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27 March 2018 Technology

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has entered into a long-term collaboration with North Sea Systems Limited (NSS), the specialist developer of cable monitoring and subsea systems, to bring CableFish touchdown monitoring tool for subsea cable installation to the market.

23 March 2018 Environment, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

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21 March 2018 Operations & Maintenance, Ports & Logistics, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Siemens Gamesa has shipped out the first nacelles for the 309MW Rentel offshore wind farm from Cuxhaven, Germany, to the installation port in Ostend, Belgium.

26 February 2018 R&D, Technology

Service robots, drones, automated motherships and 40-rotor turbines could become the norm for offshore wind farms by 2050, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult predicts.

23 February 2018 Business & Finance

Spain-based supplier of LiDARs to the offshore wind industry, EOLOS, is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Japan Meteorological Corporation, thus making a significant step towards fulfilling its aim of entering the Japanese wind and ocean resource measurement market. 

21 February 2018 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, Technology

The North Wales-based software company Papertrail, a provider of cloud-based inspection management and data capture technology for the wind energy industry, has informed that it won several new contracts last year and that it sees further growth as its platform is being used increasingly for operations and maintenance (O&M) in both on- and offshore wind.

15 February 2018 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

The 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm, performed better than expected in its first three full months in production, Statoil, the operator of the wind farm said.

5 February 2018 Business & Finance

UK-based Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) and German company Multiversum have entered a partnership to provide pre-construction offshore wind measurement services as well as specific advice on fixed and floating LiDAR measurements. 

24 January 2018 Business & Finance, Environment, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

Groningen Seaports has appointed high-tech company VRT Finland to survey 20 kilometers of underwater structures in Delfzijl and Eemshaven ports during inspections starting at the end of January.

10 January 2018 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

Subsea technology company Rovco has secured Innovate UK funding to develop a 3D visualisation system as part of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) demonstrator project potentially worth GBP 1 million.

25 December 2017 Business & Finance, R&D

Ecosse Subsea has increased its turnover and underlying earnings in the current financial year largely due to a number of completed offshore wind and interconnector projects, the company said.

22 December 2017 Business & Finance, Contracts & Tenders, Jobs & Recruitment, R&D, Technology

Vattenfall has hired Siemens Gamesa’s Chief Executive Officer in North America, Jacob Nørgaard Andersen, and Senior Vice President from Ørsted Energy, Mats Vikholm to help the Swedish energy company develop the next generation of offshore wind farms.

11 December 2017 Business & Finance, Environment, R&D, Technology

Ørsted has announced the winners of the first round of its new GBP 75,000 Skills Fund, a part of the company’s GBP 465,000 East Coast Community Fund.

6 December 2017 Business & Finance

Zero subsidy offshore wind projects leave the actual electricity price as the only source of income and it is quite difficult for traditional investors such as banks to finance these projects, because that would mean that the banks lending the money must agree to take on the merchant risk, said Christoph Mertens, CEO Summit Renewable Power Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation.

28 November 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Environment, Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

ZephIR Lidar has released details of a new meteorological standard which shows that offshore substations on operational wind farms can now be delivered with a ZephIR 300M wind lidar as part of a Meteorological Monitoring Module, eliminating the need for a traditional meteorological mast.

27 November 2017 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Statoil has used drones to inspect all turbine blades on the Sheringham Shoal wind farm off Norfolk, UK.

14 November 2017

RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables met in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, 14 November, to debate future opportunities for UK’s floating offshore wind.

8 November 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

UK subsea company Rovco has been awarded a three-year contract for inspection services at the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, after winning a tender launched by innogy. 

8 November 2017

A group of leading European offshore wind developers have signed a declaration to call upon European policy makers to endorse an EU-wide binding target of 35% share of renewables in EU final energy demand by 2030.

2 November 2017 Contracts & Tenders, Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Danish consulting engineering company Niras has won a contract to set up a plan for decommissioning of two offshore wind projects in France with a combined capacity of nearly 1GW which are still avaiting final investment decision.

18 October 2017

The launch of the world’s first floating wind farm marked another milestone, not only for the floating wind technology but for the overall offshore wind industry.

18 October 2017 Wind Farm Update

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, has started delivering electricity to the Scottish grid and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon officially opened the wind farm on 18 October.

17 October 2017 R&D

DNV GL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese stakeholders to collaborate on offshore wind testing and certification to drive the expansion and facilitate the development of offshore wind in Taiwan.

6 September 2017 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Aberdeen-based Gulf Marine Services (GMS) UK Ltd has selected offshore engineering and technology company Osbit Ltd to deliver a boat landing and access system which will be fitted to a GMS jack-up accommodation vessel destined for DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One wind farm.

31 August 2017 Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Siem Offshore Contractors’ accommodation and personnel transfer vessel Siem Moxie has begun work on Statoil’s Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm. 

14 August 2017 Environment, R&D, Technology, Training & Education

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are developing a thermal imaging technology to track birds and bats in and around offshore wind farm zones.