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21 July 2016

Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES Northwest has applied its multi-channel seismic system for surveys that allowed the construction of the Arkona offshore wind project to be on time despite changes to the wind farm design. The modified project plan incorporated 60 turbines instead of 80 because of the switch to the larger […]

27 April 2015

Maintenance of offshore wind turbines is important and necessary. The faster a defect turbine is running again, the faster it produces electricity. Time is money. How do you make sure that the valuable time turbine technicians have, is actually spent on offshore wind turbine maintenance? In practice a lot of valuable time is lost; often […]

14 July 2014 Business & Finance, Technology

DNV GL and the wind turbine blade manufacturer Sinoma signed a partnership agreement for certification of Sinoma’s products to improve the reliability and quality of blades manufactured in China. Certification ensures that turbines that use blades produced by Sinoma comply to international safety and reliability standards throughout their lifespan, in onshore and offshore wind applications. […]

23 April 2014 Authorities, Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

SSE welcomed the UK government's announcement today that the Beatrice offshore wind farm project has been successful in securing an Investment Contract.  The security the contract provides means SSE and its partner Repsol can continue to invest in the the engineering and procurement work required to maintain progress towards a final investment decision in early […]

4 September 2013 Business & Finance

Citizens of Wolfschlugen have gotten engaged in Windreich’s Global Tech I offshore wind project. In that respect, they have formed a civil society, which owns a stake in the holding company Global Tech I GmbH. This makes it possible for private individuals to shape an efficient energy transition for the first time. After seeing the […]

19 March 2013 R&D, Technology

MTS Systems Corporation, a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, has announced that the MTS Non-Torque Loading (NTL) System has been installed and accepted at the 3MW Drive Train Test Facility (3 megawatt) of the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), located in Blyth, Northumberland, UK. The MTS NTL system is used […]

2 August 2010 R&D

Development of offshore wind farms in Poland has been slow, despite the country's leadership of the wind energy sector in Central and Eastern Europe. Although the offshore wind energy market is well-established in Western Europe, primarily in the UK and Denmark, central and eastern European nations have yet to appear on the offshore wind energy […]

5 July 2019 Technology

Global Marine Group has officially launched its new multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plough at its Port of Blyth facility. The PLP240 plough was delivered by Osbit Limited at the end of June after it underwent final assembly and sign-off at Port of Blyth. Global Marine Group will use the new tool as part of the inter-array cable installation […]

28 June 2019 Business & Finance

German wind energy agency WAB has launched a campaign aimed at supporting the visibility of the local offshore wind supply chain. The launch of the German Inland Campaign comes as the German offshore wind supply chain is affected by the reduced expansion targets, WAB said. The agency emphasized that it wants to inform and draw attention to […]

25 June 2019 Environment

The next phase of environmental research at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off the Aberdeenshire coast is scheduled to start next week after Vattenfall appointed a Scottish specialist to carry out the studies. The Edinburgh-based team of RPS Consulting and Danish-based DHI Group will deploy radar-camera based digital technology to monitor the flight patterns and […]

24 June 2019 Technology

Osbit Limited has delivered a new multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plough to Global Marine Group, which will be used at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Denmark. The PLP240 plough, ordered by Global Marine Group at the beginning of the year, underwent final assembly and sign-off at Osbit's Port of Blyth facility at […]

18 June 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

A new eight-kilometer cable link between Horns Rev 2 and Horns Rev 3 wind farms in the Danish North Sea has recently been used for the first time while one of the export cables was undergoing scheduled maintenance, Vattenfall said. Energinet recently shut down the export cable connecting Horns Rev 2 to the grid for […]

11 June 2019 Vessels

Crew transfer vessel (CTV) operator High Speed Transfers (HST) has placed its fourth order for a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710, to be named HST Euan. The order for HST Euan is the result of a long-term contract won from a client operating out of Belgium, Damen said. “There is strong demand from the offshore […]

27 May 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG have agreed to continue their cooperation on the 200MW Trianel Borkum II offshore wind farm project. As reported earlier, Senvion had filed for self-administration in April 2019. The original general contract between Senvion and TWB II therefore had to be adjusted. […]

22 May 2019 R&D

The UK Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has launched a new task force dedicated to finding innovative solutions to make the best use of electricity generated by renewable sources, including offshore wind. The Solving the Integration Challenge research project is a key part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced in March, RenewableUK said. A group of experts and […]

20 May 2019 Operations & Maintenance

The Danish Comtec Int and HeliPPE have opened a supply base in Grimsby, the UK, for personal protective equipment (PPE) and related services for the offshore wind industry. Located at Grimsby’s new GRO Centre, the Offshore Wind Supply Base will service rental PPE equipment on site, as well as carry out legally required inspections. According to the companies, […]

17 May 2019 Environment

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has joined the recently launched World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) as its newest member. WOC brings together industries such as shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), ports, dredging, cables, as well as the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others to address ocean sustainable […]

16 May 2019 Business & Finance, Technology

Vattenfall and GE Renewable Energy plan to join forces in the deployment of GE’s new wind turbine, the Haliade-X 12 MW, in Europe. With a capacity of 12MW, the Haliade-X is the largest offshore wind turbine on the market to date. Development and production of the new 12MW turbine will mostly take place in France. […]

2 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

Royal Dirkzwager has begun remote monitoring of the 730 MW Borselle III and IV construction site from their operations centre in Maassluis, the Netherlands. Vissim technologies support a centralised multi-tenant monitoring system that enables service companies to provide marine coordination services for multiple clients. In addition to dedicated marine coordination services projects, applications can include […]

23 April 2019 Operations & Maintenance, Technology

SeaRoc Group has launched a new, fully portable communications solution that allows technicians to communicate from within a wind turbine. As radio signals are not able to be detected from within the confines of the turbine because of the metal structure, this can create a challenge for offshore wind farm maintenance. SeaRoc’s new solution enables […]

18 April 2019 Business & Finance

German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, its lenders, and main bond holders have signed a binding loan agreement, setting forth terms for a EUR 100 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) facility. According to Senvion, the DIP facility enables the company to continue its business operations following last week's self-administration filing. The loan has received Board approvals and allows substantial […]

29 March 2019 Business & Finance

France-based Akrocean has received stage 2 validation for its WINDSEA floating LiDAR (FLD) under the OWA Carbon Trust Roadmap. According to Akrocean, the validation was granted by DNV GL and marks commercial acceptance for the floating LiDAR. Offshore trials that began earlier in 2018 were performed in the English Channel and have been independently reviewed by DNV […]

20 March 2019 Technology

Ørsted has implemented an O&M simulation and data analytics solution from Shoreline to support the development of its offshore wind farms. According to the Danish company, Shoreline's O&M design simulation solution enables the performance of a detailed long-term simulation of the operational logistics for any of its existing and future wind farms. With the system, Ørsted said it is […]

13 March 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Fugro has secured a contract with TenneT for unexploded ordnance (UXO) services at an offshore wind project in the Netherlands. Under the multimillion-euro contract, Fugro will bring DP2 multipurpose vessel Atlantis Dweller to its fleet to carry out identification and clearance (ID&C) activities beginning from April. According to the Dutch company, the announcement follows previous involvement in route […]

20 February 2019 Business & Finance

The Carbon Trust has published guidelines on the use of suction caissons on offshore wind farms with an aim to increase their usage. The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Suction Installed Caisson Foundation Design Guidelines features research and understanding to provide clarity and guidance for engineers looking to design suction buckets. According to The Carbon Trust, the […]

18 February 2019 Industry Contribution

By Remco van der List, Design Manager GustoMSC Digitalization is an establishing technological driver of change in the offshore industry. The potential is huge in terms of increasing safety and operational efficiency, whilst at the same time reducing operational costs. This article addresses some of the recent pioneering technologies that benefit from this transformation. Analysis software GustoMSC […]