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  • 26 November 2014
    Environment, Grid Connection

    Pondera Consult, together with Arcadis, has been asked by TenneT (TSO) to support the entire EIA process for the offshore grid connection of offshore wind farms located in the wind development area “Borssele”. The Ministry of Economic Affairs decided in 2014 that wind development area “Borssele” would be the first area to be developed with […]

  • 20 November 2014
    Grid Connection, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    The Dutch grid operator TenneT has completed the last technical tests for the cable connection of Noordoostpolder wind farms. The work on the connection system included the construction of a high voltage substation at Westermeerdijk, the construction of a 110kV cable line that goes from Westermeerdijk via Emmeloord to Ens, adaptation of a high voltage substation Emmeloord Zuidervaart and […]

  • 20 November 2014
    Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    The rock dumping vessel Seahorse will be commencing operations at various locations within and around the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm in late November 2014 until further notice.  This is to support the rock dumping vessel Tideway Rollingstone with scour protection / rock armour layer works. The vessel will require a wide berth of […]

  • 20 November 2014
    Grid Connection

    In an effort to connect its 288MW wind farm to the grid, the Belgian offshore wind farm developer, Otary, has issued call for tenders. Otary is looking to award engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for the 220 kV submarine export cables, onshore connection to the Belgian transmission grid and an Offshore High Voltage Substation. […]

  • 20 November 2014
    Business & Finance

    Blackbird International Corporation’s fully owned affiliate , Wave Electricity Renewable Power Ocean (WERPO), has received the rights for all of SDE Ltd’s technological property, patents, expertise and contracts thus taking control of SDE’s endeavors in China. It has been authorized to further work with the Chinese government on a pilot project as part of a […]

  • 19 November 2014
    Technology

    Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream turbine is now ready to be deployed in Ramsey Sound. Until weather conditions allow the deployment, the device is waiting in Milford Haven.  Tidal Energy will install and test a single 400kW unit for twelve months. The project will be used to demonstrate the capability of DeltaStream as a tidal stream generator and will provide evidence […]

  • 19 November 2014
    Business & Finance, R&D

    France and Australia move in opposite directions with renewable energy policies, says GlobalData analyst. While France has set ambitious targets to increase the share of renewables in its total energy consumption, Australia has taken a contrasting approach by repealing its 2011 Clean Energy Act, which established the carbon pricing mechanism, according to an analyst with […]

  • 10 November 2014

    Billions Set to Be Invested in German Offshore Wind Projects A downturn in the German offshore wind industry could soon come to an end. GeoSea Buys HOCHTIEF’s Offshore Assets, Becomes Full Owner of ‘Innovation’ DEME’s marine engineering specialist GeoSea acquires offshore assets of HOCHTIEF, one of Germany’s leading international construction groups. MHI Vestas 8 MW […]

  • 9 November 2014

    Siemens Appoints New CEO of Wind Power & Renewables Business Siemens Power Generation Services, Wind Power & Renewables business has a new global CEO. Mark Albenze succeeds Tim Holt who is taking over new responsibilities within Siemens. V164-8.0 MW Breaks All Records At the beginning of October, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s new wind turbine, installed […]

  • 7 November 2014

    Under the serious pressure of energy shortages and environmental pollution, China has formulated various strategy measures to accelerate the development of renewable energy technologies. Among them the medium and long-term China’s target, increasing the portion of renewable energy in the final primary energy consumption to 15 per cent by 2020, was set in Medium and […]

  • 6 November 2014
    R&D, Technology

    The turn of the season saw the WaveRoller™ Pilot Power Plant return to the ENP shipyard in Peniche, Portugal, as yet another sea campaign was successfully concluded. The device was operating in the fully exposed ocean environment with waves recorded in excess of 8 meters high. The aim of this campaign was to collect load […]

  • 4 November 2014
    R&D, Technology

    At the beginning of October, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s new wind turbine, installed at the test center Østerild, produced enough electricity to power 13,500 Danish households in just 24 hours, thus breaking the world record. A goal that is high on the offshore wind industry list is to reduce the cost per kWh. A cornerstone of […]

  • 28 October 2014
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    ABB has won a significant order from the Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to design, engineer, supply and install an Alternating Current (AC) power transmission cable system that will connect Butendiek, an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, to the HVDC (high voltage direct current) converter platform SylWin alpha. The cable will link […]

  • 24 October 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D

    The States of Guernsey have prepared draft secondary legislation (an Ordinance) for public consultation under the Renewable Energy (Guernsey) Law 2010. The aim of the Ordinance is to enable effective development of offshore renewables (such as offshore wind, tidal and wave energy) in Guernsey at the appropriate time and to provide robust environmental protection while still […]

  • 23 October 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    Malaysia started to actively eye offshore renewable power, according to the country’s media reports saying that Green Power Solutions, based in Malaysian state of Sabah, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Current2Current International.  The two partners plan to develop a 10MW tidal energy project, however, the first thing on their list is to thoroughly examine the […]

  • 21 October 2014
    R&D, Technology

    In the last months, SCHOTTEL successfully tested its hydrokinetic turbines in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. The full-scale tests included 260 operating hours under realistic conditions.  One turbine with a rotor diameter of four meters generates 50 kW per second at a rated water velocity of 2.75 meters per second. Ten hours of operation provide enough electricity […]

  • 20 October 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, has announced an investment of $1.5 million under the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. The funding will support Water Wall […]

  • 17 October 2014
    R&D, Technology

    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind’s V164-8.0 MW prototype set a new benchmark for power production recently when the turbine produced 192,000 kWh in a 24 hour period, enough to power approximately 13,500 Danish households, demonstrating the full capability of the world’s most powerful wind turbine. The V164-8.0 MW prototype turbine has broken the record for power […]

  • 16 October 2014
    Business & Finance, Technology

    Vattenfall to enter race with Dong Energy for best and cheapest offshore wind turbines, writes Danish business daily Borsen. New Vattenfall head, Magnus Hall, will lower prices to match Dong Energy’s ambition to make offshore wind at least 40 per cent cheaper. Moreover, Hall is out to make Vattenfall greener. Dong Energy welcomes the offensive.  […]

  • 9 October 2014
    Business & Finance

    The Finnish company, AW Energy, announced it will invest EUR 25 million in wave energy project off Peniche coast. According to John Lilijelund, executive chairman of the company, the funds will be used for the construction, assembly and installation of 16 wave energy devices with total capacity of 5.6 megawatts. “The next step is to […]

  • 25 September 2014
    Grid Connection, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    On September 19th, Alstom’s next-generation Haliade™ 150-6MW offshore wind turbine, installed just off the Ostend coast at Belgium’s Belwind facility, produced its very first kWh. The assembly and the tests conducted have so far helped to optimise the turbine’s installation and commissioning procedures at sea. Tests will continue in order to confirm how the machine […]

  • 24 September 2014
    Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    Kongsberg Maritime Embient last week received the 2014 Compass International Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of marine science and technology from the Marine Technology Society (MTS). The German subsea technology specialist and systems integrator, which is wholly owned by Kongsberg Maritime, a leading maritime, offshore and subsea technology developer, was given the award […]

  • 23 September 2014
    Business & Finance, R&D, Technology

    Kongsberg Maritime has launched a unique solution for the detection of Scouring, Corrosion, Deformation and Marine Growth, which can destabilise wind turbines and underwater structures causing expensive, and potentially environmentally hazardous damage.  On show at WindEnergy Hamburg 2014, the new K-Observer system, which is part of Kongsberg Maritime’s Modular Subsea Monitoring Network (MSM), provides accurate, […]

  • 23 September 2014
    Business & Finance, Grid Connection, Technology, Wind Farm Update

    VBMS has awarded JDR the inter-array cable contract for the Vattenfall AB Sandbank offshore wind farm. JDR will design and manufacture 105 kilometres of inter-array cable, including a new coilable 630mm2 copper core cable and a range of cable accessories. The Sandbank offshore wind farm will be constructed 90km west of Sylt island, within the […]

  • 18 September 2014
    Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

    In acknowledgement of the emergency mission with the rescue cruiser Pidder Lüng at the beginning of July, OWP Butendiek GmbH & Co. KG and Ballast Nedam Offshore donated € 20,000 to the German Maritime Search and Rescue Association “Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger” (DGzRS). The cheque has been handed over by Achim Berge Olsen (Managing […]

  • 17 September 2014
    Business & Finance, R&D

    Ocean energy company, BioPower Systems (BPS), and global engineering services provider, WorleyParsons, have jointly announced that the two companies have completed the final engineering and design for a 250kW grid-connected wave energy project in Victoria, Australia. The project is being funded by the Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Victorian Government, […]