]

  • 5 September 2019
    Authorities

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will host a series of open house events in September to discuss New York’s recent awards for 1,696MW of offshore wind energy. NYSERDA staff will present details of the two announced projects: Empire Wind, owned and developed by Equinor US Holdings, Inc., and Sunrise Wind, […]

  • 5 September 2019
    Grid Connection

    Total quality assurance provider Intertek has been commissioned by the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) programme to undertake a UK permitting and planning study. Consortium partners behind the NSWPH programme, TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany, Energinet, Gasunie, and Port of Rotterdam, have joined together to develop a large-scale European energy system for offshore wind in […]

  • 3 September 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Scottish industry and the public sector have established a new cluster dedicated to supporting the growth of the offshore wind supply chain on the east coast of Scotland. The Forth & Tay Offshore cluster includes the Angus, Dundee City, Fife, Perth & Kinross, East Lothian and Scottish Borders councils with support from SSE, EDF Renewables and Red […]

  • 2 September 2019
    Wind Farm Update

    The team behind Australia’s first offshore wind project, Star of the South, is holding a series of consultations with local communities in Gippsland ahead of the site investigation campaigns scheduled to start later this year. The project team will hold a number of information sessions from 12 September to 21 September. Following the community sessions, […]

  • 20 August 2019
    Authorities, Contracts & Tenders

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 2,000MW of offshore wind power. This RFP represents the US state’s first solicitation dedicated specifically to offshore wind development. It builds off of multi-resource solicitations in 2018 in which Connecticut bought 304MW of offshore wind from […]

  • 9 August 2019
    Contracts & Tenders

    Huadian Heavy Industries has secured contracts with Binhai Smart Wind Power for work at the SPIC Binhai South H3 offshore wind project in China. The Chinese company has been selected as the main EPC contractor for the construction and installation of a part of the project’s facilities and equipment. According to Huadian, the work is expected to […]

  • 31 July 2019
    R&D

    The Schatz Energy Research Center is carrying out a study on the wind resource and transmission constraints related to offshore wind in California. The research is part of three complementary studies that the U.S. center is conducting to assess offshore wind feasibility for the northern California coast. It is being funded by a USD 150,000 grant […]

  • 31 July 2019
    Vessels

    Damen Shipyards Antalya has floated out HST Harri, High Speed Transfers’ (HST) FCS 2710 class fast crew supply vessel. The vessel will now undergo final outfitting and commissioning ahead of the delivery which is scheduled for September. Following the delivery, the FCS 2710 class Damen crew supply vessel will start a five-year charter with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on […]

  • 24 July 2019
    Business & Finance

    The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has set up a new task force aimed at helping increase the number of skilled people working in the UK’s offshore wind sector. The Investment in Talent Group is developing a passporting system to ensure all parts of the energy sector recognize transferable skills and training, to enable offshore workers to move […]