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  • 8 October 2013

    It was 12 months ago that the company responsible for building more wind farm support vessels than any other single boat yard was, following a period of financial uncertainty, acquired by Alicat workboats. Offshore WIND recently spoke to Ben Colman, the Sales and Marketing Manager for both South Boats IOW Ltd. and Alicat Workboats Ltd., […]

  • 29 March 2012

    Building and maintaining an offshore wind farm requires extremely accurate predictions of the weather windows available for each operation. Navigating a specially built vessel with a wind-sensitive load of turbine parts on its deck, jagging up the vessel to prepare for turbine installation, positioning and fastening turbine foundations, towers and rotors, and accessing turbines from […]

  • 25 October 2012
    Business & Finance

    Seven years ago Dr Peter Poon made a judgement that renewable energy generation was set to be a big issue for business and society in general. So, he got his company Romax Technology to initiate two new and related areas of R&D (research and development). One concerned the drive-train efficiency of vehicles; the other was […]

  • 26 October 2010
    Business & Finance

    A month ago, as the battle over a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound was being heard by state regulators, William I. Koch, the fossil fuel magnate and Cape Cod summer resident, donated $100,000 to the Republican Governors Association. Koch, a longtime opponent of Cape Wind and cochairman of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, […]

  • 25 December 2011

    Delaware’s flagship offshore wind project may be going dormant, but observers say offshore wind is off to a promising start in New Jersey. Legislation passed last year could make the Garden State the new leader in building the first generation of offshore wind turbines off the U.S. coast, said Matt DaPrato, an analyst at IHS […]

  • 27 October 2020

    By Jakub Vastmans, Senior Manager Service Product Management at NKT Over the past decades, thousands of kilometres of high-voltage submarine cables have been installed, making them a critical element of our electricity infrastructure. Most prominently, they enable the transmission of offshore-generated wind energy by serving as array and export cables. However, the main application of […]

  • 27 April 2012

    Leaders from the 23-government Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative today outlined specific commitments by participating countries and private sector leaders which will promote improved energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and increased energy access around the world. The commitments build on two years of work […]

  • 26 November 2010
    Business & Finance

    C-Power is pleased to announce that it has closed the financing of the second and third phases of the offshore wind farm on the Thornton Bank (located about 30 km in the North Sea off the Belgian coast). A group of 7 commercial lenders: KBC, Rabobank, Société Générale, KfW Ipex-Bank, Commerzbank, Dexia and ASN Bank […]

  • 29 October 2012
    Business & Finance

    Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (“Goldwind”) has announced its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 (the “reporting period”). According to unaudited financial statements prepared in accordance with the People’s Republic of China accounting rules and standards, the Group generated revenues of RMB 5,946.28 million, net profits of RMB48.49 million,and […]

  • 7 January 2014
    R&D

    Trident Energy has released White Paper on auxiliary power for offshore wind farms. Trident Energy has spotted an opportunity to reduce the risks and costs of providing offshore power. Offshore wind farms are being built in ever deeper, harsher waters. Diesel generators are used to provide power when these are without grid connection – but […]

  • 19 August 2016

    Below, we bring an article on the UK’s offshore wind energy status and potential, written by Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy at Loughborough University, and originally published by The Conversation. In 1993, nine 300kW turbines were installed on the eastern pier at Blyth Harbour, near Newcastle on England’s east coast. One can question whether this […]

  • 1 May 2012

    General Cable Corporation, one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported today results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2012. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter were $0.48. Operating income of $53.4 million exceeded management’s expectation as metal cost headwinds subsided and volume was better than expected during the quarter. […]

  • 5 December 2011
    Business & Finance

    Already since May 2011 the wind farm EnBW Baltic 1 has been delivering green power from the Baltic Sea – since Friday its long-term financing is also in place: a banking syndicate comprised of the European Investment Bank (EIB), KfW IPEX-Bank, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) and NIBC Bank N.V. will extend a loan amounting to EUR […]

  • 31 January 2012

    For less than 2 years since its establishment on March 5, 2010, Jiangsu Ocean Longyuan Wind Power Co., Ltd, in the new energy development and construction field of ocean wind power, has successfully completed the construction of the 100MW capacity in Longyuan Rudong 32MW Ocean (Intertidal Zone) Trial Wind Farm and 150MW Intertidal Zone Pilot […]

  • 13 July 2011
    Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology

      The UK’s leadership in the development of wave-generated power continued apace as wave energy developer Aquamarine Power invited Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond MSP to unveil the Oyster 800, the company’s next-generation hydro-electric wave energy converter. 800kW device At a ceremony at Burntisland Fabrications’ yard at Methil, Fife, the First Minister welcomed the advancements […]

  • 20 August 2010
    Business & Finance

    Austal is the largest aluminium shipbuilder in the world. When it established a new shipyard in Alabama, USA in 1999, specifically targeting future US Defence requirements, the company knew that it would need to adopt “world’s best practice” shipbuilding methodologies in order to successfully cope with multiple vessel contracts and to meet the very stringent […]

  • 30 March 2015

    In the previous article we spoke about the importance of accurate wind measurement for an optimum wind farm design. But also underwater there are elements that need to be taken into consideration when designing the foundation and cable structures for each wind turbine. Waves and currents can cause erosion of the seabed around a fixed […]

  • 28 July 2011
    Business & Finance

    Progress in internationalisation together with efficiency and sustained performance in all business lines placed Gamesa in a strong growth position in the first half of 2011, with results in line with annual guidance in terms of volume, profitability and debt. Gamesa’s consolidated revenues amounted to 1,297 million euro (+26%) in 1H11, EBIT was 62 million […]

  • 5 June 2013
    Authorities, R&D

    The Interior Department has announced that the administration will hold the nation’s first offshore wind lease sale in late July. The area scheduled for lease consists of 164,750 acres off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In response to this announcement, Institute for Energy Research (IER) published a fact sheet on offshore wind energy development […]

  • 13 May 2013
    Business & Finance

    Against a backdrop of sustained cold weather and periods of higher commodity prices, Centrica has performed well in the year to date. This strong performance enables the business to continue to invest in customer service and price competitiveness and full year earnings growth is expected to be in line with market expectations. They have also […]

  • 11 February 2016

    European offshore wind saw some big numbers last year, with EUR 13.3 billion invested in the sector and a total of 3,019 MW of new grid-connected capacity added. Even though 7 wind turbines were decommissioned (two at Robin Rigg and all five at Yttre Stengrund), 419 newly installed ones were there to overshadow this.  Fourteen projects were completed in 2015, with work […]

  • 22 December 2015

    Transfers at sea have long been a problem and the safety of those involved is becoming an increasing consideration particularly because of the rapidly increasing numbers of people involved. The offshore wind farm owners and contractors alike have very strict H&S policies which other industries increasingly feel obliged to adopt as the renewable energy sector […]

  • 24 November 2014
    Environment, R&D

    Andrew Tongue, a Senior Research Assistant with the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, has written an MSc dissertation titled “Implications for offshore wind farm ornithological Cumulative Impact Assessment: How the manipulation of density and breeding season parameters affects the outcomes of Collision Risk Modelling”.  Mr. Tongue’s current research interests include the impacts of renewable energy developments […]

  • 5 February 2017

    The free deck area on board a wind farm installation vessel is, of course, a finite space which is defined by the length and beam of the vessel when it was built. The area that is accessible to the vessel’s cranes installed in the shipyard is also finite, defined by the position of the crane […]

  • 11 May 2012

    Centrica has published an interim management statement. “Overall, Centrica is trading in line with expectations, with the benefit of higher wholesale gas and power prices upstream broadly offsetting the impact of mild weather in the first quarter on the downstream business. We are beginning to see a contribution from our recent acquisitions, in both UK […]

  • 14 March 2012

    Wind energy developers installed a record 41,000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the world total to 238,000 megawatts. With more than 80 countries now harnessing the wind, there is enough installed wind power capacity worldwide to meet the residential electricity needs of 380 million people at the European level of consumption. China led […]