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Universal Foundation has completed the industrialized suction bucket installation tests offshore Denmark. The offshore campaign was completed on 1 June and the industrialized suction bucket foundation is now back on land, Universal Foundation reported. According to the company, 13 installations and retrievals were carried out despite weather delays and a learning curve. The next step […]
Universal Foundation has begun industrialized suction bucket installation tests under a project that is part of the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP). Universal Foundation is carrying out the EUDP project in a consortium with Siemens Gamesa, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Offshoreenergy.dk. According to the company, the trial installation activity of the […]
Universal Foundation has relocated from Aalborg, Denmark, to Fredericia, said to be due to meeting commercial demand. Universal Foundation has now joined its sister companies Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service under one roof. According to the company, the relocation is not only of geographical importance but also reflects the shift from being an […]
Van Oord has contracted Universal Foundation to support the installation of two mono bucket foundations at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm.
Universal Foundation has established a cooperation with Hitachi Zosen for a feasibility study to assess the application of mono bucket technology at an offshore wind project in Japan.
Universal Foundation A/S will provide mono bucket foundations for the two demonstration wind turbines planned to be installed on the DeBu offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Hamburg has been the place to be if you want to hear about the latest technology behind the Mono Bucket foundation at the Universal Foundation Workshop 2016. Over 100 delegates representing over 50 companies involved in designing, building, buying and installing (and decommissioning) these offshore wind foundations gathered at […]
Kristian Ravn has been appointed as Managing Director of Universal Foundation, a Fred. Olsen related company. Ravn has joined Universal Foundation, the engineering and installation service provider for the Mono Bucket foundation, from the position of Managing Director at Semco Maritime Norway, an EPCI-contractor for the offshore Oil and Gas sector. “I have a strong belief in the Mono Bucket and […]
The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation – a Fred. Olsen related company - has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme. The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal […]
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the capital costs of offshore wind energy by up […]
Danish Energy Ministry has awarded EUR 3.8 million through the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) to a consortium aiming to demonstrate how an industrialised suction bucket concept can cut foundation installation costs.
The offshore wind industry is not really doing anything exceptional when it comes down to the basics. Wind turbine generators, WTGs, have been around onshore since one of the first electricity-generating wind turbines was built to power a holiday home in 1887 in Marykirk, Scotland. Offshore platforms were built in the early 20th century for […]
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) yesterday began a comprehensive geotechnical investigation of the soils under Lake Erie, where six Mono Bucket foundations will be installed for the Icebreaker offshore wind project. LEEDCo will test the soil and collect samples at each of the six locations, the same type of tests that are done […]
On 7th July, the Horns Rev 2 meteorological mast, supported by a Mono Bucket foundation was successfully decommissioned, since Dong Energy no longer required the met mast at its Danish offshore wind farm. The Mono Bucket, which was one of the very first to be deployed and has been in situ for 6 years, has been completely […]
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that the Icebreaker offshore wind project, planned for the Ohio waters of Lake Erie, will utilize Mono Bucket foundations, developed by Denmark-based Universal Foundation (UF). “Universal Foundation’s Mono Bucket foundation recently emerged as one of the most promising technology developments in the European offshore wind industry,” […]
An important tool for reducing risks and costs in offshore wind is integrated, intelligent monitoring of the foundation structures. If well implemented an integrated monitoring approach will continuously track the 'state of health' of a foundation and identify in a very early stage the onset of structural problems. This allows early, low cost repairs, optimal […]
A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries. Nations concluded by elaborating the elements of the new agreement, scheduled to be agreed in Paris in late 2015, while also agreeing the ground […]
The German Patent Office has decided to grant a patent to BLG Logistics Group for its innovative system called "Sleeper", which is put to use during the storage of offshore wind foundations of up to 900 tons. With the invention, BLG helps reduce costs in the offshore wind industry by avoiding cost intensive upgrading of surfaces to meet the requirements […]
Five companies active in the energy market - ABB, Alliander, DNV GL, ICT Automatisering and Stedin - have formally established the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) Foundation. Its mission is to offer a future-proof framework for the development of smart energy products, services and solutions. The Foundation intends to conclude cooperation agreements with Essent and […]
Around 100 international delegates met in Hamburg last week for the first technical conference led by Universal Foundation, focused on knowledge sharing for offshore wind suction bucket foundation technology. The technical workshop brought together industry specialists, developers, turbine suppliers, certifiers and approval bodies, engineering, fabrication and installation contractors, authorities as well as academic experts to […]
The sub area selected by the senior executives with most potential for cost reduction was foundations, with almost twice as many responses as the next closest. Foundations make up 19% of an offshore wind power plant’s LCOE according to Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center [LORC]. Foundation cost reduction, and the cost of the logistics to their […]
The installation of the first of two innovative suction-installed foundations on Dogger Bank on the weekend represents the first stage of construction of the world's largest offshore wind development. The foundations will support meteorological masts that will monitor wave and wind conditions at the site, located 125 kilometres off the North Yorkshire coast. Forewind general […]
An innovative solution for offshore wind sector, developed by Danish company Universal Foundation, will majorly drive down the costs that developers face when constructing offshore wind farms and will save time of foundations installation. The suction-installed Bucket Foundations, called the “suction bucket”, cost 20% less than standard foundations and will save developers over GBP 5 […]
On September 4th a delegation from Fred. Olsen, the Forewind Consortia (made up of representatives from RWE Innogy, SSE Renewables, Statkraft and Statoil) and Carbon Trust visited the Harland and Wolff facility in Belfast. The delegation saw the fabrication of the innovative suction installed bucket foundation technology that will be used on two meteorological masts […]
Harland and Wolff will manufacture the first two commercial offshore suction bucket foundations (Universal Foundations) at its Belfast facilities. The contract forms part of an overall project secured by Fred. Olsen United AS with Forewind Ltd. for the construction, delivery and installation of two complete meteorological masts, known as met masts, including foundations on the […]
The Forewind consortium will employ an innovative new foundation design concept next year when it installs two meteorological masts on the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm zone, located between 125 and 290 kilometres off the North Yorkshire coast. Forewind Limited, developers of the Dogger Bank zone, signed a contract with Fred Olsen United AS […]